Punishing Kiss

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Punishing Kiss
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Studio album by Ute Lemper
Released 27 March 2000
Recorded The Town House, London & Right Track Studios, New York, 1999
Stanley House, Westside, The Town House & Sarm West Studios, London, 1999
Sorcerer Sound, New York, 1999
Genre Classical, Pop, Chanson
Label Decca
Producer Jon Jacobs
Scott Walker
Hal Willner
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
4/5 stars [1]
Music OMH (Positive)[2]

Punishing Kiss is a studio album by Ute Lemper, released in 2000. It is the product of a collaboration between Lemper and The Divine Comedy. It includes songs by Nick Cave, Elvis Costello, The Divine Comedy, Philip Glass, Tom Waits, Scott Walker and Ute Lemper's signature Kurt Weill.

Most of the songs feature The Divine Comedy as Lemper's backing band. Neil Hannon and Joby Talbot also contributed two original songs and an arrangement of Brecht and Weill's "Tango Ballad", whilst Neil Hannon sang two songs ("Tango Ballad", "Split") as duets with Lemper.

The French version of the album includes a bonus CD with three songs in French. Arthur H sings with Ute Lemper in "Maison Close", the translation of "Tango Ballad".

The Japanese version of the album includes an additional track: "Lullaby", written by Scott Walker.


The album was included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[3]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Little Water Song" Bruno Pisek, Nick Cave 3:59
2. "The Case Continues" Neil Hannon, Joby Talbot 3:52
3. "Passionate Fight" Elvis Costello, Steve Nieve 4:14
4. "Tango Ballad" Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill 4:59
5. "Couldn't You Keep That to Yourself" Elvis Costello 2:50
6. "Streets of Berlin" Martin Sherman, Philip Glass 4:01
7. "The Part You Throw Away" Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan 4:40
8. "Split" Neil Hannon, Joby Talbot 3:43
9. "Punishing Kiss" Elvis Costello, Cait O'Riordan 4:33
10. "Purple Avenue" Tom Waits 4:23
11. "You Were Meant For Me" Neil Hannon, Joby Talbot 5:17
12. "Scope J" Scott Walker 10:56
13. "Lullaby (By-By-By)" (Japanese Bonus Track) Scott Walker 11:06
Bonus French Language CD
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Maison Close" (Version of "Tango Ballad") Bertolt Brecht, Kurt Weill 5:14
2. "L'Affaire Continue" (Version of "The Case Continues") Neil Hannon, Joby Talbot 3:53
3. "Petite Chanson d'Eau" (Version of "Little Water Song") Bruno Pisek, Nick Cave 3:57

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (2000) Peak
U.K. Albums Chart[4] 104


  1. ^ "Punishing Kiss review". allmusic.com. Retrieved 2016-05-27. 
  2. ^ Music OMH review
  3. ^ Robert Dimery; Michael Lydon (23 March 2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 978-0-7893-2074-2. 
  4. ^ "Zobbel". Compiled & edited by Dipl.-Bibl.(FH) Tobias Zywietz, 1994–2009, all rights reserved. Retrieved 2011-01-16. 

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