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Step Into My Office Baby [Single, Enhanced]

Belle and Sebastian Audio CD
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1. Step into My Office, Baby
2. Love on the March
3. Desperation Made a Fool of Me
4. Step into My Office, Baby [CD-ROM Track]

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The opening cut & first single from 'Dear Catastrophe Waitress', the sixth album by this beloved Scottish indie pop group. Tracks TBA. Rough Trade. 2003.

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BELLE & SEBASTIAN Step Into My Office (2003 US Rough Trade 4-track enhanced CD single featuring CD-Rom video plus Love On The March and Desperation Made A Fool Of Me. The disc features small picture of a woman sitting at a desk with a man standing behind desk + picture sleeve with deletion hole)

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4.0 out of 5 stars What is making people mean? A bad scene Jan. 25 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you're a B&S fan, you already own Dear Catastrophe Waitress, and you're buying this for two songs. If you are not, start with If You're Feeling Sinister.
That said, I like "Step Into My Office, Baby," and all of DCW. It's a different sound, but not unrecognizably different, and I had worried that the band would stagnate with Isobel's departure. Instead Stuart seems back in the swing of things, writing as well as ever, and the band sounds great. Some may say overproduced -- but I think one shouldn't complain about excellent orchestration and intonation.
But, you are likely wondering about the new tracks. "Love on the March" took a couple of listens, but I like it a lot. It's a lighthearted, cheerful song, which Sarah's singing adds much to. "Desperation Made a Fool of Me" is an excellent Stuart opus, in the classic mold although with new-style B&S touches. (The other reviewer's comparison to "Marx & Engels" is not bad.)
Ultimately, you have to decide whether to pay for just 2 new songs, but I think they are worth the price. (Then, I own every B&S album to date except Storytelling.)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Alternate Track July 14 2004
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Belle and Sebastian are one of those rare bands, like The Smiths, whose B-sides are often as good as if not better than their singles. This CD single is a classic example. B-side "Love on the March" is one of their best songs of recent years, and as good as anything on the "Catastrophe Waitress" album. It has a disarmingly catchy, poppy sound and an insanely hummable melody, but like many B&S songs, it's not "nice" at all -- this is a song about a guy who gets brutally assaulted by drunken football hooligans, and impotently vows revenge when he gets out of hospital where he is trussed up in bandages like a war veteran. Musically, the song builds from a catchy bossa nova beat to an intense, emotional, sonically dense climax. Reminds me, in that respect, of Pulp's "Common People". A perfect pop song hiding the funniest, smartest, and most sinister, lyrics -- that's why I love B&S. Worth it just for this song.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Yo, I dig, but I mean.... Dec 14 2003
Format:Audio CD
First of all, Step Into My Office, Baby is one of my least favorite songs by Belle and Sebastian, ever. The B-sides to this single are much better than the title track. There's a new one by Stevie (I think it's by him. It's certainly not Stuart) that is very neato. Stevie's come a long way since "Chick Factor." The song is "Love On the March." It has a very weird electro-latin sound, and the singing is very produced and blended, the way it is on "Step Into My Office." Good song. The third track is "Desperation Made a Fool of Me." A Stuart song. It doesn't have much lyrical content, but the lyrics that are there are up to par Stuart Murdoch lyrics. It's similar in texture and feel to "Marx and Engels" from the I'm Waking Up to Us ep. It's a very very nice song. The production is wonderful on both tracks. I'd reccomend this EP, but I wish it had another new one instead of Step Into My Office.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Two more great songs!!!!!! Dec 11 2003
Format:Audio CD
They are great songwriters, and are masters of what they do. Keep it COMING!!!!!!
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars What is making people mean? A bad scene Jan. 25 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you're a B&S fan, you already own Dear Catastrophe Waitress, and you're buying this for two songs. If you are not, start with If You're Feeling Sinister.
That said, I like "Step Into My Office, Baby," and all of DCW. It's a different sound, but not unrecognizably different, and I had worried that the band would stagnate with Isobel's departure. Instead Stuart seems back in the swing of things, writing as well as ever, and the band sounds great. Some may say overproduced -- but I think one shouldn't complain about excellent orchestration and intonation.
But, you are likely wondering about the new tracks. "Love on the March" took a couple of listens, but I like it a lot. It's a lighthearted, cheerful song, which Sarah's singing adds much to. "Desperation Made a Fool of Me" is an excellent Stuart opus, in the classic mold although with new-style B&S touches. (The other reviewer's comparison to "Marx & Engels" is not bad.)
Ultimately, you have to decide whether to pay for just 2 new songs, but I think they are worth the price. (Then, I own every B&S album to date except Storytelling.)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Yo, I dig, but I mean.... Dec 14 2003
By Kelly Evans - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
First of all, Step Into My Office, Baby is one of my least favorite songs by Belle and Sebastian, ever. The B-sides to this single are much better than the title track. There's a new one by Stevie (I think it's by him. It's certainly not Stuart) that is very neato. Stevie's come a long way since "Chick Factor." The song is "Love On the March." It has a very weird electro-latin sound, and the singing is very produced and blended, the way it is on "Step Into My Office." Good song. The third track is "Desperation Made a Fool of Me." A Stuart song. It doesn't have much lyrical content, but the lyrics that are there are up to par Stuart Murdoch lyrics. It's similar in texture and feel to "Marx and Engels" from the I'm Waking Up to Us ep. It's a very very nice song. The production is wonderful on both tracks. I'd reccomend this EP, but I wish it had another new one instead of Step Into My Office.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars if you're looking for punk rock, look elsewhere Sept. 3 2005
By Brett D. Carter - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
i really like this ep. all of the songs are great. i'm not a huge fan of belle and sebastian, and i really only like them in ep form. but the title song is really fun (which was shocking for me to hear at the time), and 'love on the march' is a great little bossa nova song (those scots know how to do bossa nova). pick up the ep! it's only a few bucks (at least it was at borders), and it's a great listen.
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Alternate Track July 14 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Belle and Sebastian are one of those rare bands, like The Smiths, whose B-sides are often as good as if not better than their singles. This CD single is a classic example. B-side "Love on the March" is one of their best songs of recent years, and as good as anything on the "Catastrophe Waitress" album. It has a disarmingly catchy, poppy sound and an insanely hummable melody, but like many B&S songs, it's not "nice" at all -- this is a song about a guy who gets brutally assaulted by drunken football hooligans, and impotently vows revenge when he gets out of hospital where he is trussed up in bandages like a war veteran. Musically, the song builds from a catchy bossa nova beat to an intense, emotional, sonically dense climax. Reminds me, in that respect, of Pulp's "Common People". A perfect pop song hiding the funniest, smartest, and most sinister, lyrics -- that's why I love B&S. Worth it just for this song.
3.0 out of 5 stars Suckered again Oct. 1 2009
By IRate - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
3 1/2

I hate singles but of course, contrary to common practice, the other two songs here make it worthwhile.
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