🎵 How Good Are They Really 🎵 Belle And Sebastian

Good morning and why don’t we do another thread then!

Not happy with this Ramones score

Artist Rating
Aretha Franklin 4.64
Neil Young 4.48
R.E.M. 4.38
Otis Redding 4.34
David Bowie 4.31
The Beatles 4.31
Pixies 4.3
The Cure 4.28
Björk 4.27
Marvin Gaye 4.21
Stevie Wonder 4.17
PJ Harvey 4.17
Nirvana 4.15
Radiohead 4.13
The Supremes 4.13
Prince 4.11
Wu-Tang Clan 4.11
Kate Bush 4.07
OutKast 4.07
Portishead 4.03
Kendrick Lamar 3.97
Bob Dylan 3.97
Jimi Hendrix 3.93
Joni Mitchell 3.89
Massive Attack 3.89
Bruce Springsteen 3.84
The Clash 3.77
Blondie 3.73
Rage Against The Machine 3.71
The Ramones 3.67
ABBA 3.66
Kanye West 3.65
Blur 3.61
Beyoncé 3.54
Bob Marley & The Wailers 3.48
Jeff Buckley 3.47
Madonna 3.4
Toots & The Maytals 3.35
The Smashing Pumpkins 3.3
Elton John 3.28
Kylie Minogue 3.27
Sugababes 3.22
Rihanna 3.19
The Prodigy 3.18
Led Zeppelin 3.16
Jay-Z 3.14
Taylor Swift 3.14
The Rolling Stones 3.09
The Strokes 3.03
Elvis Presley 3.02
Weezer 3
Girls Aloud 2.93
Britney Spears 2.85
Metallica 2.81
Green Day 2.81
Basement Jaxx 2.75
Oasis 2.71
Lady Gaga 2.61
Queen 2.6
Billy Joel 2.57
Bloc Party 2.41
Eminem 2.38
Blink-182 2.21
Adele 2.05
The Spice Girls 1.81

But we must move on. To Belle And Sebastian



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0 voters

Best album

  • Tigermilk
  • If You’re Feeling Sinister
  • The Boy With The Arab Strap
  • Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like A Peasant
  • Storytelling
  • Dear Catastrophe Waitress
  • Push Barman To Open Old Wounds
  • The Life Pursuit
  • Belle And Sebastian Write About Love
  • Girls In Peacetime Want To Dance
  • Days Of The Bagnold Summer

0 voters

Best single. I’ve included tracks off the early EPs in this to flesh it out a bit

  • Dog On Wheels
  • The State I Am In
  • String Bean Jean
  • Belle & Sebastian
  • Lazy Line Painter Jane
  • You Made Me Forget My Dreams
  • Photo Jenny
  • A Century Of Elvis
  • A Century Of Fakers
  • Le Pastie De La Bourgeoisie
  • Beautiful
  • Put The Book Back On The Shelf
  • This Is Just A Modern Rock Song
  • I Know Where The Summer Goes
  • The Gate
  • Slow Graffiti
  • Legal Man
  • Jonathan David
  • I’m Waking Up To Us
  • Step Into My Office, Baby
  • I’m A Cuckoo
  • Funny Little Frog
  • The Blues Are Still Blue
  • White Collar Boy
  • Write About Love
  • I Want The World To Stop
  • Come On Sister
  • The Party Line
  • Nobody’s Empire
  • The Cat With The Cream
  • We Were Beautiful
  • Poor Boy
  • Sister Buddha

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Quite like the cartoon



I enjoy the early stuff but the later stuff I’m really indifferent to. I certainly dont love any of their albums

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Convinced its an elaborate joke. 1


It’s just nothing music. Happy that other people like it, but it’s a 2/5 for me.

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They were terrible live when I saw them and they’re really boring.


I want to give them a 1 but that’s 90s me. A 2.

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They used to be great, but lost it after BWTAS.
3 for me.

5/5 for the first 3 albums, Push Barman… and most of Dear Catastrophe Waitress/a bit of The Life Pursuit. If You’re Feeling Sinister is more or less perfect and the early EPs are fucking brilliant. Diminishing returns for a long while now but still a 5.


Oh here’s the fully updated playlist btw

Big, huge, whopping fuckin’ 1 here

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The frontman seems like an absolute creep as well


Yeah as much as I love them, he is a fucking weird one.

Christ, where to start with these guys. I’m a BIG fan, but fully acknowledge that the quality has dropped significantly over the years. I first heard them doing a session on Mark & Lard, debuting tracks from the forthcoming IYFS and I fell in love with them. That album and the EPs around that time were flawless and then the desperation of trying to locate a copy of Tigermilk was a little sad (thankful for the inevitable re-issue). And, IMO, they managed to sustain that quality up to, and including, The Life Pursuit (yes, even the much maligned Fold Your Hands…). Subsequent albums have had a few of strong songs, but mostly a load of unmemorable blandness.

I’ve seen them live loads. Was “fortunate” enough to see them live very early on with a show at the Union Chapel, and it was a little bit of a car crash to be honest. When they got going they were great, but there was so much dicking around between songs, it was painful. The next show in Shepherd’s Bush was better, but still as ramshackle. I was beginning to wonder whether they were ever going to be any good. But by the time the Bowlie Weekender came around, they’d finally nailed it. Despite Stuart’s weird creepiness on stage, they are a whole load of fun live, with a back-catalogue full of bangers.

I will always listen to what they put out now, even if I’m not expecting anything of note. There are always one or two gems in there. 5/5


I’ve grown up in Scotland, was at uni in Glasgow during their peak, have a soft spot for twee indie pop and yet I’ve never understood the big deal about them. They have a few whistleable tunes, but everything else leaves me feeling utterly flat. 2/5

Camera Obscura are approximately 1,000,000 times better than them at slightly twee Scottish indie pop fwiw


I didn’t get to see them until the Write About Love tour but it was really good fun. Great setlist too looking back on it.