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]

CD: Heavenly / HVNLP9CD[edit]

  1. "Flight to Tashkent" - 2:48
  2. "Sushi Rider" - 5:23
  3. "Deutscher Kendals" - 0:51
  4. "Think Twice" - 3:04
  5. "Studio Kinda Filthy" - 4:58
  6. "We're Coming in Loaded" (Blackwell/Scott) - 3:22
  7. "Fife Coast" - 3:43
  8. "Fake '88" - 5:02
  9. "Parliament Hill" - 2:35
  10. "Everything I Touch Turns to Gold" - 3:30
  11. "Schroeder" - 3:43
  12. "Stranger in Paradise" (Bennett) - 3:26