- Audio CD (May 24 2005)
- Number of Discs: 2
- Format: Best of, Explicit Lyrics
- Label: Matador Records
- ASIN: B0008FPIRC
- Other Editions: Audio CD | LP Record
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #86,922 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
|1. Dog On Wheels|
|2. The State I Am In|
|3. String Bean Jean|
|4. Belle and Sebastian|
|5. Lazy Line Painter Jane|
|6. You Made Me Forget My Dreams|
|7. A Century of Elvis|
|8. Photo Jenny|
|9. A Century Of Fakers|
|10. Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie|
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|1. This Is Just a Modern Rock Song|
|2. I Know Where The Summer Goes|
|3. The Gate|
|4. Slow Graffiti|
|5. Legal Man|
|6. Judy Is A Dick Slap|
|7. Winter Wooskie|
|8. Jonathan David|
|9. Take Your Carriage Clock And Shove It|
|10. The Loneliness Of a Middle Distance Runner|
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At long last all seven of Belle & Sebastian’s infamous Jeepster EP’s have been collected into a single all-encompassing package entitled, ‘Push Barman To Open Old Wounds’.
Often considered to be some of the band’s best work, the majority of this material was previously available only on hard-to-find imports and in a box set. The four tracks from the ‘This Is Just A Modern Rock Song’ EP have not been available in North America previously.
The Jeepster EP’s, a collection of 25 songs recorded between 1996 and 2001, are now available in a double CD package for the price of a single disc
Artist and Album Information
Recently voted the Best Band In Scotland, Glasgow’s Belle & Sebastian have had a long and storied career that has made them a critical and commercial success in North America. Signing their first record deal in 1996, the Belle & Sebastian ensemble began a recording run that has seen them sell in excess of 50,000 units in Canada. Central to this output has been the Jeepster EPs, these 25 songs are considered by many to be group’s best body of work.
Beginning in June 1997 with ‘Dog On Wheels’, their follow-up to ‘If You’re Feeling Sinister’, it was comprised of four songs that generally sounded a little fuller and had a lighter tone than those from the ‘Sinister’ album. It displays the Scottish flare for storytelling and Stuart Murdoch’s sly wit. It was followed in July and October that year with ‘Lazy Line Painter Jane’ which would delve deeper into ‘60’s pop, developing a richer, fuller sound, not to mention an actual rock & roll edge and ‘3...6...9..Seconds Of Light’ which ended their extraordinary output that year in grand style. Each release outsold it’s predecessor, with ‘3...6...9..’eventually making it to #41 on the UK charts.
In 1998 they released a forth EP, ‘This Is Just A Modern Rock Song’, with four songs of sublime beauty, it was rapturously received by critics and the public alike. Unfortunately for North American audiences, it was only ever made available on these shores as an import. Until now that is, as it will be included here in it’s entirety.
In 2000 and 2001 Belle & Sebastian released the ‘Legal Man’, ‘Jonathan David’ and ‘I’m Waking Up To Us’ EPs. ‘Legal Man’ carried on the ‘60’s pop feel of ‘Dog On Wheels’, complete with with back-up singers and sitar, eventually landing at #15 on the charts and earning them their first appearance on Top Of The Pops.
‘Jonathan David’ was only three songs in length, but it was some of their most outrageously catchy songs, up there with band’s best high-spirited material. With it’s fragile string arrangements and some evocative acoustic work, it strikes out and improves on the band’s always original sound.
Anyone worried that Belle & Sebastian would settle into comfortable, predictable middle age were left mouths open with their new EP, ‘I’m Waking Up To Us’. This is the sort of rich musical complexity that top shelf ‘60’s pop used to swim in. Though it contains only three tracks, it’s collection of gorgeous piano, woodwind, and acoustic music underneath rich musical complexity makes this the high water mark in the Belle & Sebastian EP machine.