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Belle and Sebastian - “The Boy With the Arab Strap” Turns 20 Today

Album Originally Released on September 7, 1998

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The Boy With the Arab Strap, the third studio album by Scotland’s Belle and Sebastian, was first released on September 7, 1998 via British independent label Jeepster. We wanted to acknowledge the classic album’s 20th anniversary. The album may have been panned by Pitchfork in their original (and now laughable) 0.8/10 review and the album’s “Seymour Stein” may have been mocked by Jack Black in High Fidelity, but two decades later The Boy With the Arab Strap ranks high in the band’s discography. Listen to the whole album below, followed by videos for the album’s “Is It Wicked Not to Care?” and “Dirty Dream #2,” as well as the aforementioned High Fidelity scene.

And, of course, Belle and Sebastian are still going strong. They recently released three interconnected EPs via Matador, all titled How to Solve Your Human Problems. How to Solve Your Human Problems Part 1 came out in December, Part 2 came out in January, and Part 3 came out in February. Then all three EPs were collected in a vinyl box set and CD compilation that also came out in February. Then in May the band announced The Boaty Weekender, a floating festival to set sale from Barcelona to Sardinia and back again on August 8-12, 2019. Its initial lineup was announced just this week.

Read our interview with Belle and Sebastian’s Stuart Murdoch on How to Solve Your Human Problems.

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