Take Me Out (song)
|"Take Me Out"|
|Single by Franz Ferdinand|
|from the album Franz Ferdinand|
|B-side||"All for You, Sophia",
"Words So Leisured",
|Released||12 January 2004 (UK)
9 February 2004 (US)
|Format||7" vinyl, 12" vinyl, CD, DVD|
|Genre||Indie rock, post-punk revival, dance punk|
|Length||3:57 (album version)|
|Writer(s)||Alex Kapranos, Nicholas McCarthy|
|Franz Ferdinand singles chronology|
"Take Me Out" is a song by the British band Franz Ferdinand. It was released as the second single from their debut album Franz Ferdinand in the United Kingdom on 12 January 2004 and in the United States on 9 February, both through Domino Records. It was released on CD, 7" vinyl, and as a DVD single with the video promo and a short interview with the band.
The single reached number three in the UK Singles Chart. In the U.S., it reached number three on Modern Rock Tracks chart and number 66 on the Billboard Hot 100. It was a number-seven hit on the Canadian Singles Chart, and also reached #1 on the UK Indie Chart. The song was voted the best single of 2004 by the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, and number one on Australian youth radio network Triple J's Hottest 100 of the same year. In July 2009, it was voted number 100 in Triple J's Hottest 100 of all time.
The promotional video for the song was directed by Jonas Odell. It includes the band in the midst of a Dadaist and somewhat Pythonesque (surreal Terry Gilliam style) animation involving quirky vintage figures and machinery. The video is a blend of the live action band superimposed into a 3D environment with animated 2D elements.
"It's kind of two dimensional in a three dimensional style if that makes any sense. It's a montage of images; ourselves, pictures and things taken from other places and put together in a strange, abstract way. That's what gives the video that strange, jerky style.
"The idea came out of stuff we'd been talking about as a band - we all like the photo montage style that you get from the dada artists who would literally cut up photographs and make new images with the pieces. You get this strange, disjointed look where limbs and heads aren't the same proportions. So you get a very jarring effect.
"We wanted to combine that with other ideas, like those old films from the 1930s that were directed by Busby Berkely; he would have these geometric shapes formed by dancers, chorus girls all making these fantastic shapes in water. But we wanted to take it further; he'd use the human shape to make these abstract shapes and we wanted to take it further by using limbs and arms and repeat them to make the human form even less human. So we have a lot of that in the video too, a lot of legs kicking in the air and arms moving to create that same sort of effect."
"Another sort of imagery that we liked was the kind you'd get in Russian film and propaganda posters, again from the 1930s, which had a kind of constructivist approach; everything was very flat and very geometric and you tended to have limited colours and very blocky styles. We wanted to combine those three styles, so there're a lot of concentric circles, geometric shapes and blocks moving around in time to the music.
"We were very lucky when we made the video 'cos we had all these ideas but we didn't know if it was possible to make a video like that or if it would cost hundreds of thousands of pounds or something but fortunately we met a guy called Jonas Odell. Laurence from Domino knew him and thought he'd be interested in our ideas so we got chatting and he immediately got all the reference points and really liked them. We liked the other videos he'd done, we really liked his style and he said he'd love to give it a go. So he sent us a clip of how he imagined the video looking and we just looked at it and thought 'Wow this is fantastic, the guy's really tuned in'. It was really good fun, we sent lots of e-mails to and fro going through our ideas and how we'd follow them through. I think he did an amazing job, we were really impressed.
"Basically it's a pop video and it should entertain you, but not just once - there're certain things you stare at in life that is just fascinating to look at like a fish tank or an open fire, they're actually quite simple things but there's something fascinating about them. And I think pop videos should be like that too. There should be something there that just makes you want to come back and look at it."
Usage in popular media 
- The song was used in television commercials for the launch of the Sony PSP, a portable video game console. Also, the song (with some lyrics cut out) was featured in NHL and Madden NFL 2005 for Xbox, PlayStation 2, PC, and GameCube.
- "Weird Al" Yankovic used a portion of the song for the polka medley "Polkarama!", from the album Straight Outta Lynwood.
- The song was used in Season 5 of the British reality show Strictly Come Dancing. Scottish rugby player, Kenny Logan and his professional dance partner, Ola Jordan, danced a Paso Doble to it with Kenny dressed in a stylized kilt. Despite low scores from the judges, it received praise from the fans.
- This song is a playable track on the video games Guitar Hero (a cover version and the first of the series), Guitar Hero: Smash Hits, Singstar Party, SingStar Pop (US Version), Just Dance 2, Dance Dance Revolution Universe 2, Rocksmith, and is downloadable content for the Rock Band series.
- The song was featured in the trailer for the 2008 movie Hancock starring Will Smith.
- Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed a paso doble to this song during week 2 of Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 7).
- The song was used in adverts for the British dating show of the same name in 2011
- The song was used in the BBC 3 show. World Cups Most Shocking Moments.
- The song was also featured in the soundtrack in Shaun White Skateboarding.
Scissor Sisters cover 
The song was covered by the Scissor Sisters in 2004 on the B side to their single "Mary" and "Filthy/Gorgeous". In Australia, the song received substantial airplay and was ranked #44 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004 while the original version was ranked #1. The original version also placed #100 on their hottest 100 of all time.
Other versions 
- In 2006, an acoustic version of "Take Me Out" was recorded in Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States. This version of the song would appear as a b-side to the exclusive fan club release of Swallow, Smile.
- The Magic Numbers also covered this song for a live session for Jo Whiley's Radio 1 show on BBC radio in February 2006, as did Guillemots in September 2006. Biffy Clyro also recorded a very different take on this song for Zane Lowe's show.
- Finger Eleven is also known for playing this song live, usually in a medley of their "Paralyzer", Led Zeppelin's "Trampled Underfoot" and Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall Part 2".
- The Brazilian instrumental rock band Camarones Orquestra Guitarrística often includes an instrumental version of "Take Me Out" on their set list
- Ryan Lewis mashed the song up with 2Pac's "Crooked Nigga Too."
In March 2005, Q magazine placed "Take Me Out" at #41 in its list of the 100 Greatest Guitar Tracks. In September 2005, the same magazine named it the 34th greatest track ever performed by a British band. Q made another list for their television channel, also named Q, they made a list of 100 greatest Indie Anthems where "Take Me Out" featured on #6.
In May 2007, NME magazine placed "Take Me Out" on #16 in its list of the 50 Greatest Indie Anthems Ever, whereas MTV2 placed it on #7 in their version of the 50 greatest Indie Anthems ever, which was loosely based on NME's list.
Pitchfork Media gave it a four and a half star rating stating "For once, the NME could be spot-on. There's a reason, after all, that this track shot to #3 on the UK pop charts within a week of its release." Pitchfork Media later ranked the song #44 of its top 500 tracks of the 2000s.
In October 2011, NME placed it at number 27 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".
Formats and track listings 
- Triple J hottest 100 2004, Retrieved 2009-07-22
- RIAA Gold & Platinum Searchable Database - Franz Ferdinand Singles, Retrieved 2009-07-20
- Franz Ferdinand 'Take Me Out' - Xfm
- New NBA Live 2005/NHL 2005 Soundtrack Details
- EA announces Madden 2005 soundtrack - Xbox News at GameSpot
- Amazon.com: Mary, Pt. 1: Music: Scissor Sisters
- Franz Ferdinand dot Net
- "Ryan Lewis - "Pac' Vs. Ferdinand"".
- "Pitchfork Media Top 500 Tracks of the 2000s: 50-21". Pitchfork.com. August 20, 2009. Retrieved 14 May 2011.
- The School of Rock, John Sutherland An interpretation of the song in the Guardian.
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