Could we please be objective cause the other POLLS are queuing up behind us - Artist Poll #94 - Belle & Sebastian - RESULTS

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I thought of Stereolab when I was trying to place the sound behind Sleep the Clock Around. They share a similar relationship with kitsch, too.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 15:59 (one year ago) link

organ riff at the end of "lazy line painter jane" is extreeeeeeeemely stereolab imo (and also extremely vu ofc)

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:00 (one year ago) link

There's something to be said for them following a particular path out of the VU sound - much closer to the Nico/John Cale version than the Lou Reed one, obviously.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:02 (one year ago) link

eh i think the third album is a major part of their sound

jolene club remix (BradNelson), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:07 (one year ago) link

Buh, of course. Brainfart.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Tuesday, 18 December 2018 16:10 (one year ago) link

just catching up with the results -- good stuff! one more ballot fwiw (informed by a cursory re-listening that turned often to awe and new appreciation, of course. i love this band's multitudes)

Like Dylan in the Movies
Women's Realm
The Stars of Track and Field
Seeing Other People
Another Sunny Day
A Summer Wasting
Me and the Major
The State I Am In
White Collar Boy
Get Me Away from Here, I'm Dying
She's Losing It
Funny Little Frog
I Didn't See It Coming
The Fox in the Snow
The Rollercoaster Ride
Family Tree
Lazy Line Painter Jane
Wrapped Up in Books
Sleep the Clock Around
Electronic Renaissance
Dog on Wheels
Your Cover's Blown
Come On Sister
We Are the Sleepyheads
Judy is a Dick Slap
Stay Loose
Waiting for the Moon to Rise
You Made Me Forget My Dreams
The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner

geoffreyess, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 22:46 (one year ago) link

I have no idea whether there's any discernable evidence in either case, but from the chatter on fan lists of each, I always imagined B&S must have prompted a spike in sales of Bryter Layter in a fashion not unlike Stereolab doing the same for Neu!

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 18 December 2018 23:15 (one year ago) link

This was an awesome poll. Cheers.

1. Dear Catastrophe Waitress
2. If You’re Feeling Sinister
3. Tigermilk
4. Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
5. The Boy with the Arab Strap

1. Dog on Wheels
2. Lazy Line Painter Jane
3. Books
4. 3... 6... 9... Seconds of Light
5. Legal Man

1. Me and the Major
2. Dog on Wheels
3. If You’re Feeling Sinister
4. Stay Loose
5. You Don’t Send Me
6. If You Find Yourself Caught in Love
7. She’s Losing It
8. Piazza, New York Catcher
9. Get Me Away from Here, I’m Dying
10. Is It Wicked Not to Care?
11. Sleep the Clock Around
12. Like Dylan in the Movies
13. I’m a Cuckoo
14. It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
15. Electronic Renaissance
16. You’re Just a Baby
17. Seeing Other People
18. Expectations
19. Judy and the Dream of Horses
20. Legal Man
21. The Boy with the Arab Strap
22. Step Into My Office, Baby
23. Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie
24. Your Cover’s Blown
25. I Love My Car
26. I Believe in Traveling Light
27. Stars of Track and Field
28. Act of the Apostle
29. The Party Line
30. Asleep on a Sunbeam

Mr. Snrub, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 00:16 (one year ago) link

This poll made me realize a lot of people listen to B&S for reasons different to mine.

I had never really paid Lazy Line Painter Jane. I think it's appalling. Possibly the worst song by this band I've heard? Here's my points score:

40 - Stay Loose
36 - Expectations
33 - Dylan in the Movies
30 - I fought in a war
28 - I’m a cuckoo
26 - Dog on wheels
25 - Another sunny day
24 - Funny little frog
23 - Allie
22 - We were beautiful
21 - White collar boy
20 - Sunday’s pretty icons
19 - I want the world to stop
18 - Your cover’s blown
17 - The party line
16 - The everlasting muse
15 - The stars of track and field
14 - Wrapped up in books
13 - A summer wasting
12 - The fox in the snow
11 - Dirty Dream 2
10 - Play for today
9 - The blues are still blue

paulhw, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 02:08 (one year ago) link

I've never really liked it either

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 03:32 (one year ago) link

I keep coming back to that "The Blues are Still Blue" Lip Dub thingy. Gloriously goofy, and I like the song about 89% more after several viewings. Thanks bendy.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 07:35 (one year ago) link


1 Ease Your Feet in the Sea
2 Belle & Sebastian
3 Seeing Other People
4 The Fox in the Snow
5 Slow Graffiti
6 String Bean Jean
7 Don't Leave the Light on Baby
8 Winter Wooskie
9 The Stars of Track and Field
10 A Century of Fakers
11 You Made Me Forget My Dreams
12 Dog on Wheels
13 Legal Man
14 The Model
15 Me and the Major
16 Stay Loose
17 I Know Where the Summer Goes
18 Lazy Line Painter Jane
19 The State I Am In
20 Step Into My Office, Baby
21 Beautiful
22 Simple Things
23 It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career
24 I Fought in a War
25 Photo Jenny
26 Sleep the Clock Around
27 Chickfactor
28 The Rollercoaster Ride
29 Women's Realm
30 Nice Day for a Sulk

the salacious inaudible (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 07:57 (one year ago) link

I keep coming back to that "The Blues are Still Blue" Lip Dub thingy. Gloriously goofy, and I like the song about 89% more after several viewings. Thanks bendy.

― Nag! Nag! Nag!, Wednesday, December 19, 2018 8:35 AM (four hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Otm! Gave me a whole new appreciation for the song. What a joyful bunch.

lbi's life of limitless european glamour (Le Bateau Ivre), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:35 (one year ago) link

A schoolyard of teens united in song, singing and dancing clumsily around Seville orange trees could well be a dream image from 90s B&S.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 12:39 (one year ago) link

it's so cool.

frame casual (dog latin), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 15:24 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

I should have put Play for Today *much* higher. What a track.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Friday, 18 January 2019 13:54 (one year ago) link


I had but one Peacetime track on my hastily-assembled ballot. I'm wiser now and have even, finally, procured a physical copy. (Write About Love too, fercrissakes!) I also had a nice image prepared for "Play for Today", so I was doubly sad to see it slip down the rankings in late voting.

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 05:51 (one year ago) link

Put it here, You're allowed!

Mark G, Tuesday, 22 January 2019 11:29 (one year ago) link

This poll was responsible for B&S cementing themselves in my favourite top 5 or so bands. Before they were a band I liked generally, loving a few songs and a couple albums. Now their entire catalogue just makes me very, very happy.

Thanks, Nag!

Your dad's Carlos Boozer and you keep him alive (fionnland), Monday, 28 January 2019 13:44 (one year ago) link

Definitely the rare and weird category of favorite band I unabashedly adore and want to listen to all the time, except for when I don't and find them too precious and need to set them aside for several months or even years.

Josh in Chicago, Monday, 28 January 2019 15:12 (one year ago) link

Ha ha, yes. Same.

Alba, Monday, 28 January 2019 15:40 (one year ago) link


a large tuna called “Justice” (C. Grisso/McCain), Monday, 28 January 2019 15:56 (one year ago) link

Fourthed. (I'd practically given up on them before this poll.)

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Monday, 28 January 2019 16:04 (one year ago) link

Yes! I feel this way about the Pixies too.

eva logorrhea (bendy), Tuesday, 29 January 2019 17:34 (one year ago) link

I've only just worked out that the backing vocals at the end of Play for Today are 'author, author'. I've been singing 'up your jumper'.

And it bears repeating: what a fucking great song.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Sunday, 10 February 2019 19:41 (one year ago) link

I though it was something like "up the mountain"

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Sunday, 10 February 2019 19:45 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

I totally think it is 'up the mountain' but other days I hear 'author author' - both have resonance. Anyway, what a song and would probably be my number one if I were to vote today.

Let's fill the glass and light to share the sun
The backstage of your life.

Good cop, Babcock (Chinaski), Saturday, 13 April 2019 21:56 (one year ago) link

The lyrics on the sleeve are "author author" but my ears refuse to hear it as anything but "up the mountain".

Nag! Nag! Nag!, Saturday, 13 April 2019 23:53 (one year ago) link

eleven months pass...

The backstage of your life.

Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Friday, 10 April 2020 23:28 (five months ago) link

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