Winning Days

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Winning Days
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Studio album by The Vines
Released 23 March 2004
Recorded Summer 2003 Bearsville Studios (Woodstock, New York)
Genre Alternative rock,[1][2] indie rock, neo-psychedelia, garage rock
Length 38:28
Label Capitol
Producer Rob Schnapf
The Vines chronology
Highly Evolved
Winning Days
Vision Valley
Singles from Winning Days
  1. "Fuck the World"
    Released: 15 December 2003
  2. "Ride"
    Released: 8 March 2004
  3. "Winning Days"
    Released: 24 May 2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 50/100 [3]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[4]
Billboard 4/5 stars[5]
Blender 3.5/5 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[6]
The Guardian 2/5 stars[7]
NME 5/10 stars[8]
Pitchfork Media (2.7/10)[9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[10]
Uncut 2/5 stars[3]
The Village Voice C+[11]

Winning Days is the second studio album by Australian alternative rock band The Vines, following their debut, Highly Evolved, and was released on 23 March 2004. The enhanced CD has the music video for "Ride". Winning Days was recorded in the summer of 2003 at Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York and was assisted by Bill Synans. It was mixed in September 2003 at Cello Studios in Los Angeles and was assisted by Steven Rhodes.

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.


In May 2003, the band became one of the last clients of Bearsville Studios in Woodstock, New York with Rob Schnapf again on production. While Craig Nicholls had talked of having a highly produced album, he told the Australian edition of Rolling Stone in March 2004 that they decided to stick to a less-is-more philosophy. "I wanted it to be — in my head — something grand, with big ideas and that vision sort of thing. But at the same time, that doesn't mean that something can't be special if it's just simple. Because I think that the songs are the main thing". The album received much criticism upon release due to the lack of truly new material, as many of the songs were written before Highly Evolved was even recorded, and some songs had appeared as B-sides to older singles.

"Fuck The World" (later abbreviated to F.T.W.) was the first song released from The Vines' second album Winning Days and was released on 15 December 2003, three months prior to the album's release. It was released digitally and physically only as a white 7" inch vinyl single with the song on both sides. Although it was the first song released from Winning Days it is not considered the first single, merely a taster song. The band played "Fuck The World" numerous times during their 2002/2003 'Highly Evolved' tour so it was the song fans would have been most familiar with. The song's title was altered to "F.T.W." by their record label at the time for the album due to its explicit content. The single cover resembles the cover of the Who album Live at Leeds.

The song is sarcastic in nature despite what its title seems to imply. During interviews given by lead singer Craig Nicholls in 2004 he stated "I definitely think the world is a good place, but maybe it would be better if people didn't hate so much and kill animals. At the same time, it's like, whatever. It's just a planet, that's all."[12]

The next single "Ride" was released on 8 March 2004, although it wasn't a big chart success, "Ride" is one of the band's best known songs because it was featured in a number of advertisements, including commercials for Apple's iPod, Nissan, American Chopper, NASCAR Hot Pass, WKCF and Split Second: Velocity. It did however reach #94 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.

The third and final single, "Winning Days" was released on 24 May 2004.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by C. Nicholls except 7, C. Nicholls & P. Matthews.

No. Title Length
1. "Ride" 2:36
2. "Animal Machine" 3:28
3. "TV Pro" 3:45
4. "Autumn Shade II" 3:14
5. "Evil Town" 3:06
6. "Winning Days" 3:33
7. "She's Got Something to Say to Me" 2:32
8. "Rainfall" 3:21
9. "Amnesia" 4:39
10. "Sun Child" 4:33
11. "F.T.W." 3:41


  • Craig Nicholls - Vocals, Guitars, Percussion, Moog
  • Patrick Matthews - Bass Guitar, Piano and Keyboards
  • Ryan Griffiths - Guitars
  • Hamish Rosser - Drums, Percussion
  • Rob Schnapf - Producer, Mixing
  • Doug Boehm - Engineering, Mixing
  • Susanna Howe - Album booklet photography
  • Love Police - Album Sleeve


Charts (2004) Peak
Australian ARIA Albums Chart 7
UK Albums Chart 29


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