Strange Hobby

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Strange Hobby
Strange Hobby.jpg
Studio album by Arjen Anthony Lucassen
Released 1996
Genre Psychedelic rock, rock, folk rock
Label Transmission, Cherry Red Records (Re-Release)
Arjen Anthony Lucassen chronology
Actual Fantasy
(1996) Actual Fantasy1996
Strange Hobby
(1996) Strange Hobby1996
Into the Electric Castle
(1998) Into the Electric Castle1998

Strange Hobby is an uncredited cover album by Arjen Anthony Lucassen, released in 1996. The album and the booklet contain no information about Lucassen and don't explain who was responsible for the recordings, to make the album even more "strange".[1]

The album features covers of songs that have influenced Lucassen's musical development, mainly from the 1960s.[1] As he did in his solo album Pools of Sorrow, Waves of Joy, Lucassen makes all the vocals and all the instruments (except drums and synthesizer), and arranged all the songs himself.

The album was re-released on July 8, 2016 with four previously unreleased bonus tracks; this time, Lucassen was officially credited as the artist.[2]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Original artist (date) Length
1. "Arnold Layne" Syd Barrett Pink Floyd (1967) 2:59[3]
2. "Norwegian Wood" John Lennon, Paul McCartney The Beatles (1965) 2:07
3. "Pictures of Matchstick Men" Francis Rossi Status Quo (1968) 3:10
4. "I Am a Rock" Paul Simon Paul Simon (1965) 2:35
5. "Boris the Spider" John Entwistle The Who (1966) 2:10
6. "(Further Reflections) In the Room of Percussion" Eddy Pumer, Peter Daltrey Kaleidoscope (1967) 3:11
7. "Sunny Afternoon" Ray Davies The Kinks (1966) 3:29
8. "See Emily Play" Syd Barrett Pink Floyd (1967) 2:41
9. "For No One" John Lennon, Paul McCartney The Beatles (1966) 2:02
10. "I Want You" Bob Dylan Bob Dylan (1966) 2:38
11. "Bus Stop" Graham Gouldman The Hollies (1966) 3:05
12. "Flowers in the Rain" Roy Wood The Move (1967) 2:11
13. "The Letter" Wayne Carson Thompson The Box Tops (1967) 2:08
14. "Ride a White Swan" Marc Bolan T. Rex (1970) 2:18
15. "Sloop John B" Traditional West Indies (Bahamas) folk song, The Kingston Trio, Brian Wilson The Beach Boys (1966) 2:55
16. "Daydream Believer" John Stewart The Monkees (1967) 2:42
17. "Catch the Wind" Donovan Donovan (1965) 1:58
18. "Ice in the Sun" Marty Wilde, Ronnie Scott Status Quo (1968) 2:26
2016 reissue and Itunes bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Original artist (date) Length
19. "Pretty Girls" Arjen Anthony Lucassen original song 2:41[4]
20. "In the Room of Percussion" Eddy Pumer, Peter Daltrey Kaleidoscope (1967) 2:26
21. "Last Train to Clarksville" Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart The Monkees (1966) 2:27
22. "Ruby Tuesday" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards The Rolling Stones (1967) 2:48

Commercial reception[edit]

The album was a commercial loss, partially because Lucassen wasn't very well known yet (his success really started with Into the Electric Castle). Years later, Arjen stated "it may not be smart from a commercial point of view, but it was fun".[1]


  1. ^ a b c "Strange Hobby – Strange Hobby". 2010-12-12. Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
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  3. ^ "Ayreon - strange hobby - chroniques, informations (1996)". Retrieved 2011-09-01. 
  4. ^ "Arjen Lucassen's Strange Hobby, Itunes". Retrieved 2016-03-15.