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"Alarm Call" is a song recorded by Icelandic singer
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for her third studio album ''
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'' (1997). It was released as the fourth single from the album, peaking at number 33 in the United Kingdom. The sped-up "radio version" of the song (which was also featured in the video) was used in the 1999 film ''
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Background

The song, originally labelled "Jacko" on the ''Homogenic'' demo tape, speaks of reawakening through music. Björk explained: "I think that music has the power to change the things, and that's what I wanted to show on Alarm Call". It is the only single from ''Homogenic'' that was not included on ''
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Music video

The first music video for "Alarm Call" was directed by Paul White from Me Company, the design firm that produced the artwork of ''Homogenic'', ''Debut'' and ''Post'', and their respective singles, and it featured Björk in a similar dress to the one featured on the ''Homogenic'' album cover along with a dance scene in the Los Angeles Subway. However, Björk was not pleased with the result and a second video was directed by fashion designer
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and filmed in October 1998, over a two-day period in London. She told
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that she felt that the music video industry needed a "spank on the bum", and that McQueen was the man to do the video. "I haven't seen many fashion shows in my life, but you go to his shows and you come out feeling like anything is possible"; she went on to describe McQueen as a "guy with a powerful and fluid mind who could direct films, build castles, and write music". He wrote up a nearly one-hundred-page treatment of his ideas for the video. It features Björk floating on a raft on a river in the jungle and her scenes are intercut with footage of snakes, crocodiles, and other animals, with Björk playing with them. The version of the song used in the video is the radio mix by Andy Bradfield and Mark Bell.


Track listings

These are the formats and track listings of major single releases of "Alarm Call". *UK 12" single #1 #"Alarm Call" (
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Mix) – 6:25 #"Alarm Call" (Rhythmic Phonetics Mix)* – 5:18 #"Alarm Call" (Speech Therapy Mix)* – 6:04 *UK 12" single #2 #"Alarm Call" (Enough Is Enough Mix)** – 3:37 #"Alarm Call" (Rise and Shine Mix)** – 2:25 #" All Is Full of Love" (All Is Full of Lies Mix)** – 3:25 *UK 12" single #3 #"Alarm Call" (Reprosession Mix) – 7:45 #"So Broken" (
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Mix) – 8:13 *UK 12" single #4 #"Alarm Call" (
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& Ben Diamond Remix) – 5:31 #"Alarm Call" (Teasmade Dub) – 5:50 #"Alarm Call" (Alan Braxe & Ben Diamond Edit) – 4:31 *UK 12" single #5 #"Alarm Call" (Radio Mix) – 3:20 #"Alarm Call" (Album Version) – 4:19 #"Alarm Call" (Snooze Button Mix) – 7:12 #"
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" (Moodswing Remix) – 3:02 *UK 12" single #6 #"Alarm Call" (Potage du Jour)** – 4:20 #"Alarm Call" (Locked)** – 3:02 #"Alarm Call" (Phunk You)** – 3:39 *European CD single #"Alarm Call" (Radio Mix) – 3:21 #"Alarm Call" (French Dub) – 5:32 #"Alarm Call" (Potage du Jour) – 4:20 #"Alarm Call" (Gangsta)** – 3:25 #"Alarm Call" (
Bjeck
Bjeck
Mix) – 6:27 *UK CD single #1 / digital download #1 #"Alarm Call" (Radio Mix) – 3:20 #"Alarm Call" (Rhythmic Phonetics Mix) – 5:13 #"Alarm Call" (Bjeck Mix) – 6:27 *UK CD single #2 / digital download #2 #"Alarm Call" (Potage du Jour) – 4:20 #"Alarm Call" (French Edit)*** – 3:51 #"Alarm Call" (French Dub)*** – 5:32 *UK CD single #3 / digital download #3 #"Alarm Call" (Phunk You) – 3:39 #"Alarm Call" (Gangsta) – 3:25 #"Alarm Call" (Locked) – 3:02 * *Remix by
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* **Remix by Mark Bell * ***Remix by Alan Braxe & Ben Diamond


Charts

1French mix


References


External links

* *
Alarm Call releases at 77ísland
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