Talons (song)

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Single by Bloc Party
from the album Intimacy
Released 20 October 2008
Format Digital download, CD, 7" vinyl
Recorded 2008
Genre Indie rock,[1] alternative dance, breakbeat
Length 4:43
Label Wichita
Songwriter(s) Kele Okereke, Russell Lissack, Gordon Moakes, Matt Tong
Producer(s) Paul Epworth
Bloc Party singles chronology
"One Month Off"

"One Month Off"
Intimacy track listing
  1. "Ares"
  2. "Mercury"
  3. "Halo"
  4. "Biko"
  5. "Trojan Horse"
  6. "Signs"
  7. "One Month Off"
  8. "Zephyrus"
  9. "Talons"
  10. "Better Than Heaven"
  11. "Ion Square"

"Talons" is the second single released by Bloc Party from their third album, Intimacy. It was announced on 8 September 2008 that the song would be released as a digital download to all those who had purchased the mp3 version of the band's album. The download was made available straight after the song's first play on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show on 9 September 2008. The song was physically released on 20 October 2008, one week prior to the album's full release.[2] The song itself did not feature on the original download-only album, but appeared on the physical release and was also made available for free to those who had downloaded the original album. The original downloadable album had included a gap in the track list with track 9 missing (people could see this on iTunes by right clicking on the songs the "get info" option. [2] It peaked at number 39 on the UK Singles Chart.

Talking about "Talons" on Bloc Party's official website, frontman Kele Okereke said:

“We wanted to keep things fresh and we thought the fans would be more excited to get a new song rather than something off the album. Talons is one of the last songs we recorded during the Intimacy sessions and I always had it in mind to be one of the extra tracks we promised for the CD if it turned out well. It turned out great so we decided to make it the next single. I’m enjoying this way of working, not over-thinking things, just make a decision and get on with it! It’s quite liberating in a way, I’m sure it’s going to be the way things happen more and more in the future”

Track listing[edit]

  • CD
  1. Talons
  2. Talons (Phones R.I.P mix)
  3. Talons (XXXChange remix)
  4. Talons (Moody Boyz remix)
  • 7"
  1. Talons (acoustic)
  2. Talons (Gordy mix)
  • 7"
  1. Talons
  2. Talons (Phones R.I.P mix)


Charts (2008) Peak
UK Singles Chart 39


  1. ^ "Bloc Party plot new Move". Clash. Retrieved April 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "Bloc Party reveal new non-album single -exclusive". NME.com. Retrieved 2008-09-10. 

External links[edit]

Bloc Party – "Talons" on YouTube