Sale of the Century

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About Sale of the Century

"Sale of the Century" is a 1996 song by Britpop band Sleeper, written by the band's vocalist/guitarist Louise Wener and drummer Andy Maclure. In Europe, "Sale of the Century" was the second single to be released from their second album The It Girl in 1996 and became the group's first top ten hit on the UK Singles Chart. Louise Wener said of the protagonist of "Sale of the Century": "Love makes you a little insane, yet rationality always kicks in. Dreamy persistence fascinates me, but so does powerlessness, ruined lives, and people who can't or don't get what they want. ""Sale of the Century" was backed with "Atomic", the band's cover of the Blondie hit single, recorded for the Trainspotting soundtrack. 


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1996
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We step through London
The streets holding on to us
We'll stand where the river bends
I hope we fall in

So this time maybe
Lets take a photograph
We'll burn all the negatives
I hope we fall in

Its never gonna be this good so just climb in
How long till reason makes us small again?
And it feels just like we just got started

Its still you 
Taking me under
We turn to be scared
Then decide that we don't care
Wear ourselves out on the way down

Its still you 
And the moment you left me you said I was cheap 
You were the sale of the century
Grease ourselves up on the way down

And now I touch you
I don't know where you begin
Sometimes you're a piece of me
I hope we fall in

Its never gonna be this good so just climb in
How long till reason makes us small again
It feels just like we just got started

Its still you 
Taking me under
We turn to be scared
Then decide that we don't care
Wear ourselves out on the way down

Its still you
And the moment you left me you said I was cheap 
You were the sale of the century
Grease ourselves up on the way down

Its been too long, so it could just be something ate
It feels just like we just got started..

Its still you 
Taking me under
We turn to be scared
Then decide that we don't care
Wear ourselves out on the way down

Its still you
And the moment you left me you said I was cheap 
You were the sale of the century
Grease ourselves up on the way down

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Sleeper

Sleeper were a British Britpop band in the 1990s fronted by Louise Wener. The band had eight UK Top 40 hit singles and three UK Top 10 albums. Their music was also featured in the soundtrack of Trainspotting. more »

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Written by: LOUISE WENER

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13 facts about this song

Band History
"Sale of the Century" is a song by the band Sleeper, a Britpop group that was founded in London in 1993.
Album Details
The song is included on their second audio album, "The It Girl," which was released in 1996.
Chart Performance
"Sale of the Century" received significant airplay on the radio. It reached number 10 on the UK Singles Chart, making it one of Sleeper's most successful songs.
Song Theme
The song's lyrics revolve around the theme of commercialism and the social implications and criticisms that arise from this concept in society.
Music Video
Its accompanying music video was directed by David Mould. It involves a lot of symbolic imagery, which aligns with the song's underlying theme.
Band Lineup
When the song was made, Sleeper consisted of members Louise Wener (vocals and guitar), Jon Stewart (guitar), Diid Osman (bass), and Andy Maclure (drums).
Song Length
The track has a total duration of about three and a half minutes.
Critical Response
The song was widely praised by critics for its catchy melody and incisive lyrics.
Popularity Surge
The song grew in fame due to Sleeper's performances in various festivals and live on television.
Recognition
"Sale of the Century" is considered one of the band's signature songs and is often played in the Britpop genre radio stations and playlists.
Influence
The song's success helped to cement Sleeper's position in the Britpop music scene of the '90s, influencing many promising bands and artists of the era.
Reissue
"The It Girl," along with the song "Sale of the Century," was reissued on vinyl in 2016 because of its popularity.
Legacy
In spite of Sleeper's disbandment in 1998, the song continues to be universally admired and remembered among the era's best indie music offerings.

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