Pompeii is a song from Bastille's debut studio album Bad Blood (2013). The song was released as a
digital download on 24 February 2013. It reached number one in Ireland, and peaked at number two in
Italy and the UK. It also holds the record for the longest time at number one on the Official
Streaming Chart, remaining at the peak for seven weeks.
From the Album
Lyrically, the song is inspired by the Roman town known by the same name, which met its fate with the eruption
of Mount Vesuvius.
"It's a moment of reflection and introspection, but they're trapped in time so it's a moment
that'll go on for an eternity," frontman Dan Smith explained to NME.
Although Pompeii is never mentioned in the song, Smith told The Daily Telegraph that he was
imagining what the dead inhabitants might have to say to one another. "It is essentially
about fear of stasis and boredom," he added. "Being quite a shy, self-conscious person,
I was afraid my life might get stuck."
Smith explained the song's meaning to The Sun: "Pompeii is actually an imagined conversation between two charred conversations reflecting on the city."
He added: "But that's why I don't like explaining a lot of my songs literally as it sounds
bonkers - a song about
two corpses yet the crowd are happily dancing along!"
Bad Blood (2013)
February 24th, 2013
Alternative rock, synthpop, power pop
"Pompeii" on YouTube
A music video to accompany the release of "Pompeii" was first released onto YouTube on 20 January 2013.
Directed by Jesse John Jenkins and produced by Tova Dann, the video was filmed in
Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.
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