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Biography

"We've never really fitted in..." - Roddy Woomble
"A round man cannot be expected to fit in a square hole right away. He must have time to modify his shape." - Mark Twain

Roddy Woomble, vocals; Rod Jones, guitar; Colin Newton, drums; Allan Stewart , guitar and Gareth Russell, bass.

When the coke-shrivelled testicles of Brit-pop were still in full-swing, ... Read more in Amazon's Idlewild Store

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Product details

  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Deceptive
  • ASIN: B00000B8TU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,808 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Self Healer
2. Annihilate Now!
3. Captain
4. Last Night I Missed All The Fireworks
5. Satan Polaroid
6. You Just Have To Be Who You Are

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Product Description

IDLEWILD Captain (Deleted 1998 UK 6-track CD mini album including Self Healer Annihilate Now! Last Night I Missed All The Fireworks Satan Polaroid and You Just Have To Be Who You Are picture sleeve BLUFF058CD)

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It's a blessing that Idlewild's Captain is compressed into a mere six tracks. In this time, Idlewild evoke so many great bands that Captain proves a staggering introduction. Idlewild's initial charm is, basically, that they rock. That much is beyond dispute. But between the amphetamine buzz offered by "Last Night I Missed All The Fireworks", the black metal thrashes of "You Just Have To Be Who You Are" and the glorious, explosive choruses of "Satan Polaroid" there's the signs of an incendiary presence that can reconcile the bubblegum grunge of the Foo Fighters with their desperate, angry roots in Nirvana and still have space to invite in the portentous riffs of the likes of Metallica or Soundgarden. Captain says everything it needs to say, and it says it fast. If only some other bands had such terrific brevity. --Louis Pattison

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By "scottusnorvegicus" on 28 Sept. 2004
Format: Audio CD
Well, judging by this explosive 6-track mini album, Idlewild are the captains. Erupting from your speakers from behind a wall of noise, opener 'Self Healer' switches between thrashy hardcore punk and twangy indie with Roddy screaming his head off. Following that is the sublime, 'Annihilate Now!', a mid-paced semi-acoustic number. Still punk as though. The abrasive title track is up next, a full-on hardcore kick to the face. The upbeat, slightly poppy 'Last Night I Missed All The Fireworks' is a bit shoddy but the next track more than makes up for it. 'Satan Polaroid' is a strange concoction of hypnotic vocals and schizophenic yelps, underlined by the scathing yet melodic guiatars. The final track, the face scorching hardcore-metal-post punk-indie hybrid from hell, ''You Just Have To Be Who You Are' is a mini-epic. Crunching guitars, squalls of feedback, tribal drums and heavy bass augment Roddy's roars as it chugs along for about 6 minutes. Riveting stuff, this and essential to boot. Go buy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By "treximus" on 8 Oct. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Having bought all five Idlewild albums in reverse order, I can say that Captain was wirth the wait.
Self-Healer is the best track I've ever heard, an intense masterpiece that says it all in under two minutes. The lyrics are in Idlewild's trademark contradictory style, with such gems as 'A song is a beautiful lie'.
Annihilate Now follows, and is less frenzied and a bit repetitive, but nonetheless a very good song.
Captain isn't great but Last Night... is another adrenalin-booster, and the start of Satan Polaroid is sublime, as is the rest of the track.
The final track starts promisingly but fades away rather disappointingly. Six minutes is too long for an Idlewild song.
However, overall this is a great album, and well worth it just for the awesome Self-Healer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Victor HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 2 Oct. 2012
Format: Audio CD
I had a bit of a shock when I first heard this album. I was introduced to Roddy Woomble's solo albums by my girlfriend, and instantly fell in love with his brand of modern celtic folk. So I decided to listen to his albums made with Idlewild, a group I was totally unfamiliar with. I decided to start with this debut album, released in 1998. From the opening scream of tortured guitars and strangled vocals it was clear that this was not going to be the album of gentle reflective folk I had expected!

Once my initial surprise had subsided I have to say I really enjoyed this album. It is a classic little moshpit rocker, all grungy guitar with the energy of punk propelling it forward. It seems a very angry album, with some great, snarling lyrics. A wall of frenetic energy emerges from the speakers for nearly 20 minutes, leaving one feeling quite exhausted by the end of it. The group seem to use the recording to relieve their tensions in music, using the rock milieu to express their teenage frustrations. At 6 tracks and 20 minutes runtime the album looks a little short, but you feel so drained after listening that any more would be too long!

Excellent unrelenting rocker, 4 stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Dec. 1999
Format: Audio CD
This CD is an awesome statement of intent from a band so young. The power and emotion put into each song is awesome and, for once, on record, a band capture the psychotic edge of their live performance.
Simply awesome, buy it.
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By A Customer on 19 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
as is now typical of idlewild, the first trak makes obvious their intent to seriously damage your cd player. after that it mellows out....but not by much, there are still lot's of beautifully growling guitars and beautifully growling roddy woomble. the only bad point [apart from the length] is that there will be obvious comparisons made to nirvana, which is annoying i'm sure for the lads. they are a great band in their own right no doubt about that, so why don't ppl recognize that?......
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By A Customer on 3 Sept. 2000
Format: Audio CD
they are described by Melody Maker as the best band in britain,and by Kerrang as the new Nirvana. the reason for this is simply they are an amazing band.You dont need to listen to more than the first thirty seconds of the first song to work that out.pure class and there best album out of there three.someone once told me that he thought idlewild sounded like nirvana and fugazi mixed with a touch of rem and bit of scottish class. i couldnt agree more. Review by Ivan Berry
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