The Sun Is Often Out

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The Sun Is Often Out
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Studio album by Longpigs
Released 29 April 1996
Recorded 1995–1996, Axis Studios, Sheffield
Genre Britpop, alternative rock
Length 53:24
Label Mother
Producer Kevin Bacon, Jonathan Quarmby
Longpigs chronology
The Sun Is Often Out
(1996)
Mobile Home
(1999)
Singles from The Sun Is Often Out
  1. "She Said"
    Released: 1995 (1st release)
  2. "Jesus Christ"
    Released: 1995
  3. "Far"
    Released: 1996
  4. "On and On"
    Released: 1996
  5. "She Said"
    Released: 1996 (2nd release)
  6. "Lost Myself"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 4/5 stars[2]
The Phoenix 3/4 stars[3]
Select (3/5)[4]

The Sun Is Often Out (stylized as THE SUN iS OfTEN oUT) is the critically acclaimed debut album by Longpigs, released in 1996 on U2's record label, Mother Records.

Five singles were released from the album, initially to little success. The first two - "She Said" and "Jesus Christ" - both failed to crack the UK Top 40, both stalling at No. 67. The third single - "Far" fared a little better, scraping into the Top 40, reaching No. 37 and received significant radio airplay, particularly on the national pop and rock radio station, BBC Radio 1. It was however the next single, the 'ballad' "On and On" that 'cracked' the band; reaching No. 16 in the UK. With this momentum the album was released in April and shortly after "She Said" was re-released, also making it to No. 16 in the UK singles chart. The final single from the album "Lost Myself", narrowly missed out on giving the band a third successive Top 20 single, stalling at No. 22.

The Sun Is Often Out was declared one of 1996's 50 best albums by both Q and Melody Maker and retains a favourable 4 star rating on the AllMusic website, by both critics and fans.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Crispin Hunt except where noted.

  1. "Lost Myself" – 5:04
  2. "She Said" – 4:24
  3. "Far" – 3:46
  4. "On And On" – 4:10
  5. "Happy Again" – 4:17
  6. "All Hype" (Hunt, Dee Boyle) – 3:23
  7. "Sally Dances" – 3:44
  8. "Jesus Christ" – 4:00
  9. "Dozen Wicked Words" – 4:58
  10. "Elvis" – 4:22
  11. "Over Our Bodies" – 6:59
    • "Sleep" (unlisted track) – 4:10

Personnel[edit]

Longpigs[edit]

Additional personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Review: The Sun Is Often Out - Longpigs". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 July 2009. 
  2. ^ Sweeting, Adam. "Review: Longpigs - The Sun Is Often Out (Mother Records)". Friday Review (April 26, 1996): 12. 
  3. ^ Perry, Jonathan (27 October 1997). "Boston Phoenix CD Reviews". The Phoenix. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 
  4. ^ Upton, Sam (May 1996). "New Albums". Select. Retrieved 11 January 2017. 

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