Jan 13

THE FT TOP 100 TRACKS OF ALL TIME No.5: Belle And Sebastian – The Boy With The Arab Strap

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  1. 1
    Kat but logged out innit on 9 Jan 2013 #

    Best post ever.

  2. 2
    admin on 9 Jan 2013 #

    Apologies to anyone who wanted to, you know WRITE, about this subject. We couldn’t find anyone on the internet who was interested. In fact, for the life of us we’re not even sure how this entry managed to get this high in the list. We suspect an orchestrated internets campaign on USENET.

  3. 3
    Tom on 9 Jan 2013 #

    This song is great, I’m sure I voted for it. I last heard it playing in Starbucks and they cut the song just before the word “wanks”.

  4. 4
    Brendan F on 9 Jan 2013 #

    Presumably they don’t know what an arab strap is otherwise they’d forego the whole song. FWIW this is my favourite Belle & Sebastian song.

  5. 5
    Andrew Farrell on 10 Jan 2013 #

    No, Punka was robbed.

  6. 6
    tm on 10 Jan 2013 #

    What’s the deal with Belle and Sebastian? Loads of people idolise them, perhaps as many despise them. I’ve always just heard pleasant but inessential indie-pop with catchy-ish tunes and fairly lame vocals (though I get that it’s kind of the point), sometimes merry, sometimes wistful but never, to these ears, exciting. “Like The Beatles if they’d all been Paul” is how I once, snidely, dismissed them. This isn’t a ‘why bother with wimpy indie-pop’, I get why people dig that, but why their wimpy indie-pop over anyone else’s?

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    Triffid Farm on 10 Jan 2013 #

    Which Steps song was in contention?

  8. 8
    Cumbrian on 10 Jan 2013 #

    It was the Best Newcomer award wasn’t it? Rather than an award based on an individual song? Or is my memory playing tricks on me?

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    Gareth Parker on 11 Jun 2021 #

    Wonderful post and astute comments from #1,#3 and #4. Brilliant song imho.

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