White on Blonde

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White on Blonde
Studio album by Texas
Released 3 February 1997
Recorded 1994–97
Chateau De La Rouge Motte, France
The Church, London
Abbey Road Studios, London
Love Net, Shar's House
Parklane Studios
Length 47:06
Label Mercury
Texas chronology
Ricks Road
White on Blonde
The Hush
Alternate cover
Japanese Bonus cover
Singles from White on Blonde
  1. "Say What You Want"
    Released: 6 January 1997
  2. "Halo"
    Released: 7 April 1997
  3. "Black Eyed Boy"
    Released: 28 July 1997
  4. "Put Your Arms Around Me"
    Released: 3 November 1997
  5. "Insane" / "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)"
    Released: 9 March 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]

White on Blonde is the fourth studio album by Scottish rock band Texas, released by Mercury Records on 3 February 1997. The album was the band's first number one, and became their biggest seller. It has been certified 6x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of over 1.8 million copies, and has sold 1.65 million as of January 2017.[2]

Background and release[edit]

The album included five UK Top Ten singles, "Say What You Want" (UK #3), "Halo" (UK #10), "Black Eyed Boy" (UK #5), "Put Your Arms Around Me" (UK #10) and "Insane" (UK #4) which was released as a double A-sided single with "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)" - a new version of the 1997 hit featuring additional rap vocals by the Wu-Tang Clan.

White on Blonde has been certified 6x Platinum in the UK, which indicates sales of over 1.8 million copies in that territory.[3] The album was also a major success in various European countries, such as France where it peaked at #2 on the French Album Charts. Worldwide, sales of White on Blonde are estimated at around 4-5 million copies.[citation needed] The album was produced by the band themselves, along with Mike Hedges and former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart.[4]


White on Blonde has received many honours since its release in 1997. It was voted the 86th greatest album of all time by Q magazine readers in 1998.[5] The album is also ranked #34 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime,"[4] included in Q magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s," and included in Q magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."[4]

White on Blonde became the first Texas album to top the UK Album Charts and is one of only two Texas albums (along with The Greatest Hits) to be certified 6x Platinum in the United Kingdom.

In 2010, White on Blonde was nominated in the BRIT Awards Best Album in the past 25 years.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "0.34" (Introduction) Johnny McElhone, Sharleen Spiteri Texas 0:34
2. "Say What You Want" McElhone, Spiteri Texas 3:53
3. "Drawing Crazy Patterns" McElhone, Spiteri Texas 3:52
4. "Halo" McElhone, Spiteri Texas, Mike Hedges 4:10
5. "Put Your Arms Around Me" McElhone, Spiteri, Dave Stewart, Robert Hodgens Dave Stewart, Texas 4:33
6. "Insane" McElhone, Spiteri Texas, Hedges 4:45
7. "Black Eyed Boy" McElhone, Spiteri, Eddie Campbell, Richard Hynd, Hodgens Texas 3:10
8. "Polo Mint City" McElhone, Spiteri Texas 1:37
9. "White on Blonde" McElhone, Spiteri Texas 3:46
10. "Postcard" McElhone, Spiteri Texas 4:00
11. "0.28" (Interlude)   Texas 0:28
12. "Ticket to Lie" McElhone, Spiteri, Hodgens Texas 3:31
13. "Good Advice" McElhone, Spiteri, Mark Rae, Steve Christian Texas, Mark Rae, Steve Christian 4:50
14. "Breathless" McElhone, Spiteri Texas, Hedges 3:55
15. "Sunday Is the Saddest Day" (Japanese bonus track)     4:11


Other Personnel
  • Roger Ward – Guitar
  • Paul Taylor – Programming
  • Alex Silva – Programming, Keyboards
  • Terry Disley – Programming, Keyboards
  • Martin Greene – Strings (Arrangement)
  • Claire Miles – Strings
  • Anne Stephenson – Strings
  • Sally Herbert – Strings
  • Claire Orsler – Strings
  • Susan Dench – Strings
  • Gini Ball – Strings
  • Chris Pitsillide – Strings
  • Steven Granville – Backing vocals

Charts and certifications[edit]


Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[6] 25
Austrian Albums Chart 32
Dutch Albums Chart 21
French Albums Chart 2
German Albums Chart 44
New Zealand Albums Chart 36
Norwegian Albums Chart 17
Spanish Albums Chart 4
Swedish Albums Chart 12
Swiss Albums Chart 25
UK Albums Chart 1


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
France (SNEP)[7] Platinum 300,000*
Sweden (GLF)[8] Gold 40,000^
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[9] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[10] 6× Platinum 1,652,100[11]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


Preceded by
Glow by Reef
The Fat of the Land by The Prodigy
UK number-one album
15 February 1997 – 21 February 1997
23 August 1997 – 29 August 1997
Succeeded by
Blur by Blur
Be Here Now by Oasis


  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "White on Blonde - Texas". AllMusic. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  2. ^ Copsey, Rob (5 January 2017). "20 classic albums that turn 20 years old in 2017". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 5 January 2017. 
  3. ^ "Texas - White on Blonde". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  4. ^ a b c "Texas - White On Blonde". CD Universe. Retrieved 18 December 2011. 
  5. ^ "The 100 Greatest Albums in the Universe", Q, February 1998 
  6. ^ "australian-charts.com > Texas discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-09-16. 
  7. ^ "French album certifications – Texas – White on Blonde" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  8. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. 
  9. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Texas; 'White on Blonde')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. 
  10. ^ "British album certifications – Texas – White on Blonde". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter White on Blonde in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Platinum in the field By Award. Click Search
  11. ^ Jones, Alan (28 April 2017). "Official Charts Analysis: Ed Sheeran makes it eight weeks on top of the albums chart". Music Week. Intent Media. Retrieved 28 April 2017. (subscription required (help)).