Candyfloss and Medicine

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Candyfloss and medicine
Studio album by Eddi Reader
Released United Kingdom 8 July 1996
Japan 25 July 1996
United States 5 July 1997
Recorded Gerry O’Riordan (The Snake Ranch, London)
David Bottrill (Eden Studios, London)
Genre Pop
Length 45:10
Label Blanco y Negro
Producer Eddi Reader
Teddy Borowiecki
Eddi Reader chronology
Eddi Reader
Candyfloss and Medicine
Angels & Electricity
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Candyfloss and Medicine is the third studio album by Eddi Reader released in the UK on 8 July 1996, which peaked #24 in the UK charts.

Two singles were released in the UK: "Town without pity" and "Medicine" with various additional tracks including two covers from brother Frank's band Trashcan Sinatras: "Earlies" and "Sex Lives" and, nearly a decade before the hugely successful Robert Burns project, "John Anderson My Joe" and "Green Grow the Rashes".

The US release of the album the following year was enhanced by three additional tracks: "Sugar on the Pill", "If You Got a Minute, Baby" and "Shall I Be Mother?" which featured ex-Suede guitarist Bernard Butler. The UK single "Town Without Pity" was dropped for this version.

Track listing[edit]

UK release[edit]

  1. "Glasgow Star" (Reader/Borowiecki) - 4:51
  2. "Town Without Pity" (Dimitri Tiomkin/Ned Washington) - 2:49
  3. "Medicine" (Reader/Borowiecki/Hewerdine) - 4:12
  4. "Rebel Angel" (Reader/Neil MacColl/Calum MacColl/Roy Dodds) - 4:43
  5. "Semi Precious" (Reader/Borowiecki/Hewerdine) - 3:21
  6. "Lazy Heart" (Reader/Hewerdine) - 5:25
  7. "I Loved a Lad" (trad. arr. Reader) - 5:01
  8. "Butterfly Jar" (Reader/Hewerdine/Calum MacColl) - 5:33
  9. "Candyfloss" (Hewerdine/Reader) - 3:23
  10. "Darkhouse" (Reader/Calum MacColl) - 5:30

US release[edit]

  1. "Glasgow Star"
  2. "Candyfloss"
  3. "Rebel Angel"
  4. "Sugar on the Pill"
  5. "Semi Precious"
  6. "Medicine"
  7. "If You Got a Minute, Baby"
  8. "Lazy Heart"
  9. "Shall I Be Mother?"
  10. "Butterfly Jar"
  11. "I Loved a Lad"
  12. "Darkhouse"


  • Eddi Reader: Vocals, concertina, harmonica, piano
  • Boo Hewerdine: Acoustic and electric guitars
  • Teddy Borowiecki: Keyboards, guitar, bass, accordion, melodica, percussion
  • Roy Dodds: Drums, percussion, hand claps, loop drumming
  • Calum MacColl: Acoustic and electric guitars, bowed guitar, dulcimer, penny-whistle, zither
  • David Piltch: Electric and acoustic bass
  • Bernard Butler: Electric guitar
  • Dominic Miller: Electric nylon guitar
  • Anthony Thistlethwaite: Mandolin
  • The Electra Strings: Strings
  • Kat Evans: Fiddle, electric violin
  • Sid Gauld: Trumpet
  • Richard Sidwell: Trumpet
  • Michael Smith: Tenor horn
  • Annie Whitehead: Trombone
  • Martin Green: Soprano saxophone
  • Misses La La: Backing vocals