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Have You Fed The Fish? [CD]

Badly Drawn Boy Audio CD
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"He's the Chorlton-cum-Springsteen anti-superstar" - Paul Morley

Has it really been a decade?
It feels a lot longer.
It feels like yesterday.
It was June 2000 when the Mercury-winning, seminal The Hour of the Bewilderbeast, announced the arrival of the badly drawn genius of Damon Gough. It's been a curious, wonderful, inimitable, unpredictable decade of major ... Read more in Amazon's Badly Drawn Boy Store

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  • Audio CD (4 Nov 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: XL
  • ASIN: B00006J67C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,937 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Coming In To Land 1:370.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Have You Fed The Fish 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Born Again 4:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. 40 Days, 40 Fights 3:550.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. All Possibilities 3:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. I Was Wrong 1:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. You Were Right 4:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Centrepeace 1:490.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. How? 5:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. The Further I Slide 3:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Imaginary Lines0:450.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Using Our Feet 4:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Tickets To What You Need 2:480.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. What Is It Now? 2:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Bedside Story 4:510.99  Buy MP3 

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It's hard to remember, listening to Have You Fed the Fish, that Badly Drawn Boy was once derided as lo-fi. On Damon Gough's third album, everything is writ large, his wobbly and whimsical songs transformed into bombastic epics. Finally, his much-vaunted Springsteen obsession starts making sense. For this is Gough's LA record, an extravagant conceit that really shouldn't work but, more often than not, does. Essentially, it's big music about simple things, love letters from California back home to his wife in Manchester. So when he tackles the sweet mundanities of domestic life on the title track, he plasters sentiments usually found on post-it notes across 40-foot billboards. The results are oddly moving, especially on "You Were Right", where dreams of a love triangle with Madonna and the Queen and memories of various celebrity deaths become a meditation on not taking anything for granted. Frequently, it's absurd, too: especially the crotchety funk of "Using Our Feet" and the Nilsson-ish Vaudeville of "Tickets to What You Need". Beware, though, because the grandiose production makes Gough's customarily fine songs not quite as accessible as usual--a few listens are needed before their charms cut through the flash. --John Mulvey

BBC Review

"I'm born again, found my soul again" proclaims Badly Drawn Boy Damon Gough early on during his new album Have You Fed The Fish? Indeed, the music found on this recordsounds like it was made by a man who has been re-born and is full of the joys of life.

This feeling is summed up in the title track when Gough sings "You've got to rewind to go forward, there's some good times around the corner". Obviously he has been doing some life contemplation since his 2000 debut, the Mercury Music Award winning album, The Hour Of Bewilderbeast. He's in love, has two kids and is generally happy as can be; "I don't know how I could've lived without you, but certainly I know that I'm not about to" ("You Were Right"). But fans of his depressed side will be pleased to know that he still gets a bit down from time to time; "We've got to face the thought of loneliness again... ("What is it Now?")

Jaunty pop is the order of the day here. "40 Days 40 Fights" and "What Is It Now?" are real foot tappers that raise a smile with their humorous lyrics; "We need a holiday but not today, another day..." The piano is at the heart of his songs. All the other instruments seem happy to fit around the simple piano beats and rhythms. Add Gough's distinctive and throaty voice and you have a winning combination. Gough's vocals manage to be melancholic yet chirpy and amusing whether singing about love or regret, as seen on the wonderfully bittersweet "You Were Right"; "Madonna lived next door and I think she took a shine to me...but I had to turn her down because I was still in love with you".

Gough has something rare in the world of indie rock; he's a superb storyteller who makes life affirming pop music. You find yourself sitting down and listening intently to his tales and life and love. "About A Boy" author Nick Hornby recognised this talent and asked Gough to produce the soundtrack to the film earlier this year. The subsequent album of the same name is possibly the best film soundtrack ever made.

Have You Fed The Fish? is another successfulstep on Badly Drawn Boy's haphazard journey towards superstardom.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Eccentric hat optional 29 Dec 2002
By Michael
Format:Audio CD
I got this album as a xmas gift and expected it to be decent but nothing special. I was wrong, BDB was right; this is quality. From start to finish the voice is stunningly warm and intimate, distinctive and emotive. BDB's lyrics are excellent on certain songs such as 'All Possibilities' and 'How' and in parts I feel his lyrics are approaching a style typical of Morrissey; witty but incisive. Buy it if you want to relax with a close friend but your friends are away!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vry gd 18 Nov 2002
Format:Audio CD
I liked this album as soon as I heard it: there are a couple of 'hook' tracks, such as 'You Were Right' and the title track itself, and the music established itself in my mind straightaway. But I wasn't sure if it was anything more than a week-long album until I had heard it through a few times. It really is one of those records that makes you think about it when you aren't listening to it. I remember saying to a friend "I really want to listen to that new Badly Drawn Boy"... after I'd had it a few days.
Like most rewarding music, "Have you Fed.." is ridden with influences, but not overtly so. I heard echoes of, amongst many others, Bob Marley, Beatles circa White Album, Beach Boys, even Stevie Wonder... Perhaps Gough's closest North American analogue is Beck, and this album certainly matches "Mutations" for musical adventurousness and emotional depth. In fact, as he sings "It's hard, it's hard, it's hard" on '40 days 40 fights' it sounds JUST like Beck.
It's not like Gough is ripping these guys off though; instead he is using eclectic sounds to produce something entirely new that has a sound entirely of its own. I can hear Ween in here too... maybe in the surreal lyrics: "I've wrestled the Octopus/ I came out with extra arms". Gough has credited Ween as an influence in the past.. and that's definitely a good thing.
In short: vry gd!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic British Indie/Rock/Alt Album 4 Feb 2006
Format:Audio CD
I hate to give 5 stars to albums because 5 stars should be given to great albums like 'Dark Side Of The Moon'. I'm not going to tell you this is 'Dark Side Of The Moon' but in all honesty I couldn't in my heart of hearts give this 4 stars.
Damon Gough and his alter-ego BDB is part of an essential trinity of British indie/rock/alternative music. Yes, they all hale from Manchester and I'm biased but who would doubt the quality of BDB, Doves and Elbow.
On this showing Mr Gough with the help of Beck's producer Tim Rothrock (Yes the same Beck and Rothrock that concieved the brilliant Odelay)has managed to tame the wild imagination and progressive ideas of first album 'The Hour of The Bewilderbeast' to give us a truly great album. This is an album that in my mind will always go down as an unsung classic, much like Doves' 'Some Cities' or Elbow's 'Cast Of Thousands'. Though many may never own this album I'm willing to bet if they buy any of these three albums in retrospect they may already own albums that are heavily influenced by these three masterpieces.
Many artists have made the LA album, few have managed the heights of 'Hotel California'. BDB never tried to match some of these albums he just wrote an album with massive strings, and wonderfully melodic tunes with great unprentetious lyrics gently placed on top.
Singles 'All Possiblities' and 'You Were Right' are in a set of songs that starts with the former and ends in possibly one of the finest songs I've heard since 'Bittersweet Symphony', namely 'How?'.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Progression, beautfully achieved 15 May 2003
Format:Audio CD
Have You Fed The Fish? is like a story. It starts with an aeroplane landing, and ends with 'Bedside Story.' To achieve this, Badly Drawn Boy has created an album with flows from one track to the next with consummate ease. The lyrical input by Damon Gough is genius, particularly on You Were Right. He namechecks Sinatra, Lennon, Buckley and Cobain, as well as Madonna. Clearly an aspirer, Gough also produces some of the most inspiring lines for years, "Songs- are never quite the answer, just a soundtrack to a life." Stunning. There are some grea songs on this album - such as singles Born again and All Possibilities. Also, Forty Days Forty Fights is superb. The joyous Ticket to what you need is the highlight of the album, sounding like a circus coming into town. BDB must now be recognised as one of this decades most important songwriters.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The boy has it 1 Dec 2002
Format:Audio CD
If you are lover of boy bands ignore this review, this album is about talent and quality and music.
I am blown away with how someone with such a demure and shy public persona manages to produce such a powerful and touching album that at the same time has the ability to make we want to dance around the living room on such tracks as 'Born Again'.
This is an album that puts BDB right up there with the top three music generators out of the UK at the moment and suggests he is definitely here to stay as a meaningful contributor to the quality UK music scene. Brilliant arrangement where it is needed and raw energy minimalism when the beauty of words are the point.
Buy this album, it means something.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
This is a personal favourite of mine that takes me back to a really enjoyable part of my life. Great melodies and lyrics.
Published 5 months ago by John Riley
4.0 out of 5 stars Fed them?
After his brilliant debut, "Hour of Bewilderbeast," Badly Drawn Boy (real name: Damon Gough) had a lot to live up to in his second (non-soundtrack) album. Read more
Published on 31 Mar 2007 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Fun!
This is so enjoyable, the tunes are great and easy to get into, I especially like, "All Possibilities" which evokes memories of "About a Boy", which, of course he wrote the music... Read more
Published on 21 Oct 2006 by P. J. Aspel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff
The best BDB album. All tracks are excellent but the standout tracks are...
Born Again
You Were Right
The Further I Slide
What Is It Now? Read more
Published on 19 Mar 2006 by Mr. F. H. J. Clark
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning stuff
This really is an exceptionally good album. Since I put it on a couple of weeks ago, I've become somewhat addicted to it (you know how it goes! Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2005 by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Competantly Drawn Album
As Big a fan as I am of the wooly hatted wizzard, this was one of the biggest musical dissapointments of my young life (Not that I've had an old one). Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2004 by futureman24
5.0 out of 5 stars A rare piece of lyrical genius
It is a true shame that this album has not enjoyed more success. The entire album flows in a fashion that allows the listener to enjoy the occasional track or indeed follow from... Read more
Published on 28 Aug 2003 by Martyn Allan
4.0 out of 5 stars Have You Fed The Fish?
Much more accessible than 'The Hour Of Bewilderbeast' this new Dadly Drawn Boy LP is a very different kind of album. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2003 by Matthew Alexander
4.0 out of 5 stars Beardy Brit in third good album in a row shocker....
Badly Drawn Boy is a rare commodity in these times. Without the chiselled looks of Justin Timberlake, nor the gifted voice of Coldplay's Chris Martin he has still managed to... Read more
Published on 8 Jan 2003 by "marauderite"
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