Performance and Cocktails

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Performance and Cocktails
Performance and Cocktails.jpg
Studio album by
Released8 March 1999
RecordedOctober 1995 – October 1998
ProducerSteve Bush and Marshall Bird AKA: Bird & Bush
Stereophonics chronology
Word Gets Around
Performance and Cocktails
Just Enough Education to Perform
Singles from Performance and Cocktails
  1. "The Bartender and the Thief"
    Released: 9 November 1998
  2. "Just Looking/T-Shirt Sun Tan"
    Released: 22 February 1999
  3. "Pick a Part That's New"
    Released: 3 May 1999
  4. "I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio"
    Released: 23 August 1999
  5. "Hurry Up and Wait"
    Released: 8 November 1999

Performance and Cocktails is the second studio album by Welsh rock band Stereophonics. It was released by V2 on 8 March 1999. The name 'Performance and Cocktails' comes from lyrics in the album's first song, "Roll Up and Shine".

The album was a surprise commercial success for Stereophonics but it received mixed reviews.


The songs were variously recorded at Real World Studios in Bath, Parkgate in Sussex and Rockfield in Monmouth.

Album cover[edit]

The cover photograph was taken by Scarlet Page in autumn 1998 at a football pitch under the Westway in London, and was inspired by an earlier Annie Leibovitz photograph of a couple kissing outside a prison. The British journalist Tony Barrell did extensive research in 2007 to find the female model in the foreground. In the Sunday Times on 11 November 2007, he revealed the previously unknown identity of the model as 23-year-old Lucy Joplin. In an interview with Barrell, Joplin explained that the "faraway look" in her eyes was the result of an evening consuming absinthe and opium, and that she was paid just £75 in cash for the shoot.[3] The name of the then 23-year-old male model is Kipp Burns on loan from Mannique models, King's Road.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Kelly Jones; all music is composed by Stereophonics[4].

1."Roll Up and Shine"3:58
2."The Bartender and the Thief"2:54
3."Hurry Up and Wait"4:40
4."Pick a Part That's New"3:34
5."Just Looking"4:13
6."Half the Lies You Tell Ain't True"2:56
7."I Wouldn't Believe Your Radio"3:50
8."T-Shirt Sun Tan"4:05
9."Is Yesterday, Tomorrow, Today?"4:02
10."A Minute Longer"3:46
11."She Takes Her Clothes Off"3:55
12."Plastic California"4:30
13."I Stopped to Fill My Car Up"4:29
Total length:50:35


Critical response[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[5]
Q3/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[8]

Performance and Cocktails received generally mixed reviews. At AllMusic, Jason Damas criticised the album for not being as consistent as Word Gets Around; he did however praise "T Shirt Sun Tan", "She Takes Her Clothes Off" and "Pick a Part That's New", calling them the highlights of the album.[5]

Brent DiCrescenzo from Pitchfork had a generally negative review of the album, comparing Stereophonics to Oasis and by summarising the album as, "Basically, what Performance and Cocktails boils down to is loud music engineered and crafted for Britain's summer festival circuit that practically guarantees a perennially muddy experience."[6] Similarly, Barry Walters of Rolling Stone also compared the band to Oasis, stating, "[they] sound like Oasis trying to be Radiohead."[8]

Commercial performance[edit]

Performance and Cocktails gave Stereophonics three straight top five singles in the British charts with "The Bartender and the Thief" reaching number-three, and both "Just Looking" and "Pick a Part That's New" reaching number-four. The album itself was a success, topping the UK Albums Chart selling 119,954 copies in its first week and going on to become the fifth best selling album in the UK in 1999. Such was the album's persistence, that it re-entered the UK charts over four years after its initial release, reaching number twenty-five in January 2004.[9]

As of May 1999 it has sold 380,000 copies in UK, 55,000 copies in Japan, 25,000 in France and 15,000 in Sweden according to the label.[10]


With sales of over 2.5 million, Performance and Cocktails is the Stereophonics' second best-selling album (after Just Enough Education to Perform, which has sold over 3.5 million).[a][11][12] The record has been certified 5× Platinum in the UK and Platinum in Europe.[13] It has spent a total of 101 weeks in the UK top 100 charts.[14]

The album is seen as one of the best albums in 90s British rock history. At the Kerrang! awards in 1999, Performance and Cocktails won the "Best Album" award and Stereophonics further won "Best British Band" the same year.[15] On their "Albums of the Year" list, the record was placed at number 5.[16] Listeners at Absolute Radio voted for their album of the decade and Performance and Cocktails ranked at number 27. On the radio's shortlist it was included as one of the albums that helped define the sound of the 90s along with Word Gets Around[17] At the Mercury Music Prize awards, the album was nominated for the 1999 prize but was only listed as a "Shortlisted nominee."[18] "Pick a Part That's New" was used in a BT advert for their unlimited broadband deal.[19]


On 24 August 2010, Stereophonics announced on their website that Performance and Cocktails, along with Word Gets Around, were to be re-released.[20] To accompany the re-releases, Stereophonics performed all the songs on both the albums at the Hammersmith Apollo on the 17 and 18 October 2010. They were released on 18 October 2010[21] and were made into two forms:[20]

Deluxe: The original album on one disc and a bonus CD featuring 12 b-sides and rare tracks.

Super-deluxe: The album on one disc (as listed above) and two bonus CDs (one with 15 b-sides and the other includes 10 rare tracks), artcards and a replica of Kelly Jones' notebook.[22]


Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Sales figures are based on certifications only.
  1. ^ "Stereophonics - Performance and Cocktails". PopMatters. Retrieved 24 August 2015.
  2. ^ a b Cigarettes, Johnny (3 March 1999). "Stereophonics – Performance And Cocktails". NME. Archived from the original on 17 August 2000. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  3. ^ Tony Barrell. "Cover Stories". Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Performance and Cocktails (CD booklet). Stereophonics. V2 Records. 1999.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ a b Damas, Jason. "Performance and Cocktails – Stereophonics". AllMusic. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  6. ^ a b DiCrescenzo, Brent (25 May 1999). "Stereophonics: Performance and Cocktails". Pitchfork. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  7. ^ Rees, Paul. "Stereophonics: Performance & Cocktails". Q. Archived from the original on 13 September 1999. Retrieved 14 April 2019.
  8. ^ a b Walters, Barry (30 September 1999). "Stereophonics: Performance and Cocktails". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 7 August 2009. Retrieved 4 July 2013.
  9. ^ "UK Top 40 Hit Database". Every Hit. Archived from the original on 12 October 2008. Retrieved 28 February 2010.
  10. ^ "Billboard". May 1999.
  11. ^ a b Burrows, Marc (8 March 2013). "Album by Album: Kelly Jones on the Stereophonics' back catalogue". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved 23 June 2019.
  12. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards - 2002". IFPI. 2002. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  13. ^ a b "Album artist 832 - The Stereophonics". Tsort. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  14. ^ "STEREOPHONICS Albums". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 28 July 2013.
  15. ^ "The Winner takes it all" (in German). Intro. 17 August 1999. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  16. ^ "Albums Of The Year 1999". Kerrang!. Rock list. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  17. ^ "Album of the 90s". Absolute Radio. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  18. ^ "Mercury Music Prize award 1999". everyHit. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  19. ^ Paul (6 March 2013). "BT – Totally Unlimited Broadband". TV Ad Music. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  20. ^ a b "Word Gets Around and Performance and Cocktails re-released". Stereophonics Ltd. 24 August 2010. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  21. ^ "Word Gets Around and Performance and Cocktails shows". Stereophonics Ltd. 27 August 2010. Archived from the original on 7 January 2016. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  22. ^ "Performance And Cocktails (Super Deluxe Edition) [Box Set]". Amazon. Retrieved 21 July 2013.
  23. ^ "French albums chart". Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  24. ^ "Irish albums chart". Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  25. ^ "German albums chart". Archived from the original on 22 October 2017. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  26. ^ "New Zealand albums chart". Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  27. ^ "UK albums chart". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 3 July 2013.
  28. ^ "Irish music charts archive". GFK Chart-Track. Retrieved 3 July 2013. Note: Stereophonics must be searched manually.
  29. ^ "2013 Top 40 Official UK Singles Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 3 July 2013. Note: Stereophonics must be searched manually.
  30. ^ "IFPI Platinum Europe Awards 1999 Awards". IFPI. 1999. Retrieved 21 July 2013.

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