The Fidelity Wars

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The Fidelity Wars
Hefner Fidelity Wars Cover.jpg
Studio album by Hefner
Released 1999
Genre Indie rock, twee pop
Label Too Pure
Hefner chronology
"The Hymn for the Cigarettes"
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The Fidelity Wars
(1999)
"I Took Her Love for Granted"
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork (7.3/10)[2]

The Fidelity Wars is the second full-length album by British indie rock band Hefner. Recorded in London over a period of twelve days at Roundhouse Studios, it was released in 1999 on Too Pure. It was the first Hefner album to feature Jack Hayter.

It was reissued by lead singer Darren Hayman in 2008.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Darren Hayman except where noted.

  1. "The Hymn for the Cigarettes"
  2. "May God Protect Your Home"
  3. "The Hymn for the Alcohol"
  4. "I Took Her Love for Granted"
  5. "Every Little Gesture"
  6. "Weight of the Stars"
  7. "I Stole a Bride"
  8. "We Were Meant to Be"
  9. "Fat Kelly's Teeth"
  10. "Don't Flake Out on Me"
  11. "I Love Only You"

Track listing (2008 Reissue)[edit]

CD1

  1. "The Hymn for the Cigarettes"
  2. "May God Protect Your Home"
  3. "The Hymn for the Alcohol"
  4. "I Took Her Love for Granted"
  5. "Every Little Gesture"
  6. "Weight of the Stars"
  7. "I Stole a Bride"
  8. "We Were Meant to Be"
  9. "Fat Kelly's Teeth"
  10. "Don't Flake Out on Me"
  11. "I Love Only You"
  12. "Grandmother Dies" (b-side)
  13. "Lisa and Me" (b-side)
  14. "A Belly Full of Babies" (b-side)
  15. "Mary Lee" (The Hefner Heart EP)
  16. "The Hymn for the Things We Didn't Do" (The Hefner Heart EP)
  17. "Karen" (The Hefner Heart EP)
  18. "The Heart of Portland" (The Hefner Heart EP)
  19. "The Hymn for Thomas Courtney Warner" (The Hefner Heart EP)

CD2

  1. "The Hymn for the Alcohol"(7" version)
  2. "My Art College Days Are Over" (b-side)
  3. "Don't Flake Out on Me" (4-track)
  4. "I Stole a Bride" (4-track)
  5. "May God Protect Your Home" (4-track)
  6. "A Belly Full of Babies" (4-track)
  7. "The Hymn for Thomas Courtney Warner" (4-track)
  8. "Blind Girl with Halo" (4-track)
  9. "Harlot's Teeth" (4-track)
  10. "I Took Her Love for Granted" (4-track)
  11. "Karen" (4-track)
  12. "The Hymn for the Cigarettes" (rehearsal)
  13. "We Were Meant to Be" (rehearsal)
  14. "You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone" (rehearsal) (Brian Wilson, Jack Rieley)
  15. "I Took Her Love for Granted" (rehearsal)
  16. "I Love Only You" (rehearsal)
  17. "Kate Cleaver's House" (rehearsal)
  18. "Twisting Mary's Arm" (rehearsal)
  19. "The Weight of the Stars" (rehearsal)
  20. "The Girl from the Coast" (rehearsal)
  21. "The Librarian" (rehearsal)

Personnel[edit]

  • Neil Yates - Trumpet, flugelhorn
  • Miti Adhikari - Engineer, mixing
  • Simon Askew - Assistant engineer
  • Peter Astor - Guitar
  • Sean Doherty - Assistant engineer
  • Martin Slattery - Organ, sax (tenor)
  • Christopher Andrews - Scratching
  • Jeremy Gill - Assistant engineer
  • Jack Hayter - Flute, stylophone, pedal steel
  • Simon Morris - Assistant engineer
  • Gina Birch - Vocals
  • Matt Coleman - Trombone[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pitchfork review
  3. ^ Cemm, Ro. "Darren Hayman - The Fidelity Wars (Reissue)". The Line of Best Fit. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  4. ^ Hefner : The Fidelity Wars - Listen, Review and Buy at ARTISTdirect