Björk And David Arnold ‎– Play Dead

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The 3rd single from "Debut".

Written for "The Young Americans" film and taken from its Soundtrack. This song wasn't part of the original edition of Debut, but along with its featuring in the film it was included in a reissue as the 12th track and released as the 3rd single of the album. Some of these reissues were initially advertised as “Debut + Play dead” or “Debut +1”.

Debut singles:
Human BehaviourVenus As A Boy ▪ Play Dead ▪ Big Time SensualityViolently Happy

Versions (21)

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
CID 573, 862 621-2 Björk And David Arnold Björk And David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single, M/Print) Island Records, Island Records CID 573, 862 621-2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12IS 573, 862 621-1 Björk And David Arnold Björk And David Arnold - Play Dead(12") Island Records, Island Records 12IS 573, 862 621-1 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12 IS 573 DJ Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(12", Promo) Island Records 12 IS 573 DJ UK 1993 Sell This Version
IS 573, 862 620-7 Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(7", Single, Blu) Island Records, Island Records IS 573, 862 620-7 UK 1993 Sell This Version
IS 573, 862 620-7 Björk And David Arnold Björk And David Arnold - Play Dead(7", Single, Jukebox) Island Records, Island Records IS 573, 862 620-7 UK 1993 Sell This Version
IS 573, 862 620-7 Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(7", Single, Sil) Island Records, Island Records IS 573, 862 620-7 UK 1993 Sell This Version
859 893-2, 859893-2 Björk And David Arnold Björk And David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single) Mother Records, Mother Records 859 893-2, 859893-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
CID 573, 862 621-2 Björk And David Arnold Björk And David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single) Island Records, Island Records CID 573, 862 621-2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
POCP-1385 Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single) Mother Records, Polydor POCP-1385 Japan 1993 Sell This Version
CID 573, 862 621-2 Björk And David Arnold Björk And David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single, 2nd) Island Records, Island Records CID 573, 862 621-2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
862 621-2 Björk And David Arnold Björk And David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single, Car) Island Records, Phonogram 862 621-2 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
859 892-2 Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single, Car) Mother Records 859 892-2 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
CID 573, 862 621-2 Björk And David Arnold Björk And David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single, M/Print, Promo) Island Records, Island Records CID 573, 862 621-2 UK 1993 Sell This Version
862 620-4, 8626204 Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(Cass, Single) Island Records, Island Records 862 620-4, 8626204 Australia 1993 Sell This Version
CIS 573, 862 620-4 Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(Cass, Single) Island Records, Island Records CIS 573, 862 620-4 UK 1993 Sell This Version
CIS 573, 862 620-4 Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(Cass, Single) Island Records, Island Records CIS 573, 862 620-4 UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Bjork* Play Dead(VHS, Promo, PAL) Island Records none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Bjork* / / David Arnold Bjork* / / David Arnold - Play Dead '04(CDr, Promo, Unofficial) Not On Label (Björk) none 2004 Sell This Version
BJORK 001 Björk Play Dead (Paul Morrell 2004 Remixes)(12", Unofficial) Not On Label (Björk) BJORK 001 2004 Sell This Version
BJORK 001 Björk Play Dead(12", Unofficial, W/Lbl) Not On Label (Björk) BJORK 001 2004 Sell This Version
POCP-1385 Björk & David Arnold Björk & David Arnold - Play Dead(CD, Single, RE) Mother Records, Polydor POCP-1385 Japan Unknown Sell This Version

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johnnypayne243

johnnypayne243

March 27, 2017
referencing Play Dead, CD, Single, M/Print, CID 573, 862 621-2
Does anyone know which vinyl release is purely orchestral and vocal, no beat ? Cheers
dominic_dancing

dominic_dancing

January 14, 2017
referencing Play Dead, CD, Single, M/Print, CID 573, 862 621-2
When I first heard this, I was completely swept away and was convinced it was Bjork's audition/gateway to a Bond theme tune. I suppose I was half right, in that it must surely have caught someone at EON's attention and David Arnold was installed as Bond soundtrack composer for multiple films. David Arnold tells an interesting story on a Mark Kermode podcast about the making of the track, in that he had completed the soundtrack for Young Americans, had a limited amount of studio time left to record this track, gave the orchestra sheet music, got them to play it and with that one and only take Play Dead was recorded.