Strange Free World

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Strange Free World
Studio album by Kitchens of Distinction
Released March 18, 1991
Recorded 1990 at Chipping Norton Recording Studios in Oxfordshire
Genre Shoegazing
Length 43:28
Label One Little Indian (TPLP19)
Producer Hugh Jones
Kitchens of Distinction chronology
Love Is Hell
Strange Free World
The Death of Cool
Singles from Strange Free World
  1. "Quich as Rainbows"
    Released: March 1990
  2. "Drive That Fast"
    Released: January 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[2]

Strange Free World is the second album by British alternative rock band Kitchens of Distinction, released on February 19, 1991 in the US by A&M Records and on March 18, 1991 in the UK by One Little Indian Records. It is the follow-up to their 1989 debut Love Is Hell. Noted producer Hugh Jones, who worked with Echo & the Bunnymen (on their 1981 album Heaven Up Here), among many others, helped KOD to sound more at ease in the studio.

Reviewer Ned Raggett notes that "Musically, the tunes sound quite ambitious in many ways, often steering away from conventional verse-chorus-verse formulas," and calling the album an overall excellent effort; it is often considered one of the group's best works, as well as possibly its most popular and commercially successful, charting at #45 on the UK Albums Chart.[3] The album also includes KOD's only UK charting single "Drive That Fast," which charted at #93 on the UK Singles Chart.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Kitchens of Distinction. 

No. Title Length
1. "Railwayed"   4:57
2. "Quick as Rainbows"   3:48
3. "Hypnogogic"   4:01
4. "He Holds Her, He Needs Her"   3:48
5. "Polaroids"   4:51
6. "Gorgeous Love"   4:21
7. "Aspray"   3:37
8. "Drive That Fast"   5:36
9. "Within the Daze of Passion"   3:57
10. "Under the Sky, Inside the Sea"   4:32


  • "Quick as Rainbows" (March 1990)
    • UK single:
    1. "Quick as Rainbows"
    2. "Mainly Mornings" (Live)
    3. "In a Cave" (Live)
    4. "Shiver" (Live)
    • US promo 12" single:
    1. "Quick as Rainbows"
    2. "These Drinkers"
    3. "Elephantiny" [acoustic version of "Elephantine"]
    4. "Three to Beam Up"
  • "Drive That Fast" (January 1991)
    • UK single:
    1. "Drive That Fast" (7" Edit)
    2. "These Drinkers"
    3. "Elephantiny"
    4. "Three to Beam Up"
    • US promo 12" single:
    1. "Drive That Fast"
    2. "Railwayed"


  • Patrick Fitzgerald – vocals, bass
  • Julian Swales – guitar
  • Dan Goodwin – drums
  • Roddy Lorimar – trumpet on "Under the Sky, Inside the Sea"
  • Hugh Jones – producer, engineer
  • Michael Ade – assistant engineer
  • Helen Woodward – mixing engineer
  • Richard Norris – assistant mixing engineer
  • Ken Perry – mastering
  • Colin Bell – photography
  • Art direction and design by Two Guys and Kitchens of Distinction
  • Recorded at Chipping Norton Recording Studios
  • Mixed at Master Rock
  • Compiled at First Protocol
  • Mastered at A&M Mastering


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ a b "Kitchens of Distinction". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 2013-01-02. Retrieved 2009-12-08.