Signs of Life (Penguin Cafe Orchestra album)

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Signs of Life
Signs Of Life (album).jpg
Studio album by Penguin Cafe Orchestra
Released March 1987
Recorded 1985-1987
Genre Instrumental folk
Length 50:59
Label E.G. Records
Producer Simon Jeffes
Penguin Cafe Orchestra chronology
Broadcasting from Home
(1984)Broadcasting from Home1984
Signs of Life
When in Rome...
(1988)When in Rome...1988
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Signs of Life is the fifth album by the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. It was recorded at the Penguin Cafe between 1985 and 1987 and released in March 1987. It includes "Perpetuum Mobile", one of their most famous songs. The album reached number 49 in the UK Albums Chart.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Simon Jeffes.

  1. "Bean Fields" - 4:19
  2. "Southern Jukebox Music" - 4:34
  3. "Horns of the Bull" - 4:30
  4. "Oscar Tango" - 3:10
  5. "The Snake and the Lotus (The Pond)" - 2:51
  6. "Rosasolis" - 4:12
  7. "Dirt" - 4:46
  8. "Sketch" - 3:19
  9. "Perpetuum Mobile" - 4:24
  10. "Swing the Cat" - 3:19
  11. "Wildlife" - 10:54

Other information[edit]

"Perpetuum Mobile" was sampled by Swedish DJ Avicii in his 2011 single "Penguin," aka "Fade into Darkness", which in turn was sampled by British recording artist Leona Lewis in her 2011 single "Collide".

Additionally, the song was used as the main theme for the film Mary and Max.


  1. ^ Mills, Ted. "Signs of Life". Allmusic. Retrieved September 10, 2013. 
  2. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 422. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.