Quite probably the the first song produced for Blue Lines, Daydreaming was a product mostly of 3D and Tricky coalescing their lyrical ideas together on such things as house parties, drugs, the 1980’s under Margaret Thatcher and urban decay in Britain.
It was on the strength of a demo of Daydreaming that got Massive Attack signed to Circa Records back in 1990, which ultimately led the way to multi-million selling album career they possess now.
This was the first single off what would become Blue Lines and also be Massive Attack first ever commercial released single. Their first technical single of Any Love back in 1988 does not really count as it was produced in very limited quantities.
Maybe indicative of the productions values surrounding the recording of Blue Lines or not, but at the 02:58 – 03:03 duration mark in the song, the faint but distinct noise of a telephone ringing is heard, which doesn’t seem to have any real place with the rest of the recording, perhaps being caught on tape at the studio while Daydreaming was being recorded.
Daydreaming was played on all dates throughout the 1995 – 1999 touring period. It was typically the fourth or fifth song on the setlist. The live arrangement of the song benefits from a more upbeat melodic guitar riff in the chorus. Along with 3D, Tricky’s vocals are supplied by Daddy G and Shara Nelson’s by Deborah Miller, as neither of the original vocalists of the song have toured with Massive Attack. Since the end of the Mezzanine tour, Daydreaming has failed to make any of the live setlists.
Luv It Mix – A mix of Daydreaming by Blacksmith, a UK urban/R&B producer from Brixton, London. Daydreaming would be the only song of Massive Attack’s he would ultimately end up remixing. Included on the 12″ vinyl single release, until the arrival of the Singles 90/98 Box Set where this remix was included on CD for the first time.
Luv It Dub – Much like the above mix, Blacksmith offers a more dub style alternative to the Luv It mix. Included on the 12″ vinyl single release, until the arrival of the Singles 90/98 Box Set where this remix was included on CD for the first time.
Brixton Bass Mix – Once more another remix from Blacksmith. Included on the 12″ vinyl single release, until the arrival of the Singles 90/98 Box Set where this remix was included on CD for the first time (even though it had appeared under the slightly altered name of the “Blacksmith/Daydreaming” remix on the Karmacoma E.P single release).
Instrumental – Unlike many other instrumental versions of Massive Attack songs, this instrumental substantially changes the production and arrangment of the original Daydreaming, while of course removing the vocals as well. Included only on the Daydreaming single release, making this remix one of the notable exclusions from the Singles 90/98 boxset.
Daydreaming uses a sample from the song “Mambo” by keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist Wally Badarou. It appears primarily on his 1983 release “Echoes”. It is credited officially by Massive Attack.
Tricky on the lyrical content of Daydreaming – “Daydreaming perfectly describes who we are. If me and G went out talking about beating and shooting people it wouldn’t be us. I love that sort of stuff. I’ve even tried writing hard aggressive raps. But, at the end of day, that’s not me. Rapping is about putting your personality across” [Rage Magazine – May 1991]
3D on how Massive Attack got signed to a major record label on the strength of Daydreaming – “VIRGIN/CIRCA WERE THE MOST INTERESTED AT THIS TIME-BUT THERE WAS A GENERAL SENSE OF CAUTION FROM THE INDUSTRY.I PLAYED EVERYONE A ROUGH VOCAL IDEA THAT I’D DONE WITH TRICKY-THIS BECAME DAYDREAMING-WE DEMO’D IT AND EVERYONE WNT CRAZY-EVERY ONE WANTED US -WE WENT WITH CIRCA-RELEASED DAYDREAMING AND FINISHED THE ALBUM” [The Raft Message Board – February 2002]
This and the promo video for Just A Matter Of Time are the only Massive Attack promo videos to feature former Wild Bunch member Willee Wee.
Quotes About The Video
3D on the fortunate pairing of director Baillie Walsh with the song Daydreaming – “You know, I can’t hear Daydreaming without seeing the video anymore. Fortunately in Bailey we found a director who could perfectly visualise our sounds” [NME Magazine – February 1992]