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Anybody know who's handling Portishead's publicity in the United States? I'm supposed to review "Alien" and so far it's been impossible to get a line on a promo copy; just dead ends.

Raymond Cummings, Monday, 24 February 2003 17:14 (seventeen years ago) link

You're probably best off contacting Go Beat Records in Great Britain to find out who's the PR person in the US.

I think you're a bit hasty at the moment, though.....

RUSS T, Monday, 24 February 2003 17:17 (seventeen years ago) link

Who says the record is even finished?

JoB (JoB), Monday, 24 February 2003 19:17 (seventeen years ago) link

isn't it due out quite shortly? ( < 2 months away.)

i would think a major label would have promo shinola without final packaging available...

but, what do i know?

msp, Monday, 24 February 2003 21:28 (seventeen years ago) link

MSN's online entertainment section has an entry for Portishead 'Album' (2002) in their music listings pages, the tracklisting runs thus:

1. Open Box
2. Love of Life
3. Broquette
4. Broken Wall
5. Beatless Day
6. Of Liberty for All and None
7. Alien
8. Signature
9. Minor Pain
10. Traveling Fast to There
11. Tomorrow's Death
12. Broquette [Multi Mix in F#- Slowdown]

i havent seen this information anywhere else so not sure how they got it or why its up there

stevem (blueski), Monday, 24 February 2003 23:10 (seventeen years ago) link

oop that should of course say 'Alien' and not 'Album' - the 2002 was NOT a typo tho!

stevem (blueski), Monday, 24 February 2003 23:10 (seventeen years ago) link

...saw Beth Gibbons here in Bristol on Sunday, debut gig of her Rustin Man tour.


russ t, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 10:46 (seventeen years ago) link

I rediscovered the second P/Head album over the weekend, not having listened to it properly for years. Sounds almost like an unintended prequel to "100th Window" - more war music? Absolutely brilliant, though; I think at the moment I prefer it to "Dummy" (great though the latter is). Certainly can't wait for the newie, which needless to say I will be reviewing for Uncut.

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 10:54 (seventeen years ago) link

Marcello -
do Uncut really review anything that's not hoary and rocky and under 40 years of age...?! I thought it was a staple diet of Neil Young, the Stones and Bob Dylan?

russ t, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 11:57 (seventeen years ago) link

at present, not unless it's me doing the reviewing (or sometimes john mulvey and david stubbs).

Marcello Carlin, Tuesday, 25 February 2003 12:07 (seventeen years ago) link

two years pass...
Unbelievably, new Coral single "In the Morning" was produced by Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley. Surely a new Portoshead album has been finished if they're able to waste time on these Scousers?

JoB (JoB), Thursday, 5 May 2005 14:37 (fifteen years ago) link

Portushead would be fine, too. ;-)

JoB (JoB), Thursday, 5 May 2005 14:37 (fifteen years ago) link


Maybe they just felt bored.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Thursday, 5 May 2005 14:40 (fifteen years ago) link

what ever came of that tsunami benefit show in bristol? did anyone read/hear anything about their set?

rajeev (rajeev), Thursday, 5 May 2005 14:40 (fifteen years ago) link

ergh, that new Coral song is a complete Cast knock-off, if Cast can even be referred to as imitees. Shame on Barrow!

$V£N! (blueski), Thursday, 5 May 2005 15:19 (fifteen years ago) link

four years pass...

It's like The Horrors but without the moaning dude.

CosMc (Raw Patrick), Friday, 28 August 2009 14:16 (ten years ago) link

three months pass...

Portishead sign to Amnesty

Portishead are releasing a brand new track, - "Chase the tear" for Amnesty International.

It will be available as an exclusive download single from 7 digital http://www.7digital.com/porti sheadamnesty from December 10th with all earnings going towards Amnesty's human rights work and all rights given to the organisation indefinitely.

A video of Portishead performing ''Chase the Tear'' will also be available from 10 December at: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/portish ead and at http://www.portishead.co.uk

International human rights day (10 December) marks the anniversary of the United Nation's historic "Universal Declaration Of Human Rights" on 10 December 1948. The UDHR set out for the first time in a single document the fundamental rights to which everyone, everywhere is entitled - including the right to life, liberty, security, the freedoms of opinion, association and expression, and the right not to be subjected to torture or cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment.

For more information: http://www.amnesty.org.uk/udhr

Mark G, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 22:49 (ten years ago) link

That track is ZOMG!

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:32 (ten years ago) link

wow great song!

eight woofers in the trunk sb'n down the block (M@tt He1ges0n), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:35 (ten years ago) link

it's like steppin' out...gone portishead!

102. LJ: British. 5. (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:40 (ten years ago) link

fuck yeah! and the video on vimeo is great too.

ianmaxwell, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:44 (ten years ago) link

I love that they are riding hard for the shoegaze visual aesthetic

wtf?!? just randomly started crying! (HI DERE), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:45 (ten years ago) link

I haven't watched the whole video. I only needed to see about 30 seconds before I went and bought the mp3. I guess it's supposed to just end (like "Silence" did)?

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:46 (ten years ago) link

the single crisp rising synth is so awesome

ianmaxwell, Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:47 (ten years ago) link

yeah that was pretty good, altho i'd say it'd be among the weaker tracks of third (which i now love)...the ending is nicely timed

haha dan otm, look they are miserable

and the synth really does remind me of steppin' out quite a lot

102. LJ: British. 5. (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:47 (ten years ago) link

sigue sigue sputnik more like

mdskltr (blueski), Wednesday, 9 December 2009 23:51 (ten years ago) link

that song is great!

Bee OK, Thursday, 10 December 2009 01:28 (ten years ago) link


Mark G, Thursday, 10 December 2009 08:00 (ten years ago) link

Top notch song. A new album can't come soon enough.

van smack, Friday, 11 December 2009 00:55 (ten years ago) link

This is great I thought I would have to wait until I was in my thirties before I heard more new Portishead.

adamj, Friday, 11 December 2009 05:21 (ten years ago) link

It's like The Horrors but without the moaning dude.

Am liking the Beak> album much more than the Horrors tbh.

The bugger in the short sleeves (NickB), Friday, 11 December 2009 09:21 (ten years ago) link

It's quite a stylistic shift for them - the arpeggiated synth bass is disco-ish; the whole thing is a kind of glum lo-fi "I Feel Love"...

superflyguy, Friday, 11 December 2009 10:46 (ten years ago) link

This is pretty unexpected. New to me anyway - not sure if it's old in the US.


Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 11 December 2009 11:41 (ten years ago) link

Thanks to you tweeting (or retweeting) that, I've been showing everyone! I think it was broadcast Tuesday night in the US.

Michael Jones, Friday, 11 December 2009 11:45 (ten years ago) link

It makes the song sound utterly thrilling and bizarre. I like the idea of casual viewers being tempted to check it.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 11 December 2009 11:55 (ten years ago) link

i like the way it sounds and looks amazing, but not actually weird or out of place - and the audience just cheers along normally. people's ideas of what will be acceptable or go down well w/mainstream audiences can be rather restrictive sometimes.

lex pretend, Friday, 11 December 2009 12:09 (ten years ago) link

they used Apparat - Arcadia a few episodes back and generally surprise me a few times each season

abcfsk, Friday, 11 December 2009 12:18 (ten years ago) link

Interesting - didn't know the context. It's obv in a different zone from Strictly Come Dancing.

Dorian (Dorianlynskey), Friday, 11 December 2009 12:21 (ten years ago) link

What about Beak>? Anyone heard them or have any thoughts? I liked, but was a bit disappointed by, the album after what I'd read ahead of time. I saw them live on Monday though and liked it a lot more.

krakow, Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:34 (ten years ago) link

Ehh. I thought that album was kinda... bad, tbh. :I

Salvador Dali Parton (Turangalila), Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:41 (ten years ago) link

Chase the Tear reminds me in parts of NIN, oddly.

Communi-Bear Silo State (chap), Thursday, 17 December 2009 15:57 (ten years ago) link

one month passes...

'chase the tear' is awesome. there's no chance it was recorded live, right? i'm inclined to say no, but the one-take video looks pretty convincing (even though there are no mics on the drums).

rinse the lemonade (Jordan), Thursday, 21 January 2010 18:10 (ten years ago) link

ten months pass...

This was in my gmail account:

Portishead announcement

Hello. Check the news page at http://www.portishead.co.uk/news.php on Wednesday 24th November for an announcement about 2011.


Mark G, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:01 (nine years ago) link

Nothing there as yet, beyond May's "Chase the Tear"

Mark G, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:01 (nine years ago) link

Reckon they'll have got that fourth album sorted pretty quickly...

Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 11:24 (nine years ago) link

This is potentially exciting.

A brownish area with points (chap), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:25 (nine years ago) link

Either that or its a 16th-anniversary box set of Dummy with three discs of remixes and a remastered version of the original album.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:27 (nine years ago) link

*crosses fingers*

just sayin, Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:32 (nine years ago) link


^ new portishead album, news at six

Albert mangles dwarf (NickB), Wednesday, 24 November 2010 12:45 (nine years ago) link

I heard Sour Times on the radio on a rainy day while waiting in my mom's van as she ran errands. And I was immediately super in-love with it. I was just waiting for it to come on again. But I was nervous about buying the record for some reason. Didn't think it would be as good or something, expected filler, etc.

But then a friend of mine turned it on while we were driving around getting high and I was blown away. I still didn't buy the album though, just because my friend had it and we were always together.

Skipped the self-titled, but dipped back in when Roseland NYC Live came out, and I bought the Sour Times single on that same day.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 22 August 2019 17:02 (nine months ago) link

i remember seeing the video of "sour times" on mtv. it had nothing to do with the video which is on youtube these days. it was a kind of live video where you could see beth gibbons sing irc. i was totally blown away, i had never heard of the band before and nobody of my friends knew them. i was afraid to forget their name and that the band would be soon forgotten, they were totally obscure. the sadness in her voice grabbed me completely and i thought that this music was made only for me. i would have never thought that they would have so much success later on but if i remember well it took a couple of months before they really took off. of course i am very happy that they made it.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:42 (nine months ago) link

maybe it was on 120 minutes as that was more or less the only programme i folowed on mtv.

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 22 August 2019 19:43 (nine months ago) link

i picked up both original Sour Times cd singles (99p each) with some insane remixes/retakes, and fell hard.
still think the 'airbus reconstruction' (sounds like an early studio live version) is the best version.

mark e, Thursday, 22 August 2019 20:14 (nine months ago) link

KEXP is playing through the album with song-by-song commentary from Barrow and Utley: full interview audio stream and text excerpts here


quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:09 (nine months ago) link

lol at automated transcription

Andy Smith, who was an old maid from Portishead,

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Thursday, 22 August 2019 23:15 (nine months ago) link


Barrow would really prefer not hearing about the time(s) you fucked to Dummy.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Friday, 23 August 2019 00:15 (nine months ago) link

Shouldn't have made so many slow jamz

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 23 August 2019 00:19 (nine months ago) link

still think the 'airbus reconstruction' (sounds like an early studio live version) is the best version.

airbus is an entirely different band! I love the hell out of that version as well.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 23 August 2019 08:18 (nine months ago) link

well i never, i had no idea.
ta for the pointer.

mark e, Friday, 23 August 2019 09:33 (nine months ago) link

He gave them a tape with a click track on it and Beth Gibbons’ vocal, refusing to play them the full song until they’d written and recorded the music.

Wow I never knew this either, what a great idea

“Hakuna Matata,” a nihilist philosophy (One Eye Open), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:15 (nine months ago) link

I still haven't heard Airbus on their own though, to my shame.

☮ (peace, man), Friday, 23 August 2019 12:36 (nine months ago) link

I picked up a cheap used vinyl copy of Dummy about a week after release from the Hackney branch of Music & Video Exchange, where it was filed under Hip-Hop.

fetter, Friday, 23 August 2019 13:40 (nine months ago) link

my favourite kind of "hip-hop". probably they confused hip-hop with trip-hop...

je est un autre, l'enfer c'est les autres (alex in mainhattan), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:04 (nine months ago) link

Everybody is saying "Sour Times" "Sour Times" "Sour Times". The first PH song I heard was "Glory Box", and many times over, and the contrast of Beth Gibbons's cutesy delivery on the verses and her belting out the choruses reminded me of.. Jewel. And so I ignored this band until "All Mine" came out-- again, with the cutesy delivery? but irresistible. I don't think I listened to "Dummy" in its entirety until 2000. "Glory Box" was a misleading single! It works on the album sequence but on its own there is nothing to distinguish it from like.. Sneaker Pimps or whatever.

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 23 August 2019 14:11 (nine months ago) link

I was in music limbo, cut off from radio and new releases, between the summer of 94 and end of 96, so only heard these guys once they had gained overexposure and kept being played in bars or student parties, which instinctively turned me off. For the longest time, I did not distinguish between 'Glory Box' and 'Hell Is Round The Corner'. It's "All Mine" and the 2nd album that brought me in.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:26 (nine months ago) link

except Sneaker Pimps came out 2 years after and were an obvious knockoff xp

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:48 (nine months ago) link

i mean it's really not fair comparing them to groups that came out and copied their whole thing .

(•̪●) (carne asada), Friday, 23 August 2019 14:51 (nine months ago) link

yeah, I also only really got into Portishead after hearing 'All Mine'. I'd heard some stuff before then (probably mostly Glory Box), but it wasn't enough for me to buy their album

silverfish, Friday, 23 August 2019 14:54 (nine months ago) link

Oh for sure! I just had no idea about the rest of the album

flamboyant goon tie included, Friday, 23 August 2019 15:10 (nine months ago) link

I actually love that Sneaker Pimps album, which doesn’t sound much like Portishead tbh

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Friday, 23 August 2019 18:09 (nine months ago) link

I always like Morcheeba, who similarly got tossed in as imitators but I thought sounded totally different.

Josh in Chicago, Friday, 23 August 2019 18:11 (nine months ago) link

The Roseland New York DVD, which you can get for a few quid, appears to come with all the films (To Kill A Dead Man etc) and a bunch of the first 2 album's videos.


piscesx, Friday, 23 August 2019 18:29 (nine months ago) link

I don't remember how I first heard about Dummy (or what song I heard first, etc.) -- but I was an early adopter, and was ob-sessed with it. I made a lot of mixtapes for friends that year, with Dummy on one side and Massive Attack on the other.

Stub yr toe on the yacht rock (morrisp), Friday, 23 August 2019 18:50 (nine months ago) link

I was gonna say, that Sneaker Pimps album rules.

"Spin Spin Sugar" rules (both the original and the Armand Van Helden speed garage mix)

brigadier pudding (DJP), Friday, 23 August 2019 19:05 (nine months ago) link

i was huge into Dummy from the get-go. I bought it the same day along w/Definitely Maybe at a CD shop in Rockford IL.

omar little, Friday, 23 August 2019 19:14 (nine months ago) link

WHINEY: People seem to like having sex to this record.

hope this was fact-checked

mookieproof, Friday, 23 August 2019 19:47 (nine months ago) link


buhhh @ subs running an interview with Geoff Barrow, illustrating it with a photo of Barrow and Beth Gibbons, and captioning the photo only as showing Gibbons

quelle sprocket damage (sic), Friday, 23 August 2019 20:13 (nine months ago) link

Here's another (better?) one.


The Nils Frahm slagging is hilarious.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 24 August 2019 17:15 (nine months ago) link

Seems both have a pretty big chip on their shoulder.

licorice oratorio (baaderonixx), Saturday, 24 August 2019 19:24 (nine months ago) link

GB on Twitter sure is an old curmudgeon. Very off-putting.

A True White Kid that can Jump (Granny Dainger), Monday, 26 August 2019 18:34 (nine months ago) link

i do agree with them that billie eilish rocks and nils frahm sucks

american bradass (BradNelson), Monday, 26 August 2019 18:36 (nine months ago) link

Utter codswallop https://t.co/ERuHEQ1GkI

— Geoff Barrow (@jetfury) August 25, 2019

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 26 August 2019 22:27 (nine months ago) link

Codswallop is a new one to me.

Greta Van Show Feets BB (milo z), Monday, 26 August 2019 22:27 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Olivia Colman has covered Portishead's brooding classic Glory Box in aid of Children In Need.

Mark G, Friday, 4 October 2019 13:49 (seven months ago) link

three weeks pass...


primavera sound's musical director claims he's heard they might have a new album next year. don't want to get my hopes up too much but...

ufo, Thursday, 31 October 2019 03:19 (seven months ago) link

yeah, I've been speaking to Geoff about this, off the record, and it's almost finished.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 31 October 2019 04:26 (seven months ago) link


Mark G, Thursday, 31 October 2019 08:50 (seven months ago) link

Fuck yessssssss

pomenitul, Thursday, 31 October 2019 09:20 (seven months ago) link

that was a bad joke post btw.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:12 (seven months ago) link

Sshhh, let my self-delusion be.

pomenitul, Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:16 (seven months ago) link

Just got an out of nowhere email from their mailing list saying hey man I know you unsubscribed but MAYBE WE HAVE A BIG ANNOUNCEMENT COMING, so: credible

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:54 (seven months ago) link

WRONG THREADS WHOOPS that was about the avalanches, i'm tired and also dumb

You guys are caterpillar (Telephone thing), Thursday, 31 October 2019 15:59 (seven months ago) link

bumped into beth gibbons the other week, she cawed like a rook and spun her hat three times, i think the new album's a lock you guys

imago, Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:03 (seven months ago) link

Did you wish her 'good morning Mrs Magpie'? Their latest may never see the light of the day otherwise, and it'll be all your fault.

pomenitul, Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:05 (seven months ago) link

i uttered an old saxon oath while crossing my thumbs, we're all golden

imago, Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:12 (seven months ago) link

I recall seeing them at Coachella and they mentioned on stage after the set that there wouldn't be nearly as long of a wait for their next one as there was for Third. Hmmmphf

octobeard, Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:55 (seven months ago) link

tbf 'SOS' dropped in like 2015

imago, Thursday, 31 October 2019 16:57 (seven months ago) link

Oh that's right

Mark G, Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:09 (seven months ago) link

SOS doesn't count. Covers don't count.

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Thursday, 31 October 2019 21:38 (seven months ago) link

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