Strange House

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Strange House
Studio album by The Horrors
Released 5 March 2007
Recorded 2006
Genre Post-punk, garage punk, horror punk, gothic rock
Label Loog
Producer Alan Moulder, Rob Kirwan, Nick Zinner, Ben Hillier, Jim Sclavunos
The Horrors chronology
The Horrors EP
(2006)
Strange House
(2007)
Primary Colours
(2009)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
BBC Collective 4/5 stars[3]
Drowned in Sound 6/10[4]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[5]
Yahoo! Music 9/10[6]
Mojo 4/5 stars[7]
NME 7/10[8]
The Observer 4/5 stars[9]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[10]
Uncut 4/5 stars[11]

Strange House is the debut album by The Horrors. It entered the UK album charts at No. 37. The band announced the title via a MySpace bulletin on 11 January 2007. It was released on 5 March 2007 on Loog Records. Several alternative titles for the album were considered, including Through Wax Seals and Padlocks,[citation needed] a line taken from their song "Gloves". The album consists mostly of previously released material, however several of these tracks were re-recorded or remixed.[citation needed]

A special edition including a DVD in a gatefold digipack was also released, which contained three music videos ("Sheena is a Parasite", "Count in Fives", and "Gloves"), three live performances (one full-length and two short sets), an interview, and a photo gallery.

Psychotic Sounds for Freaks and Weirdos[edit]

The album subtitle, "Psychotic Sounds for Freaks and Weirdos", was created by two fans from the official Horrors forum. The band's lead singer, Faris Badwan asked fans on the forum to suggest a name for their then yet-to-be-released album, before the title was finalised. The tag line "Psychotic Sounds for Freaks and Weirdos" was not only a subtitle to the album, but was used on all promotional material for Strange House. It is considered that Strange House is named after The Attack's song of the same name.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Jack the Ripper" – 3:00 (Screaming Lord Sutch cover)
  2. "Count in Fives" – 3:13
  3. "Draw Japan" – 3:23
  4. "Gloves" – 3:46
  5. "Excellent Choice" – 2:53
    • The US edition "Excellent Choice" is replaced by "Horrors Theme".
  6. "Little Victories" – 2:40
  7. "She Is the New Thing" – 3:21
  8. "Sheena Is a Parasite" – 1:42
  9. "Thunderclaps" – 3:06
  10. "Gil Sleeping" – 4:51
  11. "A Train Roars" – 3:54
    • In UK editions of the album, there are three minutes of silence in the pregap preceding "Death at the Chapel".
  12. "Death at the Chapel" (UK bonus track) – 2:19

Special Edition bonus DVD[edit]

  1. Videos
    • "Sheena Is a Parasite"
    • "Count in Fives"
    • "Gloves"
  2. Live in London, 21 September 2006 (Underage Club at Coronet Theatre)
    • "Jack the Ripper"
    • "Count in Fives"
    • "Horrors Theme"
    • "Death at the Chapel"
    • "Gloves"
    • "Sheena Is a Parasite"
    • "A Knife in the Eye"
    • "Count in Fives" (Reprise)
  3. Live in New York, 2 November 2006 (The Annex)
    • "Horrors Theme"
    • "Crawdaddy Simone"
  4. Live in Tokyo, 20 December 2006 (The Astrohall)
    • "Count in Fives"
  5. Bonus Video Material
    • Interview
    • Photo Gallery
  6. Hidden Footage: Live From the Casa de Ultragrrrl
    • Untitled

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Strange House – The Horrors – Critic Reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 11 July 2011. 
  2. ^ Strange House: The Horrors – Review, allmusic.com, retrieved 8 July 2011 
  3. ^ Something wicked this way comes, bbc.co.uk, retrieved 8 July 2011 
  4. ^ The Horrors – Strange House, drownedinsound.com, retrieved 8 July 2011 
  5. ^ Cooper, Leonie (1 March 2007), The Horrors, Strange House, guardian.co.uk (London), retrieved 8 July 2011 
  6. ^ The Horrors – Strange House, uk.launch.yahoo.com, retrieved 8 July 2011 
  7. ^ The Horrors – Strange House, metacritic.com, retrieved 8 July 2011 
  8. ^ The Horrors: Strange House, nme.com, retrieved 8 July 2011 
  9. ^ Hodgson, Jaimie (18 February 2007), The Horrors, Strange House, guardian.co.uk (London), retrieved 8 July 2011 
  10. ^ The Horrors, rollingstone.com, retrieved 8 July 2011 
  11. ^ The Horrors, metacritic.com, retrieved 8 July 2011