Cloudcuckooland (album)

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Cloudcuckooland
Album cover for Cloudcuckooland (1990)
Studio album by The Lightning Seeds
Released 10 February 1990
Recorded 1989, England
Genre Alternative rock, indie pop
Length 46:34
Label Ghetto (GHETT 3)
Producer Ian Broudie
The Lightning Seeds chronology
Cloudcuckooland
(1990)
Sense
(1992)
Singles from Cloudcuckooland
  1. "Pure"
    Released: 28 July 1989
  2. "Joy"
    Released: 31 October 1989
  3. "All I Want"
    Released: 30 April 1990
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Cloudcuckooland is the debut album by the British musical project The Lightning Seeds. It was released in 1990. "Pure" was the debut UK hit for The Lightning Seeds and the band's only Top 40 hit in the USA.[2]

Release and reception[edit]

"All I Want" has been covered by Susanna Hoffs, formerly of The Bangles, on her 1996 album Susanna Hoffs. It was a minor US hit and a UK hit at #33 for 2 weeks.

Track listing[edit]

The CD version of Cloudcuckooland included an extra track, "God Help Them", which was originally a B-side and not on the LP version. The US track listing differs from the UK version with "God Help Them" replaced by two other B-sides, "Fools" and "Frenzy", and it was released on the MCA Records label rather than the indie label Ghetto. The re-release of the US album includes a new recording of "All I Want".[3]

All songs written by Ian Broudie (except where stated).

  1. "All I Want" – 2:50 (Broudie/Peter Coyle)
  2. "Bound in a Nutshell" – 4:29
  3. "Pure" – 3:45
  4. "Sweet Dreams" – 4:25 (Broudie/Richard Jobson)
  5. "The Nearly Man" – 3:06
  6. "Joy" – 4:13
  7. "Love Explosion" – 4:10
  8. "Don't Let Go" – 3:54
  9. "Control the Flame" – 3:22 (Broudie/Coyle)
  10. "The Price" – 4:20

Bonus tracks[edit]

UK CD bonus track
  1. "God Help Them" – 3:44 (Broudie/Paul Simpson)
U.S. bonus tracks
  1. "Fools" – 4:08
  2. "Frenzy" – 3:56

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Charts (1990) Peak chart position
UK Albums Chart 50
U.S. Billboard 200 46

References[edit]