Ulysses (song)

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"Ulysses"
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
B-side "New Kind of Thrill"
"Anyone in Love"
"You Never Go Out Anymore"
Released 2 December 2008 (US digital)
18 January 2009 (2009-01-18) (UK digital)
19 January 2009 (2009-01-19) (CD/7")
Format Digital download, 7", CD
Recorded 2008
Genre Dance-punk, indie rock[1]
Length 3:13
Label Domino
Writer(s) Franz Ferdinand
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"Lucid Dreams"
(2008)
"Ulysses"
(2009)
"No You Girls"
(2009)
Music video
Ulysses on YouTube

"Ulysses" is a song from the Scottish indie rock[2] band Franz Ferdinand. It is the lead single from their third album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.

Song information[edit]

The song "Ulysses" was chosen to be the first single and was in physical format on 19 January 2009. It was debuted live on 5 August 2007 at the "Hey You Get Off My Pavement" festival in Glasgow and has been played at every full set gig since. The song received first airplay at BBC Radio 1 on 17 November 2008, and subsequently became available to download from the Canadian and US iTunes music stores on 2 December 2008. In the United States, the song reached #20 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart,[3] the band's fifth single to appear on that chart. The song also entered the UK Singles Chart at a peak position of #20 on 25 January 2009. The video, directed by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, was premiered on 9 January 2009.

The cover art for the single is part of a series of photographs the band are taking on their travels, recreating crime scenes; this one features Alex Kapranos face-down in the street, presumably dead, while his bandmates look on. The Ulysses cover shot was taken in Brooklyn by Guy Eppel.[4]

"Ulysses" featured on Triple J's Hottest 100 Countdown in 2008, polling 82nd. The track was also featured on the second season of Skins's promo advert.

Ulysses is the Roman name for the Greek mythological hero Odysseus, as well as the title for the novel of the same name by James Joyce.

The song has been used for the television commercial of Toyota Mark X ZiO in Japan since February 2009.,[5] as well as the video game Colin McRae: Dirt 2.

Track listing[edit]

  • CD RUG314CD
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:13
  2. "New Kind of Thrill" - 4:28
  3. "Ulysses" (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation) - 6:13
  • 7" RUG314
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:13
  2. "Anyone in Love" - 2:44
  • 7" RUG314X
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:13
  2. "You Never Go Out Anymore" - 2:05
  • AUS / German CD 88697459512
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:14
  2. "New Kind Of Thrill" - 4:29
  3. "Anyone In Love" - 2:45
  4. "You Never Go Out Anymore" - 2:06
  5. "Ulysses" (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation) - 6:13
  • Download RUG314D
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:14
  2. "New Kind Of Thrill" - 4:29
  3. "Anyone In Love" - 2:45
  4. "You Never Go Out Anymore" - 2:06
  • Additional download releases
  • "Ulysses" (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation) - 6:14 (RUG314D2)
  • "Feeling Kind of Anxious" - 6:31 (RUG314D3)
  • "Ulysses" (Disco Bloodbath Effect) - 8:03 (RUG314D4)
  • "Ulysses" (Mickey Moonlight Remix) - 3:49 (RUG314D5)
  • "Ulysses" - 3:12 (RUG314D7)
  • "Ulysses" (Keith & Supabeatz remix) - 4:48 (RUG314D9)

Chart Information[edit]

It debuted on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart at #20. On the UK Singles Chart, the song debuted at number 20.

Chart[6] Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks [7] 20
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[8] 62
Austrian Singles Chart 45
Canadian Hot 100 73
Dutch Singles Chart 74
European Hot 100 Singles 32
France Singles Top 100 42
Japan Hot 100 Singles 3
Polish Singles Chart[9] 14
Spanish Singles Chart 2
Swiss Singles Chart 44
UK Singles Chart 20

Credits[edit]

  • Artwork By - Franz Ferdinand & Matthew Cooper
  • Engineer - Alexis Smith, Paul Savage
  • Mastered By - Jason Mitchell, John Dent
  • Photography - Guy Eppel
  • Recorded By, Producer - Dan Carey, Franz Ferdinand
  • Songwriter - Franz Ferdinand

Notes[edit]

  • Mastered at Loud Mastering.
  • All songs published by Universal Music Publishing.
  • Track 3 Remixed Paris, February 1922.

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