Road Rage

Catatonia

About Road Rage

"Road Rage" is a song recorded by the Welsh band Catatonia, taken from their second studio album, International Velvet. It was written by band member Mark Roberts, with the production credit given generally to the band. "Road Rage" was released as the third single from the album, following their break-out success with the song "Mulder and Scully". The title "Road Rage" was based on the murder of Lee Harvey by his girlfriend Tracie Andrews in December 1996, something for which singer Cerys Matthews later apologised to Harvey's mother. "Road Rage" was received positively by the press, with particular praise given to the way that Matthews rolled the r's in the chorus of the song. Commercially, the song peaked at number 5 on the UK Singles Chart, eventually gaining silver certification from the British Phonographic Industry. It also reached the top 30 in Ireland and the top 40 in Australia. It received nominations for best song at the Brit Awards, and the Ivor Novello Awards, winning at the Q Awards. 


Year:
1998
4:00
95 
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If all you've got to do today is find peace of mind
Come round you can take a piece of mine
And if all you've got to do today is hesitate,
Come here, you can leave it late with me.

You could be taking it easy on yourself
You should be making it easy on yourself,
'cause you and I know,
It's all over the front page, you give me road rage,
Racing through the best days,
It's up to you boy you're driving me crazy,
Thinking you may be losing your mind.

If all you've got to prove today is your innocence,
Calm down, you're as guilty as can be,
But as all you've got to lose, alludes to yesterday,
Yesterday's through, now do anything you please.

You could be taking it easy on yourself
You should be making it easy on yourself
'cause you and I know,
It's all over the front page you give me road rage
Racing through the best days,
It's up to you boy you're driving me crazy,
Thinking you may be losing your mind.
You're losing your mind.

You, you've been racing through the best days
You, you've been racing through the best days.
Space age, road rage, fast lane,

And if all you've got to do today is find peace of mind
Come here, you can take a piece of mine.

You could be taking it easy on yourself
You should be making it easy on yourself
'cause you and I know,
It's all over the front page, you give me road rage,
Racing through the best days,
It's up to you boy you're driving me crazy,
Thinking you may be losing your mind.

But you and I know,
We all live in the space age, coming down with road rage,
Racing through the best days
It's up to you boy you're driving me crazy,
Thinking you may be losing your mind.
It's not over, it's not over, it's not over,
It's not over, it's not over, it's not over, you and I know
We all live in the space age, you give me road rage,
Racing to the best days
It's up to you boy you're driving me crazy,
Thinking you may be losing your mind.
Losing your mind

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Catatonia

Catatonia were an alternative rock band from Wales who gained popularity in the mid to late 1990s. The band consisted of Cerys Matthews on vocals, Mark Roberts on guitar, Paul Jones on bass (both now members of Y Ffyrc, and former members of Sherbet Antlers and Y Cyrff), Owen Powell (who is a judge on 'Wawffactor' – akin to a Welsh X Factor) on guitar, and Aled Richards (who now drums for Amy Wadge) on drums. Matthews and Roberts were the main songwriters. more »

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Written by: MARK ROBERTS, CERYS MATTHEWS, PAUL JONES, ALED RICHARDS, OWEN POWELL

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

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15 facts about this song

Release Date
"Road Rage" by Catatonia was released on April 20, 1998.
Chart Performance
The song peaked at number 5 in the UK Singles chart, and at number 6 in Scotland.
Success and Recognition
The song earned the band big-time success and was nominated for the Best British Single at the 1999 Brit Awards.
Album Placement
It is the second track on the band's second studio album, "International Velvet", which also peaked at number one on the UK Albums Chart.
Song Duration
The track runs a total of 5 minutes and 10 seconds in duration.
Genres
The song falls under the genres of Indie pop and Britpop.
Lyrics Co-writer
The band's lead vocalist, Cerys Matthews, co-wrote the song's lyrics.
Lyrics Theme
The lyrics depict the frustrations of living in a fast-paced, modern society.
Welsh Heritage
Catatonia, along with this song specifically, is known for displaying their Welsh roots in their music. "Road Rage" is no exception and carries the theme of Welsh history and culture.
Influence
The song title later influenced a British reality television series of the same name (alternative title 'Crash'), which was aired on ITV.
Other Covers
"Road Rage" has been covered by numerous other artists and bands, including the famous British singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran.
Music Video
The music video for the song was announced as MTV Europe's "Video of the Week" in the last week of April 1998.
Critical Acclaim
Rolling Stone magazine included "Road Rage" in its list of "Top 10 Singles of 1998".
Live Performances
The band performed "Road Rage" at the 1999 Glastonbury Festival, one of the biggest music festivals in the UK.
Legacy
The song is often regarded as Catatonia's signature song.

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