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Good Grief (song)

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Recorded  2016
Length  3:26
Genre  Indie pop
Label  Virgin
Released  16 June 2016 (2016-06-16)
Format  Digital download 7" vinyl

"Good Grief" is a song by English indie pop band Bastille. It was released on 16 June 2016 as the lead single from their second studio album, Wild World (2016). The song was written by Dan Smith, who handled the production along with Mark Crew. It is their first single released to feature new touring member Charlie Barnes.



On 16 June 2016, Annie Mac debuted "Good Grief" on her BBC Radio 1 show as the "hottest track." Following the debut, the band released the single to radio and as a digital download.

Critical reception

Georgia Ivey of Clash said that the song was "surprisingly upbeat considering its reflection on the grieving process." Sarah Jamieson of DIY called the track a tone-appropriate album opener, saying that its "pomp and grandeur juxtaposed perfectly with Dan Smith’s dark-tinged tale of coping with life after death." NME writer Charlotte Gunn described it as "a euphoric pop track about death and funerals and being sad, but done Bastille-style, with a massive chorus and an X Factor-worthy key change." In his review of the album, Andy Baber of musicOMH felt the song was a "misleading introduction" to the record's various political themes, but said that it establishes the band's "move towards the more eclectic approach favoured on their mixtapes – as evidenced by the sampling of Kelly Le Brock from ‘80s movie Weird Science."

Music video

The video for "Good Grief" debuted on 22 June 2016. In addition to Smith's disembodied head, the video also features a burning house, a bank robbery, a running man, a teddy bear, rollerskating girls, a game show, and scenes depicting nudity,. A censored version was added, deleting or blurring some of the more offensive scenes. The video has gained over 9 million views so far.

Covers and remixes

The song has received covers by upcoming artists such as, Aaron Fleming, Chris Brenner, Connor Everitt, Felicia Lu, and Phoebe Whalley. Don Diablo and Autograf released official remixes for the song via iTunes, respectively on 8 July and 22 July 2016.


Good Grief (song) Wikipedia

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