Nights Out

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Nights Out
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Studio album by
Released8 September 2008
GenreElectronica, synthpop, indie pop, new wave
Length44:12
LabelBecause
ProducerMetronomy
Metronomy chronology
Pip Paine (Pay the £5000 You Owe)
(2006)
Nights Out
(2008)
The English Riviera
(2011)

Nights Out is the second studio album by English electronic music band Metronomy, released on 8 September 2008 by Because Music.[1]

Background[edit]

The starting point for the album was, according to lead singer Joseph Mount, "a half-arsed concept album about going out and having a crap time."[2][3]

Mount wrote and recorded most of the album by himself, but instrumentalists Gabriel Stebbing and Oscar Cash "play bits on a couple of tracks on the album and it's kind of become... Metronomy used to be a him and now it's definitely a they – which takes the heat off me a bit as well".[4]

Artwork[edit]

The artwork for the album was created by airbrush artist Philip Castle.

Release[edit]

The commercial pressing of the album has a printing error on the cover; instead of reading Nights Out, it merely says Nights. The promotional version is unaffected. It is unknown whether this will be rectified in the next pressing of the album.[citation needed]

In 2012, the album was awarded a double silver certification from the Independent Music Companies Association (IMPALA), denoting sales in excess of 40,000 copies across Europe.[5]

Singles and EPs[edit]

Four singles/EPs were released from Nights Out: Radio Ladio – EP, My Heart Rate Rapid – EP, Holiday – Single and Heartbreaker.

"Radio Ladio", released on 12 November 2007, the accompanying video by Daniel Brereton features Joseph, Oscar and Gabriel with their skin painted blues and greens, playing kiddie-like pianos that have incorrect keys while they lust after an unobtainable woman, who at the end is revealed to be a cardboard cut-out.

"My Heart Rate Rapid", released on 7 April 2008, featured remixes from Primary 1 and Maton while the video directed by Dandi Wind featured zentai-suited women dancing in front of a backdrop of lava flows, eruptions fire, toy trains and psychedelic animations.[citation needed]

"Holiday" was first released as a single on 7 July 2008, along with a video by Daniel Brereton.[6] It features the band playing in a studio with weird objects such as a warped mirror, a coloured lilo and many men walking through, holding such objects entering and leaving the shot. Most notably the band all wear sunglasses with the word Holiday written on the lens.

"Holiday" was jointly released in France with Heartbreaker on 1 August 2008 with remixes by other artists.[citation needed]

"Heartbreaker" is the fourth song, released on 1 September 2008 and features the Heartbreaker – EP and Heartbreaker (Dark Disco Remixes) – EP. The video was released on an enhanced version of Nights Out and shows Oscar Cash (apparently having been dumped by a girl) with his friends in their car going to an arcade, a fair and the beach, among others.[citation needed]

"A Thing for Me" is the fifth single and the first released subsequent to the release of Nights Out. The video features the band and several girls and karaoke words on them with the rolling ball hitting them on the head as it is sung along. It also features cutaways to a projector slideshow with speech bubbles featuring the lyrics (even though some are just words that sound alike). The song recently remixed by French artist Breakbot (on Ed Banger Records).[7]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[1]
Artrocker[8]
ChartAttack4/5[9]
Drowned in Sound8/10[10]
Gigwise [11]
The Guardian[12]
The Independent[13]
NME9/10[14]
The Observer[15]
Pitchfork6.6/10[16]
This Is Fake DIY9/10[17]

The album was placed at number five on NME's "Top 50 Albums of 2008" list.[18]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Metronomy.

No.TitleLength
1."Nights Out"2:39
2."The End of You Too"3:43
3."Radio Ladio"3:33
4."My Heart Rate Rapid"4:09
5."Heartbreaker"4:13
6."On the Motorway"2:35
7."Side 2"3:29
8."Holiday"4:15
9."A Thing for Me"3:28
10."Back on the Motorway"3:54
11."On Dancefloors"4:43
12."Nights Outro"3:13
Total length:44:12
Enhanced version
No.TitleLength
13."Radio Ladio" (music video)3:35
14."Holiday" (music video)3:29
15."Heartbreaker" (music video)3:46
US iTunes Store bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Please Me"2:39
14."The Chase"2:32
15."Heartbreaker" (Discodeine Remix)5:15
16."Heartbreaker" (Kris Menace Remix)5:40
UK iTunes Store bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
13."Need Now Future"4:02
14."Radio Ladio" (music video)3:35
15."Holiday" (music video)3:29
16."Heartbreaker" (music video)3:46

Nights In[edit]

A six-track bonus CD was released alongside the album and was available if the album was purchased in Rough Trade stores or in the Rough Trade Album Club. The CD contains:

No.TitleLength
1."Our Raid" 
2."Let's Have a Party" 
3."The Chase" 
4."Holiday" (Bedtime Dub) 
5."Please Me" 
6."Over" 

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Nights Out.[19]

  • Metronomy – recording, production, mixing
  • Nilesh Patel – mastering
  • Philip Castle – original artwork
  • MD – design

Charts[edit]

2008 chart performance for Nights Out
Chart (2008) Peak
position
French Albums (SNEP)[20] 129
UK Albums (OCC)[21] 106
2019 chart performance for Nights Out
Chart (2019) Peak
position
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[22] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b O'Brien, Jon. Nights Out at AllMusic
  2. ^ Haider, Arwa (30 June 2008). "Metronomy light up the electro stage". Metro. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  3. ^ O'Dair, Marcus (11 April 2008). "Ones to watch: Five of the best new acts". The Independent. Archived from the original on 21 June 2022. Retrieved 19 April 2008.
  4. ^ Milton, Jamie (28 March 2008). "Not Your Average Night Out – Metronomy". Gigwise. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Impala Sales Award-Preisträger 2012". VUT. 15 June 2012. Archived from the original on 27 April 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Daniel Brereton's Videos on Vimeo".
  7. ^ "Metronomy x Breakbot". Asianmandan.com. 14 August 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Nights Out". Artrocker. Archived from the original on 7 August 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  9. ^ Villeneuve, Phil (12 September 2008). "Metronomy — Nights Out". CHARTattack. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  10. ^ Skinner, James (14 September 2008). "Metronomy – Nights Out / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Drowned in Sound. Archived from the original on 11 July 2012. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Metronomy – 'Nights Out' (Because) Released 08/09/08". Gigwise. 9 September 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  12. ^ Alex Macpherson (5 September 2008). "CD: Metronomy, Nights Out". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  13. ^ "Album: Metronomy, Nights Out (Because Music) – Reviews, Music". The Independent. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2011.[dead link]
  14. ^ "NME Album Reviews – Metronomy". NME. 5 September 2008. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  15. ^ Jaimie Hodgson (10 August 2008). "Electronic review: Metronomy, Nights Out". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  16. ^ "Metronomy: Nights Out". Pitchfork. 18 November 2008. Retrieved 1 November 2018.
  17. ^ "Metronomy – 'Nights Out'". Thisisfakediy.co.uk. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  18. ^ "Top 50 Albums Of 2008 – NME". NME. 18 December 2008. Retrieved 15 June 2018.
  19. ^ Nights Out (liner notes). Metronomy. Because Music. 2008. BEC5156493.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  20. ^ "Lescharts.com – Metronomy – Nights Out". Hung Medien. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  21. ^ "Chart Log UK (1994–2010): M – My Vitriol". Zobbel.de. Retrieved 27 December 2021.
  22. ^ "Official Independent Albums Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 27 December 2021.