Song of the Day: The Boy with the Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian

“Color my life with the chaos of trouble”

The album cover for The Boy with the Arab Strap (1998)

“The Boy with the Arab Strap” is a song from Scottish indie pop band Belle & Sebastian’s 1998 album of the same name. While it wasn’t played in the film (500) Days of Summer its mentioned as Summer’s high school yearbook quote which was “Color my life with the chaos of trouble,” lyrics from this song. In 2011, English music magazine NME named “The Boy with the Arab Strap” the 130th best song of the last 150 years. The name is inspired by the Scottish band Arab Strap and this song almost seems to trash their lead singer, Aidan Moffat although Belle & Sebastian have refused to acknowledge this publicly. The name Belle & Sebastian is derived from Belle et Sébastien, a 1965 French children’s book by Cécile Aubry. While constantly lauded by critics, Belle & Sebastian have been a bit of a commercial disappointment as their music, which has often been described as”wistful pop,” hasn’t quite caught on with the public. Nevertheless, I really enjoy their work and this song in particular.


8 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Boy with the Arab Strap by Belle & Sebastian

  1. Have you ever seen the movie 500 Days of Summer? As I can tell through your various media related posts, and might I add how on point your analysis and scrutiny is, you seem to be a big movie and TV person. Well, the soundtrack to 500 Days of Summer has a bunch of great Belle and Sebastian songs on there, as well as many other amazing tacks. From the vibes I get from this incredible blog, I feel that you would really appreciate it. Keep on blogging, I just love seeming the new topics you address each day!

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