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"Hunting for Witches" is a song by English rock band Bloc Party. It was released as the third single from their second studio album, A Weekend in the City, on 9 July 2007. The song peaked at number 22 on the UK Singles Chart.

Contents

1 Composition 2 Music video 3 Track listing

3.1 7" vinyls 3.2 CDs 3.3 Download

4 Charts 5 References 6 External links

Composition[edit] "Hunting for Witches" lyrics were influenced by the terrorist attacks on London's transportation system in July 2005, the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States, and the media's reaction to the attacks. It also touches upon the amount of control the media has over modern society. Frontman Kele Okereke stated in an interview:[1]

The 30 bus in Hackney, which is just around the corner from where I live, was blown up. [That song was] written when I was just observing the reactions of the mainstream press in [the UK] and I was just amazed at how easy it'd been to whip them up into a fury. ... I guess the point about the song for me is post-September 11th, the media has really traded on fear and the use of fear in controlling people.

Music video[edit] The music video for the song was the most minimalist one from the album. It simply features the band performing the song in a dark room, using some unique overhead shots in some parts of the video. The video is credited as being directed by Alan Smithee. Track listing[edit] 7" vinyls[edit]

Wichita / WEBB130S (UK) (In gatefold sleeve which houses second 7")

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1. "Hunting for Witches" Jacknife Lee 3:31

2. "Rhododendrons" Eliot James 4:49

Wichita / WEBB130SX (UK)

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1. "Hunting for Witches (Live at Bristol Academy 02/07/07)"   3:34

2. "Secrets" Eliot James 4:06

CDs[edit]

Wichita / WEBB130SCD (UK)

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Producer(s) Length

1. "Hunting for Witches" Jacknife Lee 3:31

2. "Cavaliers and Roundheads"

Bloc Party Justin Underhill

3:44

3. "Uniform (James Rutledge Remix)"

Jacknife Lee James Rutledge

8:23

Wichita / WEBB130SRMX (UK)

All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Length

1. "Hunting for Witches (Fury666 Remix)" 3:42

2. "Hunting for Witches (Crystal Castles Remix)" 4:57

Manufactured CD, but labelled "for promotional use only".

Download[edit] All tracks written by Bloc Party.

No. Title Length

1. "Hunting for Witches (Dave Pianka Remix)" 6:29

Charts[edit]

Charts (2008) Peak position

UK Singles Chart 22

References[edit]

^ "Bloc Party Grows Up On second album". Billboard. 5 May 2007. Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 1 April 2009. 

External links[edit]

Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics

v t e

Bloc Party

Kele Okereke Russell Lissack Justin Harris Louise Bartle

Gordon Moakes Matt Tong

Studio albums

Silent Alarm A Weekend in the City Intimacy Four Hymns

Remix albums

Silent Alarm Remixed Intimacy Remixed

EPs

Bloc Party Little Thoughts The Nextwave Sessions

Singles

"She's Hearing Voices" "Banquet"/"Staying Fat" "Little Thoughts"/"Tulips" "Helicopter" "Tulips" ""So Here We Are"/"Positive Tension"" "Banquet" "Pioneers" "Two More Years" "The Prayer" "I Still Remember" "Hunting for Witches" "Flux" "Mercury" "Talons" "One Month Off" "Signs" (Armand Van Helden Remix) "One More Chance" "Octopus" "Kettling" "Truth" "Ratchet" "The Love Within" "The Good News" "Virtue" "Stunt Queen"

Other songs

"Banquet" (Phones Disco Edit) "Like Eating Glass" "This Modern Love" "Song for Clay (Disappear Here)" "Ares" (Villains Remix)

Related articles

Discography Awards and nominations Pin Me Down Young Legionnaire The Boxer The Hunter Trick

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