Dear Catastrophe Waitress

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Studio album by
Released6 October 2003
RecordedSummer 2003
GenreBaroque pop
LabelRough Trade
ProducerTrevor Horn
Belle & Sebastian chronology
Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender4/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Mojo4/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
Uncut5/5 stars[11]

Dear Catastrophe Waitress is the sixth studio album by Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian, released on 6 October 2003 on Rough Trade Records. Producer Trevor Horn, former member of The Buggles and producer of groups like Yes and Frankie Goes to Hollywood, oversaw the production of the album, and gave it a more polished, pop-friendly sound, which stood in sharp contrast with their previous lo-fi, folky albums (although songs like "Lord Anthony" hearkened back to their old sound). In particular, the danceable track "Stay Loose" proved to be the first in a series of songs (such as "Your Cover's Blown" and "Sukie in the Graveyard") that further diverged from their roots.

"Stay Loose" was released to radio on 24 February 2004.[12] The album was nominated for the 2004 Mercury Music Prize, while the song "Step into My Office, Baby" was shortlisted for an Ivor Novello Award in the Best Song category.

As of 2007, Dear Catastrophe Waitress had sold 138,000 units in the US. [13]

Track listing[edit]

1."Step into My Office, Baby"4:12
2."Dear Catastrophe Waitress"2:22
3."If She Wants Me"5:05
4."Piazza, New York Catcher"3:03
5."Asleep on a Sunbeam"3:22
6."I'm a Cuckoo"5:26
7."You Don't Send Me"3:08
8."Wrapped Up in Books"3:34
9."Lord Anthony"4:14
10."If You Find Yourself Caught in Love"4:15
11."Roy Walker"2:57
12."Stay Loose"6:41
Total length:48:17


"Piazza, New York Catcher", named after Mike Piazza, was written for Stuart Murdoch's wife when they were still courting. Murdoch announced this from the stage, when the band played in the Copenhagen Concert Hall (Koncerthuset) 25 June 2014. The song was also featured in the film Juno.


  1. ^ "Reviews for Dear Catastrophe Waitress by Belle and Sebastian". Metacritic. Retrieved 26 June 2019.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Dear Catastrophe Waitress – Belle and Sebastian". AllMusic. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas (November 2003). "Belle & Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress". Blender (21): 109. Archived from the original on 20 February 2009. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  4. ^ Browne, David (10 October 2003). "Dear Catastrophe Waitress". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  5. ^ Lynskey, Dorian (3 October 2003). "Belle and Sebastian, Dear Catastrophe Waitress". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress". Mojo (120): 123. November 2003.
  7. ^ Thornton, Anthony (8 October 2003). "Belle & Sebastian : Dear Catastrophe Waitress". NME. Archived from the original on 6 November 2012. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  8. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (5 October 2003). "Belle and Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress". Pitchfork. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  9. ^ Walters, Barry (8 October 2003). "Dear Catastrophe Waitress". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  10. ^ Hermes, Will (November 2003). "Liberty Belle". Spin. 19 (11): 109–10. Retrieved 26 February 2016.
  11. ^ "Belle & Sebastian: Dear Catastrophe Waitress". Uncut (78): 114. November 2003.
  12. ^ "FMQB Airplay Archive: Modern Rock". Friday Morning Quarterback Album Report, Incorporated. Archived from the original on 22 March 2013. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
  13. ^ Plagenhoef, Scott (2007). Belle & Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister. Bloomsbury. p. 40. ISBN 9781441194909. Retrieved 7 December 2018.

External links[edit]