- More than a Feeling
Name = More Than a Feeling
Artist = Boston
from Album = Boston
August 25, 1976
Format = 12" Vinyl
Recorded = October 1975 - April 1976
Length = 4:45
Label = Epic
Producer = John Boylan,
Chart position =
Last single =
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Next single = "More Than a Feeling" is a song by the rock band Boston, released in 1976. The song, an example of
compound AABA form, is on the band's first self-titled album, "Boston", and is also on its Greatest Hits CD release, as well as many various artist compilations of 1970s rock classics. The song peaked at #5 on the Billboard Hot 100and is also a staple of worldwide classic rock radio. Its majestic sound blends acoustic and electric guitar work, catchy riffs, tightly arranged feedback-tinged guitar solos, soaring vocals and ethereal harmonies. It is the band's most popular song, though some of today's Boston fans have commented on the large portion of radio time the song receives, possibly overshadowing other Boston songs. "More Than a Feeling" took writer Tom Scholzfive years to write [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6596345/more_than_a_feeling] Rolling Stone Magazine 500 Greatest Stones] and in the List of Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, "More Than a Feeling" ranked #500. [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/coverstory/500songs/page/5 The RS 500 Greatest Songs of All Time : Rolling Stone ] ] Furthermore, in March 2005, "Q" magazine placed it at number 76 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks.
The verses are in the key of
D major, and the refrain is in the key of G major.
"The Book of Rock Lists" suggests that the chorus riff may itself be a subtle homage to the Kingsmen's classic, "
Louie Louie". This riff is again referenced in the Nirvana single " Smells Like Teen Spirit". The descending verse riff is also similar to the hook from "Badge" by Cream. The song's instrumental guitar bridge is heavily inspired by the instrumental hooks of the Tornados' 1962 instrumental hit "Telstar."
According to a poll conducted by British music magazine "Q", "More Than a Feeling" is #2 of pop songs that respondents were too embarrassed to admit that they liked.Fact|date=September 2008
Scholz credits "
Walk Away Renee" by The Left Bankeas the main inspiration for "More Than a Feeling". [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/news/story/6596345/more_than_a_feeling More than a Feeling : Rolling Stone ] ]
* Pop group
*NSYNCcovered the song on the international version of their European debut album, "*NSYNC".
* Australian DJs The Stafford Brothers recreated the song to turn it into a dance track with a number of remixes.
Ingram Hill, a rock band from Memphis, Tennessee, performed a cover of this song for the soundtrack of "", a Walt Disney Picturesmovie released in 2005.
* Canadian singer
Sylvain Cossettedid a cover of this song on his album "70's"
* Pacific Northwest band
Sleater-Kinneycovered "More Than a Feeling" for 1996 compilation "Move into the Villa Villakula" (Villa Villakula Records).
"Weird Al" Yankovicparodied the song as "More Than a Filling", but this parody was unreleased.
* Japanese female pop singers Nav Katze covered the song on their album Uwa No Sora released in 1994.
* Aforementioned Seattle band Nirvana used the song to introduce "Smells Like Teen Spirit" at Reading 1992.
* Philadelphia's The Big Mess Orchestra covered the song on their CD.
ampling, references in other songs, etc.
* The dance track "Totally Hooked" by DJ Peter Presta contains a sample of "More Than a Feeling".
* The Australian band
Hunters & Collectorsmade heavy use of the riff from "More Than a Feeling" in their song "Holy Grail"Fact|date=February 2008.
Use in popular culture
As "More Than a Feeling" is often recognized as an iconic song in the history of music it has been featured in a number of films and serials to date.
* When the single was originally released in 1976, a promotion performance video was filmed for the song. The video occasionally plays on The VH1 Classic Network and can be found on YouTube [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9br6wqGZGHU] .
* A very brief snippet of the song can be heard early in "
Close Encounters of the Third Kind". It is emanating from a car pulling up to a McDonald's as the UFO-caused power outage hits.
* In John Hughes's 1988 film, "
She's Having a Baby", the song plays in the background during a ten-second flashback to when Kevin Bacon's and Elizabeth McGovern's characters met, evoking the late 1970s.
* In the outro of the 2007 film, "
Aqua Teen Hunger Force Colon Movie Film for Theaters", Scott Luallen of " Nine Pound Hammer" mentions character Carl Brutananadilewski's claim that "More Than a Feeling is the world's greatest song" in their song "Carl's Theme".
* The song appeared on the TV sitcom "Scrubs" on episode 9 of season 5 "
My Half-Acre" with Turk and the Janitor's air-band called the Cool Cats performing it at the end of the episode.
* On the
HBOdrama " The Sopranos" episode 24, "House Arrest", Tony suffers a panic attack at a trash hauler's gathering while the song plays.
* On "
Aqua Teen Hunger Force", "More than a Feeling" was declared the "Ultimate Song" by Aqua Teen neighbor Carl Brutananadilewski.
* On the first episode of the second series of the
BBC Threeshow " Nighty Night", it was played.
* On the pilot episode of "
Knights of Prosperity", "More than a Feeling" is the first thing heard on the alarm clock radio opening the episode.
* An episode of "
Beavis and Butthead" showed them watching the video for Silverchair's "Tomorrow". As soon as they heard the opening riff, which sounded like the intro for "More than a Feeling", they started singing parts of the latter song, then concluded that it was stupid.
* The song has appeared in TV commercials, including on a 1980's ad for
Schlitzbeer in the UKand a cover version on an Australian Just Jeansad in 2007. Currently on Mediaset Premiumpay tv.
* In the Showtime series "Brotherhood"; "More than a Feeling" is played at an important moment in the season 1 finale at the wedding reception.
* "More than a Feeling" was also featured in an episode of "
The Wirefeatures the song in the second episode of the show's fifth season. After Police Det. Jimmy McNulty finds his car in a lot and starts it, the song begins. He then realizes one of the tires is flat and begins kicking the car, with the song continuing.
* At the end of the pilot episode of the serie "
Carpoolers" the song can be heard.
* Comparisons between the song have been made to Nirvana's 1991 hit "Smells Like Teen Spirit". Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain even noted the similarity. And during a live performance of "
Smells Like Teen Spirit" at the Reading Festival in 1992, Cobain played the riff to More than a Feeling while bassist Krist Novoselic sang before playing Teen Spirit.
Foo Fightersalmost covered it at the show recorded for their live DVD " Skin and Bones" but decided against it with the reason being 'This isn't a tribute band'. Dave Grohlsaid he was "this close" to "busting into 'More than a Feeling'" in the middle of their song "See You".
Funeral for a Friendplaced the song on their compilation album" Back to the Bus", with Matt citing it as a "benchmark...in regards to song writing".
* In November 2005, a cover of "More Than a Feeling" was included as one of the playable songs in the
PlayStation 2game "Guitar Hero". [ [http://www.guitarherogame.com/gh1/music.php Guitar Hero - Music ] ]
* The song has also been announced as a track on the upcoming Playstation 2 games "
SingStar Rock Ballads" and " SingStar Amped".
*On March 25, 2008, it was released for the game "Rock Band" as a part of a Boston-themed 6-track downloadable pack.
* A cover version of "More than a Feeling" is included in "" as the first unlockable track.
In February 2008, Scholz wrote to Republican presidential candidate
Mike Huckabee, requesting him to stop performing the song at public appearances. Huckabee, an amateur bassist, was reported to have been regularly playing the song, sometimes with former Boston band member Barry Goudreau. In his letter, Scholz told Huckabee: "While I’m flattered that you are fond of my song, I’m shocked that you would use it and the name Boston to promote yourself without my consent. Your campaign’s use of "More Than a Feeling", coupled with the representation of one of your supporters as a member "of Boston", clearly implies that the band Boston, and specifically one of its members, has endorsed your candidacy, neither of which is true." [ [http://www.rollingstone.com/rockdaily/index.php/2008/02/14/more-than-a-feeling-writer-says-mike-huckabee-has-caused-him-damage/?utm_source=weekly-newsletter&utm_medium=email " 'More than a Feeling'" Writer Says Mike Huckabee Has Caused Him 'Damage',", Rolling Stone website, February 14, 2008.] ]
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