Air

Sexy Boy

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"Sexy Boy" is the song that single-handedly put not only Air, but the French dance music scene as a whole, on the UK and US radar in late 1997. A simple but addictive combination of a killer fuzztone riff that wouldn't sound out of place on a '60s garage rock single, pitch-manipulated vocals (nope, that's not guest singer Beth Hirsch, who appears on several other tracks on Moon Safari, but Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin themselves providing the breathy, sexy female-sounding vocals both on the dreamy, elliptical verses and the pounding, hook-filled chorus) and a groovy '70s-style electric piano solo, "Sexy Boy" is that rarity, a song that's suitable for both a crowded dancefloor, where the assertive but not overpowering bassline takes lead, and quiet late-night headphone listening, when space rock touches like the sonar-like pings and rippling vintage synth whooshes reveal themselves. It's a truly marvelous single, possibly the best five minutes of the entire "electronica" era.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Moon Safari 1998
Air
Caroline Distribution / Astralwerks 4:57
Sexy Boy 1998
Air
Source UK 4:59
MTV's AMP 2 1998
Various Artists
Caroline Distribution 6:33
Kelly Watch the Stars 1999
Air
EMI Music Distribution / Source UK 6:33
Q Anthems 2002
Various Artists
EMI Music Distribution 3:48
Electro Burn 2002
Various Artists
Surge Recordings (Warlock) 4:59
The Essential Chill Collection 2003
Various Artists
Topaz Records 4:59
10,000 Hz Legend/Moon Safari/Premier Symptomes 2004
Air
EMI Music Distribution 4:58
Moon Safari Remixes, Rarities and Radio Sessions 2008
Air
EMI Music Distribution / Parlophone / Warner Music 6:33
90s: The Collection 2012
Various Artists
Rhino 0:00
The Remixes, Vol.1 2015
Air
GC / Parlophone / Rhino 10:20
Twentyears 2016
Air
Aircheology / Rhino / Warner Music 4:58
90s [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:58
Born and Raised in the 90s
Various Artists
Rhino 3:51
Classic Pop: Synthpop
Various Artists
Rhino / Warner Music 3:53
Hang All DJ's, Vol. 5 Waxed Soul Recordings 1:16
Indie Anthems: The Collection
Various Artists
Rhino 3:39
Indie [Rhino]
Various Artists
Rhino 4:58