Wake Up! (The Boo Radleys album)

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Wake Up!
Studio album by The Boo Radleys
Released March 27, 1995 (U.K.)
September 12, 1995 (U.S.)
Recorded September–October 1994, Rockfield Studios, Wales
Genre Britpop, Baroque pop
Length 51:29
Label Creation CRECD 179 (U.K.)
Columbia (U.S.)
The Boo Radleys chronology
Giant Steps
(1993)
Wake Up!
(1995)
C'mon Kids
(1996)

Wake Up! is the fourth album by British alternative rock band The Boo Radleys, released by Creation Records in 1995.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]

Although the band had received critical acclaim with their previous album, Giant Steps, Wake Up! was their first true commercial success, reaching number one in the UK album charts.[2] This was due in large part to two factors: the emergence of Britpop as a driving force in mid-1990s British music, and a Top 10 single, "Wake Up Boo!".

Two further singles were released from the album: "Find The Answer Within" (with two versions available, one an early fade of the album version, the other a remix by The High Llamas) and "It's Lulu". Both reached the UK Top 40 but were unable to repeat the popularity of "Wake Up Boo!".

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

All songs written by Martin Carr.

  1. "Wake Up Boo!" - 3:37
  2. "Fairfax Scene" - 2:14
  3. "It's Lulu" - 3:04
  4. "Joel" - 6:10
  5. "Find the Answer Within" - 4:34
  6. "Reaching Out from Here" - 3:02
  7. "Martin, Doom! It's 7 O'Clock" - 6:21
  8. "Stuck on Amber" - 5:24
  9. "Charles Bukowski Is Dead" - 2:39
  10. "4am Conversation" - 2:43
  11. "Twinside" - 4:45
  12. "Wilder" - 6:56

2010 expanded edition[edit]

CD1 - Wake Up!
CD2 - First bonus disc
  1. "Janus"
  2. "Blues for George Michael"
  3. "Friendship Song"
  4. "Wake Up Boo! Music for Astronauts"
  5. "And Tomorrow the World"
  6. "The History of Creation [Parts 17 & 36]"
  7. "Find the Answer Within (High Llamas Mix)"
  8. "The Only Word I Can Find"
  9. "Very Together"
  10. "Don't Take Your Gun to Town"
  11. "Wallpaper"
  • 1 - 6 taken from the "Wake Up Boo!" single.
  • 7 - 11 taken from the "Find the Answer Within" single.
CD3 - Second bonus disc
  1. "This Is Not About Me"
  2. "Reaching Out from Here (High Llamas Mix)"
  3. "Martin, Doom! It's Seven O'clock (Stereolab Mix)"
  4. "Joel (Justin Warfield Mix)"
  5. "Tambo"
  6. "Donkey"
  7. "From the Bench at Belvedere"
  8. "Hi Falutin'"
  9. "Crushed"
  10. "Almost Nearly There"
  • 1 - 6 taken from the "It's Lulu" single.
  • 7 - 10 taken from the "From The Bench At Belvedere" single

Personnel[edit]

The Boo Radleys[edit]

  • Sice - vocals
  • Rob Cieka - drums, percussion
  • Tim Brown - bass guitar, keyboards
  • Martin Carr - guitar, keyboards, vocals

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Boo Radleys: Wake Up!" at AllMusic. Retrieved 8 September 2011.
  2. ^ "Wake Up". chartstats.com. Retrieved 8 September 2011. 
Preceded by
The Colour of My Love by Celine Dion
UK number one album
April 8, 1995 – April 14, 1995
Succeeded by
Greatest Hits by Bruce Springsteen