It Doesn't Matter Anymore (album)

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It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Studio album by The Supernaturals
Released May 5, 1997
Studio Trident Studios, Chipping Norton, Nomis, Jacobs
Genre Indie rock, Britpop
Length 45:36
Label Parlophone/Food Records
Producer Pete Smith
The Supernaturals chronology
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Singles from It Doesn't Matter Anymore
  1. "Smile"
    Released: July 1996
  2. "Lazy Lover"
    Released: October 1996
  3. "The Day Before Yesterday's Man"
    Released: January 1997
  4. "Smile (rerelease)"
    Released: April 1997
  5. "Love Has Passed Away"
    Released: June 1997
  6. "Prepare to Land"
    Released: October 1997

It Doesn't Matter Anymore is the debut album by Scottish britpop band The Supernaturals on the Parlophone label. It reached number 9 on the UK Albums Chart in 1997, and spawned four top 40 singles on the UK Singles Chart.

Music and lyrics[edit]

"Please Be Gentle With Me" had previously been released on Let It Bleat in a different arrangement, with less pronounced bass, and growling dog sound effects.

Early jam versions of "Dung Beetle" and "The Day Before Yesterday's Man" had previously been released on Dark Star, in a more improvised style.

The song "Stammer" had previously been known in 1993 as "Her Majesty".

"Pie in the Sky" features a trumpet solo by Robert Henderson of A Band Called Quinn and The Bathers.

The title song of the album was not included on the track list, but was instead released on the follow-up album A Tune a Day.

The song "Love Has Passed Away" contains a reference to the Blondie song (I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence, Dear.


Music videos were released for 5 or the songs, mostly directed by Hammer & Tongs and Barry Maguire. The band appeared on popular TV and radio shows at the time, as well as several national and international tours.

"The Day Before Yesterday's Man" was used in the TV series Teachers, and the film Shooting Fish. The song was also selected to appear on a CMJ New Music Monthly highlights disc for the American market. The live performance of the song from Glastonbury 1997 was released on a BBC CD entitled Mud For It.[1]

The song "Smile" was the theme tune for bank's TV advertisements, and was re-recorded for use as the main theme of the Australian Nine Network idents in 2008, and was also parodied in episode 5 of Peter Kay's Phoenix Nights. It has more recently been used in adverts for Arnold Clark Automobiles. In 2001, the single cover artwork for "Smile" was used by Anya Hindmarch on a fashion umbrella.

Several songs were also included on compilations such as Shine and The Best... Album in the World...Ever!.

A covermounted CD with the June 1997 issue of Select magazine features a rerecorded version of "I Don't Think So". An Xfm compilation album Gimme Shelter featured the song "Pie in the Sky".

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
NME 8/10 stars
Q 4/5 stars
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

The album received good reviews (8/10 in the NME and 4/5 in Q). It was described as "one of the finest britpop records of 1997. Filled with beautiful pop melodies" by Virgin Radio, who went on to say that it was "an incredibly accomplished and compelling debut".[3]

The song "Smile" was nominated for an Ivor Novello Award in 1998 for best contemporary song.[4] In 2005 it was included in VH2's list of the best indie songs of all time. The UK release achieved a chart position of 23, however, the Japanese release (ザ・スーパーナチュラルズ 『スマイル』) was a bigger success with both sales and airplay, staying on the chart for 13 weeks.[5]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by James McColl and other band members.

No. Title Length
1. "Please Be Gentle with Me" 4:27
2. "Smile" 3:44
3. "Glimpse of the Light" 4:11
4. "Lazy Lover" 3:09
5. "Love Has Passed Away" 3:32
6. "Dung Beetle" 5:19
7. "Stammer" 2:52
8. "I Don't Think So" 4:48
9. "Pie in the Sky" 3:06
10. "The Day Before Yesterday's Man" 3:22
11. "Prepare to Land" 4:13
12. "Trees" 2:43


  • Ben Darlow - mixing engineer (tracks: 1-8, 10 to 12), engineer (tracks 5, 10, 12)
  • Pete Smith - producer (tracks: 1-8, 10 to 12)
  • Jim Brumby - engineer (tracks 1, 11)
  • Barry Hammond - engineer (tracks 5, 10, 12)
  • Jason Clift - engineer (track 7)
  • Duncan Cameron - engineer (track 9)
  • Abrahams Pants - graphic design

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1997) Peak
UK Albums Chart 9