Artist: The Lightning Seeds

Date Released: 1997

Label: Epic

Produced By: Ian Broudie


  1. What You Say
  2. The Life Of Riley
  3. Lucky You
  4. You Showed Me
  5. Change
  6. Waiting For Today To Happen ('97 Version)
  7. Pure
  8. Sugar Coated Iceberg
  9. Ready Or Not
  10. All I Want
  11. Perfect
  12. What If...
  13. Sense
  14. Brain Drain
  15. Marvellous
  16. Three Lions


I've heard that The Lightning Seeds was Ian Broudie's attempt at the perfect pop band, and, well, that's basically what this is. The albums are all really good, but I tend to listen to this best-of compilation the most—partially because of the redone version of "Waiting For Today To Happen", but also because part of the thrust of a perfect pop band is that they've got perfect singles. And, well, they've got those in spades. "Sugar Coated Iceberg" is one of those that deserves to be in a "Pop Music Hall Of Fame" type thing along side "Daydream Believer" and "I Wonder What She's Doing Tonite". I've just recently gotten into them (even though they haven’t done anything since 1999 or thereabouts; Ian Broudie has put out a solo record this year, but I've only heard it once, and that once didn't quite click with me—though I know it's not fair to base a real opinion like that on one listening), although I remember hearing some of their stuff when I was in the UK about 10 years ago for 3 weeks, just sort of in the background, on television and whatnot. Still, I wish I'd known they were so good earlier. (And known that was them on the TV back then!) - Rev. Syung Myung Me