"The Dark of the Matinée", also known simply as "Matinée" is a song by Scottish rock band Franz Ferdinand. It was released as the fourth track on the self-titled album Franz Ferdinand on February 9, 2004. On April 19, 2004, it was released as a single and reached number eight in the UK Singles Chart.
According to Alex Kapranos, the song is based on the singer playing truant from his days at the University of Aberdeen. This was stated by Alex Kapranos during the Aberdeen leg of their tour "You Could Have It So Much Better".
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