Some Other Sucker's Parade

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Some Other Sucker's Parade
Del Amitri - Some Other Sucker's Parade Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Del Amitri
Released 24 June 1997
Recorded November 1996-January 1997
Studio The Chapel; Parkgate Studios
Genre Alternative rock
Length 50:13
Label A&M
Producer Mark Freegard
Del Amitri chronology
Twisted
(1995)
Some Other Sucker's Parade
(1997)
Can You Do Me Good?
(2002)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly B+[2]

Some Other Sucker's Parade is the fifth studio album by Del Amitri, released on 24 June 1997. It reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart.

History[edit]

The album's recording was characterised by changes in personnel. Drummer Ashley Soan had joined the band soon after the release of Twisted (1995), and following their 1995 US tour the group parted company with guitarist David Cummings, who left to become a television scriptwriter. Jon McLoughlin was drafted in to replace him, and would co-write Some Other Sucker's Parade's title track with Justin Currie. Both Soan and McLoughlin left soon after the album's recording.

Intended to communicate the band's live sound, the album deliberately used few studio effects in favour of a "raw" feel. "Absolutely as few overdubs as possible," confirmed Iain Harvie in an October 1997 interview with Guitarist magazine.[3] "Probably about 80 per cent of the songs on this record don't have overdubs, apart from the vocals obviously, with all the harmonies, and maybe the guitar solo if there was a really dreadful mistake in the middle that we just couldn't live with. Wherever possible, we recorded with our live format of bass, drums, two guitars and keyboards for most of the songs."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Not Where It's At" (Justin Currie) – 3:39
  2. "Some Other Sucker's Parade" (Currie, Jon McLoughlin]) – 3:08
  3. "Won't Make It Better" (Currie, Iain Harvie) – 3:59
  4. "What I Think She Sees" (Currie) – 2:59
  5. "Medicine" (Currie) – 2:50
  6. "High Times" (Currie, Harvie) – 4:26
  7. "Mother Nature's Writing" (Currie, Harvie) – 3:50
  8. "No Family Man" (Currie) – 2:54
  9. "Cruel Light Of Day" (Currie) – 3:13
  10. "Funny Way To Win" (Currie, Harvie) – 3:36
  11. "Through All That Nothing" (Currie, Harvie) – 3:55
  12. "Life Is Full" (Currie) – 3:22
  13. "Lucky Guy" (Currie, Harvie) – 4:54
  14. "Make It Always Be Too Late" (Currie) – 3:22

Bonus tracks:

  • "Paper Thin" (Currie) – 3:30 (Australian and Japanese releases)
  • "Sleep Instead Of Teardrops" (Currie) – 4:31 (Australian and Japanese releases)

Personnel[edit]

Other Media[edit]

"Life is Full" is played over the end credits of the 1998 film Sweet Revenge.

Singles[edit]

Not Where It's At

Released: June 1997 (in two versions)

B-sides:

Version One:

Version Two:

  • "Sleep Instead Of Teardops"
  • "Spare Pair Of Laces"
  • "Before The Evening Steals The Afternoon"

Chart positions: # 21 (UK)

Medicine

Scheduled for release: 8 September 1997 (in three versions). Withdrawn –
reportedly at the band's request – for fear that the song's lyrics were seen as
insensitive in light of the recent death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

B-sides:

Version One:

  • "Driving With The Brakes On [Live]"
  • "Move Away Jimmy Blue [Live]" (Currie, Harvie)
  • "The Ones That You Love Lead You Nowhere [Live]"

Version Two:

  • "Roll To Me [Live]"
  • "Here And Now [Live]" (Currie, Harvie)
  • "Hatful Of Rain [Live]" (Currie, Harvie, Mick Slaven)

Version Three:

  • "Some Other Sucker's Parade [Live]" (Currie, McLoughlin)
  • "Always The Last To Know [Live]"
  • "Stone Cold Sober [Live]"
Some Other Sucker's Parade

Released: November 1997 (in three versions)

B-sides:

Version One:

  • "Driving With The Brakes On [Live]"
  • "Move Away Jimmy Blue [Live]" (Currie, Harvie)
  • "The Ones That You Love Lead You Nowhere [Live]"

Version Two:

  • "Some Other Sucker's Parade [No Strings Version]" (Currie, McLoughlin)
  • "Roll To Me [Live]"
  • "Here And Now [Live]" (Currie, Harvie)
  • "Hatful Of Rain [Live]" (Currie, Harvie, Slaven)

Version Three:

  • "Some Other Sucker's Parade [Live]" (Currie, McLoughlin)
  • "Always The Last To Know [Live]"
  • "Stone Cold Sober [Live]"

Chart positions: # 46 (UK)

Sleep Instead Of Teardrops

Released: November 1997 (in Australia only)

B-sides:

  • "Driving With The Brakes On [Live]"
  • "Move Away Jimmy Blue [Live]" (Currie, Harvie)
  • "The Ones That You Love Lead You Nowhere [Live]"

Chart positions: unknown

  • All singles released on A&M Records.
  • All B-sides written by Justin Currie unless specified.

External links[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Official Del Amitri website, which cites interview with Iain Harvie and Justin Currie (title unknown) (October, 1997), Guitarist magazine.