Quantity:1

Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£5.87
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.00. Details
Sold by: best_value_entertainment
Add to Basket
£7.99
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.00. Details
Sold by: jim-exselecky
Add to Basket
£9.49
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10.00. Details
Sold by: Leisurezone
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon

Image Unavailable

Image not available for
Colour:
  • Sorry, this item is not available in
  • Image not available
      

You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone CD


Price: £5.88 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £10. Details
Only 2 left in stock (more on the way).
Dispatched from and sold by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
11 new from £4.81 11 used from £1.40 2 collectible from £5.49

Amazon's Saint Etienne Store

Music

Image of album by Saint Etienne

Photos

Image of Saint Etienne

Biography

“When I was ten, I wanted to explore the world.”

Pop begins here.

In a bedroom in the North, the South, the East or the West, softly-lit thanks to the scarf thrown across the lamp – just like Bolan’s, or Bowie’s, or Agnetha’s, or Kylie’s. It comes through headphones black and bulky, or small and cushioned. Down the canal to the drum, the ... Read more in Amazon's Saint Etienne Store

Visit Amazon's Saint Etienne Store
for 81 albums, 19 photos, discussions, and more.

Frequently Bought Together

You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone + Sound Of Water + Tiger Bay
Price For All Three: £20.78

These items are dispatched from and sold by different sellers.

Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (17 Dec 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Heavenly Records
  • ASIN: B00000742C
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,320 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5 stars
5 star
2
4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
See both customer reviews
Share your thoughts with other customers

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By T. SMEDLEY VINE VOICE on 12 May 2004
Format: Audio CD
This is the last of St Eteinne's commercially UK-release albums (* see below) that I have bought, planned more of an afterthought/gap-filler, really.
Well, I was in for a shock, because it's superb!! The album flows as well as any studio-effort, it being, I beleive, a collection of B-sides and non-album singles from their first two albums ('Foxbase Alpha' and 'So Tough'). It shows a good range of the band's abilities, from catchy singles: 'Who Do You Think You Are', 'People Get Real', to dancefloor-based material: 'Speedwell',as well as the more melodic, standard St Etienne fare, always of a high quality.
However, for me, the standout track is 'California Snow Story', with it's echoes of Angelo Badalamenti's 'Twin Peaks' soundtrack, a simple Sarah-and-a-piano track which is emotive as anything they have ever done. One of those songs which makes you stop what you're doing and contemplate.....well, anything really!
The album does overlap slightly with the 'Too Young To Die' greatest hits collection, which is possibly why I left buying it 'till last. The same is true, I expect, with the more recent 'Smash The System' complilation, which I have yet to buy at all.
BUT DON'T LET THIS PUT YOU OFF! This album is worth every penny in it's own right.
* Unfortunatley, perhaps, St Etienne are one of those bands who revell in releasing fanclub-only albums, oscure EP's, alternate versions of albums for foreign consumption, as well as whole albums abroad not released in the UK. Very frustrating!
Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Feb 2002
Format: Audio CD
I remember playing this album once while doing the washing up, and within the opening bars of the first song, my flatmate, who was a Goth, went into a kind of weird spasm and screamed 'What is this? Turn it off! Please!' I love this album, it's an impeccable sequence of sublime, cheesy pop songs. And it's ideal for removing those stubborn goths.
1 Comment Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback. If this review is inappropriate, please let us know.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again

Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)

Amazon.com: 6 reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Better than "Foxbase Alpha" 23 Feb 2001
By farpin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Although still a lot of fun in their own way, the early Saint Etienne albums sound pretty dated now (almost embarrassingly so at times), which is always a problem with dance music. However, this compilation is a very solid selection of some of Saint Etienne's earlier singles and B-sides, most of which you can't find on their albums. "Who Do You Think You Are" is just as memorable as the classic "Only Love Can Break Your Heart," and other excellent tracks like "Paper" and "Some Place Else" allude to the more recent super-catchy indie-pop songs that the group focused on more in their later years on "Good Humor" and their best LP so far, "Sound of Water." Even if you prefer Saint Etienne's pop songs to their dancier stuff, this is still well worth checking out if you can find a copy. It's better material than what you'll find on "Foxbase Alpha," so you'll find yourself humming along with the music more than cringing at how stale it may sound.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Odds and Ends. 29 Oct 2001
By 909inMyMind - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I happend to stumble onto this import in my local record store in the "used" section believe it or not. If you haven't collected all the Saint Etienne albums this is a good sampler of some of their pre-Good Humor stuff. I have heard a few of these track before (i.e Fox Base Alpha, and So Tough), but a few where new to me and they turned out to be pretty good.
Most of the album's content still have the House/hip-hop sound circa F.B.A and S.T. If you feel like listening to their earlier work (which I often do) pop this record on and you will not be disappointed. Although it dose not replace their first three releases, it's a good "Best Of" from Saint Etienne's past.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
saint etienne at their best! 5 Mar 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This import is a compilation of some of the best S.E. stuff their is ! If you enjoy it you should invest in their first album Foxbase Alpha. This comp is from alot of EP's that are often hard to get. Other Saint Etienne like bands are Cola Boy and Oval........Enjoy!!!!
4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful. 22 April 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Every Saint Etienne release contains at least three perfectly misty moments-- those perfect-pop songs that are so lush, rhythmic, and real that you can't help but dance with tears in your eyes... "Mess" is no different, with the standout tracks being "Archway People" and "People get Real," as well as the defiantly funky trip-hop of "Filthy" and the bassy sass of "Kiss And Make Up." It's the stand-out post-mod ballads "Paper" and "Some Place Else," however, that place lead singer Sarah Cracknell in the perf-pop pantheon. A must have for anyone who loves pop music!!
Saint Etienne - You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone 28 Feb 2011
By scoundrel - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
As the accompanying disc to SO TOUGH, it's easy to regard YOU NEED A MESS OF HELP TO STAND ALONE as the red-headed stepchild of Saint Etienne, but as an album, it provides its own charms. "Who Do You Think You Are" is another pop gem, and the dirty funk bass of "Filthy" is still a minor masterpiece. Though several of the tracks here were released as singles, others shine just as bright. "Archway People" is a beautiful slice of melancholy; "California Snow Story" is as dreamy as they get; and "Duke Duvet" throws in some Spanish guitar flavor. Stand alone? Almost certainly!
Were these reviews helpful? Let us know

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Feedback