1.When the album was originally released back in May 1989 it’s peak postion in UK Charts was only No.19. However it has been rentered twice since then once in 2004 and then once again in 2009. Reaching No.9 and No.5 respectively.
2. Originally when it was first released the highly praised cult classic ‘Fools Gold‘ never featured on the UK release back in 1989. However when it came to re-releasing the album and putting special editions of the album out, it always made the cut.
3. ‘Elephant Stone’ was another song which never featured on the UK version of the album, yet it was placed on the album for US release.
4. Over the years the album has gained so much recogination, and is considered as one of the most important albums ever to have been released by a UK band. Making it not hard to believe that the record has sold over 4 Millions copies Worldwide.
5. The album artwork was created by the bands very own guitarist John Squire, who has always been influenced by Jackson Pollock. The use of various different colours of paint splattered across the canvas is entitled ‘Bye Bye Badman’, which is a refrence to the riots in Paris back in 1968.
6. The album was given birth in three different studios, with a chunk of the album being recorded in Battery Studios in London, and then some at KONK Studios and Rockfield Studios.
7. John Leckie, the Producer of the record said ‘Where the Angels Play‘ was the only song that was cut from the debut album. This sounds unfortunate to me as it’s such a good track, and never even featured on their Second Release.
8. The album helped the band clean up at the NME awards back in 1989, winning Best New Band, Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Single of the Year.
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