|Studio album by Arjen Anthony Lucassen|
|Genre||Psychedelic rock, rock, folk rock|
|Label||Transmission, Cherry Red Records (Re-Release)|
|Arjen Anthony Lucassen chronology|
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".
The album features covers of songs that have influenced Lucassen's musical development, mainly from the 1960s. 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.
|2016 reissue and Itunes bonus tracks|
|No.||Title||Writer(s)||Original artist (date)||Length|
|19.||"Pretty Girls"||Arjen Anthony Lucassen||original song||2:41|
|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|
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".
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- "Ayreon - strange hobby - chroniques, informations (1996)". Amarokprog.net. Retrieved 2011-09-01.
- "Arjen Lucassen's Strange Hobby, Itunes". Itunes.Apple.com. Retrieved 2016-03-15.