Quench (album)

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Studio album by The Beautiful South
Released October 1998
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:42
Label Go! Discs Records
Producer Paul Heaton, Jon Kelly
The Beautiful South chronology
Blue Is the Colour
Painting It Red
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Quench released in the UK in October 1998 is The Beautiful South's sixth original album. Including the compilation Carry On Up The Charts it was the band's third album in a row to reach the top of the charts.

The cover depicts a boxer by Scottish painter Peter Howson. Commissioned for the album, the original painting can be seen in the Ferens Art Gallery, Hull. After the band cropped the image and used it in merchandise and promotional material, Howson took legal action against the band, receiving around £30,000 in damages.[2] Whilst the first two singles from the album also have artwork by Howson, "How Long's A Tear Take To Dry?" and "The Table" do not.


Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Paul Heaton and Dave Rotheray

  1. "How Long's a Tear Take to Dry?"
  2. "Lure of the Sea"
  3. "Big Coin"
  4. "Dumb"
  5. "Perfect 10"
  6. "The Slide"
  7. "Look What I Found In My Beer"
  8. "The Table"
  9. "Window Shopping for Blinds"
  10. "Pockets"
  11. "I May Be Ugly"
  12. "Losing Things"
  13. "Your Father and I"



Preceded by
Hits by Phil Collins
UK number one album
24 October 1998 – 6 November 1998
Succeeded by
I've Been Expecting You by Robbie Williams