Beautiful Friend


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FORMATS: 7" Single [Limited Numbered Edition of 500 copies] [Yellow Colour Vinyl] / Digital Single


One of the stories that made up part of the puzzle that ultimately became that marvelous pop opera called “BMX BANDITS In Space” was the narration of an almost perfect night: a person feels his wounds begin to heal after meeting a girl at a BELLE & SEBASTIAN concert, enjoying the snow in Glasgow, and feeling enough warmth to get through it. “Beautiful Friend” hides real things and things that Duglas T. Stewart wishes were real; maybe that’s why the song has become, after “Listen To Some Music” and “All Around The World”, the newest single from the Scottish band’s latest album. The single will be released by Elefant Records as a limited-edition (only 500 copies) yellow-colored vinyl, and it will come with an excellent video directed, with all the skill that characterizes him, by Chris Croft.

The title track’s irresistible soul-pop touch gives way to three previously unreleased tracks that, as is to be expected from any of the singles in the infinite collection already sparkling in their discography, could be included on any of their albums, shining with its own light. “Children Song”, which was co-written with the Japanese singer Miette-One, begins with echoes of Burt Bacharach and winds up embracing the baroque arrangements of HARPERS BIZARRE and THE LEFT BANKE, as well as the melodic elegance of Keith West. It is a beautiful song that tells the story of a love between two people who already have their lives set up and who, faced with the impossibility of living out their desires, recreate them in a virtual world that grows stronger every time someone hears their song. Yes, in case anyone still had any doubts, Duglas is a hopeless romantic, which is why, or one of the many reasons, we love him.

On the B-side we find “Standing Still”, which was recorded in Tokyo, with the voice of Yeongene and the collaboration of Sayuri and Ueno from TENNISCOATS, the Japanese band so admired by Duglas. The recording was basically done live, with just two microphones, in Sayuri and Ueno’s home, and it talks about the feeling of seeing how other people’s lives seem to progress so quickly while your own feels like it stays constantly the same, immobile. “Students Of Life” was released on that marvelous album that was “Star Wars”. The song was almost left out, but it was recorded in the end thanks to the insistence of Francis Macdonald (TEENAGE FANCLUB, NICE MAN), and here we’re releasing a live version of the song, recorded at the group’s 25th anniversary celebration. It’s a folk-pop delicacy that ends with a fun and eccentric ambiance of a bar with a player piano.

A new single to add to the extensive collection that BMX BANDITS already has amassed on their fans’ shelves all over the world. And just like the rest, it can’t be missed.


released September 23, 2013


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Track Name: Beautiful Friend
Charlie asked me if I would go and see his friend from far away
Meet for tea in the afternoon, then go and see B & S play
When I arrived you were there. I thought please let this be her
Then you smiled, my heart lit up. I forgot about all my hurt

I felt alive again, found my smile again
Will I see you again
My beautiful friend

You had never seen snow before, you made it magical for me
Then you showed me your drawings as we warmed up drinking tea

I was alive again, I could smile again (I'll be your girl)
I want to see you again
My beautiful friend
Track Name: Children Song (with Miette-One)
Well I know this love cannot be wrong
It is flowing wild and growing strong
I will never regret these days
Always remember your smiling face
As we worked together on our song

And living in our song there is a child
He has his father's eyes, his mother's smile
But this child doesn't have a name
Will never play at children's games
But in these notes he will live on

How I wish that I had met you
Many years ago
Before we both laid out our life's plans
Now I have I can't forget you
And in the only way it can
Something of our love will live on

Our love has had little time to grow 
And we've been afraid to let it show
But we've made a child of our own
Our hearts is where he comes from
He will live forever in our song
Track Name: Standing Still (with Yeongene & Tenniscoats)
Sometimes I feel that my life is standing still
And the world is moving so fast it's making me ill
I'm not where I want to be 
And the future that I see is not the future I had planned for me

All the hustle and bustle is just too much for me
I feel this world is just too too tough you see
I'm not where I want to be
And the future that I see 
Is not the future I had planned for me

I need to find someone who'll go my way
And not play games I don't want to play
I'm not made that way
That way

I'm like an odd sock left alone in a drawer
Still haven't found the one I was made for
Maybe there's someone odd too
Who would like to be one of two 
And together we will make a pair
Track Name: Students Of Life (Live)
We're all students of human nature
So show some respect for mother nature
Let's run naked through the playing fields
Let's get naked from our heads to our heals

Students of life, students of love
Student's of life, students of love
We're students of life
We're students of life 
Students of life, students of love

Your dress brings out the best in you
Your dress brings out the beast in me
If I could have a little taste of you
You could have a whole feast of me

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