Leisure Noise

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Leisure Noise
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Studio album by
Released7 June 1999
GenrePost-Britpop, Neo-psychedelia, Space rock
LabelLondon, Sire
ProducerChris Hughes
Mark Frith (co-producer) Tony Visconti on "To Earth With Love"
Gay Dad chronology
Leisure Noise
Singles from Leisure Noise
  1. "To Earth with Love"
    Released: 18 January 1999
  2. "Joy!"
    Released: 24 May 1999
  3. "Oh Jim"
    Released: 2 August 1999

Leisure Noise is the first album by London band Gay Dad, released via London Records and Sire Records on 7 June 1999. The album is a blending of glam rock, neo-psychedelia, krautrock and gospel into indie pop. Lyrically it is often about and constructed of rock history. The track-listing was designed to mimic the traditional two-sided vinyl.

In 2014, NME included the album in its list of "30 Glorious Britpop Albums That Deserve a Reissue Pronto," saying "A music journalist turned rock star? It’ll never catch on… Hmmm, back in a sec… Anyway, Face scribe Cliff Jones might've cut a faintly ridiculous figure but he had the looks and – in "Joy!" and "To Earth with Love" – songs that could light up any Cool Britannic indie dancefloor. Just imagine those brash cuts freshly remastered."[1]

Critical response[]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
Q4/5 stars[6]
Robert Christgau(dud)[7]
Rolling Stone3.5/5 stars[8]
Wall of Sound85/100[9]
Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Melody Maker United Kingdom Best Albums of the Year 1999 13th
Select Magazine United Kingdom Best Albums of the Year 1999 22nd
MOJO Magazine United Kingdom Best Albums of the Year 1999 28th

Track listing[]

All tracks composed by Cliff Jones, James Riseboro, Nicholas Crowe and Nigel Hoyle; except where indicated

  1. "Dimstar" – 5:14
  2. "Joy!" – 5:00
  3. "Oh Jim" – 2:46
  4. "My Son Mystic" – 3:25
  5. "Black Ghost" (Jones, Riseboro, Crowe, Hoyle, Jim Irvin) – 7:35
  6. "To Earth with Love" – 5:04
  7. "Dateline" – 4:43
  8. "Pathfinder" – 3:56
  9. "Different Kind of Blue" (Jones, Riseboro, Crowe, Hoyle, Irvin) – 4:51
  10. "Jesus Christ" (Jones, Riseboro, Crowe, Hoyle, Irvin) – 4:16


Gay Dad


  • Carol Kenyon - additional vocals on "Joy!" and "Jesus Christ"
  • Guy Barker - horns on "Dateline"
  • Lynton Naiff - horn arrangement on "Dateline"


  1. ^ https://www.nme.com/photos/30-glorious-britpop-albums-that-deserve-a-reissue-pronto-1413076
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ NME review
  5. ^ Pitchfork review
  6. ^ Cranna, Ian. "Review: Gay Dad - Leisure Noise". Q. EMAP Metro Ltd (July 1999): 108.
  7. ^ Robert Christgau review
  8. ^ Rolling Stone review
  9. ^ Hall, Russell. "Review: Leisure Noise". Wall of Sound. Archived from the original on 15 April 2001. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
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