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Old 09-02-2008, 06:24 PM   #1
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We need a good Belle & Sebastian thread

On the drive to work today, 'The Boy With the Arab Strap', came on the radio. If I could have devised a way to climb on top of my car and surf-dance to the song while driving to work (ala Teen Wolf), I would have. That's how much I like that song.

I spent 30 minutes looking for a good Belle & Sebastian thread, and couldn't find any longer than 8 posts or so, and most of those were people saying things like, "Do you like them?" "Yes, I like them". So I figured we needed a new thread.

Tell me all things B&S. What are your favorite albums? Favorite songs? Favorite lyrics? Favorite band members? Favorite videos? Favorite pictures? Anything and everything Belle & Sebastian, let's get to it.

To start us off, here are a couple vids I've been digging recently. Here they are performing the aforementioned song, 'The Boy With the Arab Strap' on Jools Holland. I'm still not sure if that's Tegan and Sara playing with them or not...:

YouTube - Belle & Sebastian -The Boy With The Arab Strap-


And 'I'm Waking Up to Us', the song and performance that completely won me over to the band on Conan years back:

YouTube - Belle and Sebastian - I'm Waking Up To Us (Live)
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:35 PM   #2
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The only album I own, unfortunately, is The Life Pursuit. But I love it. Off the top of my head my favorites from that album are Funny Little Frog, Another Sunny Day, White Collar Boy, and For the Price of a Cup of Tea. Good stuff, with Funny Little Frog probably being my favorite song I've heard by the band. I actually haven't listened to that album in a long time, I might just do that.
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Old 09-02-2008, 06:47 PM   #3
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The Boy With The Arab Strap is one of my favorite B&S songs
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YouTube - Belle & Sebastian: Boy With The Arab Strap (Live Coachella)

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The only album I own, unfortunately, is The Life Pursuit.
Ironically, I still don't own that album... Another Sunny Day is a great track though. It's on my list to get after I finally find Tigermilk. I would highly recommend their early work: If You're Feeling Sinister, The Boy With the Arab Strap, and Push Barman to Open Old Wounds.

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The Boy With The Arab Strap is one of my favorite B&S songs
So will you drive as I dance on the roof of my car to the song then, or at least vice versa?
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Yes. And then I'll suddenly hit the brakes
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Another Sunny Day is a great track though.

So will you drive as I dance on the roof of my car to the song then, or at least vice versa?
That showed up on a mix on my drive out last week. I love that song.

It really depends on the car. I mean, it has to be a cool car.
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They used a van in Teen Wolf (and Teen Wolf 2 - Jason Bateman!), are you saying that's not cool?



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YouTube - Snoop Dogg - Brake Fluid (Biiittch Pump Yo Brakes)
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I have If You're Feeling Sinister on my list of albums to check out. This thread has caused me to bump it further up on the list.
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They used a van in Teen Wolf (and Teen Wolf 2 - Jason Bateman!), are you saying that's not cool?
No, I'm saying do you have a van?
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No, I'm saying do you have a van?
I don't, but I figured if Michael J. Fox and Jason Bateman could dress up in werewolf makeup and "be cool" by doing it on a van, essentially any car would work for someone who isn't a werewolf. I'm cruising in a Passat though, does that work? The sun roof may cave in, but as Of Montreal says, "We suffer for fashion or whatever."


GE, that video was entertaining. The Foo Fighters part at the end was good stuff.
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II'm cruising in a Passat though, does that work? The sun roof may cave in,
So then, you have good taste in, like, everything?

All I know is that there will be no surf-dancing on the sunroof of my lame Ford Focus. I've had enough problems.

But are you sure Arab Strap is the best B&S song to surf dance to?
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GE, that video was entertaining. The Foo Fighters part at the end was good stuff.
What did you think of the sound of the Foo Fighters?
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Barry: Holy shite. What the fuck is that?
Dick: It's the new Belle and Sebastian...
Rob: It's a record we've been listening to and enjoying, Barry.
Barry: Well, that's unfortunate, because it SUCKS ASS.
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So then, you have good taste in, like, everything?

But are you sure Arab Strap is the best B&S song to surf dance to?
The first time my friends saw me with the car (at a concert...), one of them said, "I'm surprised you actually wanted to meet us at the venue, I figured now that you're driving a Volkswagen that you'd only be seen in coffee houses wearing cardigans and writing poetry on a MacBook Pro."

The only other B&S song that I can think of that would compete for vehicular surf-dancing would be:
YouTube - Belle & Sebastian -Your Cover's Blown (Video)-



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What did you think of the sound of the Foo Fighters?
I'm too enthralled with the indie kids they show in the crowd at about 3:43 to decide. Those kids are definitely the stereotype Belle & Sebastian fans. Hell, they're like the poster children for indie hipster kids everywhere. They should have been on this poster:

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