Belle And Sebastian - The Boy With The Arab Strap Vinyl LP 1998
A1 It Could Have Been A Brilliant Career 2:23
A2 Sleep The Clock Around 4:58
A3 Is It Wicked Not To Care? 3:22
A4 Ease Your Feet In The Sea 3:35
A5 A Summer Wasting 2:06
A6 Seymour Stein 4:42
B1 A Space Boy Dream 3:01
B2 Dirty Dream Number Two 4:14
B3 The Boy With The Arab Strap 5:14
B4 Chickfactor 3:32
B5 Simple Things 1:46
B6 The Rollercoaster Ride 6:40
The Boy with the Arab Strap is the third album from the Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian. The inspiration for the album's name came from the band Arab Strap, who are also from Scotland and briefly toured with Belle & Sebastian. An Arab strap is a sexual device for retaining an erection, a fact unknown to Stuart Murdoch at the time.
Arab Strap were reportedly less than pleased with their inclusion in the title of the album. When questioned about it, Arab Strap's leader/singer, Aidan Moffat, said "They have a sense of humor." Malcolm Middleton, the band's instrumentalist, added, "Because Arab Strap is quite an interesting name. The words go well together. That's why we chose it as a band name. We're friends with them, but there's a limit to putting someone else's name on an album. TheyÃ¯Â¿Â½re taking away something from us." He also mentioned that the album had been confused as a collaboration between the bands.
The album features several lead vocals by members of the band other than Murdoch. Stevie Jackson sings lead on both "Seymour Stein" and "Chickfactor", Stuart David gives a spoken word performance on "A Space Boy Dream" and Isobel Campbell sings lead on "Is It Wicked Not to Care?".
In October 2011, NME placed the title track at number 130 on its list "150 Best Tracks of the Past 15 Years"