Local Boy in the Photograph

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"Local Boy in the Photograph"
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Single by Stereophonics
from the album Word Gets Around
B-side "Too Many Sandwiches"
"Who'll Stop The Rain?" (1998)
Released 1997
1998 (Re-release)
Format
Recorded 1994 and 1997
Genre Rock
Length 3:22
Label V2 Records
Writer(s) Kelly Jones
Richard Jones
Stuart Cable
Producer(s) Bird & Bush
Stereophonics singles chronology
"Looks Like Chaplin
(1996)
"Local Boy in the Photograph"
(1997)
"More Life in a Tramps Vest"
(1997)

"Traffic"
(1997)

"Local Boy in the Photograph (reissue)"
(1998)

"The Bartender and the Thief"
(1998)


"Local Boy in the Photograph" is the first single by rock band Stereophonics. The song is taken from their début album, Word Gets Around and was released in March 1997. The song reached number 51 in the UK Singles chart and upon its re-release in February 1998, it reached number 14.

Title and lyrics[edit]

During an interview with Sky Arts HD after his performance at the Hay Festival in June 2010, Kelly Jones explained the meaning of a few of his songs and said that "Local Boy in the Photograph" was based on the true story of local boy Paul David Boggis, who was killed by a train travelling between Cwmbach and Aberdare. All the songs on the album are about people and events in the Aberdare area.[1]

Stuart Cable[edit]

Following the death of former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable, a campaign was launched on Facebook to get the song to number one in the UK charts. On 13 June 2010 it re-entered the UK charts at number 60.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music written by Kelly Jones, Richard Jones and Stuart Cable. All lyrics composed by Kelly Jones; Except where indicated.

Initial release (1997)[edit]

CD[3]
No. Title Length
1. "Local Boy in the Photograph" 3:24
2. "Looks Like Chaplin" (Not included on UK editions) 2:33
3. "Too Many Sandwiches" 4:30
4. "Buy Myself a Small Plane" 3:14
7" vinyl
No. Title Length
1. "Local Boy in the Photograph" 3:24
2. "Too Many Sandwiches" 4:30

Re-release (1998)[edit]

CD 1 [4]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Local Boy in the Photograph"   3:23
2. "Who'll Stop the Rain?" John Fogerty 2:31
3. "Check My Eyelids for Holes"   2:42
4. "Local Boy in the Photograph" (video)   3:17
CD 2 [4]
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Local Boy in the Photograph"   3:25
2. "Not Up to You" (Live at XFM)   4:41
3. "The Last Resort" (Eagles cover) Don Henley, Glenn Frey 6:21
4. "Traffic" (video)   4:22
7" vinyl
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Local Boy in the Photograph"   3:23
2. "Who'll Stop the Rain?" John Fogerty 2:31

Charts[edit]

Personnel[edit]

Stereophonics[7]

Other versions of the song[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'Songbook Kelly Jones'". Retrieved 2010-07-02. 
  2. ^ a b c "STEREOPHONICS". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  3. ^ "Local Boy In The Photograph". The Stereophonics Ltd. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Local Boy In The Photograph (re-released)". The Stereophonics Ltd. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  5. ^ "Search the charts". The Irish Charts. Retrieved 20 August 2013.  Note: "Local Boy in the Photograph" needs to be searched manually.
  6. ^ "1998 Top 40 Official Singles Chart UK Archive". Official Charts Company. 21 February 1998. Retrieved 20 August 2013. 
  7. ^ Word Gets Around (CD booklet). Stereophonics. V2 Records. 1997. 

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