2 Rights Make 1 Wrong

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"2 Rights Make 1 Wrong"
Song by Mogwai
from the album Rock Action
Released30 April 2001
RecordedTarbox Road Studios
Cassadaga, New York, United States
Sorcerer Sound Studios
New York City, United States
Cava Studios
Glasgow, Scotland
Songwriter(s)Stuart Braithwaite, Andrew Johnson, Craig Tattersal
Producer(s)David Fridmann
Rock Action track listing
  1. "Sine Wave"
  2. "Take Me Somewhere Nice"
  3. "O I Sleep"
  4. "Dial: Revenge"
  5. "You Don't Know Jesus"
  6. "Robot Chant"
  7. "2 Rights Make 1 Wrong"
  8. "Secret Pint"

"2 Rights Make 1 Wrong" is a song by Scottish post-rock band Mogwai from their 2001 album Rock Action.


"2 Rights Make 1 Wrong" is a nine-minute-long instrumental song, featuring a wide range of instrumentation, including guitars, bass, drums, brass, and banjo. The track also features indecipherable vocals run through a vocoder which were sung by Barry Burns, as well as chanting towards the end of the song performed by Charles Clark and Willie Campbell of Astrid, Gary Lightbody of Snow Patrol, and Gruff Rhys of Super Furry Animals. The banjo during the coda was programmed by The Remote Viewer. The song's title is a reference to the logical fallacy, "Two wrongs make a right", and, quite commonly for Mogwai, has nothing to do with the actual song.

When played live, the song is often extended, through usage of cello (usually played by Luke Sutherland) playing along to the vocoder melody, and an electronic drumbeat-backed outro, which builds into a massive crescendo. Often, it is performed in a medley, preceded by "Secret Pint" and a brief version of "Punk Rock". A version of the song was recorded for Steve Lamacq's show on BBC Radio 1, in April 2001. The song was originally titled "Banjo".[1]

This song is played in the US TV show Queer as Folk and is played at the end of episode 11 of the 5th season.


  • Stuart Braithwaite - guitar
  • Dominic Aitchison - bass guitar
  • Martin Bulloch - drums
  • John Cummings - guitar
  • Barry Burns - vocoder
  • David Fridmann – producer
  • Charles Clark – vocals
  • Willie Campbell – vocals
  • Gary Lightbody – vocals
  • Gruff Rhys – vocals


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