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Sam Smith’s Bond theme “no number one single” says Sam Smith

By | Published on Monday 28 September 2015

Sam Smith

It’s not a number one single. And the vocals aren’t up to scratch. Just two of the comments levelled at Sam Smith’s James Bond theme, ‘Writing’s On The Wall’, when it was unveiled last week. And that was just from Smith himself.

It’s fair to say that opinion was split by the song. Actually, if you went by my Twitter feed alone, it was universally hated. But I only follow people who don’t like anything.

Appearing on the BBC Radio 1 Breakfast Show for the big first play of the track, Smith told Nick Grimshaw: “I don’t think it’s a number one-friendly song, if you know what I mean. Who knows, but I don’t think it will be at all. I’m not looking for that”.

Asked if there was anything about the track he wasn’t happy with, he said: “I’m never ever happy with my vocals”. But then he’s previously said that the vocals on the track are from the original demo he recorded just after writing the song. So it’s not like there wasn’t time to change them. If I was as cynical as the people I follow on Twitter, I might say he was lying again.

If you fancy, you can have a little listen to ‘Writing’s On The Wall’ over on Spotify.