Under Cover of Darkness

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"Under Cover of Darkness"
Single by The Strokes
from the album Angles
B-side "You're So Right"
Released 9 February 2011 (free download)
11 February 2011
Format 7" vinyl, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Garage rock
Length 3:56
Label RCA, Rough Trade
Writer(s) J. Casablancas, A. Hammond, Jr., F. Moretti, N. Valensi
Producer(s) Gus Oberg, Joe Chiccarelli, The Strokes
The Strokes singles chronology
"You Only Live Once"
(2006)
"Under Cover of Darkness"
(2011)
"Taken for a Fool"
(2011)

"Under Cover of Darkness" is a song by American rock band The Strokes. The single served as the lead single for their fourth studio album, Angles and was released online on 9 February 2011 as a free download for 48 hours exclusively.[1] It is the first single release from the band in five years, following the release of "You Only Live Once" in 2006. "Under Cover of Darkness" received positive reviews, managing to reach BBC Radio 1's A Playlist; before going on to debut at number 47 on the respective chart.[2] In October 2011, NME placed it at number 133 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[3]

Track listing[edit]

Digital download[1]
No. Title Length
1. "Under Cover of Darkness"   3:55
Vinyl[4]
No. Title Length
1. "Under Cover of Darkness"   3:55
2. "You're So Right"   2:34

Music video[edit]

The music video for the song was released on March 2, 2011. The video was directed and produced by Warren Fu at Loew's Jersey Theatre in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 17, 2011. The video begins with a clip of the music video for "You Only Live Once", and contains a reference to the song "Last Nite". The reference occurs when Julian Casablancas throws his microphone stand (which he also did in the video for "Last Nite") as he's saying "everybody's singing the same song for 10 years".[citation needed]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2011) Peak
Position
Canada Hot 100 88
Canada: Active Rock[5] 21
Canada: Alternative Rock[6] 3
France Top 100 75
Ireland (IRMA)[7] 46
Japan Hot 100 9
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 47
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs 12
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 23

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format
United Kingdom 9 February 2011[1] Digital Download
Worldwide 11 February 2011
United Kingdom 1 March 2011[4] Vinyl
16 April 2011[1]


In popular culture[edit]

"Under Cover Of Darkness" was made available for download on July 24, 2012 to play in Rock Band 3 Basic and PRO mode utilizing real guitar / bass guitar, and MIDI compatible electronic drum kits / keyboards.


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