The ’59 2018 #340: 181206
Stereophonics – Graffiti on the train (2013)
Jem of Jemtunes, born in 1959, has now turned 59. So ‘The ’59’ celebrates 59 years of cracking tunes with a few albums from each year – 1959 through 2018. Currently we’re at year 55 – 2013
Graffiti on the Train was the eighth studio album by Welsh rockers, Stereophonics. Produced by the group’s lead-singer and guitarist Kelly Jones and Jim Lowe, it was released on 4 March 2013 on their own Stylus Records label.
The album’s earliest idea spawned when children were running across the singer’s rooftop in order to access the trains and spray paint graffiti on one of them. With 40 unfinished song ideas, the band composed 30 of these to be released as an album trilogy but decided against the idea, instead releasing a follow up (intended to be the second part) on 11 September 2015. Also planned that year was the go-ahead on production for a screenplay of the same name Jones was developing. British film composer David Arnold worked alongside the producers to compose three of the song’s orchestral arrangements.
It peaked at No.3 on the UK albums charts and produced the band’s best performing single since 2007, “Indian Summer”. It was nominated for the World’s Best Album in 2014 and was supported by a world tour named after the album from 2012–2013.