Five Things You Didn’t Know about Belle and Sebastian

Belle and Sebastian are a Scottish band that’s been kicking around for a couple of decades now and are represented by Rough Trade Records in the UK and Matador Records in the US. They haven’t had a whole lot of commercial success but have so far enjoyed a career that’s been largely under the radar and has kept them moving forward. They might not be the most well-known band in the world but they’ve enjoyed doing what they do for a while and are at least motivated enough to have kept at it.

I’d say you really need to be a fan of their music to know who they are. If you are then kudos.

5. Their debut album was recorded in three days.

That seems like a short amount of time in which to come up with the songs, record them, and make sure everything is the way you want it to be. Apparently though the band already had their songs and had practiced them more than a few times so that might have expedited the process a bit. It would certainly make things go a little easier in terms of how much time it would take.

4. They hosted their own festival in 1999.

Sometimes it’s all about exposure in the music business and how much of it you can get. It’s not unexpected to see a band host a festival but at this point it’s fair to stay that Belle and Sebastian weren’t granted any long-term fame because of it. The Bowlie Weekender Festival was something that only diehard fans and those that love a good concert are likely to ever remember, but it was probably a good time all the same.

3. They’ve been active since 1996.

They’ve been at this for over two decades now and have seen band members come and go. Some bands might have given up by now if they didn’t reach the commercial success they wanted, but others might have stayed on like these guys did. There are those that do it more for the love of the music than anything, but it would be nice to get paid now and again. Still, being in the same band this long does show a lot of dedication to the music.

2. They’ve released 9 albums.

It might be interesting to go out and find one of their albums just to give it a listen. It wouldn’t be the first Scottish band I’ve ever heard and it might be a nice experience as well. Their music isn’t too different than what you hear in the US but the cultural differences are sometimes heard in the lyrics and they produce a very nice visualization of the differences between people and the lives they lead.

1. Their name was taken from the TV adaptation of a French novel.

The novel was Belle et Sebastien, and either the title, the book, or the show left enough of an impression on them that the band decided to stick with it as their moniker.

It might be worth it go and look for their music now.

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