Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)

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"Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)"
Single by The Wombats
from the album This Modern Glitch
Released 24 September 2010
Format CD single, digital download
Recorded 2010
Genre Alternative dance, synthpop
Length 3:51
Label 14th Floor Records
Bright Antenna
Songwriter(s) Matthew Murphy
Dan Haggis
Tord Øverland-Knudsen
Producer(s) Eric Valentine
The Wombats singles chronology
"My Circuitboard City"
"Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)"
"Jump Into the Fog"

"My Circuitboard City"
"Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)"
"Jump Into the Fog"

"Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" is a song by the Liverpudlian indie band The Wombats. It was the first single to be released from their second album This Modern Glitch. The song was added to the A-list on BBC Radio 1.[1]


In an interview with Digital Spy, drummer Dan Haggis said:

"We've approached this album slightly differently from the last. "Whereas the first album was practically recorded live with a few overdubs, this time round we've had the time to really play with the sonics. Now we just can't wait to get out there and get sweaty."

Singer Matthew Murphy told XFM about the sound of the new single: "I don't think we consciously thought we'd make a synth-pop-whatever record. It just happened. There are a lot more keyboards and I didn't play as much guitar. It's quite an angsty, anxious song, wanting to run away from everything. A lot of our songs are escapist, I think."[2]

The cover also bears a striking resemblance to Tokyo, Japan, with every smaller 'mini-city' filled with a different color.

Track listings[edit]

CD single[3]
1."Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)"3:51
2."Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" (Grum Remix)5:23
iTunes EP[4]
1."Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)"3:51
2."Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" (Grum Remix)5:23
3."Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" (SiN Remix)4:08
4."Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" (AutoKratz Koenji Remix)4:53
5."Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" (Superhumanoids Remix)3:05

Chart performance[edit]

"Tokyo (Vampires & Wolves)" debuted on the UK Singles Chart on 3 October 2010, where it debuted at number 23;[5] marking the band's fifth top 40 hit and the third most successful of these behind "Moving to New York" and "Let's Dance to Joy Division", which reached numbers 13 and 15 respectively. The single spent only two weeks within the top 40, falling to number 32 in its second week and number 43 the week after.[5] On 14 November, the single made its last appearance within the UK top 100 at number 99, marking its seventh and last week on the chart.[5]

Critical reception[edit]

Fraser McAlpine of BBC Chart Blog gave the song a positive review stating:

There are times when taking the things that clever people say on face value is a dangerous game.

Take this song. We all know that Matt Murphy is a smart man, with a keen eye for the wry, so it's a toss-up as to whether this is supposed to be a parody of all the songs bands write about the existential horrors of life on the road, or actually one of those songs bands write about the existential horrors of life on the road, only one with a keener-than-usual sense of self-awareness, written by a man with a knack for jamming up happy pop tunes with sad lyrics.

Or it could just be a genuine song about feeling dehumanised by the rigours of life in a touring pop band, and wanting to return to the one great night out that made it all seem worthwhile.

Or all of these things. Or none of these things. 4/5 stars.[6]

The song also came eighth in the largest music poll in the world, Australian radio station's Triple J's Hottest 100 of 2010.


Chart (2010) Peak
Australia (ARIA)[7] 33
European Hot 100 Singles[8] 71
German Singles Chart[9] 78
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[10] 66
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[11] 23
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[5] 23


Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label Catalogue
United Kingdom 24 September 2010 Digital download 14th Floor Records B0041X915M
27 September 2010 CD single