Five (Goodbye Mr Mackenzie album)

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Studio album by Goodbye Mr Mackenzie
Released 1994
Recorded 1993 - 1994
Genre Alternative rock, college rock
Label Blokshok Records
Goodbye Mr Mackenzie chronology
Hammer and Tongs
The Glory Hole
Professional ratings
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Allmusic(not rated, no review)[1]

Five is the third album from the Scottish group Goodbye Mr Mackenzie and was self-released in 1994 by the band on their own label Blokshok Records. It has a rougher edge to it than their two previous major label albums, partly due to Martin Metcalfe being inspired by grunge music and The Pixies.[2] The album was supported by the extended play release of "Hard" as a single.[3] Five failed to revive interest outside of the band’s existing fanbase. Metcalfe later explained: "We turned to a harder sound and radio wasn’t prepared to play it".[4]

The songs that make up Five and the songs that were recorded for side-project Angelfish's debut album were written at the same time. The original plan for the record was to have Shirley Manson's vocals more prominent to give her better status in the band, but in the end only "Normal Boy" featured Manson's vocal prominently.[2] An unreleased duet with Metcalfe titled "Carnival Is Over" was recorded, but went unreleased.[3] Some of the influences on the writing and recording of Five include Metcalfe's obsession with the Marilyn Monroe film noir Niagara (on "Niagara").[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Kelly/Metcalfe.

  1. "Hard"
  2. "Bam Bam"
  3. "Grip"
  4. "Jim's Killer"
  5. "Niagara"
  6. "Touch the Bullseye"
  7. "Day of Storms"
  8. "Yelloueze"
  9. "Bugdive"
  10. "Normal Boy"
  11. "Hands of the Receiver"
  12. "Titanic"


  1. ^ "Five - Goodbye Mr. Mackenzie". Allmusic. Retrieved 6 May 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Clarkson, John (2013-12-13). "Martin Metcalfe - Interview". Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  3. ^ a b Davis, Andy (January 1997). ""Goodbye Angelfish"". Record Collector. No. 209. UK: Diamond Publishing. pp. 61–63. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  4. ^ "Hammer and Tongs re-release bio". Cherry Red/Blokshok Records. Retrieved 2017-06-25. 
  5. ^ "Goodbye Mr Mackenzie - Some songs from The RiverSessions LP discussed". Blokshok Records. Retrieved 2017-06-25.