“Crimewave” is a song performed by Canadian experimental band Crystal Castles and American noise rock band Health from Crystal Castles’ self-titled debut album. The song acts as both Crystal Castles and Health’s debut singles in addition to being the first single from the album Crystal Castles. It was first released on August 13, 2007 by PIAS Recordings accompanied by the b-side “XxzxcuZx Me”. The song is a re-working of the Health original track of the same name written by the band members of Health for their self-entitled debut album. It was re-written by Ethan Kath of Crystal Castles. Kath also produced the re-worked track. The song contains prominent electro and chiptune musical characteristics. The track consists of only three lyric lines and has been said to tell a story about the sadness and ennui one might experience when locked inside a Pac-Man maze for eternity.
“Crimewave” achieved critical praise from most contemporary music critics. Critics complimented the song’s originality and emotion it brought to the electronic music scene. The single was accompanied by a music video upon its re-release in 2008. The track was performed by Crystal Castles at All Points West Music & Arts Festival in 2009.
“Crimewave” was used in Gossip Girl No.1 and features on its companion soundtrack OMFGG – Original Music Featured on Gossip Girl No. 1.