“Rabbit in Your Headlights” is a song by British electronic duo UNKLE. It was released as the lead single from their debut album Psyence Fiction (1998). The song features vocals from British musician and Radiohead member Thom Yorke. The song was written by Yorke and UNKLE member Josh Davis and produced by UNKLE, the track heavily utilizes samples from other songs. The track takes its title from a quote from the 1990 thriller film Jacob’s Ladder; dialogue from the film is also one of many samples on the song. Musically, “Rabbit in Your Headlights” combines Yorke’s moody vocals and an instrumental containing a variety of samples from sources ranging from Dutch band Supersister to the 1997 film Contact. While the single was not a commercial success, the song was positively received by critics. The song’s accompanying music video, directed by Jonathan Glazer and starring actor Denis Lavant, was widely acclaimed for its direction and cinematography, and won numerous awards.
“Teardrop” is a song by Massive Attack, which was first released on their 1998 album Mezzanine. It was released as a single on 27 April 1998. The song became another UK hit for the group, peaking at number 10 on the UK Singles Chart. The song features vocals by Elizabeth Fraser of the Cocteau Twins. The song is also known for its use in numerous tv programs and movies, notably as the theme song, on American TV, of the medical television series House. The instrumental portions of the song at the beginning and the end which feature a bass drum beat reminiscent of a heartbeat are used in the opening theme.
The track is also known for its relatively simple video, directed by Baillie Walsh, which simply consists of one continuous shot of Nelson walking along a sidewalk, detached from her rather dark surroundings, as the members of Massive Attack gradually start walking behind her. The influence of the video can been seen in later music videos by other artists, most notably on The Verve’s 1998 video for their track “Bitter Sweet Symphony”.
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Ghetto Stars is a dark, tense and heavy track about the reality of the gangster lifestyle, too often glamourised in music. Tricky tells it like it is, “Ghetto Stars don’t go far, ghetto traps locked behind bars” and “…riding in Zephyrs while my Nan plays the bingo.” The track features vocals from Tricky’s latest muse, Franky Riley, who toured as Tricky’s live vocalist and co-writes here for the first time.
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