Ratatat

Release date
20 Apr 2004
Running length
11 tracks
Running time
45:13

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Seventeen Years 4:23 264,313
2 El Pico 4:40 165,202
2 Crips 3:47 154,186
3 Everest 4:09 134,240
4 Desert Eagle 4:24 138,194
5 Bustelo 2:26 133,382
6 Breaking Away 4:18 129,385
7 Lapland 4:55 130,710
8 Germany to Germany 3:37 133,821
9 Cherry 5:37 135,600
10 Spanish Armada 2:57 121,334

About this album

Ratatat is Ratatat’s 2004 eponymous debut album. It was recorded between July 2001 and May 2003 in Mast’s Crown Heights, Brooklyn apartment and mixed in June 2003 before its release in 2004.

The album is essentially instrumental, although it has occasional voice excerpts (referred to in the liner notes as “spoken interludes”) by local MC and rapper Young Churf. The track “Spanish Armada” contains a French horn played by Michal Emanovsky. Other tracks of note are “Germany to Germany”, later released as a single; and “Cherry”, a homage to Ratatat’s original name.

The most well known song on the album is “Seventeen Years”. It was featured in a television advertisement titled “Accessorize” for the Hummer H2 in 2004 on the British television show Soccer AM as the original background music for The Crossbar Challenge segment; and in Level One Productions’s ski movie Shanghai Six[1]. It was also played during Rob’s party in the 2008 monster movie Cloverfield. The song “Bustelo” was used in several Jaguar commercials in mid-2006.

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