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Belle and Sebastian


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Glasgow, United Kingdom (1996 – present)

Belle and Sebastian is a band from Glasgow. Led by guitarist/vocalist Stuart Murdoch, the seven-piece band has an , sound that is equal parts and ‘. Murdoch has a gift not only for whimsy and surrealism, but also for odd, unsettling lyrical detail which keeps the songs grounded in a tangible reality.

Based in Glasgow, Scotland, Belle and Sebastian released their first two albums in 1996: Tigermilk, recorded over three days, and If You’re Feeling Sinister, recorded in a week, at the peak of the movement. At first, some critics in Britain’s music weeklies tied the band into the subgenre, yet the group was too pretty, too delicate, to bear that label. Through their first two years of public existence, the band shielded their personalities, submitting publicity photos featuring a girl, who was a friend of the band and reluctantly posing for photo shoots. Furthermore, they performed in odd venues, playing not only the standard coffeehouses and cafes, but also homes, church halls, and libraries.

Prior to the formation of Belle and Sebastian, Murdoch suffered from a protracted battle with chronic fatigue syndrome, which forced him to drop out of school and spend seven years living in his parents’ home crippled by his condition.Whilst in his parents home, Murdoch wrote a short story about a boy named Sebastian and a girl named Isabelle based on the names from Madame Cecile Aubery’s children’s book Belle et Sebastian.


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  • 1treehillbilly

    Can't Believe Sinister is nearly 20 years old. I feel like i only bought it yesterday...time flies eh. Its still the best album but maybe because it has sentimental value. Fold your Hands is a close second.

    19 Nov 2:24pm Reply
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  • WS9167

    The Life Pursuit is probably my least favourite by them, I guess. but yeah, I still agree with you guys.

    2 Nov 7:17pm Reply
  • paulohenss

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    27 Oct 7:48pm Reply
  • kickdrumrobot

    I second that. The Life Pursuit.

    27 Oct 3:03am Reply
  • heartdelay

    honestly the life pursuit is one of the most important albums of all time

    23 Oct 1:56am Reply
  • Irving_

    "Girls in Peacetime Want to Dance"... at least the title sounds interesting...

    4 Oct 1:21pm Reply
  • WS9167

    can't wait for Girls in Peacetime.

    2 Oct 5:59pm Reply
  • aniarwl

    Hi everyone. There are three of us going to Paris to explore the city and to visit Pitchfork. But we got only 2 tickets. If you have one 3 days pass to sell, please contact me and help the traveling crew to experience their beloved music together. Best wishes! x annaborisovaya[at]gmail[dot]com

    29 Sep 10:26pm Reply
  • WS9167

    I'm late but... amazing gig in Poland!!! [2]

    14 Sep 5:39pm Reply
  • halltantrum123

    is there anyone from vietnam ? i'm looking for a belle fan but no hope :((((

    7 Sep 1:50pm Reply
  • versionfiv

    sad bastard music

    5 Sep 10:00pm Reply
  • Arieelle

    miłoś nie z tej ziemi ;o

    21 Aug 10:43pm Reply
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  • themorningson

    essa banda é tão

    16 Aug 4:46pm Reply
  • bambom

    amazing gig in Poland!!! thank you for all words in polish and not only. you are amazing <3 <3 Stuart you are such a cool and nice person

    8 Aug 11:16am Reply
  • Dekkul

    didn't know elvis costello was playing in this band

    4 Aug 2:08am Reply
  • sameoldground

    por que voltar sozinho

    3 Aug 3:27am Reply
  • RebelGlassZero

    the life pursuit is so good. i'm surprised it took me this long to listen to it.

    1 Aug 10:47am Reply
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