Art Brut have been called many things over the course of our career, not all of them polite. The thing we get called most often is an ‘art band’, which I accept is totally our fault for putting the word Art in our name. However, Art Brut have never seen ourselves as an art band, we have been adamant since we began that we are, in fact, a classic rock band.
Unfortunately, it is impossible to begin your career as a classic rock band, no matter how often you persist in referring to yourself as one.
Over the last ten years, however, Art Brut have been tirelessly working towards the moment we could finally call ourselves a classic rock band and know in our heart of hearts that it was true. Our mission is finally complete.
I submit the following evidence towards the case of us being a CLASSIC ROCK BAND
- We have been on the front cover of German Rolling Stone.
- Toured the world extensively.
- Appeared on American chat shows.
- Posed naked in the NME.
- Had our lyrics be the subject of lectures at a Berlin university.
- Released four albums over the period of ten years (the last two produced by the legendary Black Francis from the Pixies).
- And finally we are held in universal regard by both our peers and the general public.
(Actually, with that last one I've never checked with our peers and have very little to do with the general public but am fairly certain that is the case).
So, to celebrate our new status as a CLASSIC ROCK BAND we have decided to release a Best Of Compilation.
It is called ‘Art Brut; Top Of The Pops’ and is a double album (or if you are downloading it, a lot of songs).
CD1 contains the best and most popular songs from our career in chronological order. So you can see clearly that we have followed the CLASSIC ROCK blueprint exactly -
Album One, Excited,
Album Two, Confused,
Album Three, Angry
Album Four, Experimental
Plus, TWO BRAND NEW TRACKS. They’re about enjoying natural disasters and making pop music. Optimistic rebirth.
This is textbook CLASSIC ROCK BAND stuff.
CD2 contains rare songs that Freddy Feedback rescued from our vaults including live songs, covers we finally got round to asking for permission to release, hard to acquire b-sides and unreleased demos from our recording sessions for ‘Its A Bit Complicated’ that took place with Pulp's Russel Senior (who is not mad, I promise).
Here is the full tracklisting -
Formed A Band
My LIttle Brother
Nag Nag Nag Nag
Pump Up The Volume
We Make Pop Music
Formed A Band (Early Keith Top Of The Pops Version)
Bad Weekend (Early Keith Top Of The Pops Version)
These Animal Menswear (B-Side to My Little Brother)
Modern Art ( Early Keith Top Of The Pop Version)
Maternity Ward (B-Side to Emily Kane CD single)
Blame It On The Trains (Produced by Russel Senior)
Post Soothing Out (Produced by Russel Senior)
St Pauli (Produced by Russel Senior)
About Time (B Side to Emily Kane CD single)
Ignorance is Bliss (B Side to Direct Hit)
Catch (Cure Cover)
Modern Art (recorded for Berlin Live)
Just Desserts (alternate version of B-Side to Alcoholics Unanimous)
Moved To LA (Art Brut vs Satan iTunes bundle)
Weird Science (B-Side to DC Comics and Chocolate Milkshake)
Positively 5th Street (B-Side to Alcoholics Unanimous)
Unprofessional Wrestling (Download only)
The Great Escape (We Are Scientists/Lynyrd Skynyrd cover)
Her Majesty (Beatles cover arr. by Black Francis)
Post Soothing Out (recorded for Berlin Live)
As a treat to ourselves we commissioned one of our favourite artists Michael Riedel to do the art work for us which you can see here -
We are playing live in these Venues to celebrate our new status.
May 3rd, Cologne, Luxor tickets HERE
May 4th, Hamburg, Molotow tickets HERE
May 6th, Berlin, Lido tickets HERE
May 7th, Stuttgart, Schocken tickets HERE
May 8th, Munich, Atomic Cafe tickets HERE
May 29th, London, Scala tickets HERE
We look forward to seeing you all there.
Next phase is HERITAGE ROCK BAND, see you in another 10 years for the Second Volume.
Work hard, fly right and don't forget to tip your bartender.
Eddie Argos (23 in the NME Cool List in 2007 and 44 in 2004, not placed 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009,2010, 2011, 2012)