There Goes The Fear

Artwork by Rick Myers

Released: April 15th 2002

Produced by: Doves

Label: Heavenly

Track listings


1. There Goes The Fear
2. The Goes The Fear (Video)

CD Maxi Single 7243 5 50837 2 2 (Australia)

1. There Goes The Fear
2. Hit The Ground Running
3. Here It Comes (Triple J Live At The Wireless)
4. The Cedar Room (Triple J Live At The Wireless)

10″ Vinyl HVN 111-10

Side A: There Goes The Fear

Side B: Hit The Ground Running

Chart History

Highest UK single chart position: 3

There Goes The Fear spent three weeks in the chart:

Week 2: 34
Week 3: 70

NME Review

Definitely the drunk-bicycling-through-a-meadow record of the week…

Judging by the kaleidoscopic buoyancy of mood encapsulated by the circling guitar figures and priapic bass, a truckload of high quality Ecstasy must’ve been abandoned outside Doves’ studio during the recording of this track from their forthcoming ‘The Last Broadcast’ album. “Think of me when you’re coming down/Don’t look back when you’re leaving town” murmurs Jimmy Goodwin, but the sense of regret is lightly etched. There’s just enough nostalgia for lost summers/girlfriends to link it spiritually to earlier Mancunian beat pop, but mostly ‘Fear’ is a beautifully spun haze of loved-up reassurance. The moping of earlier works is unlikely to be banished from Doves’ style forever, but for the time being this is definitely the drunk-bicycling-through-a-meadow record of the week.


There Goes The Fear was voted in the top 100 tracks of the decade by NME:

24 There Goes The Fear

A proper epic, and the band’s finest moment

The near seven-minute mournful masterpiece remains one of the most cherished UK tracks of the decade, by one of our best bands of the era, being one of those tunes that is both sad and uplifting at the same time. NME writers loved it enough to vote it the song of 2002. Nuff said. AW


(Directed by Julian House and Julian Gibbs at Intro)