Black Fingernails, Red Wine

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Black Fingernails, Red Wine
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Studio album by Eskimo Joe
Released 10 June 2006 (2006-06-10)
Recorded The Grove Studios, December 2005 to January 2006
Genre Alternative rock
Pop rock
Hard rock
Length 42:37
Label Mushroom, Warner
Producer Eskimo Joe
Eskimo Joe chronology
A Song Is a City
(2004)A Song Is a City2004
Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Beating like a Drum
(2007)Beating like a Drum2007
Singles from Black Fingernails, Red Wine
  1. "Black Fingernails, Red Wine"
    Released: 13 May 2006
  2. "Sarah"
    Released: 16 September 2006
  3. "New York"
    Released: 3 February 2007
  4. "Breaking Up"
    Released: 16 May 2007
  5. "London Bombs"
    Released: 6 October 2007
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
The Age 4/5 stars[citation needed]
The Herald Sun 4/5 stars[citation needed]

Black Fingernails, Red Wine is the third studio album by Eskimo Joe, released on 10 June 2006. The album became their first Australian ARIA Albums Chart #1, debuting at that spot on the chart week of 19 June 2006. The album has been certified 4x Platinum in Australia.[2] It is their best selling album to date. The album was released as the band's debut album in the United States on 25 September 2007.

In early 2007 a special edition of the album was released featured a bonus remix EP which was originally sold at Eskimo Joe concerts during their Beating like a Drum tour.


To record the album the band enlisted sound engineer, Matt Lovell (The Mess Hall, Jebediah, Sleepy Jackson) and also stepped up to the desk and took on production duties themselves for the first time.

The album is noted for being heavily influenced by the production techniques and sound of early 80's rock, with many similarities to vintage Icehouse and INXS. James Law guested on keyboards on the album, and, in Juice Magazine, referred to his contributions as "funkalicous '80s cult of snap jam pumping flavas." This has led to Tony Martin (Get This, Triple M), back-announcing their songs by calling them 'INXSkimo Joe'. Kavyen Temperley explains "I always think of things in a concept-record type of way. So I wanted to make a record as if we were a stadium rock band" "If we were like INXS, what kind of record would I want to write?". Interestingly enough, the band recorded Black Fingernails, Red Wine on the central coast of NSW's "The Grove Studios." The Grove Studios were originally known as "Mangrove Studios" and were formerly owned by INXS bass player Garry Gary Beers.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Eskimo Joe.

Black Fingernails, Red Wine
No. Title Length
1. "Comfort You" 3:20
2. "New York" 3:52
3. "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" 4:09
4. "Breaking Up" 3:23
5. "Setting Sun" (1) 3:52
6. "London Bombs" 3:51
7. "Sarah" 3:29
8. "This Is Pressure" 4:09
9. "Beating like a Drum" 3:03
10. "Reprise" 1:59
11. "Suicide Girl" 3:04
12. "How Does It Feel" 4:29

1. "Setting Sun" was previously known as "Forever Young".

This EP was released with the special edition of Black Fingernails Red Wine. The EP was to promote the Beating like a Drum tour. It is a remix EP.

No. Title Length
1. "Japanese Waitress" 3:00
2. "Don't Get Me Wrong" 4:50
3. "Trying to Sleep" 2:56
4. "One Little Desire Called Love" 1:43
5. "Hey" 3:20

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia 10 June 2006 Mushroom, Warner CD, Digital download 5101128442
5 May 2007 5144204312
USA 25 September 2007 Rykodisc CD 10922


Chart (2006) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart[3] 1
Australasian Albums Chart 1

Cover art[edit]

The cover art is made up entirely of three cover art pictures from the album. The cover art pictures are from (left to right,) New York, Black Fingernails, Red Wine and Sarah. Cover art by Brisbane artist Dane Lovett


  1. ^ Bolger, Clayton. "Eskimo Joe: Black Fingernails, Red Wine > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 28 September 2011.
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts - Accreditations - 2007 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 2007. Archived from the original on 15 May 2011. Retrieved 2008-04-26. 
  3. ^ "Australian Top 50 Albums Chart". ARIA. Retrieved 2006-11-26. 
Preceded by
Best of Chris Isaak by Chris Isaak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
19 June 2006 – 9 July 2006
24 July 2006 – 30 July 2006
Succeeded by
Desert Lights by Something for Kate