Walking on a Dream Empire of the Sun
Song Title: Walking on a Dream
Artist: Empire of the Sun
Date of release: 30th of August 2008
Description: ” Walking on a Dream ” is by Empire of the Sun, the electronic music duo formed in 2007 in Sydney, Australia. The band is a partnership between The Sleepy Jackson’s Luke Steele and Pnau’s Nick Littlemore.
The Sleepy Jackson is an Australian alternative rock band, the band who formed in Perth, Western Australia in 1998 took their name from a former drummer who suffered from Narcolepsy ( a rare long-term brain disorder that causes a person to fall asleep at times outside of the normal sleep cycle ).
Pnau is an Australian dance music duo from Sydney, Australia. The duo consists of Nick Littlemore on vocals and production with Peter Mayes on guitar and production. It is thought that they took their name from the sound a gunshot makes, pronounced ” pah-now “.
However in an interview they explained that the name ” rhymes with meow “. They have also said the correct pronunciation is ” pah-nyeow “. They had success with a remix Album called Good Morning to the Night, the tracks were created using early Elton John songs mixed together to create new ones. The Album made its debut at number One on the UK Album Chart.
” Walking on a Dream ” was written by Luke Steele, Nick Littlemore and Jonathan ” Donnie ” Sloan. Production for the single was by Empire of the Sun, Donnie Sloan and Peter Mayes. Peter ( the other half of Pnau ), is an Australian producer who has worked with many artists including Elton John, Mika, Karen O, The Killers, Ellie Goulding, Sia, ESG, Electric Youth and Lindsey Buckingham. In 2009, at the ARIA ( Australian Recording Industry Association ) Music Awards, he won producer of the year.
The song was released on the 30th of August 2008 by record labels Capitol and EMI ( both part of Universal Music Group ) and taken as the lead single from their debut Album of the same name. The Album was released on 3rd of October 2008 and went on in 2009 to receive 11 nominations at the ARIA Music Awards, they won seven which included Album of the Year.
The accompanying music video was directed by Josh Logue, who directed other Empire of the Sun videos including ” We Are The People ” and ” Standing on the Shore “.
Filming was done along the Bund ( waterfront or embankment ) in Shanghai, China. The area is one of the most famous amongst tourists and is featured in the novel, later a film, Empire of the Sun by J.G. Ballard, the British author.
In the video Luke Steele and Nick Littlemore wear eastern costumes and makeup, the inspiration for which came from the Peking Opera, which is a cultural treasure of China, first appearing in the late 18th century and a popular form of entertainment at the Qing dynasty court.
” Walking on a Dream ” was a commercial success for Empire of the Sun. After being used in a Honda Civic commercial in the U.S. in 2016, the song enjoyed a new lease of life reaching number 65 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 2016. On the Alternative Songs Chart the song peaked at number 3 and it reached Number One on the Billboard Dance Club Songs Chart.
In the United Kingdom the song reached a peak of number 64 and spent 4 weeks on the chart there, it did fare better in Ireland and Belgium where the song reached the top ten.
BillBoard Hot 100 Highest Chart Position: 65
UK Highest Chart Position: 64
Other Countries Highest Chart Positions: Australia (ARIA) 10, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders) 8, Belgium (Ultratop 50 Wallonia) 12, European Hot 100 Singles 89, Germany (Official German Charts) 55, Hungary (Mahasz) 36, Ireland (IRMA) 8, Italy (FIMI) 16, Japan (Japan Hot 100) 13, Netherlands (Dutch Top 40) 30, New Zealand (Recorded Music NZ) 14, Sweden (Sverigetopplistan) 52, Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade) 21
Official Website: Empireofthesun.com
FaceBook Page: Facebook.com/empireofthesun
Wikipedia Page: Wikipedia.org/EmpireoftheSun