Old Skool

Album: Summer 08 (2016)

Songfacts®:

  • This cowbell-clattered tune finds frontman Joe Mount reflecting on his experiences around the time that Metronomy first landed a major breakthrough with the Nights Out album. He recalled: "I was living in East London in 2008 and felt like all this stuff was happening in the West End. It's nonsense really, but I felt it was this privileged end of town, all the musicians there had wealthy parents and were living in Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill. So that song's about being totally idiotic and just jealous."
  • The song descends into a chaotic scratch frenzy courtesy of Mount's childhood hero Mix Master Mike. The turntablist worked with the Beastie Boys on several of their hits.
  • The Dawn Shadforth directed video was inspired in part by Mike Leigh's TV play Abigail's Party. It co-stars Catastrophe's Sharon Horgan and Game of Thrones' Ben Crompton.

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