Highest UK Chart Position: 10
Highest US Chart Position: 80 (Billboard “Top 200 Albums” chart)
Catalogue numbers: CD – JPRCD010 / LP – JPRLP010 / MD – JPRMD010

Produced by Belle & Sebastian and Tony Doogan.
Recorded by Tony, with assistance from Willie Deans and Ian Grier at CaVa Studios.

Our guest players were:
Greg Lawson (violin), Cheryl Crockett (violin), Alistair Savage (violin), Elin Edwards (violin), Liza Webb (violin), Murray Ferguson (violin), Clare McKeown (violin), Lorna Leitch (violin), Dervilagh Cooper (violin), Helen McSherry (cello), Peter Nicholson (cello), Gary Grochla (double bass), Paul Fox (flute), Ronan Breslin (trombone), Jenny Divers (saxophone), Francis Macdonald (percussion) (courtesy of Shoeshine Records), Jonny Quinn (percussion) and Alistair Cooke (percussion).

Inner photograph: Con Carson.
Back illustration: Laura Molloy http://fromhere.to/girlygoo
Design: Andrew Symington.

Special thanks to:
Neil Robertson, Katrina House, Gyda Valtysdottir, Kristin Valtysdottir, Mark Jones, Stef D’Andrea, Jo D’Andrea, David Kitchen, Kay Heath, Louise Noble, Catherine Muir, Lindsey Davidson, Tim Dennen, Robert Lay, Debbie Poole, Helen Clark, Rozanne Suarez, Diane Carnochan, V-Twin, Barry Burns, Paul Leonard Morgan, Julie Fowlis, Warren McIntyre, Gary Thom, Roy Moller, Ian Thompson, Chris Leonard, Paul Mitchell, Iain Waddell, Jimmy Egypt, Glenn Gabriel, Ronnie and all at Band Supplies and Sherbrooke Castle Hotel.

Belle et Sebastien is the tile of a novel and a film series by Mme Cecile Aubry: the artists would like to that Mme Cecile Aubry for having given them permission to take on this name.

Belle et Sebastien est le titre d’un roman et d’une serie de films de Madame Cecile Aubry: les artistes remercient Mme Cecile Aubry de les avoir autorises a emprunter ce nom.


Do you want to know what a hipster in Glasgow talks about?

The hipsters in Glasgow stay up until all hours discussing Biblical matters. that is how they greet the dawn in spring. But they still get up four hours later to see how their private world is affected by commerce and necessity.

The hipsters in Hillhead stya up to talk about Jesus, and how he felt about hipsters. All conjecture you must understand, because the straights that wrote the bible pretty much passed over it.

But Jesus thought about them because he thought about all things. If all he said and did was written, then there would be no volume large enough to contain all the detail.

So they ponder in dialect. And the dawn creeps up on them, reminding them to go to sleep for a few hours. Hopefully, the feeling they had on shutting their eyes is the feeling that will persist until nine. For it is then that their youthful ideals will be put to the test. When they come up against the commercial world and the awakening activity of everyday life.

The hipsters will stay up to talk about things that concern them. When they wake up, they will weave their path through people shopping, signing on, visiting hospitals and cutting back grass. Though really it is not fair to call them hipsters, because that is still a slur.

With fondness, I think about the hipsters beavering away in coolness. Because I’m looking upon a framed picture of where they live. It’s one of my favourite pictures, and the change of season doesn’t change the overall effect too much. The leaves are not on teh trees, but the colour of the sandstone is pretty enough. It seems grey and quiet in the picture, but I know for a fact there are a thousand Saturday meals being made and a thousand Saturday plans being hatched to drink and be senseless. Till the gentle tug of the working week brings sense to bear.