Universal Music Division Barclay
Release date
16 Sep 2002
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Mysterons 5:06 602,888
2 Sour Times 4:14 632,985
3 Strangers 3:58 558,362
4 It Could Be Sweet 4:19 522,378
5 Wandering Star 4:53 508,124
6 It's a Fire 3:49 400,198
7 Numb 3:58 553,277
8 Roads 5:05 749,809
9 Pedestal 3:41 436,194
10 Biscuit 5:04 426,112
11 Glory Box 5:05 774,718

About this album

Dummy is the 1994 debut album of the Bristol-based group Portishead. It reached #2 on the UK Album Chart and #79 on the Billboard 200 chart, going gold in 1997.

Building on the promise of their earlier EP—”Numb”—it helped to cement the reputation of Bristol as the capital of Trip hop, a nascent genre which was then often referred to simply as “the Bristol sound”.The cover is a still of Gibbons from the short film that the band created—To Kill a Dead Man—which originally got them signed due to their self composed soundtrack.

In addition to the already released “Numb”, the album spawned two further singles: the UK #13 hit (on re-release) “Glory Box” and “Sour Times”, which reached the same position, also on re-release.

On 3 December 2008, Universal Music Japan released Dummy and Portishead as limited SHM-CD versions.

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