The Rakes discography

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The Rakes discography
Studio albums 3
EPs 1
Singles 9

The Rakes were an indie rock band based in London, England. At the time of the band splitting in October 2009, the band line-up consisted of Alan Donohoe (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Matthew Swinnerton (lead guitar), Jamie Hornsmith (bass) and Lasse Petersen (drums). The Rakes' discography consisted of three studio albums, one EP and nine singles.[1]

The Rakes released their debut studio album, Capture/Release, in the UK in August 2005 on V2 Records. The record was generally well received by critics,[2] and achieved a peak position of #32 on the UK Albums Chart. A total of six singles were released from the album, with the most successful being the bonus track on the reissue of the album, "All Too Human", which peaked at #22 in the UK Singles Chart in March 2006.[3] In October 2005, the band released an EP in the United States, which featured six different tracks including three songs from the album, two previously unreleased tracks and a remix of the song "Retreat".[4]

On 19 March 2007, The Rakes released their second album, Ten New Messages, which achieved a peak position of #38 in the UK Albums Chart, and was preceded by the first single from the record, "The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect". The album was the band's most successful in France, achieving a peak position of #77 in the SNEP chart.[5] The group released their third and most recent studio album, Klang on 23 March 2009. The record was their least successful commercially, failing to chart in the UK, and peaking at #91 in France.[5] Before the band split, only one single was released from the album; "1989" was released one week before the album but failed to chart in the UK.

Studio albums[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions
2005 Capture/Release
  • Released: 15 August 2005
  • Label: V2 (VVR1032762)
  • Formats: CD, LP, Download
32 122
2007 Ten New Messages
  • Released: 19 March 2007
  • Label: V2 (VVR1041852)
  • Formats: LP, CD, Download
38 77
2009 Klang
  • Released: 23 March 2009
  • Label: V2 (VVR701574)
  • Formats: LP, CD, download
109[6] 91
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Extended plays[edit]

Year Details Peak chart positions
2005 Retreat EP
  • Released: 11 October 2005
  • Label: Dim Mak (DM 092)
  • Formats: CD
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.


Year Title Chart peak positions Album
2004 "22 Grand Job" (maxi single) Capture/Release
"Strasbourg" 57
2005 "Retreat" 24
"Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)" 28
"22 Grand Job" 39
2006 "All Too Human" 22
2007 "The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect" Ten New Messages
"We Danced Together" 38
2009 "1989" Klang
"That's the Reason"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Compilation and soundtrack appearances[edit]

The Rakes have had a number of songs featured on compilation albums. The songs "Strasbourg", "22 Grand Job" and "Binary Love" have all appeared on New Musical Express albums. "22 Grand Job" and "Retreat" have featured on V2 compilations. The track "The World Was a Mess But His Hair Was Perfect" appeared on the 2007 CD, The State of Independence.[1] The video game FIFA 06 featured a censored version of the song "Strasbourg". "1989" is in Dirt 2.


  1. ^ a b "The Rakes discography". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  2. ^ "The Rakes: Capture / Release". Metacritic. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  3. ^ a b c "UK Chartlog: The Rabble Army - RZA". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  4. ^ a b "Rakes, The - Retreat EP". Discogs. Retrieved 2009-09-16. 
  5. ^ a b c "French album positions". Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
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