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Belle & Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap

180,00 lei

Label: Jeepster Recordings – JPRLP003CLR
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Blue [Clear Pale Blue]
Country: Europe
Released: 3 Nov 2023
Genre: Rock
Style: Indie Rock

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The Boy with the Arab Strap is the third studio album by Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian, released in 1998 through Jeepster Records.

Belle and Sebastian released their second studio album If You’re Feeling Sinister in November 1996, two months after signing to London-based label Jeepster Records. It was issued in the United States in early 1997; the choice to do this delayed the follow-up, with the band instead opting to release a trio of EPs – Dog on Wheels, Lazy Line Painter Jane and 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light (all 1997). The EPs were successively climbing the UK chart while If You’re Feeling Sinister was gaining traction at colleges in the US; the band performed in America for the first time at the CMJ Festival in late 1997.

Stuart Murdoch recalled the recording process for this album felt very different from the previous two. The group spent several months working on it versus the previous albums which were recorded in just a number of days. The music itself was somewhat more experimental as well as more collaborative with some tracks written by Stevie Jackson and Isobel Campbell and more members of the group contributing vocals. Stevie Jackson sings lead on both “Seymour Stein” and “Chickfactor”, Stuart David gives a spoken word performance on “A Space Boy Dream”, whilst Isobel Campbell sings lead on “Is It Wicked Not to Care?” and duets with Murdoch on “Sleep the Clock Around”.

The inspiration for the album’s name came from the band Arab Strap, who are also from Scotland and briefly toured with Belle and Sebastian. An Arab strap is a sexual device for retaining an erection, a fact unknown to Murdoch at the time. Arab Strap were reportedly less than pleased with their inclusion in the title of the album. When questioned about it, Arab Strap’s leader/singer, Aidan Moffat said, “They have a sense of humour.” Malcolm Middleton, the band’s instrumentalist, added, “Because Arab Strap is quite an interesting name. The words go well together. That’s why we chose it as a band name. We’re friends with them, but there’s a limit to putting someone else’s name on an album. They’re taking away something from us.” He also mentioned that the album had been confused as a collaboration between the bands.

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