Pumpkin Soup

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"Pumpkin Soup"
Kate Nash - Pumpkin Soup.jpg
Single by Kate Nash
from the album Made of Bricks
B-side
  • "Pistachio Nut (Poem)"
  • "Pumpkin Soup (Live at Cardiff Solus)"
ReleasedUnited Kingdom 17 December 2007
United States 18 December 2007
FormatCD, 7" & digital download
GenrePop, indie pop
Length2:59 (album version)
LabelFiction
Songwriter(s)Kate Nash, Paul Epworth
Kate Nash singles chronology
"Mouthwash"
(2007)
"Pumpkin Soup"
(2007)
"Merry Happy"
(2008)
Music video
"Pumpkin Soup" on YouTube

"Pumpkin Soup" is a song by Kate Nash that is featured on her fourth single, the third to be lifted from her debut album Made of Bricks. It was released on 17 December 2007, making it a contender for the Christmas number one and entered the charts at number 58 on the UK Top 75 based on downloads only, then reached number 40 with a physical release the following week. It reached a peak of number 23 on 6 January, equalling the peak of previous single "Mouthwash".

Background and writing[edit]

Nash stated in an interview on BBC Radio 1 that the title "Pumpkin Soup" was a working title she had saved on her computer when writing early versions of the song, and that her record company had originally intended to name it "I Just Want Your Kiss" after the main lyric in the song.

Critical reception[edit]

Pitchfork Media wrote "Pumpkin Soup is one of the few Made of Bricks tracks that finds Nash's acutely enunciated words complimented with just the right amount of swirling sonic accoutrements".[1]

Track listings[edit]

All songs written by Kate Nash, except "Pumpkin Soup", written by Kate Nash and Paul Epworth.

UK CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Pumpkin Soup"Nash2:59
2."Pistachio Nut" (Poem)Nash4:10
UK Vinyl 1
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Pumpkin Soup"Nash2:59
2."Pumpkin Soup" (Live from Cardiff Solus)Nash5:42
UK Vinyl 2
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Pumpkin Soup"Nash2:59

Side B has no music, but an etched print instead.

European Maxi CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Pumpkin Soup"Nash2:59
2."Foundations" (Live from the Spring and Airbrake, Belfast)Nash 
3."Pumpkin Soup" (Live from Cardiff Solus)Nash5:42
4."Pumpkin Soup" (Russell Bloc Party's Team Tiger Edit)Nash3:36
5."Pumpkin Soup (Video)"Nash 
European Maxi CD
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Pumpkin Soup"Nash2:59
2."Foundations" (Live from the Spring and Airbrake, Belfast)Nash 
Digital Download
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Pumpkin Soup" (Russell Bloc Party's Team Tiger Edit))Nash3:36
Total length:3:36

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Pumpkin Soup" was directed by Kinga Burza and sees Nash in an oversized novelty world inhabited by giant cats and bright colours, and is titled as by "Little Red Productions", a reference to the final track of Made of Bricks, "Little Red".

The video also features her and a boy in a kissing booth, which reflects the chorus lyric "I just want your kiss, boy," and main props include Love Hearts and bears. The character of "Boy" is played by Nash's real-life friend, photographer Wesley Goode. The song spent total 10 weeks on UK Single Charts before falling off.[2]

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2007) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[3] 23
Chart (2008) Peak
position
Australia (ARIA)[4] 93
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[5] 72
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[6] 23
Germany (Official German Charts)[7] 83
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 40

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