Belle & Sebastian – Belle & Sebastian

Much of the joy (besides the cutesy storyboards on the inlay cards) of early Belle & Sebastian singles was what you might discover on their b-sides. In some cases they even outmanoeuvred the lead track. The ‘Dog on Wheels’ EP is a case in point, the release itself being the first of an unrivalled triumvirate of EP’s that followed in the wake of their best album ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’. ‘Belle & Sebastian’ is as twee as it gets with Stuart Murdoch’s vocals representing fey as a seriously misunderstood art form. Elsewhere the music is a triumph of simplicity, focusing the attention back on the singer’s outpourings yet at the same time leveraging the song into the realms of greatness. This recording was prised from a cassette in a shambolic attempt to get you to appreciate the DIY aesthetic of B&S back then. You should own the original anyway. KD

Belle & Sebastian – Belle & Sebastian

Watch The Video To Dog On Wheels

More Info: Official & Myspace
Buy Songs: Belle & Sebastian
Year: 1997

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  1. April 21, 2009

    I love these lads. For some reason they’ve got little fame/recognition. The Pains of Being Pure at Heart really sound like they’ve taken a lot from them though.

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