Have You Fed the Fish?

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Have You Fed the Fish?
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Studio album by Badly Drawn Boy
Released 5 November 2002
Recorded Los Angeles, California
Genre Alternative rock
Length 50:00
Label Twisted Nerve
Producer Tom Rothrock, Badly Drawn Boy
Badly Drawn Boy chronology
About a Boy
(2002)About a Boy2002
Have You Fed the Fish?
(2002)
One Plus One Is One
(2004)One Plus One Is One2004
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 77/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (A-)[3]
MusicOMH (Positive)[4]
Pitchfork Media (6.6/10)[5]

Have You Fed the Fish? is an album released by Badly Drawn Boy (born Damon Gough) in 2002. The album's title originates from the question which Gough asks his daughter each day "to the point where it got to sound like one of those words you say too many times and it sounds silly."

Also included with the album's release was a competition. Placed within certain copies of the album, the "5 Golden Fish" would win the owner a song writing session with Gough. However, the prizes remain unclaimed. The fish, it seems, have remained hidden.

In 2003 Damon presented the Manchester 24 photographic gallery with a picture of his children's goldfish after being asked to take photos of his life during a 24-hour period. "It's either me or my girlfriend or my daughter. I let her feed them but she tends to overfeed them which can kill them and if you don't feed them enough that can kill them, so it's real poignant subject. You've got to be careful with fish."

Have You Fed The Fish? contained Badly Drawn Boy's highest charting single "You Were Right", which received heavy airplay on BBC Radio 2 and managed to get to number 9 in the charts—his only top ten single. "You Were Right" also earned him a performance on BBC Television's Top of the Pops.

Cover art[edit]

The album art and sleeves feature some famous names.

The photo of Damon alongside the album credits was taken in his house.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Coming in to Land" – 1:37
    • Synth, Piano, Guitars & Percussion – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Joey Waronker
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Strings Arranged & Conducted by Matt Dunkley
  2. "Have You Fed the Fish?" – 4:18
    • Synth, Piano, Guitars & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Joey Waronker
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Additional Guitar – John "Gumby" Goodwin
  3. "Born Again" – 4:40
    • Guitars, Piano & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Joey Waronker
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Additional Guitar – John "Gumby" Goodwin
    • Background Vocals – Sharon Celani, Gia Ciambotti, Drew Arrison & Gemma Gough
  4. "40 Days, 40 Fights" – 3:55
    • Piano, Guitars, Tambourine & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Danny Heifetz
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Background Vocals – Sharon Celani, Gia Ciambotti
    • Shaker – Tom Rothrock
  5. "All Possibilities" – 3:54
    • Guitars, Piano, Tambourine & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Danny Heifetz
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Horns – Probyn Gregory
    • Synth – Tom Rothrock
    • Strings Arranged & Conducted by Matt Dunkley
  6. "I Was Wrong" – 1:10
  7. "You Were Right" – 4:52
    • Guitars, Piano, Synth & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Joey Waronker
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Steel Guitar – John "Gumby" Goodwin
    • Strings Arranged & Conducted by Matt Dunkley
  8. "Centrepeace" – 1:49
    • Strings Arranged & Conducted by Matt Dunkley
  9. "How?" – 5:17
    • Guitars, Piano & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Danny Heifetz
    • Bass, Chamberlain Strings, Fuzz Guitar, Electric Guitar – Jon Brion
    • Strings Arranged & Conducted by Matt Dunkley & Jon Brion
    • Horns – Probyn Gregory
  10. "The Further I Slide" – 3:47
    • Guitars, Clavier, Flute & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums, Percussion – Pete Thomas
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Background Vocals – Sharon Celani, Gia Ciambotti
    • Horns – Probyn Gregory
    • Casio Solo, Chamberlin – Jon Brion
  11. "Imaginary Lines" – 0:45
    • Guitars & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Joey Waronker
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
  12. "Using Our Feet" – 4:10
    • Guitars, Piano & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums, Percussion – Joey Waronker
    • Drum Programming – Tom Rothrock
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Background Vocals – Sharon Celani & Gia Ciambotti
    • Chorus Background Vocals – Charlotte Gainsbourg
  13. "Tickets to What You Need" – 2:48
    • Piano, Guitars, Synth, Chamberlain Strings & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums – Joey Waronker
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Slide Guitar – John "Gumby" Goodwin
  14. "What Is It Now?" – 2:42
    • Guitars, Piano & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drums, Percussion – Pete Thomas
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Horns – Danny Heifetz
    • Background Vocals – Charlotte Gainsbourg
  15. "Bedside Story" – 4:53
    • Piano, Guitars, Synth & Vocals – Badly Drawn Boy
    • Drum Programming & Skateboard – Tom Rothrock
    • Drums – Danny Heifetz
    • Bass – Sasha Kristov
    • Strings Arranged & Conducted by Matt Dunkley
    • Background Vocals – Clare Hewitt

Personnel[edit]

  • Badly Drawn Boy – Guitars, Vocals, Piano, Synth, Tambourine, Clavier, Percussion, Flute, Chamberlain Strings
  • Joey Waronker – Drums, Percussion
  • Sasha Kristov – Bass
  • Matt Dunkley – String Arrangement & Conducting
  • John "Gumby" Goodwin – Additional Guitar, Slide Guitar, Steel Guitar
  • Sharon Celani – Background Vocals
  • Gia Ciambotti – Background Vocals
  • Drew Arrison – Background Vocals
  • Gemma Gough – Background Vocals
  • Danny Heifetz – Drums, Horns
  • Tom Rothrock – Drum Programming, Synth, Shaker, Skateboard
  • Probyn Gregory – Horns
  • Jon Brion – Electric Guitar, Fuzz Guitar, Bass, Casio Solo, Chamberlin, Chamberlain Strings, String Arrangement & Conducting
  • Pete Thomas – Drums, Percussion
  • Charlotte Gainsbourg – Background Vocals, Chorus Background Vocals
  • Clare Hewitt – Background Vocals

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