To mark the 20th anniversary of the release of Belle and Sebastian’s Tigermilk we’ve launched The Tigermilk Owners’ Club.
Only a thousand copies of the original LP were pressed way back in 1996. Inspired by the fabled Blue Monday Owners’ Club, we want owners of the original Tigermilk vinyl album to send us pics of themselves holding their prize possession.
The Belle and Sebastian Sinister mailing list has already previously had a go at tracking down some of the original 1,000 vinyl copies. The 20th anniversary of the record’s release seemed a good time for Glasgow Music City Tours to revive the idea.
What we need is a pic of you holding the album, with a note of your name and where in the world you live. (If you send us just a pic of your album in isolation, it will look just like everybody else’s copy.) If you want to tell us how you came to be a Tigermilk owner then we would love to hear your story. A photo and a line or two would be great.
Please send them to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or tweet them at us: @
We’ll post them to this page as they come in. Or not too long after, anyway.
By the way, we occasionally run Belle and Sebastian-themed walking tours through Glasgow for private groups. The tours are tailored to each group. Essentially, they take in the key Glasgow locations in the Belle and Sebastian story and look at how the city helped shape the band and inspired their music. Click here to read about the very first Belle and Sebastian tour. If you are interested in a bespoke Belle and Sebastian tour, contact us and let’s discuss what we can do for you: email@example.com
The latest members of the Tigermilk Owners’ club are:
Iain and Karen Morrison
We are one of the owners of Tigermilk. The photo is a bit blurry, but that seems a bit fitting. We bought Tigermilk when it first came out. The sticker on the sleeve says £7.99, Fopp records, so we must have bought it in Byres Road.
I’m not sure if we had heard some of the songs on Beat Patrol or Mark Radcliffe, or had just liked the old school cover. In the mid-Nineties we would often go up the West End on a Saturday afternoon, having lunch, going to some pubs and buying records at Fopp and John Smiths. Saturday evenings were often at the Griffin and then onto the Arts School.
We were taken by the freshness of the songs and also the bookish quality when Britpop was in its ascendancy. I remember also going to see them in Edinburgh 1997 when there was a real buzz about the band.
Time moves on and in 1998 we were married. I remember playing “My wandering days are over” as I was getting ready the morning of our wedding.
Six years on, in 2004, we then had three children, the youngest of whom was six weeks old when we went to see Belle and Sebastian, Camera Obscura et al at the Botanic Gardens.
We’ve continued to listen to Belle and Sebastian and always love the Glasgow and West Coast of Glasgow references in their songs. Last winter my oldest son accompanied me to their charity gig at the SEEC. He loves the songs too, so it feels almost like things have gone full circle.
Pretty straightforward story I’m afraid. However, I don’t know if you know the story, but, according to the music press at the time, that Stephen Duffy of the Lilac Time was so enamoured with the record that he bought 17 copies of the album and gave them away to his musician friends.
We’ve enjoyed reading the other stories and wish you well with the project.
Iain and Karen Morrison
My dad bought this from Stephen Pastel in John Smith’s Byres Road a long long time ago…
Matt and Holly
I saw you were trying to track down owners of the original Electric Honey versions of Tigermilk. We’ve actually got two copies! I’ve attached a photo of my wife Holly with both copies, and a closeup of the price tags inside the cover of one of them. They’re both in our home in Hove.
I got the first copy via mail order from the band after hearing them do a session on Mark Radcliffe’s radio show in 1996. We were both working in a restaurant at the time, and I heard them read out the mail order address whilst I was washing up, so quickly grabbed a pen to write it down.
I’d just moved down to Brighton from Glasgow after leaving Art School, and we’d just started dating. We both loved the album, and when I went back to Glasgow a few weeks later to see my old flat-mates in Cecil St, I saw a second-hand copy in Missing Records for £3.99 (see the photo attached) so I bought it for Holly. We moved in together a few years later, and the two copies have, like us, been together ever since.
I also got a typed letter a few months later from Stuart Murdoch, which I think he sent to everyone who bought a copy by mail order. I can’t find it now, but I remember he was talking about the band going full time, and how they might move to America soon.
Matt & Holly
“I was a student in the Stow College Music class that signed B&S to Electric Honey back in 1996. However, I can’t take any credit for the release of the record as, in typical student style, I’m afraid to say I rarely turned up for class.
I was in attendance when we voted to pick them as the band to sign that year (and I did ‘vote’ for them). Unfortunately, as well as the interesting classes about the music industry, we also had some not-so-interesting classes on accounting, marketing and various other ‘boring’ (in my 20-year-old eyes) classes. And who wants that on a Friday afternoon?
I was really into the course to start with. I still have some good memories of that time and met some really nice folk. I remember when we first heard the B&S demo and another time when Stuart Murdoch and a few others came into class for an impromptu live set. However, I missed a lot of the fun stuff when the actual album was being released as I had left by then.
In my defence, it was very cold winter that year and I was living in a flat on Maryhill road that had no central heating. As the winter kicked in, I had many mornings where I couldn’t face going in to college as the flat was freezing and I couldn’t get out of bed. I did (honest!) get really ill with the flu. I’ve had colds since then but I’ve never had the flu like I did over that winter.
On top of that, there were a few Wednesday mornings after a night at The Garage where I wasn’t feeling too good for other reasons! So my attendance dropped off dramatically until I think by March, my student grant was stopped. Eventually, I was so skint that I left the fun of Stow College behind and took up an offer working in the office of my dad’s forklift truck company.
However, I did buy the original album when it came out and still love it… and still tell people that I was part of the class, even if just for a while.
Anyway, ten years ago I moved down to Leicester. Three years ago myself and girlfriend decided to get a puppy, a cocker spaniel we called Django.
A few weeks after we got him, when he was still a puppy, he went for a wander in the house and things went a bit quiet for a while. This was unusual for him so after about ten minutes I went out into our garden and saw him scratching at something black and shiny. I got closer. It was a vinyl record and yes, guess what, it was my copy of Tigermilk!
I own a fair number of LP’s and they are stacked in several Ikea bookshelves. The Tigermilk one was in a plastic cover. Django had obviously liked the look of it, pulled it out of the shelf and out into the garden. There he had somehow managed to get the vinyl out of the sleeve and was doing his very own impression of Mixmaster Mike.
The outside cover was fine but the vinyl had some massive scratches over it which made it unplayable. The thing is, I have a few expensive records but the rest (and majority) are yer average run of the mill stuff with loads of charity shop finds.
Tigermilk is probably up there with my most valued records so the little bugger definitely picked a good one! After a lot of sulking, I eventually saw the funny side and realised I should have put it higher up the shelf rather than on the bottom one.
Bizarrely, through a mutual friend (Andrew Divine), I got friendly with Chris Geddes a good few years after I left Stow and still catch up with him when B&S play Leicester.”
“I did the course at Stow College and ‘liberated’ one from a cupboard in our classroom. I did also buy it on CD in later life, out of guilt…” – Claire
“I wanted to claim I found this record leaning up against a tenement block on Bentinck Street, Glasgow, on a summer evening in 1996. But that’s not true. The first version I had was on a C90 cassette, a gift from a friend who’d taped an original copy he’d chanced upon while house-sitting. This was very exciting as it was about a year before the re-release. The original I bought on Discogs last year. It’s the most expensive LP I’ve ever bought and I’ve only played it twice. It was worth it though, it’s a lovely LP, a piece of history from my favourite band. I’ve the Jeepster version too and that’s been played countless times.” – Mark
“I am Japanese, I am 4 years old. I got given this LP by my father.” – Pooqx
Marguerite Ann Krenkel
Marguerite Ann Krenkel with her copy. Sent by Nate Krenkel from New Paltz, NY.
‘It’s probably sacrilege to admit this, but I don’t remember exactly how I bagged my copy of Tigermilk. Stuart Murdoch gave me a temporary loan of a white label so I could give the album a listen with a view to writing about the band in The List. According to Paul Whitelaw’s B&S book, Just A Modern Rock Story, The List was the only publication to actually review Tigermilk, so I may have been sent a press copy in order to do that review, or perhaps I snaffled one of the discs at the Cava Studios album launch party…’ – Fiona, Glasgow
‘I always take my memories of the Nineties with a pinch of salt but I know that I would have come by my copy of Tigermilk via The List offices in Edinburgh. I think I was compiling the music listings for Edinburgh when it came out and there were a couple of copies of the album floating about. Not for long, as it turned out. Just listened to the album (CD version) again there. Expectations still makes me smile.’ – Jonathan, Edinburgh
‘There is some vagueness in our house about how we came by this so we are declaring joint custody, at least I am. We were at the launch at Cava and can’t remember if we got it there or if Damien was sent it.’ – Alison, Glasgow