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Franz Ferdinand
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Ulysses on Wikipedia
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
B-side"New Kind of Thrill"
"Anyone in Love"
"You Never Go Out Anymore"
ReleasedDecember 2, 2008
January 18, 2009 (2009-01-18)
January 19, 2009 (2009-01-19)
FormatDigital download, 7", CD
GenreDance-punk, indie rock[1]
Writer(s)Alex Kapranos
Nick McCarthy
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology

"Ulysses" is a song from the Scottish indie rock[2] band Franz Ferdinand. It is the lead single from their third album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.

Song information

The song "Ulysses" was chosen to be the first single and was in physical format on 19 January 2009. It was debuted live on 5 August 2007 at the "Hey You Get Off My Pavement" festival in Glasgow and has been played at every full set gig since. The song received first airplay at BBC Radio 1 on 17 November 2008, and subsequently became available to download from the Canadian and US iTunes music stores on 2 December 2008. In the United States, the song reached #20 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart,[3] the band's fifth single to appear on that chart. The song also entered the UK Singles Chart at a peak position of #20 on 25 January 2009. The video, directed by Will Lovelace and Dylan Southern, was premiered on January 9, 2009.

The cover art for the single is part of a series of photographs the band are taking on their travels, recreating crime scenes; this one features Alex Kapranos face-down in the street, presumably dead, while his bandmates look on. The Ulysses cover shot was taken in Brooklyn by Guy Eppel.[4]

"Ulysses" featured on Triple J's Hottest 100 Countdown in 2008, polling 82nd. The track was also featured on the second season of Skins's promo advert.

Ulysses is the Roman name for the Greek mythologiacal hero Odysseus.

The song has been used for the television commercial of Toyota Mark X ZiO in Japan since February 2009.[5]

Track listing

  • CD
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:13
  2. "New Kind of Thrill" - 4:28
  3. "Ulysses" (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation) - 6:13
  • 7"
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:13
  2. "Anyone in Love" - 2:44
  • 7"
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:13
  2. "You Never Go Out Anymore" - 2:05
  • AUS / German CD
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:14
  2. "New Kind Of Thrill" - 4:29
  3. "Anyone In Love" - 2:45
  4. "You Never Go Out Anymore" - 2:06
  5. "Ulysses" (Beyond The Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation) - 6:13
  • Download
  1. "Ulysses" - 3:14
  2. "New Kind Of Thrill" - 4:29
  3. "Anyone In Love" - 2:45
  4. "You Never Go Out Anymore" - 2:06
  • Additional download releases
  • "Ulysses" (Beyond the Wizard's Sleeve Re-Animation) - 6:14
  • "Feeling Kind of Anxious" - 6:31
  • "Ulysses" (Disco Bloodbath Effect) - 8:03
  • "Ulysses" (Mickey Moonlight Remix) - 3:49
  • "Ulysses" - 3:12
  • "Ulysses" (Keith & Supabeatz remix) - 4:48

Chart Information

It debuted on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart at #20. On the UK Singles Chart, the song debuted at number 20.


  • Artwork By - Franz Ferdinand & Matthew Cooper
  • Engineer - Alexis Smith, Paul Savage
  • Mastered By - Jason Mitchell, John Dent
  • Photography - Guy Eppel
  • Recorded By, Producer - Dan Carey, Franz Ferdinand
  • Songwriter - Franz Ferdinand


  • Mastered at Loud Mastering.
  • All songs published by Universal Music Publishing.
  • Track 3 Remixed Paris, February 1922.


  1. ^ "BBC - Seven Ages of Rock "What the World Is Waiting For"". Seven Ages of Rock. 2007. Retrieved March 02, 2011. 
  2. ^ "BBC - Seven Ages of Rock "What the World Is Waiting For"". Seven Ages of Rock. 2007. Retrieved March 02, 2011. 
  3. ^
  4. ^
  5. ^ Sony Music Shop (Japanese)
  6. ^
  7. ^ [1] Modern Rock Tracks from Billboard
  8. ^
  9. ^ "Polish Singles Chart". 

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