The Boy With The Arab Strap

Jeepster Recordings Ltd
Release date
7 Sep 1998
Running length
12 tracks
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1 It Could Have Been a Brilliant Career 2:23 166,564
2 Sleep the Clock Around 4:57 206,954
3 Is It Wicked Not to Care? 3:22 134,094
4 Ease Your Feet in the Sea 3:32 177,693
5 A Summer Wasting 2:03 165,911
6 Seymour Stein 4:28 156,472
7 A Space Boy Dream 3:02 152,370
8 Dirty Dream Number Two 4:14 134,654
9 The Boy With the Arab Strap 5:14 318,473
10 Chickfactor 3:29 137,128
11 Simple Things 1:44 142,342
12 The Rollercoaster Ride 6:37 132,321

About this album

The Boy with the Arab Strap is the third album from the Scottish band Belle & Sebastian. The inspiration for the album’s name came from the band Arab Strap, who are also from Scotland and briefly toured with Belle & Sebastian. An Arab strap is a sexual device for retaining an erection. Arab Strap were reportedly less than pleased with their inclusion in the title of the album. When questioned about it, Arab Strap’s leader/singer, Aiden, said “They have a sense of humor.” Malcolm, the band’s instrumentalist, added, “Because Arab Strap is quite an interesting name. The words go well together. That’s why we chose it as a band name. We’re friends with them, but there’s a limit to putting someone else’s name on an album. They’re taking away something from us.” He also mentioned that the album had been confused as a collaboration between the bands.

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