I Love to Paint

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I Love To Paint
Compilation album (Fan Club) by Saint Etienne
Released February 1995
Genre Indie pop
Label Heavenly - HVNLP9CD
Producer Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne chronology
Tiger Bay
I Love to Paint
Fairy Tales from Saint Etienne
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Allmusic 3/5 stars

I Love To Paint (1995) is a compilation of previously unreleased and rare music by Saint Etienne. It was made available only by mail order to members of the band's fan club. It is now a collectable and sought-after item, regularly selling for high prices second-hand. In 2008, it was reissued as the first disc of the Boxette compilation of fan club material.


  • "Flight to Tashkent" is an outtake from the So Tough sessions.
  • The version of "Sushi Rider" included on I Love to Paint is known to fans as "The Greener and Woodier Version", and is different from the version commercially released on the "Like a Motorway" 7" single.
  • "Deutscher Kendals" is an instrumental recorded in 1994. "Fife Coast" was recorded at the same session.
  • "Studio Kinda Filthy" originally appeared as the B-side on the "Filthy" promotional 12" single, July 1991.
  • "We're Coming in Loaded" is a cover of a song popularized by Elvis Presley in the film Girls! Girls! Girls!
  • "Fake '88" originally appeared on a UK indie music magazine compilation disc, Volume 6, as well as Volume's own best-of compilation Sharks Patrol These Waters--The Best of Volume Too.
  • "Parliament Hill" is an outtake from the Foxbase Alpha sessions.
  • "Everything I Touch Turns to Gold" features a fragment of dialogue from the Audrey Hepburn film Roman Holiday.

Regarding "Schroeder," the CD liner notes explain, "From our Charlie Brown-obsessed period at the beginning of 1994, this is the twin brother of 'Highgate Road Incident,' the b-side of 'Pale Movie.'" Schroeder was the Beethoven-adoring piano player from the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz.

"Stranger in Paradise" is also an outtake from So Tough, and was released on the NME three-disc charity album Ruby Trax--The NME's Roaring Forty. The original composition is credited to Tony Bennett; however, Saint Etienne also pays homage to Mudhoney by referencing the song "Touch Me I'm Sick".

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stanley, Wiggs; except where indicated. 

CD: Heavenly / HVNLP9CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Flight to Tashkent"     2:48
2. "Sushi Rider"   Bund, Cracknell 5:23
3. "Deutscher Kendals"     0:51
4. "Think Twice"     3:04
5. "Studio Kinda Filthy"   Stanley, Wiggs, Mais 4:58
6. "We're Coming in Loaded"   Otis Blackwell, Winfield Scott 3:22
7. "Fife Coast"     3:43
8. "Fake '88"     5:02
9. "Parliament Hill"   Stanley, Wiggs, Williams 2:35
10. "Everything I Touch Turns to Gold"     3:30
11. "Schroeder"     3:43
12. "Stranger in Paradise"   Wright, Forrest 3:26