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"Oblivion" is a song by Bastille from their first album Bad Blood. It is the seventh and last single released from the album. A video for the single was released, as well as the single cover, in July 2014.
Background and meaning
"Oblivion" is the eighth song on their first album Bad Blood. It was released as the seventh single from the album, eighth including "Of the Night" from All This Bad Blood. A live version of the song recorded at Capitol Studios was realeased as the B-side to the "Of the Night" single.
It was written by Dan who said that ""Oblivion" is about trying to follow someone to the place they go when they lose their mind". He has also said on a different occasion that "[Oblivion] tells of an intimate moment in which someone is telling their passed out friend that ‘however hard they try, they can never manage to follow them to whatever level of inebriated escape they manage to get to.’"
The song was first performed live in September 2012 at the iTunes Festival in London. The band confirmed during their headline gig at London’s Somerset House on July 15th that "Oblivion" would be the next single.
A video was shot for the song in June, 2014. The video leaked on Vimeo on the 17th July, 2014, but was taken down the next day. The video premiered on MSN on the 21st July, and was uploaded to their VEVO channel the next day. It was directed by Austin Peters, who has also directed the "Flaws" video. The video stars the Game of Thrones actress Sophie Turner. The video features her singing "Oblivion" at a demolition derby.
|Premiere||July 21 2014|
|Producer||Brooke McDaniel, Sasha Nixon|
|Production co||Forever Pictures|
In popular culture
- The song was featured in "O Come, All Ye Faithful", the ninth episode of the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries.
- "Oblivion" was used in a TV spot for the film The Fault in Our Stars
Sophie Turner on the set of the video.
|Albums||Bad Blood · Wild World · Doom Days|
|Mixtapes||Other People's Heartache · Other People's Heartache Pt. II · VS. (Other People's Heartache, Pt. III) · Other People's Heartache Pt. 4|
|Reissues||All This Bad Blood|
|EPs||Laura Palmer · Haunt|
|Singles||Flaws/Icarus · Overjoyed · Bad Blood · Flaws · Pompeii · Laura Palmer · Things We Lost in the Fire · Of the Night · Oblivion · Torn Apart · Good Grief · Send Them Off! · Blame · Glory · World Gone Mad · Quarter Past Midnight · Happier · Grip · Doom Days · Joy · Those Nights|
|Promo singles||Laughter Lines|
|Unreleased||Bad Taste · To The Sky · Hours · Look The Other Way · Secrets|
|Tours||Bad Blood Tour · Wild, Wild World Tour · ReOrchestrated Tour · Still Avoiding Tomorrow Tour|
|Current members||Dan Smith · Kyle Simmons · Will Farquarson · Chris "Woody" Wood|
|Touring members||Charlie Barnes|
|Related||Discography · List of Bastille songs · Annie Oakley Hanging · I Know You