Colossal Youth

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For the film, see Colossal Youth (film).
Colossal Youth
Young Marble Giants - Colossal Youth cover.jpg
Studio album by Young Marble Giants
Released February 1980
Recorded 1979, Foel Studios, North Wales
Genre Post-punk
Length 40:40
Label Rough Trade (original release)
Domino (2007 reissue)
Producer Young Marble Giants
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating 4.5/5 stars[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]
The A.V. Club (B+)[3]
BBC (positive)[4]
Drowned in Sound (10/10)[5]
The Guardian 5/5 stars[6]
musicOMH 5/5 stars[7]
Pitchfork Media (9.3/10)[8]
Robert Christgau (B)[9]

Colossal Youth is the only LP by Young Marble Giants, released in 1980 on Rough Trade Records. Young Marble Giants were offered the opportunity to record the album after Rough Trade heard just two songs by the band on the local Cardiff music compilation, Is The War Over?.


The album was recorded in three and half days at Foel Studios [1] near Welshpool in North Wales for £1000. The band was able to record fast and cheaply by using many of their first takes on the record in a deliberate attempt to keep the music 'alive'. The only overdubbing on the record is a slide guitar on "Include Me Out" and distorted vocals on "Eating Noddemix".


Nirvana singer-songwriter Kurt Cobain said in a 1992 Melody Maker interview that Colossal Youth was one of the five most influential records he had ever heard.[10][11] Cobain's wife, Courtney Love, would later record "Credit in the Straight World" with her band Hole in their second album, Live Through This, released in 1994.

"This music relaxes you, it's total atmospherics. It's just nice, pleasant music. I love it. The drum machine has to have the cheesiest sound ever. We're going to be on a Young Marble Giants compilation, doing 'Credit in the Straight World'. I had a crush on the singer for a while—didn't everyone?
"I didn't know much about them—the Moxham brothers, right? I heard they might be getting back together again recently. (NB: Stuart Moxham just produced one side of the new Beat Happening album [You Turn Me On, 1992], another of Kurt's favorite bands). Isn't it weird how, when you hear something like that, you still get excited, even though you know you shouldn't?
"I first heard Colossal Youth on the radio, after I started getting into K music when I lived in Olympia. It was a year before I put out the Bleach album."
—Kurt Cobain

In May 2009 the album was performed live in its entirety as part of the All Tomorrow's Parties-curated Don't Look Back series.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Stuart Moxham, except for where noted.

  1. "Searching for Mr. Right" - 3:03
  2. "Include Me Out" - 2:01
  3. "The Taxi" - 2:07
  4. "Eating Noddemix" (Phillip Moxham, Alison Statton) - 2:04
  5. "Constantly Changing" - 2:04
  6. "N.I.T.A." - 3:31
  7. "Colossal Youth" - 1:54
  8. "Music for Evenings" - 3:02
  9. "The Man Amplifier" - 3:15
  10. "Choci Loni" (S. Moxham, P. Moxham) - 2:37
  11. "Wurlitzer Jukebox" - 2:45
  12. "Salad Days" (S. Moxham, Statton) - 2:01
  13. "Credit in the Straight World" - 2:29
  14. "Brand - New - Life" - 2:54
  15. "Wind in the Rigging" - 2:25

The re-release including the following bonus tracks, taken from the Final Day single, Testcard EP, and some B-sides:

  1. "This Way" (S. Moxham, P. Moxham) - 1:41
  2. "Posed by Models" (S. Moxham, P. Moxham) - 1:25
  3. "Clock" (S. Moxham, P. Moxham) - 1:39
  4. "Clicktalk" (S. Moxham, P. Moxham) - 2:42
  5. "Zebra Trucks" (S. Moxham, P. Moxham) - 1:33
  6. "Sporting Life" (S. Moxham, P. Moxham) - 1:04
  7. "Final Day" - 1:43
  8. "Radio Silents" - 1:53
  9. "Cake Walking" - 2:49
  10. "Ode to Booker T" - 3:03


  • Alison Statton - vocals
  • Stuart Moxham - guitar and organ
  • Philip Moxham - bass

Cover Versions[edit]


  1. ^ About review
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ The A.V. Club review
  4. ^ BBC review
  5. ^ Drowned in Sound link
  6. ^ The Guardian review
  7. ^ musicOMH review
  8. ^ Pitchfork Media review
  9. ^ Robert Christgau review
  10. ^ "Top 50 by Nirvana [MIXTAPE]". Retrieved 8 May 2013. 
  11. ^ Cross, Gaar, Gendron, Martens, Yarm (2013). Nirvana: The Complete Illustrated History. p. 70. ISBN 978-0-7603-4521-4. 

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