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Have You Fed the Fish

Badly Drawn BoyAudio CD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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"He's the Chorlton-cum-Springsteen anti-superstar" - Paul Morley

Has it really been a decade?
It feels a lot longer.
It feels like yesterday.
It was June 2000 when the Mercury-winning, seminal The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, announced the arrival of the badly drawn genius of Damon Gough. It's been a curious, wonderful, inimitable, unpredictable decade of major ... Read more in Amazon's Badly Drawn Boy Store

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 5, 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Reincarnate Music
  • ASIN: B00006LHW4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #156,565 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Coming In To Land
2. Have You Fed the Fish?
3. Born Again
4. 40 Days, 40 Fights
5. All Possibilities
6. I Was Wrong
7. You Were Right
8. Centre Peace
9. How
10. The Further I Slide
11. Imaginary Lines
12. Using Our Feet
13. Tickets to What You Need
14. What Is It Now
15. Bedside Story

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Badly Drawn Boy ~ Have You Fed The Fish

The second full-length album (not counting his superb soundtrack to About a Boy) by Damon Gough, a.k.a. Badly Drawn Boy, reveals the true depths of his songwriting and arranging talents. While his debut, The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, knocked us dead with his fey, indie-folk-rock sensibilities, Have You Fed the Fish shows a musician striving for top-shelf greatness in the pantheon of British pop, à la the Beatles, Oasis, and Radiohead. Lush arrangements with strings, horns, a very grand piano, and guitars abound, with a richness rarely found in pop and rock music these days. Gough's songwriting is topnotch and by turns catchy and clever, stinging and personal. But you've been warned: this album gives us less of the indie-pop hero you may want to love, and more of a classic rock idol in the making. Beck/Elliott Smith producer Tom Rothrock is at the helm, and the glossy sheen that results may offend some lo-fi "slacker pop" aficionados. --Lorry Fleming

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turning Madonna Down and Calling It My Best Move November 6, 2002
Format:Audio CD
I picked up this album the day it came out, after hearing one of Badly Drawn Boy's songs on a college radio station a week and a half prior. I hadn't heard anything by him in the past. It turns out the song I heard was "You Were Right," which was a premonition. It is good and right to pick up this album -- you will call it your best move. At the very least, it's a very satisfying listen. The lyrics are ... witty, and the music is varied. Check out BDB's borrowing of Marvin Gaye's Sexual Healing rhythm parts on "The Further I Slide," or the funky superfly bassline on "Using Our Feet." Then there's "Tickets to What You Need" which sounds like a take off on the Beatles' "Honey Pie."
The overall mood of this thing is light and celebratory, but also sweet in many places towards that special someone. At certain times, it feels a bit unhinged, which is why I can only give it 4 stars. It comes across as slightly unfocused in some places, overly eccentric even, but maybe that's what we're going for here. (Hey, it worked for the White Album, I guess.) It reminds me a of the eclecticism on the Super Furry Animals' most recent release.
Also, I know BDB's real name is Damon Gough, but any relation to Robyn Hitchcock? If not, they are certainly related vocally.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars good album that pales in comparison to Hour November 18, 2002
Format:Audio CD
It's been a busy year for Damon Gough, releasing two follow ups to his groundbreaking Bewilderbeast.
Have You Fed the Fish sounds like Badly Drawn Boy's struggle to return to the experimental style of Hour of Bewilderbeast while still retaining the poppy sound of About a Boy. Quite frankly, this is exactly what went wrong with the album.
After an intriguing opening, the title track kicks in with something that rivals REO Speedwagon. Is this good? That's a matter of preference, I guess, but then again, I choose not to own any REO Speedwagon records. 40 Days and 40 Fights is like a Troma film- It's entertaining... sorta. The second to last track What Is It Now is possibly the blandest song to be on a BDB full length.
However, some of the album's highlights are simply incredible tracks. The two punch of I Was Wrong and You Were Right will be the first to catch anyone's ear, particularly with it's American Pie-ish lyrics which I won't reveal here. Centre Piece provides an instrumental that's too good to be passed off as filler. How?'s constant tempo change takes some getting used to, but it is worth it; and the closing track Bedside Story may possibly be the best last song on any LP period.
Personally, I really tried to find this to be a great album; the proper follow-up to Bewilderbeast. With each listening, I liked the good songs more and more, but hated the bad ones even greater. My final verdict was determined when, after listening to Fish, I popped in Hour of Bewilderbeast and realized that Fish just doesn't simply compare to the brilliance of Badly Drawn Boy's 2000 full length debut.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Reply To Bad Reviews! August 4, 2004
By James G
Format:Audio CD
After reading some of the rather negative reveiws on this product I thought I may put the record straight.

This album is absolutly fantastic. You probably will have heard the singles from this album like "Born Again" & "You Were Right". These songs reflect the general feel of the album.

People looking for a straight forward pop, indie or rock album probably won't be impressed. With badly drawn boy you buy the album expecting the unexpected. The slightly weird lyrics, collection of instruments and general aura of the songs is what makes this special. Afterall when you buy an album with the title "Have You Fed The Fish?" do you expect something ordinary?

Many of the songs on the album are happy and cheery in the badly drawn boy mellow way. In all the album is well put together and well worth a listen if your prepared to open your mind.

DON'T buy this album if your looking for straight forward pop, indie or rock.

DO buy this album if you are prepared to open your mind and enjoy this mans musical genius.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album... May 21, 2003
Format:Audio CD
If Damon Gough had released this as his first album, critics and fans alike would be proclaiming him the next superstar of heartfelt, melodic rock/pop. Instead, this came out after the genre-bending Hour of Bewilderbeast and thus it is prone to comparisons and ultimately feelings of being let down by certain fans. Taking a step back and looking at this album on its own (which we should all be doing), it is quite simply an amazing piece of work. What's that? You say that comparisons are inevitable and must be made? Okay, fair enough. Then go ahead and compare this to 99.9% of the other [stuff] floating around out there and you're once again back to realizing just how wonderful this is. Melodic, moving, emotional, exceeded my very high expectations. Now my only disappointment is that he doesn't release an album every month of the year. Do what you can to find some of his live recordings (bootleg). He usually boils everything down to its bare minimum with just him on acoustic guitar or piano, and that is where his genius shines through.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Pop April 10, 2003
Format:Audio CD
After listening this album, I was stuck. What should I listen to next? I looked through my collection, trying to find something that would match up, with the last song from "Have you fed the fish" still chiming away in my mind. I could find nothing that seemed to match it. Finally I settled on "Sgt. Peppers" and then "Magical Mystery Tour". That should give you an idea about the quality of this album. This, simply put, is the best album of the year. This year, last year, it doesn't matter. It's amazing. From the slightly off-kilter pop of the opening (and title) track, through the pop-perfection of "You were right" to the brooding and building closer "Bedtime story" this album will constantly surprise with its paradoxical ability to be both eclectic and constant at the same time. The constant is the quality of the songs, while the range of instruments and styles employed gives it variety. The lyrics don`t take second place to the music either, and their are some truly brilliant lyrical moments. Many have used the Beatles as a reference point, and they're not wrong, in that listening to this album possibly gives you the same rush as what hearing "Revolver" for the first time decades ago may have been like. Perfect pop.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars This is genius?
I gave this a listen based on the other reviews here, many ascribing varying degrees of genuis to it. Read more
Published on December 15, 2008 by Silent river
2.0 out of 5 stars Borderline boring
2 1/2

Much weaker then his first release, HYFTF suffers from typical arrangement bloat (assimilated more smoothly with his superior soundtrack release of About a Boy... Read more
Published on November 21, 2008 by IRate
5.0 out of 5 stars I can't stop listening to "You Were Right" over and over
Seriously, I can't stop listening to "You Were Right" over and over.

It is one of the most moving songs I've ever heard. I'm 37 and there have been alot of nights.
Published on May 15, 2006 by Michael Merriam
5.0 out of 5 stars You Can't Believe It, I know
I know many true BDB fans will find this offensive but if it wasn't for this album, I wouldn't be a BDB fan. In fact, their other efforts are barely tolerable. Read more
Published on February 3, 2006 by Danielle M. Carpenter
4.0 out of 5 stars Have You Heard Anything Else This Original Lately?
I love it when an artist is capable of having some fun with his career. Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) can be as serious as a heart attack, but he always sounds relaxed with... Read more
Published on November 4, 2005 by Thomas D. Ryan
4.0 out of 5 stars It's never gonna be like "The Hour..." get over yourselfs and take it...
We all know about the comparisions being made to BDB's debut CD, "The Hour of the Bewilderbeast". We just have to get used to the fact that nothing BDB puts out there will be... Read more
Published on August 1, 2005 by MusicLovr "Katie"
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good.
Badly Drawn Boy's second CD was fantastic. It's upbeat rythmes, catchy melodies, and orchestrations are addicting. Read more
Published on April 26, 2005 by T. Burke
5.0 out of 5 stars BDB ROCKS!
Ok, I read a couple of bad reviews. Give me a break. Compared to all the worthless crap that is shoved down our throats today, this is musically sound, fun to listen to, and... Read more
Published on December 21, 2004 by Amy L. Brown
4.0 out of 5 stars Have you fed them?
After his brilliant debut, "Hour of Bewilderbeast," Badly Drawn Boy (real name: Damon Gough) had a lot to live up to in his second (non-soundtrack) album. Read more
Published on November 9, 2004 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars This is the one I Bought First
.... and it is awesome. So complex - so many layers... get caught up in the hard-strumming guitar, then the wa-wa, only to be led to the flute (is that a flute, or the 'flute'... Read more
Published on October 25, 2004 by Karen Camloh
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