Crazy (Seal song)

Crazy (Seal song)
Single by Seal
from the album Seal
B-side "Sparkle" (7" single)
"Krazy" (CD maxi)
Released 26 November 1990
Format CD, 7", 12"
Recorded Sarm West Studios, Northwest London
Genre Electronica, pop, soul, funk
Length 4:30 (album version)
5:57 (extended mix)
Label ZTT (UK)
Sire (US)
Writer(s) Seal
Guy Sigsworth
Producer Trevor Horn
Seal singles chronology
"Killer" (with Adamski)
Future Love EP

"Crazy" is a song written by English soul artist Seal (music and lyrics) and producer Guy Sigsworth (music only). The song was produced by Trevor Horn for Seal's debut album Seal (1991). Seal's debut single, "Crazy" is one of his biggest hits, reaching the top five in the United Kingdom and the top ten in the United States. It since has been covered by several artists, including Alanis Morissette, whose version was released as a single from her album The Collection (2005) and the British metal band Panic Cell.



Style and success

The song's signature is a keyboard mantra that continually swells and swirls, driven by bass-heavy beats and wah-wah pedal guitars. Its floating, ambient stylings established a sound years before "The Politics of Dancing" by Paul Van Dyk or William Orbit's work with Madonna and All Saints. Orbit produced a remix of the track for the single release. Seal's vocals are deeply melodic and soulful, at times with a characteristic rasp, while at others soaring high above the backing track.

In the United Kingdom the song was released as the first single from the album Seal in November 1990 (see 1990 in music)[1] and peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart in January 1991[2] and is Seal's biggest solo hit there.[3] The single sold over 200,000 copies, thus earning a BPI Silver certification.[1] It won Seal a number of awards including the 1992 Ivor Novello award for songwriting.[4]

The single was released in the United States in 1991, debuting at number eighty-three on the Billboard Hot 100 in mid-June; it peaked at number seven in late August and remained on the chart for nineteen weeks, until October.[5] It reached the top five on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and the top twenty on the Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales chart.[6] It was the most commercially successful single from Seal and was Seal's biggest hit in the U.S. until "Kiss from a Rose", which reached #1 in 1995. In August 2003 an acoustic version of "Crazy" charted at number four on Billboard's Hot Digital Tracks chart.[7]

The single's music video, directed by Big TV!, features multiple re-creations of Seal himself performing the song against a white background. A female dancer appears just before the bridge of the song, and at the end Seal holds a dove while snow falls on him.

The song is heard in a Baywatch episode, in the trailer for the film The Basketball Diaries (1995) and featured in a scene in Spike Lee's Clockers (1995). It is also heard in the middle of "True Calling," the second episode of Season 6 of TV's Cold Case. It was also used as a theme song for the ABC-TV series Murder One (1995–96).

Seal is seen singing this song on an episode of the ABC series Eli Stone.

The middle break of the song In a Sky Full of People, Only some want to fly, isn't that Crazy? is repeated towards the end of Seal's 1996 hit "Fly Like an Eagle (song)".

The song is the fourth track on Just Say Anything, volume five of the Just Say Yes collection.

Cover versions

Most recently, indie rock/pop artist Brian Eaton covered the song on his 2011 album "Graphic Nature."[8] The hard rock band Talisman covered the song on their 1996 album Life, and a version by power metal band Iron Savior is included as a bonus track on their 2002 album Condition Red.

British heavy metal band Panic Cell covered the song for their 2010 album "Fire It Up". They have also been performing it live at various live shows. It has also been announced that the song will be the first single taken from the new album.

The Greek artist Helena Paparizou, best known for winning the Eurovision Song Contest 2005, covered the song in her album Iparhi Logos released in 2006.

Two cover versions were released in 2003: one by punk covers band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes on their 2003 album Take a Break, and another by alternative metal band Mushroomhead as a hidden track on their 2003 album XIII. In 2004, the song was covered by Brooklyn Bounce.

The song is also a staple cover during live performances by New York City based jamband U-Melt.

Indie rock band Yeasayer performed it on Triple J in their Like a Version segment on Friday February 11, 2011.

Alanis Morissette covered this song in 2005, released as a Maxi-single with two versions.

World Championship Wrestling used a version of this song for The Outsiders theme and for the 1996 WCW Fall Brawl.

An animated seal sings this song at a party in the animated movie Robbie the Reindeer: Hooves of Fire.

Track listing

  1. "Crazy" — 4:30
  2. "Crazy" (extended version) — 5:59
  3. "Krazy" — 6:26 (producers: Trevor Horn, Tim Simenon)
CD Maxi-Single
  1. "Crazy" (7" Mix) — 4:30
  2. "Crazy" (William Orbit Mix) — 5:25
  3. "Crazy" (Acoustic Version / Instrumental Version) — 6:57
  4. "Crazy" (A Cappella Mix) — 3:27
  5. "Sparkle" (Extended Version) — 6:23
  6. "Krazy" — 6:27
  7. "Crazy" (Do You Know The Way To L.A. Mix) — 3:50
  8. "Crazy" (Chick On My Tip Mix) — 6:47
  1. "Crazy" — 4:30
  2. "Sparkle" — 3:36


Peak positions

Chart (1991) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[9] 9
Austrian Singles Chart[9] 5
Dutch Top 40[10] 1
Eurochart Hot 100 1
French SNEP Singles Chart[9] 5
German Singles Chart[9] 2
Irish Singles Chart[11] 6
Italian Singles Chart 9
New Zealand Singles Chart[9] 8
Norwegian Singles Chart[9] 3
Swedish Singles Chart[9] 1
Swiss Singles Chart[9] 1
UK Singles Chart[2] 2
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[6][12] 7
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks[6][12] 5
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxi-Singles Sales[12] 17
Chart (2003) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Digital Tracks[7] 4

End of year charts

End of year chart (1991) Position
Australian Singles Chart[13] 46
Austrian Singles Chart[14] 19
Dutch Top 40[10] 5
Swiss Singles Chart[15] 5
UK Singles Chart[16] 38
U.S. Billboard Hot 100[17] 75

Chart successions

Preceded by
"Sadeness Part I" by Enigma
Swedish number-one single
13 February 1991 – 27 February 1991 (2 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Joyride" by Roxette
Preceded by
"Knockin' Boots" by Candyman
Dutch Top 40 number-one single
23 February 1991 – 9 March 1991 (3 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Liefde voor muziek" by Raymond van het Groenewoud
Preceded by
"Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)"
by C+C Music Factory featuring Freedom Williams
Swiss number-one single
10 March 1991 – 31 March 1991 (4 weeks)
Succeeded by
"Joyride" by Roxette
Preceded by
"Sadeness Part I" by Enigma
Eurochart Hot 100 number-one single
16 March 1991 (1 week)

Alanis Morissette version

Single by Alanis Morissette
from the album The Collection
Released 8 November 2005
Recorded 2005
Genre Electronic rock, dance-rock
Length 3:39
Label Maverick
Writer(s) Seal
Guy Sigsworth
Producer Glen Ballard
Alanis Morissette singles chronology
"Eight Easy Steps"


Alanis Morissette covered the song for a Gap advertisement in 2005, and a James Michael-produced remix of her version, which was originally produced by Morissette's longtime collaborator Glen Ballard, was released as a single from her greatest hits album Alanis Morissette: The Collection (2005). Her version is briefly heard over an establishing shot of Central Park in the 2006 film The Devil Wears Prada. Morissette said of the cover, "it's poking fun - not only at how I've been perceived but also at what I've accurately been perceived as."[18] She called the main line in the song, "You're never going to survive/Unless you get a little crazy", "one of the simplest, yet most profound statements."[19]

Chart performances

Released in the U.S. in mid-October 2005 (see 2005 in music), Morissette's cover was less successful than Seal's original; it failed to chart on the Hot 100, instead debuting and peaking at number four on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart (which comprises the most popular songs yet to enter the Hot 100) in late November.[20] It was another top ten hit for Morissette on the Adult Top 40 chart and was popular in nightclubs, becoming Morissette's second top ten Hot Dance Club Play hit after "Eight Easy Steps" (2004). It reached number twenty-nine in Canada and the top forty across much of Continental Europe, but in the United Kingdom it became Morissette's lowest peaking single, reaching sixty-five.

Maxi Single track listing

1. "Crazy" (Claude Le Gache Club Mix) (Edit)
2. "Crazy" (Eddie Baez Coo Coo Club Mix)(Edit)
3. "Crazy" (Monk Mix Of Meds) (Edit)
4. "Crazy" (Interstate Mix) (Edit)

Music video

The single's video was directed by Meiert Avis, who directed the video for Morissette's "Everything" (2004), and shot in Los Angeles, California in the week ending 24 September.[21] In it Morissette is seen walking the streets at night, performing the song in a club and obsessively following a man (played by Chris William Martin) and his girlfriend. Eventually, Morissette confronts the man at a party. During an 22 October appearance on the UK television show popworld, Morissette said the video's final shot, which is of a photo showing her and the woman close together, is supposed to reveal to the audience (who, before this point, are meant to believe the man is her ex-boyfriend) that she was actually following the woman.


  • "Crazy" (Glen Ballard mix)
  • "Crazy" (Tony Kanal mix)
  • "Crazy" (Claude Le Gache club mix)
  • "Crazy" (Claude Le Gache club edit)
  • "Crazy" (Eddie Baez coo coo club mix)
  • "Crazy" (Eddie Baez coo coo club edit)
  • "Crazy" (Monk's mix of meds)
  • "Crazy" (Monk's mix of meds edit)
  • "Crazy" (Interstate full length mix)
  • "Crazy" (Interstate full length mix)
  • "Crazy" (Claude Le Gache mixshow)
  • "Crazy" (William Orbit Mix)
  • "Crazy" (Mushroomhead Heavy metal tribute)


Brazilian Digital Single (UOL Megastore)

Maxi Single

"Crazy" (Claude Le Gache Club Mix) (Edit)
"Crazy" (EddieEdit) Baez Coo Coo Club Mix)
"Crazy" (Monk Mix Of Meds) (Edit)
"Crazy" (Interstate Mix) (Edit)


"Crazy" (James Michael Mix)


Chart (2005) Peak
Canada Top 50 Singles[22] 29
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles[20] 4
U.S. Billboard Pop 100[23][24] 95
U.S. Billboard Adult Top 40[24] 10
Italy Top 50 Singles[22] 3
Austria Top 75 Singles[22] 20
Czech republic Singles Chart[25] 22
Switzerland Top 100 Singles[22] 31
Germany Top 100 Singles[22] 38
Sweden Top 60 Singles[22] 57
UK Top 75 Singles[22] 65
Chart (2006) Peak
U.S. Billboard Hot Dance Club Play[23][24] 6


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  3. ^ everyHit - UK Top 40 Hit Database. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
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  5. ^ Billboard. Issues dated from 22 June to 26 October 1991.
  6. ^ a b c "Seal - Artist Chart History". Billboard. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
  7. ^ a b Billboard. 16 August 2003.
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  9. ^ a b c d e f g h "Crazy", in various singles charts (Retrieved 30 July 2008)
  10. ^ a b "Single top 100 over 1991" (in Dutch) (pdf). Top40. Retrieved 13 April 2010. 
  11. ^ Irish Single Chart (Retrieved 30 July 2008)
  12. ^ a b c "Seal - Billboard Singles". Billboard and Allmusic. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
  13. ^ 1991 Australian Singles Chart (Retrieved 30 July 2008)
  14. ^ 1991 Austrian Singles Chart (Retrieved 30 July 2008)
  15. ^ 1991 Swiss Singles Chart (Retrieved 30 July 2008)
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  17. ^ "Billboard Top 100 - 1991". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  18. ^ Cooper, Tim. "Still crazy after all these years". The Independent. 11 January 2006. Retrieved 15 August 2006.
  19. ^ Tecson, Brandee J. "Alanis Sheds Her Angst In The Form Of A Hits Album". MTV News. 16 November 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
  20. ^ a b Billboard. 3 December 2005.
  21. ^ Staff. "For The Record: Quick News On Young Buck, Dr. Dre, Bright Eyes, Switchfoot, Elliott Smith, Jin & More". MTV News. 30 September 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2006.
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