The First Big Weekend

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"The First Big Weekend"
Single by Arab Strap
from the album The Week Never Starts Round Here
B-side "Gilded"
Released 1996 (UK)
Format 7"
Recorded MCM Studios
Hamilton, Scotland
Genre Indie rock, dance-punk, spoken word
Length 4:52
Label Chemikal Underground
CHEM009 (UK, 7")
Writer(s) Aidan Moffat
Malcolm Middleton
Producer(s) Paul Savage
Arab Strap singles chronology
"The First Big Weekend"
"The Smell of Outdoor Cooking"

"The First Big Weekend" is a song by Scottish indie rock band Arab Strap. It was first released as a 7" single limited to 700 copies,[1] then later on Arab Strap's debut album, The Week Never Starts Round Here, both released in 1996 on Chemikal Underground.

The song received a large amount of airplay on BBC Radio One's Evening Session show. The show's host, DJ Steve Lamacq, has described the song as the 'best of the decade and also 'the most perfect pop song ever'.[citation needed] The song was used in a commercial for the drink Guinness.

The First Big Weekend is, for the most part, a monologue spoken by Aidan Moffat while bandmate Malcolm Middleton plays guitar and a drum machine accompanies. The lyrics revolve around the events of a weekend, including going out to clubs and bars, watching international football and The Simpsons and trying to pick up girls. Towards the end of the song Malcolm begins to sing the lines "Went out for the weekend, it lasted forever/got high with our friends, it's officially summer"; these are the only sung words in the song.

A rework of the song was released in 2016 to celebrate its 20th anniversary. The rework was produced by Miaoux Miaoux.

Track listing[edit]

Songs and lyrics by Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton.

  • 7" (CHEM009)
  1. "The First Big Weekend" – 4:52
  2. "Gilded" – 2:40


  • Aidan Moffat – vocals, drums
  • Malcolm Middleton – guitar
  • Paul Savage – producer


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