ARAB STRAP(the weekend never starts round here) - the first big weekend.mp3 (Size: 98.57 MB) (Files: 20)
ARAB STRAP(the weekend never starts round here) - the first big weekend.mp3
ARAB STRAP(the weekend never starts round here) - The Clearing.mp3
ARAB STRAP(the weekend never starts round here) - kate moss.mp3
ARAB STRAP(the red threat) - screaming in the trees.mp3
ARAB STRAP(the red threat) - love detective.mp3
ARAB STRAP(the red threat) - infrared.mp3
Arab Strap(the last romance) - dream sequence.mp3
Arab Strap(the last romance) - (If There's) No Hope For Us.mp3
ARAB STRAP(philophobia) - the night before the funeral.mp3
ARAB STRAP(philophobia) - one day,after school.mp3
ARAB STRAP(philophobia) - new birds.mp3
ARAB STRAP(philophobia) - here we go.mp3
ARAB STRAP(monday at the Hue & Pint) - the week never starts round here.mp3
ARAB STRAP(monday at the Hue & Pint) - the sky retirer.mp3
ARAB STRAP(monday at the Hue & Pint) - peep-peep.mp3
ARAB STRAB(elephant shoe) - one four seven one.mp3
ARAB STRAB(elephant shoe) - hello daylight.mp3
ARAB STRAB(elephant shoe) - cherubs.mp3
ARAB STRAB(elephant shoe) - autumnal.mp3
ARAB STRAB(Cherubs EP) - Motown Answers.mp3
Arab Strap Collection
Overview From Wikipedia
Arab Strap were an indie rock band from Scotland that consisted of core members Aidan Moffat and Malcolm Middleton. The band were signed to independent record label Chemikal Underground, and eventually split in 2006. Arab Strap's lyrics were known for their licentious content, yet despite the aggressively offensive lyrics the band never received the acclaim warranted by their musical investigations into the sordid everyday life of 1990s and 2000s Scotland. As indicated by the title of Belle and Sebastian's third record, The Boy With The Arab Strap, and by Aidan Moffat's involvement in the two Reindeer Section albums, they were a central part of Glasgow's influential late 1990s music scene.
Vocalist Aidan Moffat and multi-instrumentalist Malcolm Middleton grew up in Falkirk, Scotland and bonded over their mutual love for Drag City recording artists such as Smog and Will Oldham (at the time, recording under the name, Palace Brothers) as well as their love of cheap alcohol. They began collaborating in 1995, and their debut album The Week Never Starts Round Here was released the following year.
Over the course of their ten-year existence Arab Strap worked with a number of musicians including Jenny Reeve and Stacey Sievewright, as well as Adele Bethel and David Gow who went on to form Sons and Daughters. Stuart Murdoch of Belle & Sebastian was featured on the album Philophobia, but the album/song "The Boy with the Arab Strap" would later create something of a feud between the two singers.
Arab Strap's marked characteristics include sordid, personal, yet honest, lyrics--described by the NME as "fly on the duvet vignettes". At first essentially an electro-acoustic band with a brooding, spare sound, later albums and gigs saw them develop a fuller sound which drew deeply on both indie and dance music.
Arab Strap's first two albums, The Week Never Starts Around Here (1996) and Philophobia (1998), made clear the band's ability to capture the desperate decadence of post-Thatcherite Britain. The Week Never Starts Around Here's standout song is "The First Big Weekend," a five-minute piece of drunken mayhem which hints at some of the band's finest later moments. The drunken singalong at the end of the song, "Went out for a weekend, lasted forever / Got high with our friends, it's officially summer," was the chorus to "Hey!Fever," one of the tracks on the EP, The Girls of Summer. The 1999 live album, Mad for Sadness, is the finest album of this period, demonstrating how the sometimes spare recorded sound of their early music could lift into an epiphanically paradoxical celebration of a sexually empty, drug and alcohol dependent life.
After these albums, Arab Strap's music became much more musically polished, but continued to focus on drink, drugs, and existentially bereft versions of sexuality.
In keeping with the theme of sexual allusion (see arab strap (sexual device)), Moffat records as a solo artist under the name Lucky Pierre - slang for the man in the middle of a gay threesome. This work is also characterised by brooding, spare sound but is instrumental in nature. Malcolm Middleton also has a solo career under his own name. His first two solo albums, including the critically acclaimed 5:14 Fluoxytine Seagull Alcohol John Nicotine were released by Chemikal Underground. He is now signed to Full Time Hobby Records, and released his third album, A Brighter Beat on 27 February 2007 and his fourth album, Sleight of Heart in 2008.
On 9 September 2006 the band announced on their website that they were to split up. They celebrated the 10 years since their first studio album with the release of a compilation record, entitled Ten Years Of Tears. They went on tour in Europe for the last time at the end of the year, and played their final show at the end of a secret tour of Japan at Shibuya O-Nest on 17 December 2006.
In a 2008 interview, Middleton stated that: "it was a good time to call it a day. Unless there's a definite need and desire for us to play, I don't think we should ever get back together. We always said we would [collaborate again] when we split up, but I think maybe it's still too soon. Maybe in a few years when we've got time, we'll maybe try something for a laugh. Who knows?"
* The Week Never Starts Round Here (1996)
* Philophobia (1998) UK #37
* Elephant Shoe (1999) UK #79
* The Red Thread (2001) UK #125
* Monday at the Hug and Pint (2003) UK #120
* The Last Romance (2005) UK #199
1. Motown Answers
4. Hello Daylight
5. One Four Seven One
7. The Sky Retirer
8. The Week Never Starts Round Here
9. Here We Go
10. New Birds
11. One Day,After School
12. The Night Before The Funeral
13. No Hope For Us
14. Dream Sequence
16. Love Detective
17. Screaming In The Trees
18. Kate Moss
19. The Clearing
20. The First Big Weekend