The Only Thing I Ever Wanted

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The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
Psapp only thing I ever wanted.jpg
Cover art by Galia Durant
Studio album by Psapp
Released June 6, 2006
Recorded 2006
Genre Electronica
Length 41:48
Label Domino
Producer Carim Clasmann
Galia Durant
Psapp chronology
Tiger, My Friend
(2004)Tiger, My Friend2004
The Only Thing I Ever Wanted
The Camel's Back
(2008)The Camel's Back2008
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 70/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[2]

The Only Thing I Ever Wanted is the second album by Psapp. The album reached the UK Top 75 and the US Billboard 200 Albums, selling in excess of 8,000 copies in total.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Carim Clasmann and Galia Durant at Fishtank Studios, London.

No. Title Length
1. "Hi" 3:56
2. "King of You" 4:16
3. "This Way" 3:20
4. "Needle & Thread" 4:21
5. "New Rubbers" 3:43
6. "Tricycle" 2:49
7. "Hill of our Home" 5:29
8. "The Words" 3:38
9. "Make Up" 2:21
10. "Eating Spiders" 4:16
11. "Upstairs" 3:47



  • Carim Clasmann
  • Galia Durant

Additional personnel

  • Markus Liebetanz - drums, "Hi" and "Hill Of Our Home"
  • Ben Eshmade - French horn, "This Way" and "Upstairs"
  • Gwen Cheeseman - violin, "This Way"
  • Sybarite - samples, "King Of You"
  • Pete Norman - mastering

Alternate version[edit]

  • A two-disc promotional version of the album was released in the UK, marked "not for sale" on the discs. Disc one is the same as the regular release, while disc two features instrumental versions of all of the album's songs. Literally, they are the completed instrumental backings with the vocal tracks removed. There is a discrepancy in disc two's track listing. While the track order printed on the disc corresponds to that of disc one, "Tricycle" was actually mastered as track five and "New Rubbers" as track six.


  • "Tricycle" was the first single from the album to be released in Europe, while "Hi" was the first single released in the U.S.
  • "King of You" was later featured on Sybarite's Cut out Shape as "Runaway." Under this title, it was featured in a season three episode of Grey's Anatomy called "Wishin' and Hopin'."
  • As an example of Psapp's use of found sounds, some of the sounds used on "Needle and Thread" include:[3]
    • The bass drum sound is made of two cardboard boxes; one wet, one dry.
    • Some of the additional percussion sounds are "bits of wood being hit together."
    • The low rattling at the end of the song is Durant's mother's garden table.
    • The repeated melody throughout is a calimbo.
    • A Rhodes piano.
    • Another thumping sound was made with drumsticks banging on the couch.
    • Kitchen utensils.
  • The sound samples used for "Upstairs" were recorded at Clasmann and Durant's shared flat shortly before it was demolished. The pair "spent hours recording the creak of the floorboards and the dry electricity of the carpet. They knocked on the hollow spaces in the walls; they stomped up the staircase."[4]


  1. ^ "The Only Thing I Ever Wanted by Psapp". Metacritic. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Wells, Morgan (03/01/07). "Needle and Thread". Esquire. Retrieved 12/11/08.  Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)
  4. ^ Shaer, Matthew (06/23/06). "Psapp straddles art rock and pop". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 01/15/09.  Check date values in: |accessdate=, |date= (help)

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