Alligator (song)

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"Alligator"
Tegan and sara alligator.jpg
Single by Tegan and Sara
from the album Sainthood
B-side "Passion Pit Remix"
Released October 26, 2009 (2009-10-26)
Format
Recorded 2009
Genre Indie pop
Length 2:41
Label
Songwriter(s)
  • Tegan Quin
  • Sara Quin
Tegan and Sara singles chronology
"Hell"
(2009)
"Alligator"
(2009)
"Closer"
(2012)
"Hell"
(2009)
"Alligator"
(2009)
"Closer"
(2012)

"Alligator" is the second single taken from Canadian rock duo Tegan and Sara's sixth studio album Sainthood (2009). It was originally released in the United Kingdom in October 2009, a day before the release of the album, as a digital download.[1] In March 2010, the single was released 17 track remix album in the United Kingdom, United States and Canada as a digital download and 12" vinyl.[2][3] The single charted at number 32 in the Billboard Hot Dance Club Songs.

Sara has stated that the song "was the first song I wrote for Tegan and Sara that didn’t involve guitar whatsoever. There were lots of songs I’d written where I took guitars out or fooled with the instrumentation later on, but Alligator was the first song that I sat down and wrote without even thinking of the guitar. I picked a piano riff that I thought was cool, looped it, and just started building from there."[4]

Critical reception[edit]

"Alligator" received positive reactions from critics. Allmusic writer Tim Sendra called the song "catchy", while BBC said "Sara’s songs are woozy, inventive, heavily electronic affairs: cold, stark opener "Arrow", the seasick, disembodied "Night Watch" and the baroque disco of "Alligator" are all her tracks and all album highlights."[5][6] Pitchfork Media said in a review of the album that ""On Directing" or "Alligator"" were "two obvious album highlights", and in a review of the track itself by Dan Weiss said "Nothing on Gossip's club-oriented new album will sound as good on the floor as the "over you, over you" chants designed to negate the alligator tears of the title here".[7][8]

Music video[edit]

The video for "Alligator" starts off with Sara lying in a bed covered in snow, and Tegan inside of an igloo as they both sing the song. Sara then walks over to the igloo and takes out a brick to see Tegan. The igloo then collapses, and Sara tries to find Tegan in the bricks. She finds her and pulls her out, and they then lie on the bricks. Interspersed with the video, it shows Tegan and Sara with other people dancing.

Track listing[edit]

Digital download
  1. Alligator - 2:41
  2. Passion Pit Remix - 3:07
  3. Holy Fuck Remix - 3:23
  4. Four Tet Remix - 5:19
  5. Murge Remix - 2:14
Alligator (Remixes)
  1. Automatic Panic Extended Remix - 5:06
  2. Bill Hamel Dub - 6:40
  3. Dave Sitek Remix - 3:39
  4. Doveman Remix - 3:19
  5. Hi-Def Remix - 3:37
  6. Josh Harris Club Remix - 6:31
  7. Kevin St. Croix Remix - 8:24
  8. Mad Decent K.K.S Remix - 5:50
  9. Toro Y Moi Remix - 4:08
  10. VHS or Beta Remix - 5:20
Digital and vinyl
  1. Holy Fuck Remix - 3:23
  2. Passion Pit Remix - 3:07
  3. Toro Y Moi Remix - 4:08
  4. VHS or Beta Remix - 5:20
  5. Doveman Remix - 3:19
  6. Four Tet Remix - 5:19
  7. Murge Remix - 2:14
  8. Ra Ra Riot Remix - 2:47
  9. Automatic Panic Extended Remix - 5:06
  10. Hi-Def Remix - 3:37
  11. Dave Sitek Remix - 3:39
  12. Sara's Demo - 2:41
Digital album bonus tracks
  1. Morgan Page Remix - 8:04
  2. Kevin St. Croix Remix - 8:24
  3. Mad Decent K.K.S Remix - 5:50
  4. Josh Harris Club Remix - 6:31
  5. Hamel Remix - 6:40

Charts[edit]

Chart (2010) Peak
position
US Dance Club Songs (Billboard)[9] 32

Release history[edit]

Region Date Edition
United Kingdom[1] 26 October 2009
  • Standard single
United States, Canada[2] 29 March 2010
  • Remix album
United Kingdom[3]
United Kingdom[10] 18 June 2010
  • Alligator (Remixes)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Alligator - EP by Tegan and Sara". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Alligator by Tegan and Sara". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  3. ^ a b "iTunes - Music - Alligator by Tegan and Sara". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  4. ^ Lockett, Dee (2016-06-03). "Tegan and Sara Pick Their 10 Best Songs". vulture.com. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Sendra, Tim (2009-10-27). "Sainthood - Tegan and Sara : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  6. ^ "Music - Review of Tegan and Sara - Sainthood". BBC. Retrieved 2012-06-03. 
  7. ^ "Tegan and Sara: Sainthood | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. 2009-10-30. Retrieved 2012-03-08. 
  8. ^ "Tegan and Sara: Alligator | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 24 November 2013. 
  9. ^ "Tegan and Sara Chart History (Dance Club Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  10. ^ "iTunes - Music - Alligator (Remixes) by Tegan and Sara". iTunes Store. Apple. Retrieved 24 November 2013.