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"Crazy" is a song written by English soul artist Seal (music and lyrics) and producer Guy Sigsworth (music only). The song was produced by Trevor Horn for Seal's debut album Seal (1991). Seal's debut single, "Crazy" is one of his biggest hits, reaching the top five in the United Kingdommarker and the top ten in the United Statesmarker. It since has been covered by several artists, including Alanis Morissette, whose version was released as a single from her album The Collection (2005).

History

Style and success

The song's signature is a keyboard mantra that continually swells and swirls, driven by bass-heavy beats and wah-wah pedal guitars. Its floating, ambient stylings established a sound years before "The Politics of Dancing" by Paul Van Dyk or William Orbit's work with Madonna and All Saints. Orbit produced a remix of the track for the single release. Seal's vocals are deeply melodic and soulful, at times with a characteristic rasp, while at others soaring high above the backing track.

In the United Kingdommarker the song was released as the first single from the album Seal in November 1990 (see 1990 in music) and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in January 1991 and is Seal's biggest solo hit there. The single sold over 200,000 copies, thus earning a BPI Silver certification. It won Seal a number of awards including the 1992 Ivor Novello award for songwriting.

The single was released in the United States in 1991, debuting at number eighty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-June; it peaked at number seven in late August and remained on the chart for nineteen weeks, until October. It reached the top five on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and the top twenty on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart. It was the most commercially successful single from Seal and was Seal's biggest hit in the U.S. until "Kiss from a Rose", which reached #1 in 1995. In August 2003 an acoustic version of "Crazy" charted at number four on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart.

The single's music video, directed by Big TV!, features multiple recreations of Seal himself performing the song against a white background. A female dancer appears just before the bridge of the song, and at the end Seal holds a dove while snow falls on him.

The song is heard in a Baywatch episode, in the trailer for the film The Basketball Diaries (1995) and featured in a scene in Spike Lee's Clockers (1995). It is also heard in the middle of "True Calling," the second episode of Season 6 of TV's Cold Case. It was also used as a theme song for the ABC-TV series Murder One (1995-96).

Seal is seen singing this song on an episode of the ABC series Eli Stone.

Cover versions

The hard rock band Talisman covered the song on their 1996 album Life, and a version by power metal band Iron Savior is included as a bonus track on their 2002 album Condition Red.

The Greek artist Helena Paparizou, best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, covered the song in her album Iparhi Logos released in 2006.

Two cover versions were released in 2003: one by punk covers band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on their 2003 album Take a Break, and another by alternative metal band Mushroomhead as a hidden track on their 2003 album XIII.

The song is also a staple cover during live performances by New York City based jamband U-Melt.

Also World Championship Wrestling used a version of this song for The Outsiders theme and for WCW Fall Brawl 1996

Track listing

CD
  1. "Crazy" — 4:30
  2. "Crazy" (extended version) — 5:59
  3. "Krazy" — 6:26


7"
  1. "Crazy" — 4:30
  2. "Sparkle" — 3:36


Charts

Chart (1991) Peak

position
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 9
Austrian Singles Chart 5
French SNEP Singles Chart 5
German Singles Chart 2
Irish Singles Chart 6
Italian Singles Chart 9
Norwegian Singles Chart 3
Swedish Singles Chart 1
Swiss Singles Chart 1
UK Singles Chart 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100 7
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales 17
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 5
Chart (2003) Peak

position
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Tracks 4


End of year chart (1991) Position
Australian Singles Chart 46
Austrian Singles Chart 19
Swiss Singles Chart 5
UK Singles Chart 38


Alanis Morissette version

Background

Alanis Morissette covered the song for a Gap advertisement in 2005, and a James Michael-produced remix of her version, which was originally produced by Morissette's longtime collaborator Glen Ballard, was released as a single from her greatest hits album Alanis Morissette: The Collection (2005). Her version is briefly heard over an establishing shot of Central Parkmarker in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada. Morissette said of the cover, "it's poking fun - not only at how I've been perceived but also at what I've accurately been perceived as." She called the main line in the song, "You're never going to survive/Unless you get a little crazy", "one of the simplest, yet most profound statements."

Chart performances

Released in the U.S. in mid-October 2005 (see 2005 in music), Morissette's cover was less successful than Seal's original; it failed to chart on the Hot 100, instead debuting and peaking at number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (which comprises the most popular songs yet to enter the Hot 100) in late November. It was another top ten hit for Morissette on the Adult Top 40 chart and was popular in nightclubs, becoming Morissette's second top ten Hot Dance Club Play hit after "Eight Easy Steps" (2004). It reached number twenty-nine in Canadamarker and the top forty across much of Continental Europe, but in the United Kingdommarker it became Morissette's lowest peaking single, reaching sixty-five.

Maxi Single Track Listing

1. Crazy (Claude Le Gache Club Mix) (Edit)

2. Crazy (Eddie Baez Coo Coo Club Mix)(Edit)

3. Crazy (Monk Mix Of Meds) (Edit)

4. Crazy (Interstate Mix) (Edit)

Music video

The single's video was directed by Meiert Avis, who directed the video for Morissette's "Everything" (2004), and shot in Los Angeles, Californiamarker in the week ending 24 September. In it Morissette is seen walking the streets at night, performing the song in a club and obsessively following a man and his girlfriend. Eventually, Morissette confronts the man at a party. During an 22 October appearance on the UK television show popworld, Morissette said the video's final shot, which is of a photo showing her and the woman close together, is supposed to reveal to the audience (who, before this point, are meant to believe the man is her ex-boyfriend) that she was actually following the woman.

Remixes

  • Crazy (Glen Ballard mix)
  • Crazy (Tony Kanal mix)
  • Crazy (Claude Le Gache club mix)
  • Crazy (Claude Le Gache club edit)
  • Crazy (Eddie Baez coo coo club mix)
  • Crazy (Eddie Baez coo coo club edit)
  • Crazy (Monk's mix of meds)
  • Crazy (Monk's mix of meds edit)
  • Crazy (Interstate full length mix)
  • Crazy (Interstate full length mix)
  • Crazy (Claude Le Gache mixshow)
  • Crazy (William Orbit Mix)


Singles

Brazilian Digital Single (UOL Megastore)

Maxi Single
Crazy (Claude Le Gache Club Mix) (Edit)
Crazy (EddieEdit) Baez Coo Coo Club Mix)
Crazy (Monk Mix Of Meds) (Edit)
Crazy (Interstate Mix) (Edit)


SingleCrazy (James Michael Mix)


Charts

Chart (2005) Peak

position
Canada Top 50 Singles 29
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 6
U.S. Billboard Pop 100 95
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40 10
U.S. ARC Weekly Top 40 27
Italy Top 50 Singles 3
Austria Top 75 Singles 20
Czech republic Singles Chart 22
Switzerland Top 100 Singles 31
Germany Top 100 Singles 38
Sweden Top 60 Singles 57
UK Top 75 Singles 65
Chart (2006) Peak

position
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play 6


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