Arab Strap The First Big Weekend

30 Nov
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Arab Strap were characterised by Moffat’s dark sense of humour, expressed through lyrics that often dealt with inebriation and intoxication, or with an unforgiving view of sexual frailty and desire. The group were signed to the influential Scottish label Chemikal Underground, and were referred to in the title of the third album, by Belle & Sebastian, The Boy With the Arab Strap.

The reference was to the displeasure of Moffat and Middleton. “Arab Strap is quite an interesting name,” Middleton said in a 2001 interview. “The words go well together. That’s why we chose it as a band name. We’re friends with them [Belle & Sebastian], but there’s a limit to putting someone else’s name on an album. They’re taking away something from us.”

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