"I Turn My Camera On"
Released: May 2, 2005 (2005-05-02)
Gimme Fiction is the fifth album by the indie rock band Spoon, released on May 10, 2005 by Merge Records. It debuted at #44 on the Billboard 200. "I Turn My Camera On" was released as a single, and has become one of the band's biggest hits to date. In his oral history of the album titled Gimme Facts, writer Sean O'Neal has named the album "a historic forward leap" for the band. On November 2, 2015 it was announced that a deluxe reissue of the album would be released on December 11, 2015 for the album's 10th anniversary
Britt Daniel began working on songs for Spoon's next album early 2003 when he received a letter from David Klowden in which he offered to let Daniel use his beach house if he wanted to "go on another writing stint". Daniel drove to Ocean Beach in San Diego and started writing songs for the next album in a tiny house that overlooked the ocean. He stayed there for a number of weeks and recalls working a lot but not feeling happy with the output of his work there.
Before the title Gimme Fiction was decided on, the album was going to be named The Beast and Dragon, Adored after the opening track, but Daniel later decided that he did not like this title. Daniel decided he wanted to use the word "gimme" in the title of the album and thought that "Gimme Fiction" was a great title for the artwork. He also has stated that the album cover is his favorite to date.
The title of the opening track, "The Beast and Dragon, Adored" came from an art magazine which Daniel found at his grandmother's house that contained a tapestry called "The Apocalypse: The Beast And Dragon Are Adored".
Gimme Fiction received widespread critical acclaim upon release. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 84, based on 30 reviews which indicates "universal acclaim".Pitchfork praised the album for being wildly diverse and called "I Turn My Camera On" one of the most breathtaking songs they band has ever produced.Drowned In Sound called the album "a nocturnal, introspective refinement of previous releases that still capitalises on Britt Daniel's classic pop song writing and sonic inventiveness.".Pop Matters named the album the band's most crowning achievement to date.
The soundtrack of the movie Stranger than Fiction contains versions of songs from Gimme Fiction, including "I Turn My Camera On" and "My Mathematical Mind". The latter is also used in a trailer for the 2008 motion picture 21.