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Belle and Sebastian's If You're Feeling Sinister (33 1/3) Paperback – September 15, 2007

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"Plagenhoefknows his subject matter inside and out and has gone the extra mile to researchand contextualize the work- a necessary task, since the band refused to beinterviewed for the project...it's nice to see a modern classic get some due recognition." —Under the Radar Magazine



Plagenhoefknows his subject matter inside and out and has gone the extra mile to researchand contextualize the work- a necessary task, since the band refused to beinterviewed for the project...it’s nice to see a modern classic get some due recognition.” –Under the Radar Magazine

About the Author

Scott Plagenhoef is Managing Editor for Pitchfork Media, the world's most popular and influential alternative music website.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 105 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic; 1 edition (September 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826428185
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826428189
  • Product Dimensions: 4.8 x 0.3 x 6.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,355,561 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The fantastic 33 1/3 series takes genuine risks in giving their cherry-picked writers stylistic free reign (Joe Pernice's "Meat is Murder" was gentle coming-of-age fiction, after all) but there's something a little bit pretentious and indulgent about simply just pretending to examine a 1996 indie classic and seemingly having no idea that your focus has run absurdly rampant and that you've used the word "titular" waaay too many times to keep me in my comfort zone.

I'm not sure why I'm surprised. Author Scott Plagenhoef is a Pitchfork editor after all, and the book's self-important drone, relentless pursuit of precious Glaswegian novelty and esoterica, and surprisingly dense prose is right out of that hipster haven's hallowed halls. The book, rather than settling for a breezy deconstruction of a rather remarkable record, overdoes itself and becomes something of a lengthy TREATISE on THE CREATION OF BELLE AND SEBASTIAN and the HISTORY OF TWEE IN THE MODERN WORLD and THE RIGHTFUL PLACE OF INDIE MUSIC IN THE POP CULTURAL LANDSCAPE.

That's not to say that I didn't enjoy parts of Plagenhoef's digressions into C86 and Edwyn Collins and Morrissey's asexuality and the rise of the pop group Bis, Britpop's rise and fall, Damon Albarn's silly drunken interviews, Damien Hirst, Oasis vs. Blur, but it would have been real nice to have read A LITTLE SOMETHING ABOUT "IF YOU'RE FEELING SINISTER", dude!

Plagenhoef has his moments.
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This book is an absolute disaster, a self-important pile of crap that represents everything wrong with Pitchfork and everything wrong with writing about music.

It wasn't really even about the (wonderful, wonderful) album, more about the writer showing off his knowledge of indie pop history and his cred (based on liking the "right" bands) in a meandering mess that occasionally discussed the songs and the band. It's amazing that he could take something so beloved and honest, claim to relate deeply with that something, and then write about it in such a selfish, pretentious, and awful way. I actually wanted to punch the writer.

The only saving grace of the book was the one paragraph where he admitted that Just a Modern Rock Story is an infinitely more worthwhile read. At least he got that part right.

I've been interested in the 33 1/3 series for a while, but this is the first one that I've read. I'm turned off now.
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I agree wholeheartedly with the well-written and accurate review by Brandon Whitfeld here on Amazon. This book is hardly about the album in the title. More is said about what it was like to be a part of the Belle and Sebastian online fan club in the late 90's than about the creation and meaning of "If You're Feeling Sinister". If they just changed the title of this book to "Tigermilk", I might give it another star or two in this review since MUCH more is talked about that record.

This book IS NOT about "If You're Feeling Sinister". This book IS about:
1. "Tigermilk"
2. Stuart Murdough and his illness
3. The frustration of the press with Belle and Sebastian's decision not to provide interviews or photos.
4. Indie Rock, and Twee in particular
5. How a lot of other music in the late 1990's was meatheaded and conspired against people who considered themselves very sensitive.
6. The Belle And Sebastian fans
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