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Released: November 2008

Don’t blame a track for its ubiquity. There’s a reason every ad-buyer and TV soundtrack creative across the globe borrowed snippets of Florence’s true clarion call: it’s one of the most startling, original and simply powerful tracks in recent memory. Harp crescendos, drums you can clap along to, and of course Florence’s cathedral-lunged delivery at the heart – you’d be a little dead inside not to respond. From Skins to Slumdog Millionaire, Gossip Girl to Glee, across the UK, US, Canada, Australia and beyond, if you can judge a track by its airtime this probably trumps them all. (TC)

How I Wrote 'Dog Days Are Over'
Florence Welch
"I really love the idea of making the totally mundane magical. A song like 'Dog Days Are Over' has got the line, "Washes away down the kitchen sink." I'm throwing that in there. 'Dog Days Are Over' was directly inspired by an art installation by the artist Ugo Rondinone. He's got an art installation on the side of this gallery in New York that just says, "Hell, Yes!" Ugo had an installation on the side of another building that said, "Dog Days Are Over." That would inspire me every time I rode my bike over Waterloo Bridge, and it essentially sparked the whole song. I've also got this book of Ed Ruscha paintings called, 'They Called Her Styrene'. All of his paintings are these hot phrases like, "Went out for cigarettes, never came back." Random phrases hold so much weight. If you string them together, you can create a picture and this emotion you never even knew they initially had. Even though they have no correlation to each other, you string them together in a song and it creates this beautiful poetry and this whole new meaning. People can attach their own emotions to it. It's like a riddle, but it's for yourself." (


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