Leisure Noise

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Leisure Noise
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Studio album by Gay Dad
Released 7 June 1999
Genre Post-Britpop
Length 46:42
Label London, Sire
Producer Chris Hughes
Mark Firth (co-producer)
Gay Dad chronology
Leisure Noise

Leisure Noise is the first album by London band Gay Dad, released via London Records and Sire Records on 7 June 1999. The album is a blending of glam rock, neo-psychedelia, krautrock, and gospel into indie pop. Lyrically it is often about and constructed of rock history. The track-listing was designed to mimic the traditional two-sided vinyl.

In 2014, NME included the album in its list of "30 Glorious Britpop Albums That Deserve a Reissue Pronto," saying "A music journalist turned rock star? It’ll never catch on… Hmmm, back in a sec… Anyway, Face scribe Cliff Jones might’ve cut a faintly ridiculous figure but he had the looks and – in ‘Joy’ and ‘To Earth With Love’ – songs that could light up any Cool Britannic indie dancefloor. Just imagine those brash cuts freshly remastered."[1]

Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
NME (8/10)[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]
Robert Christgau (dud)[6]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[7]
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Melody Maker United Kingdom Best Albums of the Year 1999 13th
Select Magazine United Kingdom Best Albums of the Year 1999 22nd
MOJO Magazine United Kingdom Best Albums of the Year 1999 28th

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Dimstar" – 5:14
  2. "Joy!" – 5:00
  3. "Oh Jim" – 2:46
  4. "My Son Mystic" – 3:25
  5. "Black Ghost" – 7:35
  6. "To Earth with Love" – 5:04
  7. "Dateline" – 4:43
  8. "Pathfinder" – 3:56
  9. "Different Kind of Blue" – 4:51
  10. "Jesus Christ" – 4:16