"Pompeii" is a song by British band Bastille, from their debut studio album Bad Blood (2013). The song was released as a digital download on 24 February 2013. It peaked at number two on the UK Singles Chart and in Italy, as well as topping the charts in the Republic of Ireland. It also holds the record for the longest time at number one on the Official Streaming Chart, remaining at the peak for seven weeks. American Prog Rock band Coheed and Cambria released a digital EP via their Facebook on October 12th featuring a cover of Pompeii as well as one of their originals and two songs from the bands I the Mighty and Balance and Composure.
Lyrically, the song is inspired by the Roman town known by the same name, which met its fate with the eruption of Mount Vesuvius.
A music video to accompany the release of "Pompeii" was first released onto YouTube on 20 January 2013 at a total length of three minutes and fifty-three seconds. The music video focuses on a man (played by lead singer Daniel Smith) who is running through various areas of Los Angeles in an allegory of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in Pompeii. Lyrics such as "And the walls kept tumbling down in the city that we love" and "Great clouds roll over the hills, bringing darkness from above" are shown in the video. Once he sees people with black eyes he flees in a stolen car to the desert, where he soon becomes another black-eyed person. Directed by Jesse John Jenkins and produced by Tova Dann, the video was filmed in Los Angeles and Palm Springs, California.