Performance and Cocktails

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Performance and Cocktails
Studio album by Stereophonics
Released 8 March 1999
Recorded Late 1995 - late 1998
Genre Rock, alternative rock, post Britpop, hard rock,
Length 50:55
Label V2
Producer Steve Bush and Marshall Bird AKA: Bird & Bush
Stereophonics chronology
Word Gets Around
(1997)
Performance and Cocktails
(1999)
Just Enough Education to Perform
(2001)
Singles from Performance and Cocktails
  1. "The Bartender and the Thief"
    Released: 9 November 1998
  2. "Just Looking"
    Released: 22 February 1999
  3. "Pick a Part That's New"
    Released: 23 May 1999
  4. "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio"
    Released: 23 August 1999
  5. "Hurry Up and Wait"
    Released: 8 November 1999

Performance and Cocktails is the second studio album by rock band Stereophonics. It was released by V2 on 8 March 1999. The name 'Performance and Cocktails' comes from lyrics in the album's first song, "Roll Up and Shine".

The album was a surprise commercial success for Stereophonics but it received mixed reviews.

Recording[edit]

The songs were variously recorded at Real World Studios in Bath, Parkgate in Sussex and Rockfield in Monmouth.

Album cover[edit]

The cover photograph was taken by Scarlet Page in autumn 1998 at a football pitch under the Westway in London, and was inspired by an earlier Annie Leibovitz photograph of a couple kissing outside a prison. The British journalist Tony Barrell did extensive research in 2007 to find the female model in the foreground. In the Sunday Times on 11 November 2007, he revealed the previously unknown identity of the model as 23-year-old Lucy Joplin. In an interview with Barrell, Joplin explained that the "faraway look" in her eyes was the result of an evening consuming absinthe and opium, and that she was paid just £75 in cash for the shoot.[1] The name of the then 23-year-old male model is Kipp Burns on loan from Mannique models, King's Road.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Kelly Jones, all music composed by Stereophonics[2].

No. Title Length
1. "Roll Up and Shine"   3:58
2. "The Bartender and the Thief"   2:54
3. "Hurry Up and Wait"   4:40
4. "Pick a Part That's New"   3:34
5. "Just Looking"   4:13
6. "Half the Lies You Tell Ain't True"   2:56
7. "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio"   3:50
8. "T-Shirt Sun Tan"   4:05
9. "Is Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today?"   4:02
10. "A Minute Longer"   3:46
11. "She Takes Her Clothes Off"   3:55
12. "Plastic California"   4:30
13. "I Stopped to Fill My Car Up"   4:29
Total length:
50:35

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [3]
NME (6/10) [4]
Pitchfork Media (4.4./10) [5]
Q 3/5 stars
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars [6]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars [7]

Performance and Cocktails received generally mixed reviews. At Allmusic, Jason Damas criticised the album for not being as consistent as Word Gets Around; he did however praise "T Shirt Sun Tan", "She Takes Her Clothes Off" and "Pick a Part That's New", calling them the highlights of the album. [3] Knoxvillelives at Sputnikmusic had a contrasting statement about the two albums, commenting, "the songs have a certain quality about them that makes them more instantly appealing than the previous tunes." He also praised Jones' vocals as "truly one of the more recognisable in UK rocks recent years, with a pleasant throatiness to it that adds emotion to even the simplest lyric."[7]

Brent DiCrescenzo from Pitchfork Media had a generally negative review of the album, comparing Stereophonics to Oasis and by summarising the album as, "Basically, what Performance and Cocktails boils down to is loud music engineered and crafted for Britain's summer festival circuit that practically guarantees a perennially muddy experience."[5] Similarly, Barry Walters of Rolling Stone also compared the band to Oasis, stating they "sound like Oasis trying to be Radiohead."[6]

Commercial performance[edit]

Performance and Cocktails gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with "The Bartender and the Thief" reaching number-three, and both "Just Looking" and "Pick a Part That's New" reaching number-four. The album itself was a success, topping the UK Albums Chart selling 119,954 copies in its first week and going on to become the fifth best selling album in the UK in 1999. Such was the album's persistence, that it re-entered the UK charts over four years after its initial release, reaching number twenty-five in January 2004.[8]

Legacy[edit]

Performance and Cocktails is the band's second best-selling album with sales of over two and a half million, after Just Enough Education to Perform which has sold over three and a half million copies.[a][9][10] The record has been certified 5× platinum in the UK and platinum in Europe.[11] It has spent a total of 101 weeks in the UK top 100 charts.[12]

The album is seen as one of the best albums in 90s British rock history. At the Kerrang! awards in 1999, Performance and Cocktails won the "Best Album" award and Stereophonics further won "Best British Band" the same year.[13] On their "Albums Of The Year" list the record was placed at number 5.[14] Listeners at Absolute Radio voted for their album of the decade and Performance and Cocktails ranked at number 27. On the radio's shortlist it was included as one of the albums that helped define the sound of the 90s along with Word Gets Around[15] At the Mercury Music prize awards, the album was nominated for the 1999 prize but was only listed as a "Shortlisted nominee."[16] "Pick A Part That's New" was used in a BT advert for their unlimited broadband deal.[17]

Re-release[edit]

On 24 August 2010, Stereophonics announced on their website that Performance and Cocktails, along with Word Gets Around, were to be re-released.[18] To accompany the re-releases, Stereophonics performed all the songs on both the albums at the Hammersmith Apollo on the 17 and 18 October 2010. They were released on 18 October 2010[19] and were made into two forms:[18]


Deluxe: The original album on one disc and a bonus CD featuring 12 b-sides and rare tracks.


Super-deluxe: The album on one disc (as listed above) and two bonus CDs (one with 15 b-sides and the other includes 10 rare tracks), artcards and a replica of Kelly Jones' notebook.[20]

Personnel[edit]

Charts and certifications[edit]

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ Sales figures are based on certifications only.
Footnotes
  1. ^ Tony Barrell. "Album Covers Anecdotes – Rate Your Music". Retrieved 2014-03-01. 
  2. ^ a b c d Performance and Cocktails (CD booklet). Stereophonics. V2 Records. 1999. 
  3. ^ a b Damas, Jason (25 May 1999). "Performance and Cocktails". Allmusic. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  4. ^ "Performance And Cocktails". NME. 3 February 1999. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  5. ^ a b DiCrescenzo, Brent (25 May 1999). "Stereophonics: Performance and Cocktails". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  6. ^ a b Walters, Barry (30 September 1999). "Stereophonics Performance and Cocktails". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  7. ^ a b "Stereophonics - Performance and Cocktails". Sputnik Music. Retrieved 4 July 2013. 
  8. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Every Hit. Retrieved 2010-02-28. [dead link]
  9. ^ a b "Album by Album: Kelly Jones on the Stereophonics' back catalogue". Drowned in Sound. 8 March 2013. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  10. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards - 2002". IFPI. 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  11. ^ a b "Album artist 832 - The Stereophonics". Tsort. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  12. ^ "STEREOPHONICS Albums". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 28 July 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Winner takes it all" (in German). Intro. 17 August 1999. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  14. ^ "Albums Of The Year 1999". Kerrang!. Rock list. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  15. ^ "Album of the 90s". Absolute Radio. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  16. ^ "Mercury Music Prize award 1999". everyHit. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  17. ^ "BT – Totally Unlimited Broadband". TV Ad Music. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "Word Gets Around and Performance and Cocktails re-released". Stereophonics Ltd. 24 August 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  19. ^ "Word Gets Around and Performance and Cocktails shows". Stereophonics Ltd. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  20. ^ "Performance And Cocktails (Super Deluxe Edition) [Box Set]". Amazon. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 
  21. ^ "French albums chart". Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  22. ^ "Irish albums chart". Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  23. ^ "German albums chart". Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  24. ^ "New Zealand albums chart". Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  25. ^ "UK albums chart". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 July 2013. 
  26. ^ "Irish music charts archive". GFK Chart-Track. Retrieved 3 July 2013.  Note: Stereophonics must be searched manually.
  27. ^ "2013 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 July 2013.  Note: Stereophonics must be searched manually.
  28. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards 1999 Awards". IFPI. 1999. Retrieved 21 July 2013. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Talk on Corners by The Corrs
UK number one album
20 - 26 March 1999
Succeeded by
13 by Blur