Softcore Jukebox

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Softcore Jukebox
Compilation album by Ladytron
Released 7 October 2003
Recorded 2003
Genre Various
Length 77:00
Label Emperor Norton
Producer Ladytron
Ladytron chronology
Light & Magic
(2002)Light & Magic2002
Softcore Jukebox
Witching Hour
(2005)Witching Hour2005

Softcore Jukebox, released on 7 October 2003, is a compilation put together by the members of Ladytron and showcases many different genres, from rock to hip hop.[1] It also includes two songs performed by Ladytron—the single remix of "Blue Jeans" renamed "Blue Jeans 2.0" and a cover of Tweet's "Oops Oh My".

The compilation's cover features Helen Marnie and Mira Aroyo of Ladytron. The cover art appears to be a homage to Roxy Music's Country Life.[2]

Regarding this compilation, Daniel Hunt said: "We chose an unmixed format as the majority of these songs would be murdered if beat-matched... some of them are completely impossible to do so, best to leave the tracks as nature intended. From around 40 speculative selections, 18 were cleared by the labels/artists concerned for the final release. The cover photo was taken at 3am while the band were staying in a Swedish chateau during the Hultsfred Festival".[3]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[4]
Pitchfork Media (7/10)[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]
Spin (A-)[7]
Stylus Magazine (A)[8]
XLR8R (positive)[9]

Softcore Jukebox has received generally positive reviews from music critics. AllMusic rated the album 3 and half stars and mentioned that "while Softcore Jukebox is rather lengthy at 77 minutes, this multi-tasking collection -- which manages to be a mix album, an Invicta Hi-Fi mini-sampler, and a brief history of post-punk, dream pop, and dance -- is consistently entertaining".[4]

In an A- review, Spin mentioned that "this painfully stylish electroclash quartet could have sprung fully formed from a coolhunter's forehead, but the role of DJ-mix tastemaker is one they were born to play".[7] Andrew Unterberger of the Stylus Magazine gave an A rating and wrote "so no, Ladytron themselves might not have composed most of the music here, but they did compile 18 great songs, several of which you've probably never even heard of before, into an impeccable party mix which might be the best single disc of music you'll hear all year. And for that, Ladytron's efforts should be rewarded".[8]

According to Rob Mitchum from Pitchfork, "they've created a fantastic dance-party playlist, but one that could just as easily have been posted on their website as a guide-map through the Soulseek wilderness". The compilation was rated 7.0 out of 10.[5] Softcore Jukebox has been described by Carleton Curtis from XLR8R as "a veritable user's guide to good taste".[9]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Soon" – My Bloody Valentine
  2. "Hit the North, Part 1" – The Fall
  3. "What's a Girl to Do" – Cristina
  4. "Peng" – Dondolo
  5. "The 15th" – Wire
  6. "Blue Jeans 2.0" – Ladytron
  7. "Saviour Piece" – Snap Ant
  8. "Big" – New Fast Automatic Daffodils
  9. "Feel Good Hit of the Fall" – !!!
  10. "Teenage Daughter" – Fat Truckers
  11. "Hey Mami" (Sharaz Mix) – Fannypack
  12. "Manila" (Headman Remix) – Seelenluft
  13. "You Got the Love" – The Source featuring Candi Staton
  14. "Crazy Girls" – Codec and Flexor
  15. "Oops Oh My" – Ladytron
  16. "Send Me a Postcard" – Shocking Blue
  17. "Twins" – Pop Levi
  18. "Some Velvet Morning" – Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra


Chart (2002) Peak
U.S. Top Electronic Albums 24


  1. ^ Compilation details
  2. ^ Inspiration for Softcore Jukebox album cover
  3. ^ "Emperor Norton Records :: Artist :: ladytron". Archived from the original on June 11, 2004. 
  4. ^ a b Phares, Heather (2003-10-07). "Softcore Jukebox - Ladytron". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  5. ^ a b Pitchfork
  6. ^ RS937
  7. ^ a b "SPIN - Google Books". 
  8. ^ a b "Ladytron - Softcore Jukebox - Review". Stylus Magazine. Retrieved 2011-12-29. 
  9. ^ a b "Ladytron's Softcore Jukebox - XLR8R".