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Belle And Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch: 'I Had All These Ambitions And They Died Overnight'

Saturday 28 September 2019


From UK news outlet iNews:


Belle & Sebastian
Belle & Sebastian have written the soundtrack to
Simon Bird's first film Days of the Bagnold Summer.
(Photo: Marisa Privitera Murdoch)

Belle and Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch: ‘I had all these ambitions and they died overnight’

Belle and Sebastian have soundtracked a new film by Simon Bird. The band's lead singer explains how ME first inspired him to write music

By Elisa Bray
Friday, 27th September 2019
All rights reserved. © 2019 JPIMedia Publications Ltd.

No offence to them, but Belle and Sebastian are not a cool band,” says Simon Bird. The Inbetweeners star has directed his first film, Days of the Bagnold Summer, and – in his “total dream come true” – for their 10th studio album, the band have provided the soundtrack.

“Somebody said, ‘Why don’t you just ask Belle and Sebastian? It’s not like they’re the Kardashians. They’re probably just sitting around,’” says lead singer Stuart Murdoch, explaining how the collaboration came to pass.


For the band, it was an easy collaboration. “I think we were a good match for this film because, let’s face it, even when we started I was aware that I would be writing songs for the kind of people who have sort of fallen off the bandwagon of life, because, you know, I’ve fallen off.”

Murdoch is referring to the chronic fatigue syndrome (known as CFS or ME) that reared its head when he was a 19-year-old student at Glasgow University, and led to a seven-year period of isolation through his twenties. It was what inspired him to start playing piano and writing songs.

“I had all these ambitions and they died overnight. I like reading biographies of musicians, artists and writers, and quite often something happens – they become consumptive, or they break a leg and have to stay in bed. I had this seven-year intervention, and it was always going to be key in my life,” he says.


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