This is the third single from British rock band Biffy Clyro's fifth studio album, Only Revolutions. It received its first play during Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on September 8th 2009.
According to the press release this song with a prominent brass section, "launches like a stomping military march before it descends into a euphoric explosion of gigantic riffs, powerful pop melodies and exhilarating horns. This coupled with one of their most anthemic chorus to date makes 'The Captain' a real statement of intent from the Ayrshire trio."
The B-Side, "Help Me Become Captain," had been around for a few years, prior to it being recorded. Parts of it are included in "Paperfriend," the B-Side of their 2008 single, "Mountains."
This song was chosen in Australia as the theme tune for the Australian Football League's 2010 season.
The chorus of "Voulez-vous coucher avec moi ce soir" in "Lady Marmalade" is French for "Do you want to sleep with me tonight?" When Labelle performed it on television, they had to change it to "Voulez-vous danser avec moi ce soir" (Do you want to dance with me tonight?).