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Keane discography

This is a discography for English Piano rock band Keane, containing all official releases since January 31, 2000 and information about their early songs and cover versions.

Early releases

Keane's first official release is the single "Call Me What You Like" in January 31 2000, sold only at the pubs around London where Keane used to play. Only 500 copies of this CD were printed. The next year, "Wolf at the Door" was released. Each one of the 50 copies was hand-made and recorded on CD-Rs. This rare single is valued in around £1000. Following singles were released to music shops, excepting the cover single "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore", which was recorded for the War Child website as a download single only. Later was gifted as a 1000 pieces limited edition 7" Vinyl for some fans on the messageboard.

Statistics

Keane have released 48 songs including b-sides, covers, etc. Four of their singles have reached the Top 10 in the UK chart. At least sixteen Keane songs were recorded but not released. Of those, six songs have been recorded and leaked onto the internet, but never properly released.

Releases

Since February 2000, Keane have released:
4 albums

  • 2 live albums
  • 2 studio albums

17 singles

7 DVDs

Songs

This does not include neither demos nor remixes

22 unreleased songs

  • 16 unknown songs (which titles are known)
  • 6 unreleased songs

45 released songs

  • 5 songs not included on the albums ("Call Me What You Like", "Wolf at the Door" and "The Night Sky")

2 b-sides from the singles

  • 21 songs from Hopes and Fears

*12 songs on the album
*9 b-sides from the singles

  • 19 songs on Under the Iron Sea

*12 songs from the album
*7 b-sides from the singles

17 covers

*3 covers released as b-sides ("Enjoy the Silence", "She Sells Sanctuary" and "Under Pressure)
*12 covers not released
*2 covers with no actual recordings by the band

11 songs not yet released

  • 11 songs due to be released

105 overall

  • 88 own songs
  • 17 covers from other artists

Chart positions

Everybody's Changing

"Everybody's Changing" was Keane's first hit and the song that allow them to sign with Fierce Panda and later with Island Records. It was one of biggest hits through 2004. Despite the fact that release did not reach top 4, it was one of the main singles on Hopes and Fears. The single was released twice, firstly by Fierce Panda and one year later by Island.

Somewhere Only We Know

This is, perhaps, Keane's most famous song due to its several appearances on television. It was the most successful Keane single until "Is It Any Wonder?", reaching the top 3 in UK. It also has been featured on movie trailers and videogames. Keane have not given a specific meaning for the song, but it has been related with trees (see main article for details). The song was the first single released on the Hopes and Fears era in February 16 2004. The design of the covers remained until late 2005.

Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears is Keane's debut album and also their most successful release to date, with over 5,500,000 copies sold worldwide, number expecting to be succeeded by Under the Iron Sea (currently sold around 2,000,000).
The five single-album reached the top 1 with 155,373 copies during its first week in the UK. First, third and fifth week remained at number two, tooping on the second, fourth and sixth. It came out from the top ten in its 23rd week, returning to top 1 after winning a BRIT Award in its 40th week to finally disappear from the top in its 45th week. However, it remained on the UK Albums Chart for 72 weeks, reappearing with the release of Under the Iron Sea. It returned to charts after the release of Under the Iron Sea, reaching the top 54 on its 117th week of sale.

Is It Any Wonder?

Officially the second single from Under the Iron Sea, "Is It Any Wonder?" is Keane's most successful single to date. Released in May 29 2006, the single quickly reached the top 1 on iTunes digital shop, and the top 3 on the UK Singles Chart. This song increased the fame of Keane in the United States, broadening their audience.

Under the Iron Sea

Released officially in June 12 2006, the album sold 222,297 during its first week (66,924 more than its predecessor) topping the charts for two weeks. It peaked at #3 on the Billboard 200 chart in the U.S.

Singles

Year Song Peak chart position Album
UK Singles Chart IRE UK Download Chart US Hot 100 US Modern Rock Adult Top 40 NL DE IT Euro Top 20 Latvia Mexico
2000 "Call Me What You Like" - - - - - - - - - - - - Single-only release
2001 "Wolf at the Door" - - - - - - - - - - - -
2003 "Everybody's Changing" 122 - - - - - - - - - - -
"This Is the Last Time" - - - - - - - - - - - -
2004 "Somewhere Only We Know" 3 30 35 50 32 4 15 55 29 - - - Hopes and Fears
"Everybody's Changing" 4 27 13 - - 33 18 60 3 - - -
"Bedshaped" 10 38 8 - - - 26 61 - - - -
"This Is the Last Time" 18 43 15 - - - 3 84 36 12 - -
2005 "We Might As Well Be Strangers (DJ Shadow Remix)" - - - - - - - - - - - - Hopes and Fears limited 10"
"The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" - - 9 - - - - - - - - - 7" & download only release
"Bend and Break not released in UK - - - - - 27 95 - - - - Hopes and Fears
2006 "Atlantic" - - 35 - - - - - - - - - Under the Iron Sea
"Is It Any Wonder?" 3 18 5 78 18 18 7 61 19 2 - -
"Crystal Ball" 20 41 33 - - - 20 64 - 16 - -
"Nothing in My Way" 19 - 20 - - - 27 - - - - 3
2007 "A Bad Dream" 17 - 37 - - - 33 - - - 9 -
"Try Again" - - - - - - 39 - - - -
"The Night Sky" - - - - - - - - - - - - Single-only release
2008 "Under Pressure" (only released in Mexico) - - - - - - - - - - 1 B-side, charted as single
"Spiralling" 23 - 20 - - - 12 - - - - 1 Perfect Symmetry
"The Lovers Are Losing" - - - - - - - - - - - -

Pre-Hopes and Fears

Hopes and Fears era

Under the Iron Sea era

None-album Singles

Perfect Symmetry era

Studio albums

Revieweing the three albums release dates, each average 26.5 months, a Keane album is released.

Live albums

Worldwide Sales Info

Title Sales (worldwide)
Hopes and Fears 5.5 million
Live recordings 2004 ?
Under the Iron Sea 2.7 million
Keane Live 06 Limited edition
Perfect Symmetry Not yet released

Keane have sold over 8 million albums worldwide.

DVDs

Year Title Label Type Number of discs Notes
2004 Hopes and Fears DVD Island Videoclips DVD 2 (CD+DVD) Released November 23(US)
2005 Strangers Island Documentary/video anthology 2 Released Nov. 14 (UK)
15 (US)
2006 Under the Iron Sea DVD Island Documentary/Demos/Videoclip and making of 2 (CD+DVD) Released June 7 (JP)
June 9 (DE, NL, MX, SWI)
June 12 (UK, worldwide)
June 20 (US, CAN)
2007 Keane Live DVD Island Concert at the O2 arena 1 Release Date November 19
Several Keane releases are considered nowadays as collection items, such as the rare single Everybody's Changing Part 1 (From Fierce Panda, not from Island) or the vinyl versions of the records. However, the recordings of this releases had been leaked into the Internet. Both two studio albums from Keane had topped the UK Albums Chart and only Under the Iron Sea made #4 on the Billboard 200 (US), an acceptable number compared with its predecessor (#45).

Notes

Other

The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore

Keane released a cover of The Walker Brothers' "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore". It was given as a gift for some fans on a 7" Vinyl format and given to the War Child website.

DJ Shadow vs Keane

Release containing a remix of Keane song "We Might as Well Be Strangers" by DJ Shadow

Help: A Day In the Life

Keane covered Elton John's "Goodbye Yellow Brick Road" and recorded it for the compilation for War Child

Do They Know It's Christmas?

Tom Chaplin and Tim Rice-Oxley participated on the Band Aid's classic Christmas song Do They Know It's Christmas? re-recording in 2005.

Information about early songs

A Heart To Hold You

A very old song, originally referred to as The Bing Crosby Song, The Bing Crosby Number or The Bing Crosby One, which was recorded for BBC Radio 1 on the 24th of November 2004 at the BBC Radio's Maida Vale studios. Never released, it is nevertheless well-known by some fans of the band as a recording from this session was leaked onto the Internet in 2005. There were even polyphonic ringtones made of it.

Keane were asked to do a Christmas song to be played on BBC Radio 1 on Christmas Eve. Tom said to Radio 1 "It's a really lovely song and one that is very close to our hearts. When we were asked to do a Christmassy-type song for Radio 1 there were some awful cheesy Christmas songs and we really racked our brains to think of something we'd be alright covering. But, in the end, we thought we'd do something of our own". Tim Rice-Oxley, pianist of the band composed the song. The instrumentation does not include drums but a tambourine and the piano. Rice-Oxley has never given a meaning to this song, but the lyrics express trust and love for someone. The song was originally intended to be presented in the film Love Actually but was retired. The song was only given a proper title the week of it first being played on radio.

It was first played on the Jo Whiley Show, on BBC Radio 1, on December 3, 2004. It was played during that week every day. The song, referred to now by Radio 1 as a "Christmas Anthem", was played again on December 11 2005 on the same show.

Later, Keane covered Irving Berlin's Christmas classic White Christmas. This version featured some lyrics invented by Keane and the including of the first original chorus, frequently omitted by other artists. As A Heart To Hold You, this has never been officially released but the recording has been played on Steve Lamacq's Evening Show on Radio 1.

"A Heart To Hold You" technical characteristics
Length Tempo (bpm) Key Time signature Instrumentation Genre Appearances
3:48 70 D (Major) 4/4, 8b piano, tambourine, vocals Piano ballad None

Captain Planet

It was only mentioned by Tim Rice-Oxley on the Keane official page It wasn't released nor demoed.

Gingerbread

This song appeared on the credits of the Strangers DVD though is not referred on the same. On a shot of the same DVD, it's included on "The Brown's Album", dated 1996.
"Gingerbread" technical characteristics
Length Tempo (bpm) Key Time signature Instrumentation Genre Appearances
? ? ? ? bass, drums, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals Alternative rock Strangers

Emily

It was never officially released but a recorded version of it was available on the band's webpage in early 2000. The recording does not feature drums but only guitar and voice. There are no registers if it was ever played live.
"Emily" technical characteristics
Length Tempo (bpm) Key Time signature Instrumentation Genre Appearances
3:40 138 Am (A Minor) 4/4, 16b acoustic guitar, bass, drums, electric piano, vocals Alternative ballad None

If Not You

It was composed circa August 2000. It was played several times at the pubs where Keane used to play but there are no recordings of this.

Maps

It was composed circa July 2000 and first played at the Monarch pub. It was released as a demo on September 14 2000 on the Keane Official Page.
"Maps" technical characteristics
Length Tempo (bpm) Key Time signature Instrumentation Genre Appearances
4:04 83 D (Major) 4/4, 8b bass, electric guitar, tambourine, vocals Alternative rock None

More Matey

A screenshot of the Strangers DVD reveals this already existed before the creation of the band. It appears on an album titled The Brown's Album, crediting Tim Rice-Oxley and Tom Chaplin and dated 1996. The name appears as Matey Melon. The song was mixed in March 2001 as More Matey to be released on Wolf at the Door but for some reason it didn't make it. The recording distributed by the site in early 2001 features only piano and vocals but an earlier 1999 version performed live included drums and guitar as well.
"More Matey" technical characteristics
Length Tempo (bpm) Key Time signature Instrumentation Genre Appearances
3:27 76 B (Major) 4/4, 8b piano, synthesizer (birds), vocals (add bass, both guitars and drums live) Acoustic piano ballad The Brown's Album

New One

It was composed circa 2000
"New One" technical characteristics
Length Tempo (bpm) Key Time signature Instrumentation Genre Appearances
4:26 75 6/8, 6b bass, drums, acoustic and electric guitars, vocals Alternative rock None

The Happy Soldier

Considered the most rare recording of Keane ever made, this song was leaked from a sampler CD from the James Sanger recording sessions in late 2001.

The band specifically do not want this recording to be distributed as it is written to a very different perspective to any of their other work - a positive view to war. Those who actually found the recording distributed it between themselves, and so many Keane fans have the song.
This song was also the last Keane recording with guitar, and so marks the transition to the piano era of the band.

"The Happy Soldier" technical characteristics
Length Tempo (bpm) Key Time signature Instrumentation Genre Appearances
7:43 106 Am (A minor) semi out of time 4/4, 16b acoustic guitar, bass, backing vocals, drums, organ, reverse cymbals, synthesizer (crystal breaking, echoes, gunshots, strings, vox), vocals Rock electronica new age None

The Silence Of An Alien

Tom Chaplin mentions this song on Strangers, with him providing the lyrics and Duncan Elliot the music. Chaplin mentions he composed his first song when he was about 13 years old. As this was probably the first Keane song ever it could have been composed circa 1991.

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