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Belle & Sebastian release The Third Eye Centre - a collection of B-sides, rarities, and non-LP tracks from the last decade. The album is on CD, download, and on vinyl as a gatefold double LP.

The 19 tracks are taken from the Glaswegian band’s last 3 albums – Dear Catastrophe Waitress (2003), The Life Pursuit (2006) and Write About Love (2010). The album can be seen as ... Read more in Amazon's Belle & Sebastian Store

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  • Audio CD (1 Jan. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Single, Enhanced
  • Label: Rough Trade Records
  • ASIN: B0001A3IKI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  DVD Audio  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 158,770 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I'm A Cuckoo
2. Stop Look And Listen
3. I'm A Cuckoo - Avalanches Mix
4. (I Believe In) Travelling Light
5. I'm A Cuckoo (video)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Edouard Bouffenie on 16 Feb. 2004
Format: Audio CD
I'm a cuckoo is probably one of the best songs from the latest album Dear Catastrophe Waitress produced by pop genius Trevor Horn; earning mixed reviews from traditional BS fans. Personnaly I loved it as the band is definitely moving a few steps forward in their music.
This EP is quite surprising and well worth buying. There's a video of I'm a Cuckoo with Stuart running around... stars of track and field style. Then two very good songs which haven't made the album: Stop, Look and Listen is a catchy folky number which evolves into some sort of 60's Rock with Xylophone on top, brilliant and unusual which however shows the depth of what BS is aspiring.
Then Travelin' Light which is more typical BS in its rythm structure and orchestration could well have been part of the Boy with the Arab Strap playlist both on the song theme and musical arrangements.
Last but not least is the most unusual remix of I'm a Cuckoo by the Avalanches; Australian Breakbeat geniuses who have produced that wonderful "Since I left you" out of zillion of samples. I have to say that i couldn't imagine the blend between these two artists. The result is weird, something you wouldnt have heard before for sure; yet it sounds like BS remixed by the Avalanches!
If you like Belle and Sebastian anyway you don't need my advice to buy this! Enjoy!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Radcliffe on 19 May 2004
Format: DVD Audio
If you've heard the song then you'll already know it's a catchy three minute slice of pop magic that is probably the best song on their new album, Dear Catastrophe Waitress. What you may not know, is that apart from the excellent music, Belle and Sebastian are remarkable for their exceptional videos. Buy this and find out what I am talking about.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This is all you need 11 Nov. 2004
By tokyo111 - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Belle & Sebastian fan. but their latest full-length "Dear Catastrophe Waitress" left me cold.

The one exception -- "I'm a Cuckoo," a glorious blast of soft-rock awesomeness that makes me feel like summer has arrived every time I hear it. The song's smooth, instantly hummable riff is one of those melodies you want to hear repeated over and over, and the band happily obliges.

So that's here, along with two folk/country tunes. "Stop Look & Listen" has a Simon & Garfunkel feel... until it gives way to a surprising, propulsive surf-rock coda. "(I Believe In) Travellin' Light" makes an excellent soundtrack for a drive in the country.

Also included -- but not mentioned on Amazon's track listing here for some reason -- is the Avalanches remix of "I'm a Cuckoo." I'm not a big fan of remixes, but this is excellent, miraculously transforming the tune into a gleeful world beat number complete with pleasant tribal rhythms and a choir of African (or at least African-sounding) chantresses.

Plus a video! For cheap! Sweet! Now I don't need to buy the whole album.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
A couple of gems 27 Feb. 2004
By G Exley - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Firstly, Belle and Sebastian using Thin lizzy`s 'The Boys Are Back In Town` as a template and naming the result 'I'm A Cuckoo' seems to me to be a nicely random idea and I like nicely random ideas. Ultimately though it`s not a song I want to listen to a lot....For me it`s a wee slab of pop rocky exuberance with an odd but not necessarily ace set of lyrics (Jesus chasing coins wearing funny shoes or somesuch) - Great compared to usual pop but two other tracks on this EP delight me more....Namely 'Stop Look and Listen' which at a guess is a Murdoch, Jackson collaboration and is sung by them in unison. It zips along, is crammed with neat musical detail, features that easy Murdochian wit and is vaguely Monkeeish. It segues into a twangy instrumental thing which is an additional bit of (moderate) fun. The other delight is '(I Believe in) Travellin` Light', a Stevie Jackson tune of great charm which to me has the makings of a standard (along with other B&S songs like 'I Know Where the Summer Goes'). The Avalanches remix thing doesn`t grab me (except for the laughter at the end) but the other material makes this one of the best B&S EPs/singles.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Fun filler 22 Aug. 2009
By IRate - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Another fun, but not necessary add-on during the DCW period features a solid single and some worthy bonus cuts which do not posess the compositional fortitude to warrant a purchase outside of completists but nonetheless continues to provide quality filler for fans.
D Sides 13 Feb. 2008
By Shawner - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I just revisitted this single and was reminded why I stopped buyin' B&S singles. The "A" side is a fine song, but it's on the album Dear Catastrophe Waitress so if yuh have that record it's a waste of cash as yer just rebuyin' a song. The "B" sides are, like many B&S extra tracks, seem more like unfinished sketches than actual songs. The Avalanches version (remix?) of "Cuckoo" is a musical novelty which really doesn't elicit much more than a "Huh." "Travelling Light" is an empty bit of noodlin' about that may have been pleasant if Stuart had sang but instead we get what's-his-face's typically weak lead vocals. "Stop, Look, and Listen" is the strongest of the non-album cuts, a somewhat catchy 60s folk pop piece that suddenly switches to a decent lil surf instrumental halfway through. "Stop, Look, and Listen" is worth a paid download and in the case of this review it's worth an extra star.
Im a Cukoo 19 Aug. 2005
By G. Thain - Published on
Format: Audio CD
Due to the main fact that Im a Cukoo is one of the best tracks on Dear Catastrophe Waitress, this single is made to please. The bonus tracks are lovely, and there is also a remix of Im a Cukoo by The Avalanches on my cd. Overall, I couldnt be happier. The only downside is the price.
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