The President of the LSD Golf Club

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The President of the LSD Golf Club
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Studio album by Hooverphonic
Released 2007
Recorded 2007
Genre
Length 41:18
Label Play It Again Sam
Producer Alex Callier
Hooverphonic chronology
Singles '96 - '06
(2006)Singles '96 - '062006
The President of the LSD Golf Club
(2007)
The Night Before
(2010)The Night Before2010
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
HUMO 3/4 stars[1]
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[2]

The President of the LSD Golf Club is the sixth studio album by the Belgian band Hooverphonic. The title The President of the LSD Golf Club was originally intended for The Magnificent Tree, but the title was not allowed by Sony, Hooverphonic's label at the time.

The album has quite a different feel from previous Hooverphonic albums. The album was recorded with live musicians and made use of the mellotron, an electronic keyboard popularised by The Beatles' Strawberry Fields Forever. The sound of the album harks back to the psychedelic era of music but clearly retains a sense of modernity. Songs such as "Expedition Impossible" also have more of a traditional rock sound, compared to the sound of earlier Hooverphonic work.

Critics were divided on the album, some claiming it grounded Hooverphonic after the mystery of The Magnificent Tree, while others claimed that it was the most "daring and experimental Hooverphonic album"[3] yet.

In some countries (like France, Italy, Sweden and Spain), and on iTunes, the album received a special edition release which included "The Perfect Dose".

Singles[edit]

The first single from the album was "Expedition Impossible"[4] with the B-sides "Pink Flamingo Dream" and "August". It was released in September 2007 in the Netherlands and Belgium and January 2008 worldwide. It was also the first Hooverphonic single to get a complete international release on iTunes.

The second single was announced in late October 2007 as Gentle Storm.[5] The b-side to the single, "The Perfect Dose", was also released on iTunes as a download single.

The third single Circles[6] was released in February 2008. The song was remixed for the single release and included B-side Cry (a cover from a song by Godley & Creme, released in 1985).

The song 50 Watt[7] was released as a radio-only single in Belgium in early 2008 along with a cover of Nirvana's '''In Bloom'''.

Charts
Year Title BE[8]
2007 "Expedition Impossible" 30
"Gentle Storm" -
2008 "Circles" -
"50 Watt" -

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Stranger" – 4:37
  2. "50 Watt" – 4:47
  3. "Expedition Impossible" – 4:07
  4. "Circles" – 4:17
  5. "Gentle Storm" – 3:01
  6. "The Eclipse Song" – 3:01
  7. "Billie" – 3:37
  8. "Black Marble Tiles" – 5:33
  9. "Strictly Out of Phase" – 3:21
  10. "Bohemian Laughter" – 5:02
  11. "The Perfect Dose" (Special Edition only) – 2:59

B-sides and covers:

  1. "Pink Flamingo Dream" - 5:40
  2. "August" - 3:20
  3. "The Perfect Dose" - 2:57
  4. "Cry" - 3:36
  5. "In Bloom" - 3:29

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
Swiss Charts[9] 99
Belgium Charts[10] 4


Personnel[edit]

  • Geike Arnaert – vocals
  • Alex Callier – bass, vocals
  • Raymond Geerts – guitars
  • Steven Van Havere – drums, percussion
  • Remko Kühne – upright piano, farfisa, harpsichord, panet, rhodes
  • Cédric Murrath – mellotron, treated piano, moog, backing vocals

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Belgium (BEA)[11] Gold 0*

^shipments figures based on certification alone


References[edit]