A Can of Bees

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A Can of Bees
Studio album by The Soft Boys
Released 1979
Recorded August–November 1978
Spaceward Studios, Cambridge
Genre Post-punk
Length 40:46
Label Two Crabs
CLAW 1001 (original UK release)
The Soft Boys chronology
A Can of Bees
(1979)
Underwater Moonlight
(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10) link
Boise Weekly (not rated) [1]

A Can of Bees is the debut album by English band The Soft Boys. The album was reissued in 1984 with a different tracklisting on the second side.[2] Both versions of Side 2 appear on the CD reissue first put out by Two Crabs in 1990, subsequently reissued by Rykodisc in 1992, and released again by Yep Roc in 2010.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Robyn Hitchcock, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "Give It to the Soft Boys"   1:57
2. "The Pig Worker"   4:30
3. "Human Music"   4:30
4. "Leppo and the Jooves"   5:27
5. "The Rat's Prayer"   3:19
6. "Do the Chisel"   3:03
7. "Sandra's Having Her Brain Out"   3:47
8. "The Return of the Sacred Crab"   2:54
9. "Cold Turkey" (John Lennon) 4:17
10. "School Dinner Blues" (Live) 2:26
11. "Wading Through a Ventilator" (Live) 4:08

1984 reissue track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Give It to the Soft Boys"   1:57
2. "The Pigworker"   4:29
3. "Human Music"   4:31
4. "Leppo & The Jooves"   5:29
5. "The Rats Prayer"   3:19
6. "Do the Chisel"   3:03
7. "Sandra's Having Her Brain Out"   3:39
8. "Fatman's Son"   2:38
9. "(I Want to Be An) Anglepoise Lamp" (Live) 2:51
10. "Ugly Nora" (Live) 3:05
11. "Cold Turkey" (John Lennon) 4:16

1992 CD reissue track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Give It to the Soft Boys"   1:57
2. "The Pig Worker"   4:30
3. "Human Music"   4:30
4. "Leppo and the Jooves"   5:27
5. "The Rat's Prayer"   3:19
6. "Do the Chisel"   3:03
7. "Sandra's Having Her Brain Out"   3:47
8. "The Return of the Sacred Crab"   2:54
9. "Cold Turkey" (John Lennon) 4:17
10. "School Dinner Blues" (Live) 2:26
11. "Wading Through a Ventilator" (Live) 4:08
12. "Leppo & The Jooves"   5:29
13. "Sandra's Having Her Brain Out"   3:39
14. "School Dinner Blues"   2:14
15. "Fatman's Son"   2:38
16. "(I Want to Be An) Anglepoise Lamp" (Live) 2:51
17. "Ugly Nora" (Live) 3:05

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Personnel[edit]

  • Gerry Hale – violin
  • Robyn Hitchcock – bass, guitar, vocals
  • Mike Kemp – engineer
  • Jim Melton – harmonica, percussion, drums, vocals
  • Andy Metcalfe – bass, vocals
  • Jim Milton – harmonica, percussion, vocals
  • Kimberley Rew – guitar, vocals
  • Morris Windsor – drums, vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eric Austin (February 16, 2011). "The Soft Boys Re-issue A Can of Bees". Boise Weekly. 
  2. ^ "Soft Boys, The - A Can Of Bees (Vinyl, LP, Album) at Discogs". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  3. ^ Christopher, James. "A Can of Bees - The Soft Boys". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Can of Bees: Soft Boys: Music". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-02-09.