Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and particularly in the United Kingdom and in the United States. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew on the genres of blues and blues, from country music. Rock music drew on a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, incorporated influences from jazz and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar as part of a rock group with electric bass and one or more singers. Rock is song-based music with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become diverse. Like pop music, lyrics stress romantic love but address a wide variety of other themes that are social or political. By the late 1960s "classic rock" period, a number of distinct rock music subgenres had emerged, including hybrids like blues rock, folk rock, country rock, southern rock, raga rock, jazz-rock, many of which contributed to the development of psychedelic rock, influenced by the countercultural psychedelic and hippie scene.
New genres that emerged included progressive rock. In the second half of the 1970s, punk rock reacted by producing stripped-down, energetic social and political critiques. Punk was an influence in the 1980s on new wave, post-punk and alternative rock. From the 1990s alternative rock began to dominate rock music and break into the mainstream in the form of grunge and indie rock. Further fusion subgenres have since emerged, including pop punk, electronic rock, rap rock, rap metal, as well as conscious attempts to revisit rock's history, including the garage rock/post-punk and techno-pop revivals at the beginning of the 2000s. Rock music has embodied and served as the vehicle for cultural and social movements, leading to major subcultures including mods and rockers in the UK and the hippie counterculture that spread out from San Francisco in the US in the 1960s. 1970s punk culture spawned the goth and emo subcultures. Inheriting the folk tradition of the protest song, rock music has been associated with political activism as well as changes in social attitudes to race and drug use, is seen as an expression of youth revolt against adult consumerism and conformity.
The sound of rock is traditionally centered on the amplified electric guitar, which emerged in its modern form in the 1950s with the popularity of rock and roll. It was influenced by the sounds of electric blues guitarists; the sound of an electric guitar in rock music is supported by an electric bass guitar, which pioneered in jazz music in the same era, percussion produced from a drum kit that combines drums and cymbals. This trio of instruments has been complemented by the inclusion of other instruments keyboards such as the piano, the Hammond organ, the synthesizer; the basic rock instrumentation was derived from the basic blues band instrumentation. A group of musicians performing rock music is termed as a rock group. Furthermore, it consists of between three and five members. Classically, a rock band takes the form of a quartet whose members cover one or more roles, including vocalist, lead guitarist, rhythm guitarist, bass guitarist and keyboard player or other instrumentalist. Rock music is traditionally built on a foundation of simple unsyncopated rhythms in a 4/4 meter, with a repetitive snare drum back beat on beats two and four.
Melodies originate from older musical modes such as the Dorian and Mixolydian, as well as major and minor modes. Harmonies range from the common triad to parallel perfect fourths and fifths and dissonant harmonic progressions. Since the late 1950s and from the mid 1960s onwards, rock music used the verse-chorus structure derived from blues and folk music, but there has been considerable variation from this model. Critics have stressed the eclecticism and stylistic diversity of rock; because of its complex history and its tendency to borrow from other musical and cultural forms, it has been argued that "it is impossible to bind rock music to a rigidly delineated musical definition." Unlike many earlier styles of popular music, rock lyrics have dealt with a wide range of themes, including romantic love, rebellion against "The Establishment", social concerns, life styles. These themes were inherited from a variety of sources such as the Tin Pan Alley pop tradition, folk music, rhythm and blues.
Music journalist Robert Christgau characterizes rock lyrics as a "cool medium" with simple diction and repeated refrains, asserts that rock's primary "function" "pertains to music, or, more noise." The predominance of white and middle class musicians in rock music has been noted, rock has been seen as an appropriation of black musical forms for a young and male audience. As a result, it has been seen to articulate the concerns of this group in both style and lyrics. Christgau, writing in 1972, said in spite of some exceptions, "rock and roll implies an identification of male sexuality and aggression". Since the term "rock" started being used in preference to "rock and roll" from the late-1960s, it has been contrasted with pop music, with which it has shared many characteristics, but from wh
Whip-Smart is the second album by American singer-songwriter Liz Phair, released in 1994, the follow-up to Phair's critically well received debut, 1993's Exile In Guyville. Despite not being as critically well received as her previous record, Whip-Smart debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200 and achieved gold status; as of July 2010, it had sold 412,000 copies. At the time of its release Whip-Smart received favorable reviews from music critics, figuring inside end of year lists, including those by the Los Angeles Times and Q Magazine; the album was ranked sixth for its year inside The Village Voice Jop Poll. Although obscured by its famous predecessor, the album has gained more recognition with time and is considered a key record to Phair's legacy as an artist, along with her other two Matador Records releases and the Girly Sound tapes. In 2003, the German version of Rolling Stone magazine placed the record at 95 on its list of greatest records since Autumn of 1994. In 2014, Rolling Stone named Whip-Smart the 18th greatest album of its year – considered by the magazine the peak of mainstream alternative rock.
After the success of Exile in Guyville, expectations ran high for Liz Phair's sophomore release. Phair's debut album had sold over 200,000 units by the spring of 1994 and was Matador's most successful release so far; the success of Exile in Guyville prompted many major labels to seek a distribution deal with Matador, most saliently Atlantic Records, which would form Phair's next album deal. As a result, Whip-Smart was one of the most anticipated albums of the year. Danny Goldberg, then-president of Atlantic Records, predicted that the record would "hit gold quickly", both Rolling Stone and Spin were interested in featuring Phair on their covers. Phair described Whip-Smart as difficult to make because at the time she didn't have many songs that weren't about the music industry, which displeased her manager. In fact, a substantial number of tracks on the final album were songs written in 1991, when Phair recorded under the Girly-Sound moniker. In total, Whip-Smart took about one month to record.
The album was recorded in two distinct sessions: the first in August 1993 in Chicago, the second in February 1994 in the Bahamas. Guitarist Casey Rice described the initial sessions at Idful Studios in Chicago as subject to many distractions, such as "the phone ringing, people dropping by the studio, so on". Phair wanted to move recording to New York City, but due to financial constraints, the band ended up continuing with Compass Point Studios in Nassau, Bahamas instead; the same team that worked on Guyville worked again on. The album was mixed by Brad Wood, with the assistance of Casey Rice. Wood characterized the recording process as much spontaneous, saying that " bring in a song and we'd record the whole thing that day. I'd have to write a drum and bass part right on the spot." There was, pressure to improve on the sound of the previous record, to meet the expectations of Phair's newly formed fanbase. Liz Phair has described Whip-Smart as a chronicle of the beginning and end of a relationship: "a rock fairy tale, from meeting the guy, falling for him, getting him and not getting him, going through the disillusionment period, saying'Fuck it,' and leaving, coming back to it."
Phair described the sound of the album as more confident and playful -- and less frustrated and sexual -- than Exile in Guyville. Phair is credited, along with Matador Records' in-house art designer Mark Ohe, with the album's art and layout; the cover image incorporates a Soviet propaganda poster. The inner liner notes feature a series of Polaroid photographs taken by Phair herself. Critical reception was favorable. Richie Unterberger of Allmusic states that "if there are flaws in this first-rate follow-up, they arise in comparison with Guyville, a record of such unexpected impact that most anything Phair could have done may have been found lacking" and that "there's no question that Phair is a major songwriter and artist, but this album is more a solidification of her talents than a breakthrough statement."Whip-Smart debuted at #27 on the Billboard 200 and spent 17 weeks on the charts. The lead single "Supernova" received somewhat heavy rotation on radio stations and the music video was aired on MTV.
The song went on to hit #6 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart and #78 on the Billboard Hot 100. In fact, "Supernova" introduced Phair to a new audience and still remains one of her most recognizable songs. In 1995, it was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards. Phair was featured on the cover of Rolling Stone on the week Whip-Smart was released, by 1994 and 1995, she made a frequent number of television appearances, including the Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and MTV's 120 Minutes. However, despite its early success, Whip-Smart departed the charts. Though the second single and title track "Whip-Smart" was successful, it failed to capture the same amount of attention of "Supernova", by the time the third single "Jealousy" was released, the interest in the album was much smaller. Besides this, Phair canceled her tour shortly after the album was released, causing Atlantic's legal department to send her several letters demanding her to tour or risk defaulting on her contract.
Phair stated, "Basically they wanted me to be public, I wanted to be private. All these people wanted me to be big and I felt like this tiny pea in the center of all this chaos. I didn't want this success. I kept thinking. Why do all these people wa
Teenage Fanclub are a Scottish alternative rock band formed in Bellshill in 1989. The band was founded by Norman Blake, Raymond McGinley and Gerard Love, all of whom shared lead vocals and songwriting duties until Love's departure in 2018; as of 2019, the band's lineup consists of Blake, McGinley, Francis MacDonald, Dave McGowan and Euros Childs. In concert, the band alternate among its songwriters, giving equal playing time to each one's songs. Although pegged as alternative rock, the group have incorporated a wide variety of elements from various music styles in their songs. Teenage Fanclub have had a succession of drummers, including Francis MacDonald, Brendan O’Hare and Paul Quinn, who left the band after recording the album Howdy!. Quinn was replaced by the returning Francis MacDonald. Keyboardist Finlay MacDonald has been a member; as of September 2016, the band have released two compilation albums. Teenage Fanclub emerged from the Glasgow C86 scene, their sound is reminiscent of Californian bands like the Beach Boys and the Byrds, their seventies counterparts Big Star.
A noisy and chaotic band, their first album A Catholic Education, released in 1990 on Paperhouse, is atypical of their sound, with the possible exception of "Everything Flows". The King, their next album, received critical reviews, their next album, released on Creation Records in the UK and Geffen in the US, brought Teenage Fanclub a measure of commercial success. Bandwagonesque was more deliberately constructed, the hooks became stronger, the guitar riffs were brought under control, the harmony vocals took shape. Bandwagonesque topped Spin magazine's 1991 end-of-year poll for best album, beating Nirvana's Nevermind, their Creation stablemates My Bloody Valentine's album Loveless, R. E. M.'s Out of Time. The subsequent, received mixed reviews on release. Brendan O'Hare left Teenage Fanclub during this period because of "musical differences", to be replaced by Paul Quinn. Grand Prix, Teenage Fanclub's fifth album, was both a critical and commercial success in the UK, becoming their first top ten album.
In the United States however the band failed to regain the ground. Around this time Liam Gallagher of labelmates Oasis called the band "the second best band in the world" — second only to Oasis. Songs from Northern Britain built on the former's success, it became their highest charting release in the UK and contained their biggest hit single to date, "Ain't That Enough". The follow-up album, Howdy!, released on Columbia Records in the UK after the demise of Creation, continued the sound of Songs from Northern Britain. Francis MacDonald rejoined as the drummer in place of Quinn, who left the band after recording his parts for Howdy! and before its release in order to focus on his family. Quinn went on to form The Primary 5. In 2002, they released Words of Hope with Jad Fair of Half Japanese, their final release on a Sony label, Four Thousand Seven Hundred and Sixty-Six Seconds – A Short Cut to Teenage Fanclub, collected the Fanclub's best songs along with three new songs. Their next album, Man-Made, was released on 2 May 2005, on the band's own PeMa label.
Man-Made was recorded in Chicago in 2004, produced by John McEntire of Tortoise. In 2006, the band held two special concerts playing their 1991 album Bandwagonesque in its entirety; the band began work on their ninth album in August 2008, booking an initial three weeks at Leeders Farm recording studio in Norfolk. The album was called Shadows, the first to involve keyboardist Dave McGowan as a full-time member, was released on the band's own PeMa label, it became available in Europe and Japan on 31 May 2010, was released by Merge Records in North America on 8 June 2010. Teenage Fanclub are influenced by Orange Juice, they performed a cover of Orange Juice's "Rip It Up" with Edwyn Collins. In December 2010, at the ATP Bowlie 2 music festival, they performed as the backing band for Edwyn Collins. Teenage Fanclub were name-checked in interviews by Kurt Cobain, who described them as "the best band in the world". Juliana Hatfield covered the song "Cells" on her 2012 self-titled album. In May 2015, Teenage Fanclub played support for the Foo Fighters at their Old Trafford Cricket Ground gig.
Their tenth album, was released on 9 September 2016. The story of Teenage Fanclub's early days features in the 2017 documentary Teenage Superstars. On 25 April 2018, the band announced the 10 August release of vinyl and digital reissues of their five Creation Records era albums, remastered at Abbey Road Studios. To celebrate the reissues, the band announced Songs from Teenage Fanclub: The Creation Records Years, a four-city U. K. tour during late October to mid-November in which they would play three nights each in Glasgow, Manchester and London, with each night's setlist covering different periods of the Creation-era discography. On 20 August 2018, the band announced that Gerard Love would be leaving the band following a performance at the Electric Ballroom in London in November, the last show of the band's Creation Records Years tour. In a statement, the band said that Love was to separate from the band because of differences in opinion on their future touring plans. In the same press release, the band announced that former members Brendan O'Hare and Paul Quinn would be participating in the Creation Records Years tour, in whic
Algiers is an American band from Atlanta, formed in 2007 by multi-instrumentalists Franklin James Fisher, Ryan Mahan, Lee Tesche. They have been noted for blending disparate musical influences including gospel, post-punk, industrial music into a unique sound, their style is diverse thematically, with inspirations ranging from Southern Gothic literature to the concept of the Other, has provoked descriptions such as "dystopian soul". Franklin and Lee met and grew up playing music together in Atlanta, Georgia but was formed in London in 2007, they chose the name Algiers in reference to a key historical site of anti-colonial struggle, symbolizing a contested space where violence, racism and religion commingle. The group released their first single “Blood” in January 2012 via Atlanta based label Double Phantom. Byron Coley for The Wire wrote “Although the fusion may have been touched upon in recordings related to both The Birthday Party and The Gun Club, Algiers are dedicated to grafting gospel music onto post-punk guitar-cuzz...this record is mesmerising and sucks you in with its weird power.”The band's self-titled debut album was released through Matador on June 2, 2015.
In 2015, ahead of their eponymous release, the band opened for Interpol, during their North American Tour. Matt Tong of Bloc Party, has been playing drums for Algiers since early 2015, their live show has been described as "recalling at various points PIL’s dub-style expansions, industrial, no wave, free jazz, the XTC of “Travels in Nihilon,” Nick Cave’s fire and brimstone, musique concrète." Franklin James Fisher – vocals, piano, Rhodes piano, percussion, sampling Ryan Mahan – bass, piano, drum programming, backing vocals Lee Tesche – guitar, percussion, backing vocals Matt Tong – drums, backing vocals Algiers The Underside of Power "Blood" / "Black Eunuch" "Mute Studio Sessions" "Walk Like A Panther" "Blood" / "Black Eunuch" Official Website Official Twitter Official Facebook
Fucked Up is a Canadian hardcore punk band from Toronto, formed in 2001. The band consists of Damian Abraham, Mike Haliechuk, Josh Zucker, Ben Cook, Sandy Miranda and Jonah Falco. To date the band has released five studio albums, alongside several EPs, companion releases; the band won the 2009 Polaris Music Prize for their second studio album, The Chemistry of Common Life. In 2018, the band released Dose Your Dreams, after a hiatus. Driven by Haliechuk, it is a concept album focusing on the band's recurring character David, featuring several guest lead vocalists, alongside Abraham and Haliechuk; the band formed and played their first shows in early 2001. The initial practicing lineup consisted of 10,000 Marbles, Concentration Camp, Mustard Gas and Chris Colohan. Just prior to recording their demo tape, Concentration Camp concentrated on guitar duties and vocal duties were taken over from Colohan by Pink Eyes. Drums were played by Mr. Jo. Following the release of the demo, the band embarked on a long series of 7" records.
The band released the "No Pasaran" 7" in May 2002. The Police 7" was released on March 2003 followed the Baiting the Public 7" in May 2003. Two more 7"'s followed in 2004, the Dance of Death single, the Litany 4-song ep; the vinyl releases to this point were collected on 2004s Epics in Minutes CD. The band was the subject of a two-minute 16 mm film showing its links to the Toronto hardcore scene, a local infoshop and punk radio show; the band's use of imagery and symbolism took a decided turn after the release of Epics in Minutes, as it was followed by two limited 12"s, the Looking for Gold 12", the live Let Likes be Cured by Likes 12". The Looking for Gold 12" contained no liner notes or credits, no song titles, a hidden track, it was self-released by the band in 2004 in two limited runs of 400 copies. The title track was 16 minutes long, used 18 guitar tracks, had a three-minute drum solo and contained 5 minutes of whistling. In the summer of 2004 the band released. After touring for most of 2005 the band took on David Eliade as a quasi-full-time manager/promoter.
In early 2006 Eliade began shopping demos of songs from the planned Hidden World album to labels, ending with the band signing to Jade Tree Records for an early fall 2006 release of the album. Jade Tree is distributed by Touch & Go which in turn has a distribution agreement with ADA. Jade Tree licensed the vinyl version to Deranged Records, which released it as a double album in November 2006. Several other records, such as Year of the Dog 12" were released, before the band went on the European tour, visiting England and Spain, among other places. January 16, 2007 marked the band's live television debut on MTV Live, where they were introduced as "Effed Up". During their performance of their song "Baiting the Public", the majority of the audience were moshing and causing damage to the set, resulting in a sum of $2,000 in damages; this performance sparked controversy and resulted in MTV Canada banning moshing from future MTV Live performances. On October 9, 2008 the band returned to this time performing in the men's washroom.
Once again, the band caused a large amount of damage, destroying the ceiling, spray painting walls and knocking over amps and a motorcycle, brought into the washroom as a prop. Fans, who were told beforehand to stay out of the washroom and to watch from outside the door, rushed the doors and joined in the destruction the band had started; the band was supposed to play three songs, but were stopped after the first song as MTV was not aware of the destruction the band had planned and were concerned about the safety of the band and crew. On October 10 Abraham blogged about the performance on the MTV Live website, saying the bathroom performance was "f**king out of control terrifying." In November 2007, the band played a show in New York, filmed for the movie Burn, directed by Richard Roepnack. The performance was positively reviewed in the New York Times, although the Times chose not to print the band's name, referring to them instead as a string of asterisks; the band signed to Matador Records in Spring of 2008.
That summer, Matador reissued the "Year Of The Pig" 12" single. This time it came out with additional formats including a series of three 7"es, for the US, UK and Japan each with a different edit of the A-side and a new B-side. A CDEP compiled all the versions from the various vinyl versions; the band toured extensively in the UK behind this release, following it with a trip up the West Coast. On October 7, 2008, Matador released Fucked Up's second album, "The Chemistry Of Common Life." It has received near-universal critical acclaim from publications such as the NME, The New York Times, Pitchfork, Alternative Press, Q Magazine and many more. The band toured the Eastern US in October, including a much-covered 12-hour long show on the Bowery in New York on October 14, they were joined by musical guests including Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend, John Joseph of the Cro-Mags, members of Endless Boogie, Les Savy Fav, Dinosaur Jr. and others. In November 2008, the band participated with other named bands, including Holy Fuck and Fuck Buttons in the Festival of the Fuck Bands music festival in the village of Fucking, Austria.
In 2009, Damia
A. C. Newman
Allan Carl Newman is a Canadian musician and singer–songwriter. He was a member of the indie rock bands Zumpano in the 1990s. Following the breakup of those bands, he reemerged as the leader of the New Pornographers in 2000, a band who have enjoyed commercial and critical success. In 2004, Newman launched his solo career, performing as A. C. Newman, he has stated he chose "A. C." for his solo career because "it sounded like a pseudonym, but it's not a pseudonym." Newman began his musical career in the 1990s as a member of the Vancouver grunge/pop group Superconductor. During the 90s, Newman filled in on second guitar with metal band Nemesis Gypsy. After a brief stay, he joined the Vancouver-based pop group Zumpano; the band released two albums with Newman in the mid-1990s, Look What the Rookie Did and Goin' Through Changes, both of which received favorable reviews. Though Zumpano never announced their breakup, they have not recorded any new material since the 90s. Newman is a founding member of the successful Vancouver-based power pop supergroup the New Pornographers.
The band has released seven full-length albums since 2000. In 2007, Blender ranked the group's debut album, Mass Romantic, the 24th best indie album of all time. Newman is the band's main songwriter and vocalist, is regarded as the band's leader. In 2004 Newman debuted as A. C. Newman the solo artist; the Slow Wonder, his first album, was well received. His musical sensibilities as a solo musician have been compared to those of Ray Davies, Harry Nilsson, Ben Folds. Newman is married to Christy Simpson the marketing manager at Matador Records, the New Pornographers' record label. Newman's second solo album, titled Get Guilty, was released on Matador Records on January 20, 2009. "Prophets" was featured in the end of the fourth season finale of. In October 2012, Newman's third album was released: Shut Down The Streets. Recorded in Woodstock, New York, the album features contributions from New Pornographers colleague Neko Case. Newman has said that Shut Down The Streets "is all about birth, death and sadness, chronicling a time in my life where all those things had to learn to coexist side by side."
In June 2013, the album was longlisted for the 2013 Polaris Music Prize. In November 2012, Newman appeared in the music video alongside television personality Whip Nicken for "I'm Not Talking"; the video was directed by the General Assembly. Newman composed the score for The F Word, directed by Michael Dowse. Newman contributed a cover of the Bill Fay song, "Be Not So Fearful," to the soundtrack album, The Walking Dead Original Soundtrack - Volume 2, released in March 2014; the Slow Wonder Get Guilty #99 US Shut Down the Streets Music from the OC: Mix 4 - Mass Romantic Electric Version Twin Cinema Challengers Together Brill Bruisers Whiteout Conditions Music of Canada Canadian rock List of Canadian musicians Official site
Belle and Sebastian
Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish band formed in Glasgow in January 1996. Led by Stuart Murdoch, the band has released nine albums. Much of their work had been released on Jeepster Records, but they are now signed to Rough Trade Records in the United Kingdom and Matador Records in the United States. Belle and Sebastian were formed in Glasgow, Scotland in 1994 by Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David, both of whom had enrolled at Stow College's Beatbox program for unemployed musicians. Together, with music professor Alan Rankine, they recorded some demos, which were picked up by the college's Music Business course that produces and releases one single each year on the college's label, Electric Honey; as the band had a number of songs and the label was impressed with the demos and Sebastian were allowed to record a full-length album, recorded live over three days, entitled Tigermilk. Murdoch once described the band as a "product of botched capitalism"; the band took their name from the television adaptation of the French novel Belle et Sébastien about a six-year-old boy and his dog.
Tigermilk was recorded in three days and only one thousand copies were pressed in vinyl. These original copies now sell for up to £400; the warm reception the album received inspired Murdoch and David to turn the band into a full-time project, recruiting Stevie Jackson, Isobel Campbell, Chris Geddes and Richard Colburn to fill out the group. After the success of the debut album and Sebastian were signed to Jeepster Records in August 1996 and If You're Feeling Sinister, their second album, was released on 18 November; the album was named by Spin as one of the 100 greatest albums between 1985 and 2005, is considered the band's masterpiece. Just before the recording of Sinister, Sarah Martin joined the band. Following this a series of EPs were released in 1997; the first of these was Dog on Wheels, which contained four demo tracks recorded before the real formation of the band. In fact, the only long-term band members to play on the songs were Murdoch and Mick Cooke, who played trumpet on the EP but would not join the band until a few years later.
It charted at No. 59 in the UK singles chart. The Lazy Line Painter Jane EP followed in July; the track was recorded in the church where Murdoch features vocals from Monica Queen. The EP narrowly missed out on the UK top 40, peaking at No. 41. The last of the 1997 EPs was October's 3.. 6.. 9 Seconds of Light. The EP was made Single of the Week in both the NME and Melody Maker and reached No. 32 in the charts, thus becoming the band's first top 40 single. The band released their third LP, The Boy with the Arab Strap in 1998, it reached No. 12 in the UK charts. Arab Strap garnered an NPR interview and positive reviews from Rolling Stone and the Village Voice, among others. During the recording of the album, long-time studio trumpet-player Mick Cooke was asked to join the band as a full member; the This Is Just a Modern Rock Song EP followed that year. In 1999 the band was awarded with Best Newcomer at the BRIT Awards, upsetting better-known acts such as Steps and 5ive; that same year, the band hosted the Bowlie Weekender.
Tigermilk was given a full release by Jeepster before the band started work on their next LP. The result was Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant, which became the band's first top 10 album in the UK. A stand-alone single, "Legal Man", reached No. 15 and gave them their first appearance on Top of the Pops. As the band's popularity and recognition was growing worldwide, their music began appearing in films and on television; the 2000 film High Fidelity mentions the band and features a clip from the song "Seymour Stein" from The Boy with the Arab Strap. The title track from Arab Strap was played over the end credits of the UK television series Teachers, the lyric "Colour my life with the chaos of trouble" from the song was quoted by one of the characters in the 2009 film Days of Summer. Stuart David soon left the band to concentrate on his side project and his book writing, which included his The Idle Thoughts of a Daydreamer, he was replaced by Bobby Kildea of V-Twin. The "Jonathan David" single, sung by Stevie Jackson, was released in June 2001 and was followed by "I'm Waking Up to Us" in November.
"I'm Waking Up to Us" saw the band use an outside producer for the first time. Most of 2002 was spent Storytelling. Campbell left the band in the spring of 2002, in the middle of the band's North American tour to pursue a solo career, first as The Gentle Waves, under her own name, she collaborated with singer Mark Lanegan on three albums. The band left Jeepster in 2002, their first album for Rough Trade, Dear Catastrophe Waitress, was released in 2003, was produced by Trevor Horn. The album showed a markedly more "produced" sound compared to their first four LPs, as the band was making a concerted effort to produce more "radio-friendly" music; the album was warmly received and is credited with restoring the band's "indie cred". The album marked the return of Murdoch as the group's primary songwriter, following the poorly received Fold Your Hands Child, You Walk Like a Peasant and Storytelling, both of which were more collaborative than the band's early work. A docum