“Funny Little Frog” was the first single lifted from Belle & Sebastian’s The Life Pursuit. The track was released in January 2006 on Rough Trade Records, and is produced by Tony Hoffer. The single became the band’s highest-charting single in the UK so far, reaching #13. The artwork for the single features Julie Coyle and Marisa Privitera.
A different version of the song “Funny Little Frog” appears in Stuart Murdoch’s project “God Help the Girl”.
Fair play to the band for moving the sound along again in a different direction with the single that pre-dated the release of The Life Pursuit by around a month or so. My problem was however, that it just didn’t excite me in the way that earlier releases had. It’s not that Funny Little Frog is poor or a total let-down, but it wasn’t one that stopped me in my tracks or made me want to listen to it on heavy rotation. Having said that, it was clearly one for radio play and the idea of its release date was to create a bit of excitement around the new LP; it didn’t fail on either count with, as wiki states, becoming the band’s biggest 45 and paving the way for the LP to debut at #8, which again was a watermark achievement.
It was released on CD single, 7″ and DVD format, and you had to buy all three formats if you wanted all the b-sides. Changed days indeed.
mp3 : Belle & Sebastian – Funny Little Frog
mp3 : Belle & Sebastian – Meat and Potatoes
mp3 : Belle & Sebastian – I Took A Long Hard Look
That’s the 3-track CD for you. Meat and Potatoes is is the tale of a couple’s attempts to spice up their sex life set to a tune that borders on a C&W ballad. It’s as dreadful as the words I’ve just typed up would have you imagine…..
I Took A Long Hard Look is Stevie Jackson by numbers. There’ll be loads who love this. I’m not one of them.
That’s the first time in nearly ten years that I’ll have played these songs. Still haven’t changed my opinion.
mp3 : Belle & Sebastian – The Eighth Station of the Cross Kebab House
This was the b-side of the 7″ vinyl. Also made available as a track on a fundraiser album for a children’s charity. I don’t think it would make too many ICAs compiled by even the most hardcore B&S fan…
mp3 : Belle & Sebastian – Lazy Line Painter Jane (live at the Botanics)
Back in June 2004, the band had played a special gig in a Glasgow park as part of a local festival. I remember the day well as it was the occasion summer visited the city that year – gloriously hot and sunny. I didn’t bother with the gig as I’m not a huge fan of the outdoor variety – and besides, it was a day best spent on the golf course. It’s a speeded-up version of the old song from the Lazy Line Painter Jane EP, but it does feature the magnificent Monica Queen on co-vocal so it’s well worth it.