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Idlewild to release Best Of compilation

Idlewild, The Best of

Story by Jack Foley

IDLEWILD are to release a Best Of through Parlophone on October 1, featuring some of their many musical highlights of the past 10 years.

Following the initial meeting of Roddy Woomble, Colin Newton and Rod Jones at Edinburgh University in the mid 90’s, Idlewild put their student loans together and released their debut 7” single Queen Of The Troubled Teens in 1997.

It’s therefore apt that a decade later they should choose to release their first Best Of compilation.

Following their initial self-financed 7”, Idlewild released another single Chandelier through maverick label, Fierce Panda and went on to make mini-album Captain in 1998 released by Deceptive Records.

Whilst early shows and that mini album captured the ferocity of their music and performance in their early stages, subsequent albums (after signing to Food/Parlophone) have revealed a songwriting ability that far surpasses the initial critical take on the band.

This is a band with an incredible back catalogue and the track list for Scottish Fiction resonates with a list of songs that encapsulate moments in time for any fan of ‘alternative’ guitar music in the last ten years.

The 17 track CD will come packaged with a 3 hour DVD featuring a live concert filmed this year at the Aberdeen Music Hall, all the Idlewild videos and over an hour of unseen documentary footage filmed over the last 12 years.

The band will be appearing at the forthcoming Connect Festival in Scotland (alongside Bjork, Beastie Boys, Primal Scream etc.) and also at Harewood House in Leeds with Iggy & The Stooges before heading out on a headlining tour in October.

The full track listing for the Best Of is…
You Held The World In Your Arms
No Emotion
When I Argue I See Shapes
Love Steals Us From Loneliness
American English
These Wooden Ideas
El Capitan
A Modern Way Of Letting Go
Let Me Sleep (Next To The Mirror)
I’m A Message
In Remote Part/Scottish Fiction
I Understand It
Little Discourage
As If I Hadn’t Slept
Live In A Hiding Place
Make Another World