Young Folks

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"Young Folks"
Single by Peter Bjorn and John featuring Victoria Bergsman
from the album Writer's Block
B-side "Ancient Curse"
Released August 7, 2006
Format CD single, 7"
Genre Indie rock, neo-psychedelia
Length 4:38 (album version)
4:05 (single version)
Label Wichita Recordings
Peter Bjorn and John singles chronology
"Teen Mode"
(2005)
"Young Folks"
(2006)
"Let's Call It Off"
(2006)

"Young Folks" is the first single from Peter Bjorn and John's third album, Writer's Block (released in 2006). The single features Victoria Bergsman as a guest vocalist.

Reception[edit]

The song first attracted notice on websites such as MySpace and YouTube, and was used in a number of European commercials and television shows. Since mid-2007 has the song earned extensive airplay on American radio, most notably on dance radio outlets like KNHC/Seattle, KNGY/San Francisco and Sirius Satellite's "The Beat". It is notable for being a popular song with whistling (the whistling was originally added in as a placeholder for another instrument [1]). The whistling and part of the song have a tune reminiscent of the "oriental riff".[1]

The song was ranked #5 on Pitchfork Media's "Top 100 Tracks of 2006" list.[2] Pitchfork reviewed the song on 19 July 2006, giving it three out of five stars.[3] The song was also voted #2 in the 2006 NME Track of the Year poll.[4] Planet Sound named this their #2 single of 2006. The song was named the number one song of 2007 according to the iTunes Store. Y-Rock On XPN also named the song #1 of 2007. In October 2011, NME placed it at number 92 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years".[5] It was included in Spinner's 10 Best Whistling Parts in Songs.[6] Rolling Stone put the song also on its list of the 15 Best Whistling Songs of All Time.[7]

The single was re-released on 17 September 2007, when it reached number 13 in the UK, beating the original chart position of number 33 in 2006.

Music video[edit]

The video was directed by Ted Malmros with animation by Graham Samuels. It is featured in the SingStar game series on Singstar Pop 2, as well as the Xbox 360 game Lips.

The video starts off with Peter and Victoria sitting in a park, on a bench. Peter teaches Victoria how to whistle. Then the video switches over to them both sitting in a bus where the song starts. Throughout the video, scenes of the band playing the song can be seen and eventually the video ends with a big party where everybody "seems to disappear".

Live performances[edit]

The group performed the song on Late Night with Conan O'Brien on 29 January 2007, and on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on 18 May 2007, (the latter with Tonight Show band member Vicki Randle on bongos). On 29 September 2007, the band played "Young Folks", with Victoria Bergsman's vocals, on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross on BBC1. When the band performed the song at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, Bergsman's vocals were performed by Bebban Stenborg of Shout Out Louds. On Peter Bjorn and John's 2008 Australian tour, Victoria Bergsman's vocals were performed by Tracyanne Campbell of Camera Obscura.

Track listings[edit]

Vinyl release

  1. "Young Folks" (Feat. Victoria Bergsman)
  2. "Ancient Curse"

CD release

  1. "Young Folks" (Feat. Victoria Bergsman)
  2. "Ancient Curse"
  3. "All Those Expectations"
  4. "Young Folks (Scumfrogs Remix)" (Feat. Victoria Bergsman)

Peak positions[edit]

Chart (2006-2007) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[8] 42
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[9] 2
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[10] 7
Canada (Nielsen SoundScan) 26
Finland (Suomen virallinen lista)[11] 9
Germany (Media Control AG)[12] 31
Ireland (IRMA)[13] 24
Netherlands (Mega Single Top 100)[14] 75
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[15] 13
US Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles 10

Use in popular culture[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.wired.com/listening_post/2007/03/listening_to_pe/
  2. ^ "The Top 100 Tracks of 2006". Pitchfork Media. December 18, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  3. ^ ":: MTV | Single Jahrescharts 2007 | charts". Web.archive.org. 2010-01-24. Archived from the original on 2010-01-24. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  4. ^ "Hot Chip named track of the year". NME. December 10, 2006. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  5. ^ "150 BEST TRACKS OF THE PAST 15 YEARS". NME. 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  6. ^ Dilettoso, Stephen (January 12, 2010). "10 Best Whistling Parts in Songs". Spinner. AOL. Retrieved July 8, 2012. 
  7. ^ Murphy, Kate (September 30, 2011). "The 15 Best Whistling Songs of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved January 21, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Australian-charts.com – Peter Bjorn And John feat. Victoria Bergsman – Young Folks". ARIA Top 50 Singles.
  9. ^ "Ultratop.be – Peter Bjorn And John feat. Victoria Bergsman – Young Folks" (in Dutch). Ultratip.
  10. ^ "Ultratop.be – Peter Bjorn And John feat. Victoria Bergsman – Young Folks" (in French). Ultratip.
  11. ^ "Peter Bjorn And John feat. Victoria Bergsman: Young Folks" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland.
  12. ^ "Die ganze Musik im Internet: Charts, News, Neuerscheinungen, Tickets, Genres, Genresuche, Genrelexikon, Künstler-Suche, Musik-Suche, Track-Suche, Ticket-Suche – musicline.de" (in German). Media Control Charts. PhonoNet GmbH.
  13. ^ "Chart Track". Irish Singles Chart.
  14. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Peter Bjorn And John feat. Victoria Bergsman – Young Folks" (in Dutch). Mega Single Top 100.
  15. ^ "Archive Chart" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved October 14, 2012.
  16. ^ "Gossip Girl Music - Season 5, Episode 13". The CW. January 2012. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  17. ^ Marsi, Steve (January 31, 2012). "Gossip Girl Music From "G.G."". TV Fanatic. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  18. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". Web.archive.org. 2011-04-26. Archived from the original on 2011-04-26. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  19. ^ "James Blunt on The Jo Whiley Show". BBC. Retrieved February 19, 2008. 
  20. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (September 25, 2007). "Review / The sun comes out for James Blunt, but heaven knows he's miserable now". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved February 19, 2008. 
  21. ^ Fahey, Mike (September 11, 2007). "FIFA 08 Soundtrack Announced". Kotaku. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  22. ^ "Gossip Girl Music - Season 1, Pilot". The CW. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  23. ^ "21 (2008) - Cast & Crew". Yahoo! Movies. Retrieved April 2, 2012. 
  24. ^ Like (2011-06-27). "Promo: Who The (BLEEP) Did I Marry? on Vimeo". Vimeo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 

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