Kiss + Swallow

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Kiss + Swallow
Studio album by IAMX
Released 13 July 2004[1]
Genre Electronic,[1] Synthpop
Length 60:56
Label Loser Friendly[1]
Producer Chris Corner
IAMX chronology
Your Joy Is My Low
Kiss + Swallow
Your Joy Is My Low Remixes
Alternative cover
US Re-release cover
US Re-release cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media 6/10 stars [2]

Kiss + Swallow is the debut album by IAMX and was released on July 13, 2004. It mostly consists of tracks that were recorded for the unreleased fourth studio album by Sneaker Pimps, which is dubbed "SP4" by the fans.


Kiss + Swallow was an extreme departure from Chris Corner's work with Sneaker Pimps. Almost completely electronic, the album incorporates driving synth-rock ("Kiss + Swallow", "Your Joy Is My Low"), lush, atmospheric, melody driven ballads ("Mercy", "I Like Pretending", "Simple Girl") and groove-based, erotic electro ("Sailor", "Naked But Safe", "You Stick It In Me"). The album was recorded entirely in Chris Corner's private home studio in London between late 2003 and early 2004.

A demo version of this album also exists. This so-called "US Promo" was leaked to the internet shortly after the official release. Most tracks are similar to the finished product. However, some tracks, such as "Skin Vision", "Simple Girl", "Sailor" and "You Stick It In Me" (known on the promo as "Life? Question?", are noticeably different and include different music, different melodies and in the case of "Skin Vision", completely different lyrics.

During live concerts, Chris Corner has introduced "Sailor" with the preface, "This is for all you bi-curious people out there".

In 2006, the album was reissued with two additional tracks: "I-Polaroids" and the Moonbootica remix of "Kiss and Swallow". Both "IAMX" and "Kiss and Swallow" are listed as a single track on the reissue. "Kiss and Swallow (Moonbootica Remix)" was previously released on the "Kiss & Swallow" single.[3][4]

On June 17, 2008 Kiss + Swallow was re-released in the US. This release carries an alternate cover.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Chris Corner. All lyrics written by Chris Corner, except where noted.

Original 2004 release:[1]

No. Title Length
1. "IAMX" 0:14
2. "Kiss and Swallow" 5:15
3. "Sailor" 5:12
4. "Naked But Safe*" 5:23
5. "Simple Girl" 4:42
6. "Mercy" 6:01
7. "Your Joy Is My Low" 5:17
8. "I Like Pretending" 5:16
9. "You Stick It in Me*" 4:19
10. "Skin Vision" 5:11
11. "Missile*" 3:36
12. "White Suburb Impressionism*" 5:06
13. "Heatwave" 5:08

2006 reissue:[5]

No. Title Length
1. "Kiss and Swallow" ("IAMX" and "Kiss and Swallow" merged into one track) 5:30
2. "Sailor" 5:13
3. "Naked But Safe*" 5:23
4. "Simple Girl" 4:42
5. "Mercy" 6:02
6. "Your Joy Is My Low" 5:18
7. "I Like Pretending" 5:16
8. "You Stick It in Me*" 4:19
9. "Skin Vision" 5:11
10. "Missile*" 3:36
11. "White Suburb Impressionism*" 5:06
12. "Heatwave" 5:12
13. "i-Polaroids" 3:55
14. "Kiss and Swallow (Moonbootica Remix)" 6:09
15. "Missile [video]" 3:39

* Lyrics on "Naked But Safe", "Missile" and "White Suburb Impressionism" written by Ian Pickering. Lyrics on "You Stick It in Me" written by Sue Denim.