Octopus (The Bees album)

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Studio album by The Bees
Released 26 March 2007
Recorded 2005-2006
Genre Indie rock, ska, neo-psychedelia
Length 36:24

Virgin Records

Producer Paul Butler
The Bees chronology
Free The Bees
Every Step's A Yes
Singles from Octopus
  1. "Left Foot Stepdown"
    Released: November 2006 (download-only release)
  2. "Who Cares What The Question Is?"
    Released: March 2007
  3. "Listening Man"
    Released: June 2007
  4. "(This Is For The) Better Days (Ashley Beedle Remix)"
    Released: 2008 (available as download through 'www.thebees.info')
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[2]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[3]
Pitchfork Media 7.9[4]

Octopus is the third album from British band The Bees, released on 26 March 2007. Continuing in the vein of the band's previous two albums, Sunshine Hit Me and Free the Bees, by recording their music in different locations, Octopus was self-produced in the band's own basement studio, The Steam Rooms, on the Isle of Wight. The style of the record is said to be a mix of both the sounds of its preceding two albums.

A high-rip version of Octopus was leaked in its entirety in December 2006, three months before its scheduled release. The leak also led to the album's initial release date of 19 March being moved up a week later. Fortunately, despite these issues, the album was generally well received by fans and critics alike, with some claiming it to be the band's best record to date. [1]

The CD version of Octopus is also an enhanced disc, which enables owners of the album to join The Bees' mailing list and get access to exclusive free content, including a downloadable version of the "Who Cares What The Question Is?" music video.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and performed by The Bees.

  1. "Who Cares What the Question Is?" – 3:35
  2. "Love in the Harbour" – 4:02
  3. "Left Foot Stepdown" – 4:05
  4. "Got to Let Go" – 5:23
  5. "Listening Man" – 4:47
  6. "Stand" – 4:13
  7. "(This Is for The) Better Days" – 4:37
  8. "The Ocularist" – 3:56
  9. "Hot One!" – 2:45
  10. "End of the Street" – 1:55


  1. ^ Bush, John. Octopus (The Bees album) at AllMusic. Retrieved January 27, 2011.
  2. ^ Denney, Alex (March 22, 2010). "The Bees - Octopus / Releases / Releases". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  3. ^ Simpson, Dave (March 22, 2007). "CD: The Bees, Octopus | Music". The Guardian. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 
  4. ^ Tangari, Joe (July 5, 2007). "A Band of Bees: Octopus | Album Reviews". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved January 27, 2011. 

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