Thousand Yard Stare (album)

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Thousand Yard Stare
Studio album by The Fauves
Released 2000
Genre Indie rock
Label Shock Records
Producer The Fauves
The Fauves chronology
Lazy Highways
Thousand Yard Stare
Footage Missing
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Thousand Yard Stare is the fifth studio album by Mornington Peninsula, Melbourne indie band The Fauves.

Mornington Peninsula peninsula and region of Victoria, Australia

The Mornington Peninsula is a peninsula located south-east of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. It is surrounded by Port Phillip to the west, Western Port to the east and Bass Strait to the south, and is connected to the mainland in the north. Geographically, the peninsula begins its protrusion from the mainland in the area between Pearcedale and an area south of Frankston. The area was originally home to the Mayone-bulluk and Boonwurrung-Balluk clans and formed part of the Boonwurrung nation's territory prior to European settlement.

Melbourne City in Victoria, Australia

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city of the Australian state of Victoria, and the second most populous city in Australia and Oceania. Its name refers to an urban agglomeration of 9,992.5 km2 (3,858.1 sq mi), comprising a metropolitan area with 31 municipalities, and is also the common name for its city centre. The city occupies much of the coastline of Port Phillip bay and spreads into the hinterlands towards the Dandenong and Macedon ranges, Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. It has a population of approximately 4.9 million, and its inhabitants are referred to as "Melburnians".

The Fauves

The Fauves are an Australian rock band formed in 1988. The band are known for their witty lyrics, melodic pop-rock and often satirical or evocative exploration of Australian themes.


The album marked the departure of founding bassist Andrew Dyer, who was replaced by longtime sound engineer Teddy Cleaver. It was also a return to the band's original label, the independent Shock Records, after being dumped by Polydor following a takeover of that label by Universal. [6]

Shock Records is an Australian independent record label.

Polydor Records multinational record label headquartered in the United Kingdom, owned by Universal Music Group

Polydor Ltd. is a British record label owned by Universal Music Group. It has a close relationship with Universal's Interscope Geffen A&M Records label, which distributes Polydor's releases in the United States; in turn, Polydor distributes Interscope releases in the United Kingdom. Polydor was established in London in 1954 as a British subsidiary of German company Deutsche Grammophon GmbH.

Universal Music Australia (UMA) is the largest Australian music corporation. It is part of the Universal Music Group which operates as a subsidiary of Paris-based media conglomerate Vivendi. Universal Music Australia's corporate headquarters are located in Sydney, Australia.

Melbourne's Herald Sun noted the album abandoned the two-guitars approach in favour of cheap synthesisers and broadened the band's rock base to encompass disco and eletro-funk. Singer/guitarist Andrew Cox said: "Our two records prior to this were very guitar-pop records and we weren't keen on making the same album again. Being fairly limited guitarists there was only so far in this direction we could progress. So the keyboard thing is just an interesting way for us to explore a few more sounds." [7]

<i>Herald Sun</i> Australian tabloid newspaper

The Herald Sun is a morning newspaper based in Melbourne, Australia, published by The Herald and Weekly Times, a subsidiary of News Corp Australia, itself a subsidiary of News Corp. The Herald Sun primarily serves Victoria and shares many articles with other News Corporation daily newspapers, especially those from Australia.

Cox told The Age that album was a collection of "happy songs". "I think it's just more of a pop album. Our last album (Lazy Highways) was possibly our most introspective album, quite a melancholy one, whereas I think this one is a bit more brasher and a little bit more upbeat, probably just more straight-out happy songs. We just felt pretty positive while we were making it and really happy with it as we were going along. I think it was the whole thing of doing it ourselves, without having people looking over our shoulder and telling us we had to have this and that on there, and constantly reinforcing that we had to sell 'x' number of units." [6]

Track listing

(all songs by The Fauves)

  1. "Taking the Uni Student Out to the Country" — 2:56
  2. "Medium Pacer" — 2:23
  3. "Write What You Know" — 3:43
  4. "Give Up Your Day Job" — 3:17
  5. "Going For My Blue Belt" — 3:23
  6. "First Day On the Run" — 3:05
  7. "Between You and the Dance Troupe" — 4:04
  8. "Celebrate the Failure" — 3:58
  9. "White Collar Crime" — 2:45
  10. "Valerie 3933" — 2:53
  11. "Astronaut Talk" — 3:35
  12. "Every TV Star Has a Dark Side" — 3:40
  13. "Bigger Than Tina" (bonus track) — 3:16


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  1. Stephen Downie, Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2000
  2. William Bowe, Herald Sun, 5 October 2000.
  3. The Age, 13 October 2000.
  4. Noel Mengel, Courier-Mail, 6 October 2000.
  5. Graeme Hammond, Sunday Herald Sun, 22 October 2000.
  6. 1 2 Roberts, Jo (6 October 2000). "Staring ahead". The Age. Melbourne.
  7. Bowe, William (2 October 2000). "Stare quality". Herald Sun. Melbourne.