"Take Me Out" is the breakthrough hit and second single from Scottish band Franz Ferdinand on their self-titled album. It was released in the United Kingdom on the 12 January 2004 and in the USA on 9 February, both through Domino Records. It was released on CD, 7" vinyl, and as a DVD single with the video promo and a short interview with the band.
The single reached #3 in the UK Singles Chart. It reached #3 on the US Modern Rock Tracks chart and #66 on the US Billboard Hot 100. The song was voted the best single of 2004 by the Village Voice Pazz & Jop poll, and #1 on Australian youth radio network Triple J's Hottest 100 of the same year.
The song was covered by the Scissor Sisters in 2004 on the B side to their single "Mary" and "Filthy/Gorgeous. In Australia, the song received substantial airplay and was ranked #44 on Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2004.
* In 2006, an acoustic version of "Take Me Out" was recorded in Benton Harbor, Michigan, United States. This version of the song would appear as a b-side to the exclusive fan club release of Swallow, Smile.
* A cover version of this song was used in the video game Guitar Hero.
* The Magic Numbers also covered this song for a live session for Jo Whiley's Radio 1 show on BBC radio in February 2006, as did Guillemots in September 2006. Biffy Clyro also recorded an interesting take on this song for Zane Lowe's show.
* Finger Eleven is also known for playing this song live, usually in a medley of their Paralyzer, Led Zeppelin's Trampled Underfoot and Pink Floyd's Another Brick in the Wall. It was jokingly stated by fans that "Paralyzer" is the darker side of "Take Me Out".
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