Life (Inspiral Carpets album)

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Studio album by Inspiral Carpets
Released 23 April 1990
Recorded September 1989
Out of the Blue Studios
North American bonus tracks:
July 1990
Jacobs Studios
Genre Indie rock, Madchester
Length 40:00 (original UK LP issue)
43:28 (original UK CD and MC issues)
57:54 (original US issue)
55:15 (original Japanese issue)
76:03 (2013 extended reissue)
Label Mute - Dung 8
Producer Inspiral Carpets & Nick Garside
Inspiral Carpets chronology
Dung 4
The Beast Inside
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Life is the debut studio album by the British indie rock band Inspiral Carpets. It was released on 23 April 1990 on Cow Records, through Mute Records, during the period dubbed Madchester by the British media. The group released three singles from this album: "Move", "This Is How It Feels" and "She Comes In The Fall", with the latter two in different versions from those found on the album.

It was reissued in 2013 with the PlaneCrash and TrainSurfing EPs and an unreleased John Peel session as bonus tracks, plus the 21790 live video on a bonus DVD. The 2013 reissue is based on the original UK CD release.

A slightly modified version of Life was released in North America. It dropped the track "Besides Me" and added "Commercial Rain" (a re-recorded version of a B-side to the "Joe" single) and three tracks from their then-forthcoming Island Head EP.

Track listing[edit]

Original UK, Europe and Australia LP release
No. Title Length
1. "Real Thing" 3:10
2. "Song for a Family" 3:03
3. "This Is How It Feels" 3:05
4. "Directing Traffik" 3:54
5. "Besides Me" 2:24
6. "Many Happy Returns" 3:07
7. "Memories of You" 2:15
8. "She Comes in the Fall" 4:41
9. "Monkey on My Back" 1:59
10. "Sun Don't Shine" 3:55
11. "Inside My Head" 2:01
12. "Sackville" 6:43


  1. Dung 6 - "Move" (1989) (UK #49)
  2. Dung 7 - "This Is How It Feels" (1990) (UK #14)
  3. Dung 10 - "She Comes In The Fall/Sackville" double A-side (1990) (UK #27, released in the US as single for "Commercial Rain")


  • Clint Boon - keyboards, vocals
  • Craig Gill - drums
  • Tom Hingley - vocals
  • Graham Lambert - guitars
  • Martyn Walsh - bass


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