I'm a Realist

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"I'm a Realist"
Single by The Cribs
from the album Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
B-side "Bastards of Young"
"I'm a Realist" (Postal Service Remix)
Released 25 February 2008
Format 7" vinyl, Digital Download
Recorded Vancouver, British Columbia
Genre Indie rock, Alternative rock
Length 3:03

United KingdomRepublic of Ireland Wichita Recordings
United StatesCanada Warner Bros. Records
AustraliaNew Zealand Shock
Europe Cooperative Music

Japan Hostess
Songwriter(s) Jarman, Jarman and Jarman
Producer(s) Alex Kapranos
The Cribs singles chronology
"Don't You Wanna Be Relevant? / Our Bovine Public"
"I'm a Realist"
"Cheat on Me"
"Don't You Wanna Be Relevant? / Our Bovine Public"
(October 2007)
"I'm a Realist'
(February 2008)
"Cheat on Me"
(August 2009)
Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever track listing
  1. "Our Bovine Public"
  2. "Girls Like Mystery"
  3. "Men's Needs"
  4. "Moving Pictures"
  5. "I'm a Realist"
  6. "Major's Titling Victory"
  7. "Women's Needs"
  8. "I've Tried Everything"
  9. "My Life Flashed Before My Eyes"
  10. "Be Safe"
  11. "Ancient History"
  12. "Shoot the Poets"

"I'm a Realist" is the fourth and final single from the third album by British indie rock band The Cribs, released in February 2008. Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever, released in May 2007, featured three other commercially successful and critically lauded songs in the form of 'Men's Needs', 'Moving Pictures' and 'Our Bovine Public'. Recorded at the Warehouse Studio in Vancouver, British Columbia with Franz Ferdinand vocalist and guitarist Alex Kapranos, the song received mastering treatment at Alchemy, London, United Kingdom.[1]

Physical release[edit]

The song received a physical release on seven inch vinyl and digital download. Frequent band collaborator Nick Scott designed the sleeve, with the release featuring the catalogue number 'WEBB163S'.[2]


The seven inch vinyl b-side featured a cover of 'Bastards of Young' by The Replacements, a group that the Jarman brothers have long admired. Bernard Butler produced the song, recorded at West Heath Studios, London. A remix of the single by the Postal Service also features on the rare North American version of the vinyl, available only at the dates on that continental tour in 2008.[3]


The song came backed with a sticker of the band and therefore made the release chart ineligible due to BPI restrictions. The music video features a 'doomed' rendezvous between two friends at a Cribs concert, with the protagonist succumbing to death in the bath via a falling plant pot. The band make a fleeting appearance at the end of the video.

Track Listings[edit]

All tracks written by Gary Jarman, Ross Jarman and Ryan Jarman.

7" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "I'm a Realist" 3:03
2. "Bastards of Young" 3:30


  1. ^ "'The Cribs Find a Home with Alex Kapranos'". Retrieved 2012-09-10. 
  2. ^ "Narcsville". 13 September 2012. Retrieved 2012-09-13. 
  3. ^ 'Liner Notes' from 'I'm a Realist' single (London: Wichita Recordings, 2008)

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