Smash the System: Singles and More

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Smash the System: Singles and More
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Greatest hits album by Saint Etienne
Released September 2001 (2xCD)
May 2005 (CD)
Recorded 1990-1999
Genre Indie pop
Length 146:06
Label Heavenly - HVNLP32CD
Producer Saint Etienne
Saint Etienne chronology
Interlude
(2001)Interlude2001
Smash the System: Singles and More
(2001)
Asleep at the Wheels of Steel
(2002)Asleep at the Wheels of Steel2002
Alternative cover
Cover of Smash the System: Singles 1990-99.
Cover of Smash the System: Singles 1990-99.
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Allmusic4.5/5 stars (re-release) [2]

Smash the System: Singles and More (2001) is a double-CD greatest hits album by Saint Etienne. The compilation samples music from most of their releases spanning the years from 1990 to 1999. Most tracks are featured in their single or edit versions with the exception of 'Join Our Club' which is a new mix as the original sounded too 'muddy'. Smash The System was also going to be the CD debut of 'Lover Plays The Bass', but the band 'forgot' to include it.

In 2005 the album was re-released as Smash the System: Singles 1990-99 containing only the singles. The newer version is only a single disc and uses a green version of the same artwork. This edition of the album replicates 13 of the 14 tracks that appear on the group's first singles album 1995's Too Young to Die – The Singles. Notable differences include the first appearance of the radio edit of "Avenue" on a Saint Etienne album, the 2001 remix of "Join Our Club" and the omission of "I Was Born on Christmas Day". The compilation also has different shorter edits of "Sylvie" and "The Bad Photographer" that do not appear on Smash the System: Singles and More.

Track listing[edit]

2CD: Heavenly / HVNLP32CD (UK)[edit]

All tracks written by Stanley and Wiggs; except where indicated.

Disc one
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (Featuring Moira Lambert)Young4:29
2."Kiss and Make Up" (US Version)Wratten, Hiscock5:15
3."Nothing Can Stop Us" 4:20
4."Spring" 3:44
5."Carnt Sleep" 4:44
6."Filthy" (Featuring Q-Tee)Stanley, Wiggs, Mais5:33
7."Join Our Club" (2001 Remix) 3:16
8."People Get Real" 4:43
9."Paper"Cracknell, Deebank4:09
10."Avenue"Catt, Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs7:34
11."Mario's Cafe" 4:38
12."You're in a Bad Way" (Single Version)Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:02
13."Archway People" 3:26
14."Who Do You Think You Are"Dyer, Scott3:27
15."Hobart Paving" (Single Version) 4:51
16."Pale Movie"Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:46
17."Hug My Soul" (Radio Edit)Batson, Cracknell, Male3:53
Disc two
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Like a Motorway" (Radio Edit) 3:41
2."Cool Kids of Death" 5:39
3."The Process" 3:11
4."He's on the Phone" (Featuring Etienne Daho) (Radio Edit)Cracknell, Daho, Stanley, Wiggs4:07
5."Angel" (Way Out West radio edit) 4:09
6."Burnt Out Car" (Balearico mix) 4:19
7."Shad Thames" 3:33
8."Wood Cabin"Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs4:07
9."Sylvie" (Radio Edit)Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs4:01
10."Lose That Girl"Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs4:03
11."The Bad Photographer"Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:59
12."Goodnight Jack"Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs4:37
13."Madeleine"Cracknell, Wiggs3:59
14."4.35 in the Morning" (Kid Loco Mix)Cracknell, Waterfield4:37
15."Jack Lemmon" 4:20
16."Saturday" (Fugu Mix)Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:21
17."52 Pilot"Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs5:38

CD: Heavenly / HVNLP 52CD (UK) - Smash the System: Singles 1990-99[edit]

All tracks written by Stanley and Wiggs; except where indicated.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Only Love Can Break Your Heart" (Featuring Moira Lambert)Young4:29
2."Kiss and Make Up" (US Version)Wratten, Hiscock5:15
3."Nothing Can Stop Us" 4:20
4."Join Our Club" (2001 Remix) 3:16
5."People Get Real" 4:43
6."Avenue" (Radio Edit)Catt, Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:49
7."You're in a Bad Way" (Single Version)Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:02
8."Who Do You Think You Are"Dyer, Scott3:27
9."Hobart Paving" (Single Version) 4:51
10."Pale Movie"Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:46
11."Like a Motorway" (Radio Edit) 3:41
12."Hug My Soul" (Radio Edit)Batson, Cracknell, Male3:53
13."He's on the Phone" (Featuring Etienne Daho) (Radio Edit)Cracknell, Daho, Stanley, Wiggs4:07
14."Burnt Out Car" (Balearico mix) 4:19
15."Sylvie" (Radio Edit)Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:32
16."The Bad Photographer" (Radio Edit)Cracknell, Stanley, Wiggs3:19

Personnel[edit]

Saint Etienne are:

Chart positions[edit]

Title Chart (2001) Peak
position
Smash the System: Singles and More UK Albums Chart[3] 84
Artist Chart (2007) Peak
position
Smash the System: Singles 1990-99 UK Budget Album Chart[3] 41

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. Smash the System: Singles and More at AllMusic
  2. ^ Kellman, Andy. Smash the System: Singles and More at AllMusic
  3. ^ a b "UK Chartlog - 1994–2010 DJ S – The System Of Life". zobbel.de. Retrieved 17 March 2012.