To celebrate the 15th anniversary of his Mercury-prize winning debut,Badly Drawn Boy (aka Damon Gough) is re-releasing a new deluxe version of the album, including bonus unheard tracks and new artwork on January the 22nd. A film about the making of the album will be released in the spring.
The re-release follows this summer’s UK tour, where Gough played the classic album in its entirety for the first time ever, to standing ovations from sell-out crowds including The Barbican and Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall.
Released in May 2000 to widespread acclaim, The Hour of Bewilderbeast beat other shortlisted nominees including Coldplay, Doves, Leftfield and Richard Ashcroft to that year’s Mercury Music Prize. Bewilderbeast went platinum and Damon was then asked to write the soundtrack the film of Nick Hornby’s bookAbout A Boy, which became a huge hit. He went on to release eight studio albums over 12 years, before taking a break over the last couple of years, and now he’s back with a fresh focus.
It’s an album that shouldn’t really work on paper, a bewildering assortment of leftfield folk ditties, poetic shanties, experimental passages and nocturnal piano ballads, some recorded in bedrooms, some in studios, with a myriad of different oddball production techniques, and numerous personnel playing most instruments known to man, and several not.
Andy Votel has updated his classic Bewilderbeast artwork, loosely based on Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man, for the rerelease. “I’m very fond of the cover,” says Damon. “It sums up the time as much as the music does. The gatefold vinyl will have the original artwork and when you open it up there’s a new version which reflects everything that’s happened in the last 15 years.”