Black Fingernails, Red Wine (song)

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"Black Fingernails, Red Wine"
Eskimo Joe - Balck Fingernails Red Wine Single.PNG
Single by Eskimo Joe
from the album Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Released 13 May 2006 (2006-05-13)
Format CD, Digital download, Limited Edition Enhanced CD Single, 7" Vinyl, 12" Vinyl
Recorded at The Grove Studios in December 2005 to January 2006
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:09
Label Warner, Mushroom
Songwriter(s) Kavyen Temperley, Stuart MacLeod and Joel Quartermain
Producer(s) Eskimo Joe
Eskimo Joe singles chronology
"Life Is Better with You"
"Black Fingernails, Red Wine"

"Black Fingernails, Red Wine" is the first single by Australian alternative rock band Eskimo Joe, taken from their third studio album of the same name. It has been their most successful single to date: their first song to chart in the top ten of the ARIA Singles Chart (peaking at #6); spent 19 weeks in the top 20, and won Single of the Year at the ARIA Music Awards of 2006. It also made #2 on the Triple J Hottest 100, 2006. The single was released as the band's debut single in the United States in August 2007.

Two music videos were made for this song:

  1. Showed the band members in a car, kidnapping people in the middle of the night. At the end of the video, the kidnapped people were revealed to be Eskimo Joe themselves. When Kavyen Temperley was a guest on The Glass House, he offered that this symbolised that Eskimo Joe had changed, and the kidnapped band were the old Eskimo Joe.
  2. A simple performance video, showing the band playing in an old building.

Due to the criminal theme of the first video, it received an MA15+ classification in Australia, restricting it to night-time airplay. The second promo clip was made to enable the song to be played by daytime music shows.

Track listings[edit]

All tracks written by Eskimo Joe.

CD single / iTunes EP
No. Title Length
1. "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" 4:06
2. "Japanese Waitress" 3:00
3. "Don't Get Me Wrong" 4:50
4. "From the Sea" (Performed Live on Rove Live 8 June 2004) 3:24

All tracks written by Eskimo Joe.

Limited Edition CD single
No. Title Length
1. "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" 4:06
2. "Trying to Sleep" 2:56
3. Untitled (Create Your Own Ringtone)  

All tracks written by Eskimo Joe.

7" Vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Black Fingernails, Red Wine" 4:06
2. "Trying to Sleep" 2:56

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia 13 May 2006 Warner, Mushroom CD, Digital download 5101137632
7 September 2006 CD 5101138732

The CDROM on the Limited Edition Enhanced CD Single has the following explanation:

This CD contains software that, for a limited time, enables the consumer to create and buy their very own personalised ringtones, you can choose any part of any track on this CD as your ringtone.


Chart (2006) Peak
position [1]
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 6
Australian Triple J Hottest 100, 2006 2
Australasian ARIA Singles Chart 2
New Zealand RIANZ Singles Chart 13


  1. ^ "Music Square - Peak Positions". Archived from the original on 6 February 2012. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 

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