Push Barman to Open Old Wounds

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Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
Belle & Sebastian - Push Barman to Open Old Wounds.jpg
Compilation album by
Released24 May 2005
GenreIndie pop
ProducerBelle and Sebastian and Tony Doogan except where noted
Belle and Sebastian chronology
Dear Catastrophe Waitress
Push Barman to Open Old Wounds
If You're Feeling Sinister: Live at the Barbican

Push Barman to Open Old Wounds is a 2005 two-disc/triple-LP compilation released by Belle and Sebastian. Blender Magazine described the collection as "25 charming tales of shy girls dabbling in photography and bookish boys dabbling in shy girls."[citation needed]


The compilations contains the singles and EPs they released for Jeepster Records:

The track listing features every song on the aforementioned EPs, listed in chronological order.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[3]
The Irish Times4/5 stars[4]
Mojo4/5 stars[5]
Q3/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[9]
The Times4/5 stars[10]
Uncut4/5 stars[11]

Push Barman to Open Old Wounds received widespread critical acclaim from contemporary music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 89, based on 18 reviews, which indicates "universal acclaim".[1]

Scott Plagenhoef of Pitchfork gave the album a very favorable review, stating, "The most beloved indie pop band since The Smiths, Belle and Sebastian are also probably the best. This collection would work like their own Hatful of Hollow and Louder Than Bombs were the first half not sadly missing their early BBC Sessions, and the second forced to omit their Dear Catastrophe Waitress singles and Peel Session tracks. As it stands, the first is a testament to the power and pull of one the most singular and instantly lovable pop bands of our time; the second is a gentle suggestion that they took the correct post-mainstream fame steps after all, avoiding self-parody (see: Morrissey) and finding a way to be playful without becoming too precious (see: Lawrence in his post-Felt years). In combination, it's a perfect way into the world of Belle and Sebastian, even if the band spends the second half of the disc trying to redecorate that space."[7]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one
1."Dog on Wheels"3:11
2."The State I Am In"4:59
3."String Bean Jean"4:43
4."Belle and Sebastian"4:36
5."Lazy Line Painter Jane"5:49
6."You Made Me Forget My Dreams"3:50
7."A Century of Elvis"4:29
8."Photo Jenny"3:14
9."A Century of Fakers"4:29
10."Le Pastie de la Bourgeoisie"3:10
12."Put the Book Back on the Shelf/Songs for Children" (Hidden track)6:24
Total length:54:07
Disc two
1."This Is Just a Modern Rock Song"7:12
2."I Know Where the Summer Goes"4:37
3."The Gate"4:27
4."Slow Graffiti"3:25
5."Legal Man"2:42
6."Judy Is a Dick Slap"4:05
7."Winter Wooskie"2:41
8."Jonathan David"2:59
9."Take Your Carriage Clock and Shove It"3:35
10."The Loneliness of a Middle Distance Runner"4:34
11."I'm Waking Up to Us" (Produced by Mike Hurst and Belle and Sebastian)3:49
12."I Love My Car"5:12
13."Marx and Engels"3:45
Total length:53:03


  1. ^ a b "Reviews for Push Barman To Open Old Wounds by Belle & Sebastian". Metacritic. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  2. ^ Sendra, Tim. "Push Barman to Open Old Wounds – Belle and Sebastian". AllMusic. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  3. ^ Gunatilaka, Timothy (30 May 2005). "Push Barman to Open Old Wounds". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  4. ^ Clayton-Lea, Tony (20 May 2005). "Belle & Sebastian: Push Barman to Open Old Wounds (Jeepster)". The Irish Times. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  5. ^ Sharp, Johnny (July 2005). "Belle and Sebastian: Push Barman to Open Old Wounds". Mojo (140).
  6. ^ Needham, Alex (21 May 2005). "Time Gentlemen Please". NME: 66.
  7. ^ a b Plagenhoef, Scott (25 May 2005). "Belle and Sebastian: Push Barman to Open Old Wounds". Pitchfork. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  8. ^ Scott, Danny (July 2005). "Belle and Sebastian: Push Barman to Open Old Wounds". Q (228).
  9. ^ Sheffield, Rob (30 June 2005). "Push Barman to Open Old Wounds". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  10. ^ Mackay, Emily (1 June 2005). "Belle and Sebastian: Push Barman to Open Old Wounds". The Times.
  11. ^ Troussé, Stephen (July 2005). "Family twee". Uncut (98).