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The Shock Of The Lightning

"The Shock of the Lightning"
B-side "Falling Down" (Chemical Brothers Remix)[1]
Released 22 September 2008 (Download)
29 September 2008 (Physical)
Format Digital download, CD, 7"
Genre Alternative rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 4:59 (album version)
4:13 (radio/video edit)
Label Big Brother
Writer(s) Noel Gallagher
Producer Dave Sardy
Oasis singles chronology

"Lord Don't Slow Me Down"
"The Shock of the Lightning"
"I'm Outta Time"

Dig Out Your Soul track listing
  1. "Bag It Up"
  2. "The Turning"
  3. "Waiting for the Rapture"
  4. "The Shock of the Lightning"
  5. "I'm Outta Time"
  6. "(Get Off Your) High Horse Lady"
  7. "Falling Down"
  8. "To Be Where There Is Life"
  9. "Ain't Got Nothin'"
  10. "The Nature of Reality"
  11. "Soldier On"
Music video

"The Shock of the Lightning" is a song by English rock band Oasis and is the fourth track from the band's seventh studio album, Dig Out Your Soul. The song was released as the first single from the album on 29 September 2008. It received its first airplay on 15 August 2008 on multiple UK and Irish radio stations including the Ian Dempsey Breakfast show on Today FM in Ireland, BBC 6 Music by Shaun Keaveny,[2] and by Chris Moyles on BBC Radio 1. Chris was joined by Noel Gallagher on 15 August 2008.[1]


Noel said of the song: "If 'The Shock of the Lightning' sounds instant and compelling to you, it's because it was written dead fast. And recorded dead fast. 'The Shock of the Lightning' basically is the demo. And it has retained its energy. And there's a lot to be said for that, I think. The first time you record something is always the best".[3] It was described by NME as "a massively improved version of 'It's Gettin' Better (Man!!)'" and featuring "love is a litany/a magical mystery" as the song's chorus.

The single is the first Oasis song to feature a remix on a studio release. The B-side is a remixed version of the album track "Falling Down" by The Chemical Brothers, with whom Noel has worked in the past. However, a promo release of Oasis' cover of "Cum On Feel the Noize" contained the "Lynchmob Beats Mix" of "Champagne Supernova" by Brandon Lynch that was also re-released as a stand alone promo for Stop the Clocks. Consequently, this is their first official CD single release that does not contain a new track as a B-side.


On 30 July 2008, the official Oasis website posted a Dig Out Your Soul trailer which contained a 23 second clip of the intro to "The Shock of the Lightning" as well as a 20 second clip of the drum solo. On 15 August 2008, the song received its first airplay on The Chris Moyles Show on BBC Radio 1 with Noel Gallagher present. Noel said of the song on Shaun Keaveny's Radio 6 show, "It's a driving, pumping, pop, rock 'n' roll masterpiece". In NME, the song was named as 'song of the week' and received a score of 9/10, despite being referred to as "only the fifth best song on Dig Out Your Soul".

"The Shock of the Lightning" entered the UK Singles Chart at number 3, becoming the band's first lead single since their debut, "Supersonic", to fail to reach number 1 in their homeland. It peaked behind Pink's number 1 single "So What" and "Sex on Fire" by Kings of Leon at number 2 during the week of its physical release. The song also reached number 12 on the Billboard Hot Modern Rock chart in the USA, making it their most successful single there since "Don't Go Away", which peaked on the chart at number 5 in 1998. It also reached number 93 on the Billboard Hot 100, their first song to chart on the Hot 100 since "Don't Look Back in Anger" in 1996.

There is also an excerpt of the song "Champagne Supernova" at the very end of the track which is audible if the track is played in reverse.

Music video

The music video for the song (directed by Julian House and Julian Gibbs) debuted on the band's official site on 25 August at 17:30 (UK time) and was broadcast on Channel 4 at 23:40.[4] The video depicts Liam singing and the occasional appearance of the rest of the band, intercut with stock footage related to the album's artwork. The opening shot of the video of silhouetted heads is a reference to the cover of the Rolling Stones compilation record Hot Rocks 1964-1971, an idea previously used in the video for Super Furry Animals song "(Drawing) Rings Around the World".

Appearances in popular culture

"The Shock of the Lightning" is used in its entirety to play out the closing credits of the 2008 Japanese Spiderman/Zorro style movie K-20: Legend of the Mask (K-20 怪人二十面相・伝). The chorus of the song was used by Jaguar Cars for several of their car commercials.

The Song was used in a 2009 Honda commercial, and was played in Season 13 of Top Gear.

It is also used as background music each week on the TV show Soccer AM for their British Armed Forces montage.

Track listing

All songs written by Noel Gallagher.

CD / 7"[5]
  1. "The Shock of the Lightning" – 5:02
  2. "Falling Down" (Chemical Brothers remix) – 4:32
iTunes / Oasisinet exclusive bundle[5]
  1. "The Shock of the Lightning" – 5:02
  2. "Falling Down" (Chemical Brothers remix) – 4:32
  3. "The Shock of the Lightning" (music video)
Japanese Edition SICP 2112 [6]
  1. "The Shock of the Lightning" – 5:03
  2. "The Shock of the Lightning" (The Jagz Kooner remix) – 6:38
  3. "Lord Don't Slow Me Down" – 3:18


The track was number 96 in NME's 100 Tracks of the Decade feature and was the only Oasis song to feature in the list.[7]


Chart (2008) Peak
UK Singles Chart 3
Irish Singles Chart 12
US Billboard Hot 100[8] 93
US Billboard Hot Modern Rock Tracks 12
Billboard European Hot 100 Singles 7
Australian ARIA Physical Singles Chart 24
Japan Hot 100 10
French Singles Chart 38
Canadian Hot 100 51
Swedish Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 48
Argentinian Singles Chart 91
Dutch Singles Chart 47
UK Indie Chart 1


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