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"No You Girls" is a song by Scottish indie rock band Franz Ferdinand. It was released as the second single from their third album, Tonight: Franz Ferdinand (2009), on 6 April 2009. The song received worldwide attention after being chosen for use in an iPod advertisement. It charting several countries, including the UK, where it peaked at number 22, and the U.S., where it peaked at number 106.

"No You Girls"
No You Girls.jpg
Single by Franz Ferdinand
from the album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand
Released6 April 2009
Songwriter(s)Franz Ferdinand
Producer(s)Dan Carey
Franz Ferdinand singles chronology
"No You Girls"
"Can't Stop Feeling"
Alternative cover
Music video
No You Girls on YouTube



The track was debuted live on 5 August 2007 under the title "Katherine Kiss Me" but was subsequently changed little over a year later to "No You Girls Never Know" and then shortened, while a new, acoustic song called "Katherine Kiss Me" (following very similar lyrics to "No You Girls") was recorded for the album Tonight: Franz Ferdinand.

The song is inspired by Alex Kapranos' first time he ever kissed a girl (whose name was Katherine) and "how awkward it was and how we misunderstood each other".[1] "No You Girls" is how the story would be exaggerated or told as an anecdote and "Katherine Kiss Me" is about how it would be remembered more affectionately.


"No You Girls" reached #22 in the UK Singles Chart two weeks before its official release, dropped to #24 the next week and then returned to #22 upon its official release.[2] Although it therefore didn't fulfill its expectations before its physical release, it became (after "Do You Want To") the band's second longest lasting single in the UK Top 100, remaining there for ten weeks. It remains their last song to reach the UK Top 40. Recently the song's intro was used in an episode of the TV show, Fringe, titled "Unleashed"[3] and a part of the chorus was used during a party scene in the 2009 movie Sorority Row.

The single release featured remixes from Vince Clarke, Noze and John Disco. The single was produced by Dan Carey and the band as part of the album sessions which took place at the band’s own HQ in Govan, Glasgow and Carey’s South London studio.[4] The vinyl release of "No You Girls" features a slightly retouched version of the original "Lucid Dreams" called the "Mike Frazer Mix".

The song was used to promote the 9th season of the teen drama Degrassi: The Next Generation.[citation needed]

A slightly different edit of the song was sent to radio, mixed by Cenzo Townshend.[citation needed]

Awards and nominationsEdit

The song was nominated for Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical at the 2010 52nd Grammy Awards. It was remixed by the Danish artist Trentemøller.

Music videoEdit

The music video was released on Friday 13 March, the same night the band performed it for Comic Relief. The music video itself, directed by Nima Nourizadeh, features various girls with large dresses dancing around the band while they perform the track, as well as machines spitting out papers with the word "NO" written on them.

Track listingEdit

  1. "No You Girls"
  2. "No You Girls" (Vince Clarke remix)
CD – German / Australian issue
  1. "No You Girls"
  2. "No You Girls" (Vince Clarke remix) – 5:07
  3. "No You Girls" (John Disco reversion – original Vox) – 4:01
  4. "No You Girls" (Nôze remix) – 7:08
  5. "No You Girls" (The Grizzl remix) – 6:52
7-inch (limited)
  1. "No You Girls"
  2. "Lucid Dreams (Mike Frazer mix)"
  1. "No You Girls" (Nôze remix)
  2. "No You Girls" (John Disco remix)
  3. "No You Girls" (Raffertie remix)
  4. "Ulysses" (Zomby remix)
CD promo
  1. "No You Girls" (Radio mix) – 3:22
  2. "No You Girls" – 3:42
  3. "No You Girls" (Vince Clarke remix) – 5:07


  • Artwork by Franz Ferdinand, Matthew Cooper
  • Engineers – Alexis Smith, Paul Savage
  • Engineer (technical assistance) – Allen Johnston
  • Mastered by John Dent
  • Mastered at Loud Mastering.
  • Mixed at the Warehouse Studio, Vancouver.
  • Mixed by Mike Fraser, (assisted by Eric Mosher)
  • Photography by Joe Dilworth
  • Producer by Dan Carey, Franz Ferdinand
  • Recorded by Dan Carey, Franz Ferdinand
  • Remixed by Cenzo Townshend (track 1 on CD promo)
  • Written by Franz Ferdinand

Chart positionsEdit

Weekly chartsEdit

Chart (2009) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart[5] 34
Canadian Hot 100[6] 54
Japan Hot 100 Singles 82
Polish Singles Chart[7] 5
UK Singles Chart[2] 22
U.S. Billboard Bubbling Under Hot 100 6
U.S. Billboard Alternative Songs[8] 7
U.S. Billboard Rock Songs 18

Year-end chartsEdit

Chart (2009) Position
US Alternative Songs (Billboard)[9] 18
US Hot Rock Songs (Billboard)[10] 46


  1. ^ BBC - Radio 1 - Live Lounge
  2. ^ a b "UK Chart Position and Trajectory". Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  3. ^ Hulu - Fringe: Unleashed
  4. ^ "Domino Records: No You Girls/Video Just In!". Domino Records. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  5. ^ "AUS Chart Position". Archived from the original on 1 August 2010. Retrieved 31 March 2009.
  6. ^ "Chart Positions". Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  7. ^ "Polish Singles Chart".
  8. ^ " - Artist Chart History - Franz Ferdinand". Billboard. Retrieved 15 June 2009.
  9. ^ "Alternative Songs – Year-End 2009". Billboard. Retrieved 6 September 2018.
  10. ^ "Hot Rock Songs – Year-End 2009". Billboard. Retrieved 6 September 2018.

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