Just Enough Education to Perform

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Just Enough Education to Perform
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Studio album by
Released11 April 2001
RecordedNovember 1998 – December 2000
ProducerBird and Bush
Stereophonics chronology
Performance and Cocktails
Just Enough Education to Perform
You Gotta Go There to Come Back
Singles from Just Enough Education to Perform
  1. "Mr. Writer"
    Released: 19 March 2001
  2. "Have a Nice Day"
    Released: 11 June 2001
  3. "Step On My Old Size Nines"
    Released: 24 September 2001
  4. "Handbags and Gladrags"
    Released: 12 December 2001 and 2 January 2002
  5. "Vegas Two Times"
    Released: 1 April 2002
  6. "Lying in the Sun"
    Released: 1 April 2003

Just Enough Education to Perform is the third studio album by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. Released on 11 April 2001, the album topped the UK Albums Chart with 140,000 copies sold. and spawned three top-ten singles in the form of "Mr. Writer", "Have a Nice Day" and "Handbags and Gladrags".[3]

When the album was originally released it had 11 tracks; it was then re-released in 2002 to include "Handbags and Gladrags" after it was released as a single.[citation needed]


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Metacritic(68/100) [4]
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[1]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]
Pitchfork Media(5.2/10)[2]
Q3/5 stars[7]

Just Enough Education to Perform received generally mixed to positive reviews. At Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 68 based on 10 reviews.[4]

Writing in Observer Music Monthly, Tony Heyman commented on the title of the album, claiming "regardless of their level of education, the Stereophonics clearly have no performing qualities whatsoever. If they are suggesting a connection between formal education and musical ability, they must be four illiterate morons who were expelled from playschool for being too thick." Heyman launched a rant against the group, referring to the album as "musical excrement, scooped unhygienically from a poorly-maintained squat toilet in an area without adequate sanitation." He suggested that if it wasn't laminated, the CD insert booklet could be distributed to third-world communities as toilet paper.[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

On its initial release in 2001, Just Enough Education to Perform reached number 1 in the UK charts where it stayed for two weeks, it topped the charts for another two weeks in the second week of January 2002, nine months after its initial release. The album then went on to re-enter the charts several times: it peaked at number 27 during June 2002, number 37 in July 2003 and number 34 in August 2003, until finally disappearing from the top 100. In 2001 it was the 4th biggest selling album in the UK, and in 2002 it was the 24th biggest selling album in the UK, as well as being the 39th biggest selling album of the decade. It went on to be certified 5× platinum in the UK.[9] As of 2009 it has sold 83,000 copies in the United States according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10] In France it has sold 43,700 copies.[11]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Kelly Jones except where noted.

1."Vegas Two Times"4:29
2."Lying in the Sun"4:31
3."Mr. Writer" (music co-written by Marshall Bird)5:19
4."Step on My Old Size Nines"4:00
5."Have a Nice Day"3:25
6."Nice to Be Out"3:08
7."Watch Them Fly Sundays"3:29
8."Everyday I Think of Money"3:24
10."Caravan Holiday"3:12
Total length:45:46


Charts and certifications[edit]

Popular culture[edit]

Manchester United and England forward Wayne Rooney has the album's name tattooed in a design on his right forearm.[31] Rooney is a longtime fan of the band and is good friends with them.[32]


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  28. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Stereophonics – Just Enough Education to Perform" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved 30 January 2019. Enter Just Enough Education to Perform in the "Artiest of titel" box.
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