Belle and Sebastian

Biography

The story of Belle & Sebastian started in 1996. It was formed in Glasgow by Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David. After finding five more members, the musicians began working on the first album, Tigermilk. A significant part of the material had been written by Murdoch before the origin of the band during his escape to London. It took the group as short as three days to record the whole album and release only one thousand of its copies on vinyl discs. This work received praiseful reviews and became the key to a contract with Jeepster. The young Scottish talents did not waste their time and released their second album, If You're Feeling Sinister, the same year. Despite the recognition from critics, it did not have good sales. Meanwhile, Belle & Sebastian became one of the most promising and original outfits in the UK. Shortly after this release, they toured the USA briefly. In 1997, the band spent much time producing their old records on the EPs Dog On Wheels, Lazy Line Painter Jane, and 3..6..9 Seconds Of Light. Besides, they gave a number of concerts in London as part of preparation to a massive tour in the States.

Belle & Sebastian acquired a distinctive status of stars in 1998 after receiving an award as the best new group at the Brit Awards ceremony. Soon, they released the single The Boy With The Arab Strap debuting twelfth in the charts. Tired after an active start, the band slowed down in 1999. The only big event to occur in that year was the Bowlie Weekender festival arranged by Belle & Sebastian themselves. It gave them a chance to perform before a big crowd along with a number of prominent groups. In 2000, they released their first album to hit Top 10, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant. This long player was given a warm welcome by the local fans, as well the the separate single Legal Man released the same year. Despite this success, one of the band’s founders, Stuart David presumed to leave showbiz and took up writing. Belle & Sebastian started 2001 by releasing two internationally acclaimed singles Jonathan David, and I'm Waking Up To Us, and touring Japan, Brazil and the USA. They kept on performing in 2002 and visited Denmark, Sweden, Holland, Norway, Canada, Germany, Greece and the States again. Although the band gained global recognition, it was hard enough to find information on or the pictures of its members. They did not like being featured in press and did not give extensive interviews. It was one of the reasons of moderate commercial success gained by the band’s albums.

Before releasing the subsequent album, Belle & Sebastian moved from the UK label Jeepster Records to Matador Records in the USA. The smashing 2003 album, Dear Catastrophe Waitress, got the group nominated for Ivor Novello, and Mercury Prise, yet eventually won by other performances. With a packed concert schedule, Belle & Sebastian did not visit the studio as often as before. The following album, The Life Pursuit, saw light only in three years and appeared another brilliant work from the Scottish stars. It was promoted with a huge streak of concerts including a striking show in Los Angeles with a philharmonic. In 2008, they released The BBC Sessions, a collection of songs written from 1996 to 2001. The release of the eighth studio album titled Belle & Sebastian Write About Love took place in 2010. Traditionally strong and original record pleased the listeners by an interesting sound, while the critics noted the highest level of performance. The fans’ expectations were satisfied and such songs as Come On Sister, I Want The World To Stop and many others turned out to be the best proofs of that.

Studio Albums

Belle and Sebastian, Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance mp3Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance
2015
  • Dance-Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Chamber Pop
Belle and Sebastian, Belle and Sebastian Write About Love mp3Belle and Sebastian Write About Love
After sufficient work on side-projects the members of the standout band Belle & Sebastian got together again to release their eight album with a self-describing title
2010
  • Indie Pop
  • Jangle Pop
Belle and Sebastian, The Life Pursuit mp3The Life Pursuit
The spikiness of The Life Pursuit makes it the best way into Belle & Sebastian for someone who hasn't yet taken the plunge. Their seventh album threatens to break the non-commercial record. It is not a masterpiece but it is still very good
2006
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop
Belle and Sebastian, Dear Catastrophe Waitress mp3Dear Catastrophe Waitress
2003
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop
Belle and Sebastian, Storytelling mp3Storytelling
2002
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop
Belle and Sebastian, Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant mp3Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant
2000
  • Baroque Pop
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop
Belle and Sebastian, The Boy With the Arab Strap mp3The Boy With the Arab Strap
1998
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop
Belle and Sebastian, Tigermilk mp3Tigermilk
1996
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop

Singles

Belle and Sebastian, I'm a Cuckoo mp3I'm a Cuckoo
2004
  • Twee Pop

EP

Belle and Sebastian, Books mp3Books
2004
  • Chamber Pop
  • Twee Pop

Compilation albums

Belle and Sebastian, The Third Eye Centre mp3The Third Eye Centre
2013
  • Indie Pop
  • Chamber Pop
Belle and Sebastian, LateNightTales, Vol. 2 mp3LateNightTales, Vol. 2
Famous Scottish band Belle and Sebastian enlarged its discography with an excellent compilation album titled LateNightTales, Vol. 2. It became an amazing present for all the connoisseurs of original and distinctive music
2012
  • Indie Electronic
Belle and Sebastian, Push Barman to Open Old Wounds mp3Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Check out Push Barman to Open Old Wounds, a handy compilation of Belle & Sebastian's EPs recorded between 1997 and 2001. This compilation is a reminder that few bands have come close to generating so much excellent material in so short a time
2005
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop

Lives

Belle and Sebastian, Live 2015 mp3Live 2015
2015
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop
Belle and Sebastian, The BBC Sessions mp3The BBC Sessions
Compilation The BBC Sessions is a double album containing a great deal of pleasant moments and letting us make sure once again what amazing songs this wonderful band Belle & Sebastian can create
2008
  • Chamber Pop
  • Indie Pop
  • Twee Pop