Take Off Your Colours

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Take Off Your Colours
Take off your colours.jpg
Studio album by You Me at Six
Released 6 October 2008
(see release history)
Recorded March–May 2008 at Outhouse Studios, Reading, England
Genre Pop punk, pop rock, alternative rock

51:09 (Original)

69:07 (Deluxe Edition)
Label Slam Dunk, Epitaph
Producer Matty O'Grady, John Mitchell
You Me at Six chronology
Take Off Your Colours
Hold Me Down
Alternative cover
Deluxe/UK Re-release
Singles from Take Off Your Colours
  1. "Save It for the Bedroom"
    Released: 22 October 2007
  2. "If I Were in Your Shoes"
    Released: 26 March 2008
  3. "Gossip"
    Released: 28 July 2008
  4. "Jealous Minds Think Alike"
    Released: 29 September 2008
  5. "Finders Keepers"
    Released: 24 May 2009
  6. "Kiss and Tell"
    Released: 7 September 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Alternative Press 3/5 stars[1]
Big Cheese 5/5 stars[2]
Blogcritics (favourable)[3]
Kerrang! 4/5 stars[4]
Rock Sound (7/10)[5]
Strange Glue (7/10)[6]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[7]

Take Off Your Colours is the debut full-length studio album by English pop punk band You Me at Six, released on the 6 October 2008 through Slam Dunk Records.[8] The album was a moderate commercial success charting on the UK Albums Chart at No. 25 however, the album was well received by critics.[9] In 2012, the album was certified Gold by the British Phonographic Industry (BPI) for shipments of 100,000 copies.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Josh Franceschi, all music composed by You Me at Six[10].

No. Title Length
1. "The Truth Is a Terrible Thing"   2:51
2. "Gossip"   2:57
3. "Call That a Comeback?"   3:26
4. "Jealous Minds Think Alike"   3:36
5. "Save It for the Bedroom"   3:58
6. "Take Off Your Colours"   3:16
7. "You've Made Your Bed (So Sleep in It)"   4:19
8. "If You Run"   3:57
9. "Tigers and Sharks"   4:27
10. "If I Were in Your Shoes"   3:00
11. "Always Attract" (featuring Elissa Franceschi) 6:05
12. "Nasty Habits"   3:51
13. "The Rumour"   5:15
Total length:

Deluxe edition[edit]

A deluxe edition of Take Off Your Colours was released on July 21, 2009 in the U.S. and September 14, 2009 in the UK. The new version features five additional songs. Tracks 14 & 15 were 2009 singles and tracks 16-18 were B-sides to "Save It for the Bedroom" (2009 re-release), "Gossip" and "Jealous Minds Think Alike" respectively. The deluxe edition also includes the videos for "Finders Keepers" and "Kiss and Tell". Due to recent claims by the band during their UK tour, the deluxe re-release is rumoured to also feature some live recorded tracks, which was proven false. This deluxe version does however contain a remastered version of The Rumour, which includes screamed vocals in the final stages. Track 11 on the album, which also refers to "Always Attract", features guest vocals from frontman Franceschi's sister Elissa Franceschi.

Deluxe edition bonus tracks
  1. "Kiss and Tell" - 3:19
  2. "Finders Keepers" - 3:13
  3. "Sweet Feet" - 3:35
  4. "All Your Fault" - 4:26
  5. "Blue Eyes Don't Lie" - 3:30


The following personnel contributed to Take Off Your Colours:[10]

You Me at Six[edit]

  • Josh Franceschi – lead vocals
  • Chris Miller – lead guitar
  • Max Helyer – rhythm guitar, backing vocals
  • Matt Barnes – bass guitar
  • Dan Flint – drums, percussion

Additional musicians[edit]


  • Matt O'Grady – producer
  • John Mitchell – co-producer, mixing
  • Tim Turan – mastering
  • Tom Barnes – photography
  • Monkey See Monkey Design – artwork, design
  • Ben Ray – A&R
  • Alistair Tant – A&R

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue # Ref.
United Kingdom 6 October 2008 Slam Dunk CD, Digital SLAMD005 [11]
14 September 2009 Virgin Deluxe 2-CD, Digital CDV3063 [12]
United States 21 July 2009 Epitaph CD, Digital 87030 [13]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
UK Album Chart 25


  1. ^ Lucy, Evan (September 2009). "Throwback Pop-Punk: You Me at Six – Take Off Your Colours." Alternative Press (254): p.109
  2. ^ Jen Walker. "You Me At Six: Take Off Your Colours (Slam Dunk) Irresistible debut full-length from rising Surrey pop punks". Big Cheese. Retrieved 2009-11-22. 
  3. ^ Jeff Perkins. "Music Review: You Me At Six - Take Off Your Colours". Blogcritics. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  4. ^ Bryant, Tom (October 2008). "You Me at Six: Take Off Your Colours (Slam Dunk) KKKK." Kerrang! (1228): p.52.
  5. ^ Walker, Jen (June 2009). "You Me at Six – Take Off Your Colours." Rock Sound (123): p.84.
  6. ^ Aiden Williamson. "Music Review: You Me At Six: Take Off Your Colours". Strange Glue. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  7. ^ Emma Johnston (October 12, 2008). "Pop review: You Me at Six, Take Off Your Colours". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-10-12. 
  8. ^ "Take Off Your Colours ~ You Me at Six". Amazon. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  9. ^ a b "Take Off Your Colours". Chart Stats. 2008-10-18. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2008-10-18. 
  10. ^ a b Take Off Your Colours (CD). You Me at Six. Slam Dunk Records. 2008. SLAMD005. 
  11. ^ "You Me At Six - Take Off Your Colours". HMV. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  12. ^ "You Me At Six - Take Off Your Colours UK DOUBLE CD". Eil. Retrieved 2009-09-15. 
  13. ^ "Take Off Your Colours CD". CD Universe. Retrieved 2009-09-15.