New York (Eskimo Joe song)

"New York" is a song by Australian group, Eskimo Joe, released in February 2007 as the third single from their third studio album Black Fingernails, Red Wine. The song peaked at number 26 on the ARIA Charts.

"New York"
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Single by Eskimo Joe
from the album Black Fingernails, Red Wine
Released3 February 2007 (2007-02-03)
RecordedDecember 2005 to January 2006
StudioThe Grove Studios
LabelMushroom, Warner
Songwriter(s)Stuart MacLeod
Joel Quartermain
Kavyen Temperley
Producer(s)Eskimo Joe
Eskimo Joe singles chronology
"New York"
"Breaking Up"

Music videoEdit

The band flew to New York to film the music video for the single. The music video for "New York" debuted on ABC's all night music program, Rage on 15 December 2006.

The music video is unusual for Eskimo Joe, featuring lead singer Kavyen Temperley changing T-shirts. It is filmed on the streets of New York, whilst Temperley walks backward with smoke coming out of his mouth. It then pans to the band running in Central Park in a similar style to the "Who Sold Her Out" video.

Director Stuart MacLeod has commented.

"The concept basically was going to be a Bob Dylan-esque sort of thing, but instead of placards with key lyrics on, Kav was going to be walking down the street taking off t-shirts," explains MacLeod. "Each new t-shirt underneath had a new key lyric on it."

After a quick mock-up at home, the logistics of donning T-shirts in real time was proving more difficult than anticipated. In frustration, MacLeod hit the rewind button and the sudden flurry of activity saw the concept morph into a music video.

The flash of inspiration meant that Temperley had to learn all the lyrics to New York in reverse and, not only negotiate walking and talking backwards, but work his way through over 50 T-shirts as well.

"He had his hands full that’s for sure," MacLeod laughs. "Me and Joel just pop up in the background now and then. We even added a bit of smoke coming out of his mouth, like the mist coming out of the grates in Manhattan."

Eskimo Joe ran a competition on their website for people to create a remix of the song "New York", with the winning remix being included on the band's next commercial single release "Breaking Up".

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Eskimo Joe.

CD single
1."New York"3:54
2."One Little Desire Called Love"1:43
3."Sarah" (Live at MAX Sessions)3:40
4."London Bombs" (Live at MAX Sessions)3:55

All tracks are written by Eskimo Joe.

iTunes EP
1."New York"3:52
2."One Little Desire Called Love"1:43
3."Sarah" (Live from Max Sessions)3:40
4."London Bombs" (Live from Max Sessions)3:55
5."How Does It Feel" (Acoustic)4:10


Chart (2007) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[1] 26

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia 3 February 2007 Mushroom, Warner CD 5101191052
Digital download -