Tiger Bay (album)

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Tiger Bay
Original album cover
Studio album by Saint Etienne
Released 28 June 1994 (1994-06-28)
Recorded Summer – Autumn 1993
Genre House, techno, alternative rock, ambient, electronica, folk
Length 46:16
Label HeavenlyHVNLP8
Producer Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne chronology
You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone
(1993)
Tiger Bay
(1994)
I Love to Paint
(1995)
Singles from Tiger Bay
  1. "Pale Movie"
    Released: February 1994 (1994-02)
  2. "Like a Motorway"
    Released: May 1994 (1994-05)
  3. "Hug My Soul"
    Released: September 1994 (1994-09)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (8.7/10)[2]

Tiger Bay is the third studio album by British band Saint Etienne. It was released 28 June 1994 (1994-06-28) by Heavenly Records. In an interview with Record Collector, band member Bob Stanley stated that the title is a reference to the 1959 film Tiger Bay.[3]

The album is described by Bob Stanley as "an album of modern folk songs done in twentieth century styles like techno and dub".[4] "Like a Motorway", for example, blends Kraftwerk-style techno with the melody from the nineteenth century folk song "Silver Dagger". Some of the songs, such as "Marble Lions" and "Former Lover" forsake electronics for classical folk instrumentation and orchestral arrangements. One, "Western Wind", is a traditional English folk song.

Composition[edit]

The band wrote most of the songs in the Forest of Dean, in the hope that the countryside would inspire folk ideas. The original intention was for all the songs to be about death.[4]

Releases[edit]

Tiger Bay was released in the UK in June 1994. The original cover art is James Clarke Hook's "Welcome Bonny Boat", doctored to include the band members.[5]

The American edition of the album replaced the UK cover art with a photograph of the band smartly dressed at a table. It does not include the "Western Wind"/"Tankerville" suite. In place of the cut songs is the single "I Was Born On Christmas Day" and remixes by Daniel Abraham of "Hug My Soul" and "Like a Motorway".

Reissue album art, 1996

Tiger Bay was reissued in 1996 by Creation Records, in part because of Saint Etienne's absence from the music scene, but also because of their formal move to Creation Records. The reissue featured another new cover, this time showing Giuditta Del Vecchio (from the film Léolo); the back shows a picture of the group. The inner sleeve was updated, and includes a short commentary on the album by journalist and friend of the group Simon Price, as well as a new selection of photographs with a summery theme. The album itself features a slightly shuffled track listing. "Marble Lions" is moved to appear after "Pale Movie". The second occurrence of "Western Wind" is removed completely; instead "Tankerville" fades into "Boy Scouts of America". "Former Lover" is also edited, although less noticeably, with only the opening guitar chords being removed. The reissue also features four extra tracks – "I Buy American Records", "Grovely Road", "Hate your Drug" and the single edit of "He's on the Phone".

In 2010 the album was re-released once more. The new deluxe version reinstates the original sleeve art and includes a booklet with an interview with Bob Stanley and additional bonus disc containing a number of demos and all of the b-sides.

Response[edit]

The British release of Tiger Bay was commercially successful and reached #8[6] on the UK Album Chart. Three singles were released, but none matched the popularity of those from their previous album. The first, "Pale Movie", peaked at #28.[6] "Like a Motorway" was more disappointing, missing the top forty completely and making only #47.[6] "Hug My Soul" was released as a two-disc set and managed better, peaking at #32.[6]

"Hug My Soul" was the only single that charted in the US and reached No. 40 on the Billboard Hot Dance Club Play chart.

In a 2009 interview, Bob Stanley said that in retrospect the band should have included some more obvious singles on Tiger Bay, to be commercial: "it definitely could have done with a couple more obvious songs". He also acknowledged that the original cover was a commercial mistake.[7]

Track listing[edit]

CD: Heavenly / HVNLP8CD (UK)[edit]

All songs written and composed by Stanley, Wiggs; except where indicated. 

Original British Release
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Urban Clearway"     3:58
2. "Former Lover"     3:49
3. "Hug My Soul"   Batson, Cracknell, Male 4:15
4. "Like a Motorway"     5:42
5. "On the Shore"     4:06
6. "Marble Lions"   Cracknell, Bund 4:35
7. "Pale Movie"     3:52
8. "Cool Kids of Death"     5:49
9. "Western Wind"   Traditional, arranged by Stanley, Wiggs 1:33
10. "Tankerville"     4:01
11. "Western Wind"   Traditional, arranged by Stanley, Wiggs 1:37
12. "The Boy Scouts of America"     2:57

CD: Warner / 9 45634-2 (US)[edit]

American Release with group photo on front and different song line-up
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Urban Clearway"     3:58
2. "Hug My Soul"   Batson, Cracknell, Male 4:15
3. "Former Lover"     3:49
4. "Like a Motorway"     5:42
5. "On The Shore"     4:06
6. "Marble Lions"   Cracknell, Bund 4:35
7. "Pale Movie"     3:52
8. "Cool Kids of Death"     5:49
9. "I Was Born on Christmas Day"   Catt, Stanley, Wiggs 3:11
10. "The Boy Scouts of America"     2:57
11. "Hug My Soul (Alternative Version)"   Batson, Cracknell, Male 4:23
12. "Like a Motorway (Alternative Version)"     5:25

CD: Heavenly/Sony / 01-475962-11 (UK)[edit]

British re-release featuring Giuditta Del Vecchio (from the film Léolo) on the front cover and an amplified song order
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Urban Clearway"     3:59
2. "He's on the Phone"   Cracknell, Daho, Stanley, Wiggs 4:06
3. "Former Lover"     3:37
4. "I Buy American Records"     2:48
5. "Hug My Soul"   Batson, Cracknell, Male 4:15
6. "Like a Motorway"     5:43
7. "Grovely Road"   Catt, Cracknell 3:38
8. "On the Shore"     4:06
9. "Pale Movie"     3:53
10. "Hate Your Drug"     3:45
11. "Marble Lions"   Cracknell, Bund 4:35
12. "Cool Kids of Death"     5:46
13. "Western Wind"   Traditional, arranged by Stanley, Wiggs 1:32
14. "Tankerville"     3:52
15. "The Boy Scouts of America"     3:10

CD: Heavenly / HVNLP8CDDE (United Kingdom)[edit]

CD One
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Urban Clearway"     3:58
2. "Former Lover"     3:49
3. "Hug My Soul"   Batson, Cracknell, Male 4:15
4. "Like a Motorway"     5:42
5. "On The Shore"     4:06
6. "Marble Lions"   Cracknell, Bund 4:35
7. "Pale Movie"     3:52
8. "Cool Kids of Death"     5:49
9. "Western Wind"/"Tankerville"/"Western Wind" (combined) Traditional, arranged by Stanley, Wiggs 7:12
10. "The Boy Scouts of America"     2:59
Disc Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Urban Clearway (Demo)"     5:32
2. "Black Horse Latitude"   Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs 4:23
3. "I Buy American Records"     2:52
4. "Hate Your Drug"     3:50
5. "You Know I'll Miss You When I'm Gone"   Cracknell, Bund 2:59
6. "Sushi Rider"   Cracknell, Bund 2:58
7. "Hug My Soul (Demo)"   Batson, Cracknell, Male 4:27
8. "The Wedding of Stacy Dorning"   Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs 2:49
9. "Deborah's French Feast"     2:18
10. "Western Wind (Demo)"   Traditional, arranged by Stanley, Wiggs 3:58
11. "Pale Movie (Demo)"     4:29
12. "La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No No No)"   Polnareff, Stephens 3:59
13. "Highgate Road Incident"     2:10
14. "My Christmas Prayer"   Fury 3:27
15. "I Was Born on Christmas Day"   Catt, Stanley, Wiggs 3:12

Personnel[edit]

  • David Whitaker – orchestral arrangements
  • Shara Nelson – vocals on on the Shore
  • Stephen Duffy – guest vocals on Western Wind
  • Debsey – backing vocals on Former Lover & Pale Movie
  • Siobhan Brookes – backing vocals on Hug My Soul & Pale Movie
  • Mick Bund – guitar on Marble Lions
  • Ian Davies – flamemco guitar on Pale Movie
  • Mike Patton – guitar on Former Lover, mandolin on on the Shore
  • Kate St John – oboe on on the Shore
  • Spencer Smith – drums on Hug My Soul

B-sides[edit]

from "Pale Movie"
  • "Highgate Road Incident"
  • "Pale Movie (Stentorian Dub)"
  • "Pale Movie (Secret Knowledge Trouser Assassin Mix)"
  • "Pale Movie (Lemonentry Mix)" (Remixed by Rick Smith from Underworld)
from "Like a Motorway"
  • "You Know I'll Miss You When You're Gone"
  • "Sushi Rider"
  • "Like a Motorway (Chekhov Warp Dub)" (Remixed by The Chemical Brothers)
  • "Like A Motorway (The David Holmes Mix)"
  • "Like A Motorway (Skin Up You're Already Dead Mix)" (Remixed by Autechre)
from "Hug My Soul"
  • "I Buy American Records"
  • "Hate Your Drug"
  • "La Poupee Qui Fait Non (No, No, No, No, No)"
  • "Hug My Soul (Twelve Inch Mix)"
  • "Hug My Soul (Motiv 8 Blackpool Mix)"
  • "Hug My Soul (Sure Is Pure Kodacolour House Mix)"
  • "Hug My Soul (Juan Kinky Hernandez Nu Bootz Groove)"
  • "Hug My Soul (Secret Knowledge Limbo Mix)"

References[edit]

  1. ^ Original Allmusic review
  2. ^ Hogan, Marc. "Review: Saint Etienne – Tiger Bay / Finisterre (Heavenly; 2010)". 2010 Pitchfork Media Inc. Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  3. ^ http://www.saint.etienne.net/ec/Tiger_Bay.disc.html
  4. ^ a b Bob Stanley, interview with Melody Maker. Qtd. in "Like a Motorway". Saint Etienne Heaven. 29 June 2002.
  5. ^ http://halfmanhalfbikekit.wordpress.com/2012/08/16/hebden-bridge-14-15-july/
  6. ^ a b c d "Chart Stats – Saint Etienne". chartstats.com. Archived from the original on 2 January 2013. Retrieved 2009-11-19. 
  7. ^ Scott Plagenhoef, Interviews: Saint Etienne, Pitchfork, 5 February 2009.

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