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Black Fingernails, Red Wine is the third studio album by Eskimo Joe, released on June 10, 2006. The album became their first Australian ARIA Albums Chart #1, debuting at that spot on the chart week of June 19, 2006. The album has been certified 4x Platinum in Australia. It is their best selling album to date. The album was released as the band's debut album in the United Statesmarker on September 25, 2007.

In early 2007 a special edition of the album was released featured a bonus remix EP which was originally sold at Eskimo Joe concerts during their Beating like a Drum tour.


To record the album the band enlisted sound engineer, Matt Lovell (The Mess Hall, Jebediah, Sleepy Jackson) and also stepped up to the desk and took on production duties themselves for the first time.

The album is noted for being heavily influenced by the production techniques and sound of early 80's rock, with many similarities to vintage Icehouse and INXS. This has led to Tony Martin (Get This, Triple M), back-announcing their songs by calling them 'INXSkimo Joe'. Kavyen Temperley explains "I always think of things in a concept-record type of way. So I wanted to make a record as if we were a stadium rock band" "If we were like INXS, what kind of record would I want to write?". Interestingly enough, the band recorded Black Fingernails, Red Wine on the central coast of NSW's "The Grove Studios." The Grove Studios were originally known as "Mangrove Studios" and were formerly owned by INXS bass player Garry Gary Beers.

Track listing

1. "Setting Sun" was previously known as "Forever Young".

This EP was released with the special edition of Black Fingernails Red Wine. The EP was to promote the Beating like a Drum tour. It is a remix EP.

Release history

Region Date Label Format Catalogue
Australia June 10, 2006 Mushroom, Warner CD, Digital download 5101128442
May 5, 2007 5144204312
USAmarker September 25, 2007 Rykodisc CD 10922


Chart (2006) Peak

Australian ARIA Albums Chart 1
Australasian Albums Chart 1


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