Waxing Gibbous

Last updated

Waxing Gibbous
Studio album by
Released1 June 2009
RecordedCaVa Sound Workshops, Glasgow
Genre kite
Label Full Time Hobby
Producer Malcolm Middleton
Malcolm Middleton chronology
Sleight of Heart
Waxing Gibbous
Singles from Waxing Gibbous
  1. "Red Travellin' Socks"
    Released: 18 May 2009
  2. "Zero"
    Released: 3 August 2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
BBC (positive) link (positive) [1]
Scotsman Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [2]
Q Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [3]
The Quietus(positive) [4]
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10) [5]

Waxing Gibbous is the fifth studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Malcolm Middleton, released on 1 June 2009 on Full Time Hobby. Middleton has stated that following the release of this album, and its subsequent tour, he will put his career as a solo artist on hold: "I want to try something new and then come back to this later on." [6]

Scottish people ethnic inhabitants of Scotland

The Scottish people or Scots, are a nation and ethnic group native to Scotland. Historically, they emerged from an amalgamation of two Celtic-speaking peoples, the Picts and Gaels, who founded the Kingdom of Scotland in the 9th century. Later, the neighbouring Celtic-speaking Cumbrians, as well as Germanic-speaking Anglo-Saxons and Norse, were incorporated into the Scottish nation.

Singer-songwriter musician who writes, composes and sings

Singer-songwriters are musicians who write, compose, and perform their own musical material, including lyrics and melodies.

Malcolm Middleton British musician

Malcolm Bruce Middleton (born 31 December 1973) is a Scottish musician and member of indie band Arab Strap. He has also released six solo studio albums. Performing under the pseudonym Human Don't Be Angry, Middleton released a self-titled album in 2012.


"Red Travellin' Socks" was released as a single on 18 May, on 7" vinyl. Middleton describes the track as his "own "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper"." [6]

Bohemian Rhapsody 1975 Queen song written and composed by Freddie Mercury

"Bohemian Rhapsody" is a song by the British rock band Queen. It was written by Freddie Mercury for the band's 1975 album A Night at the Opera. It is a six-minute suite, consisting of several sections without a chorus: an intro, a ballad segment, an operatic passage, a hard rock part and a reflective coda. The song is a more accessible take on the 1970s progressive rock genre.

(Dont Fear) The Reaper Song by Blue Oyster Cult

"(Don't Fear) The Reaper" is a song by American rock band Blue Öyster Cult from the band's 1976 album Agents of Fortune. The song, written and sung by lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, deals with eternal love and the inevitability of death. Dharma wrote the song while picturing an early death for himself.

Waxing Gibbous also means a Lunar phase from First quarter to Full moon.

Lunar phase appearance of the illuminated (sunlit) portion of the Moon as seen by an observer

The lunar phase or phase of the Moon is the shape of the directly sunlit portion of the Moon as viewed from Earth. The lunar phases gradually and cyclically change over the period of a synodic month, as the orbital positions of the Moon around Earth and of Earth around the Sun shift.


In April 2009, Middleton revealed on his MySpace that he planned to release a new album:

My new record is ok, but I've just listened to Hysteria by Def Leppard and that's much better. I used to hate that album when I was sixteen but now I love it. I wonder when they changed it? Hold on, am I really trying to sell my album by saying it's not as good as Def Leppard? I should work for Saatchi & Saatchi. Anyway. Yes, my new album is called Waxing Gibbous and it'll be released on the 1st June. [...] Not much to say about it really, the proof of the pudding is in the eating etc. So buy it then eat it. And remember, illegal downloading of my music will further cripple my income, leading to an impaired lifestyle, resulting in fewer situations to be gotten into which encourage the writing of downbeat/miserablist songs. Meaning you'll have to do without me. Good luck! [...] Actually, Waxing Gibbous is much better than Hysteria. [7]

<i>Hysteria</i> (Def Leppard album) 1987 studio album by Def Leppard

Hysteria is the fourth studio album by English hard rock band Def Leppard, released on 3 August 1987 through Mercury Records and reissued on 1 January 2000. It is Def Leppard's best-selling album to date, selling over 25 million copies worldwide, including 12 million in the US, and spawning seven hit singles. The album charted at number one on both the Billboard 200 and the UK Albums Chart.

Def Leppard British rock band

Def Leppard are an English rock band formed in 1977 in Sheffield as part of the new wave of British heavy metal movement. Since 1992, the band has consisted of Joe Elliott, Rick Savage, Rick Allen, Phil Collen, and Vivian Campbell. This is the band's longest lasting line-up.

A free Glasgow launch party took place on the eve of the album's release.

Glasgow City and council area in Scotland

Glasgow is the most populous city in Scotland, and the third most populous city in the United Kingdom, as of the 2017 estimated city population of 621,020. Historically part of Lanarkshire, the city now forms the Glasgow City council area, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland; the local authority is Glasgow City Council. Glasgow is situated on the River Clyde in the country's West Central Lowlands. It is the fifth most visited city in the UK.

Background and Recording

According to Middleton, "[the album] was recorded with Geoff Allan who did Into The Woods with me, as well as most of the Arab Strap records. There's the usual appearances by Barry Burns and Jenny Reeve, as well as King Creosote and The Pictish Trail from Fence Records, and also Stevie Jones, Michael Scanlin and Scott Simpson from my live band. All together making a good racket." [7]

Track listing

  1. "Red Travellin' Socks" - 5:20
  2. "Kiss at the Station" - 4:59
  3. "Carry Me" - 4:49
  4. "Zero" - 6:03
  5. "Stop Doing Be Good" - 5:04
  6. "Don't Want to Sleep Tonight" - 5:56
  7. "Shadows" - 5:00
  8. "Ballad of Fuck All" - 5:43
  9. "Box & Knife" - 5:51
  10. "Made Up Your Mind" - 3:53
  11. "Subset of the World" - 3:17
  12. "Love on the Run" - 6:27


Related Research Articles

Robert John "Mutt" Lange is a South African record producer and songwriter. He is known for his work in the studio and innovations in multitrack recording and producing many of rock's most famous albums. He has produced albums for, or otherwise worked with, artists such as Céline Dion, AC/DC, Britney Spears, Def Leppard, The Boomtown Rats, Foreigner, Michael Bolton, The Cars, Bryan Adams, Huey Lewis and the News, Billy Ocean, The Corrs, Maroon 5, Lady Gaga, Nickelback, and Muse. He also wrote and produced songs with his then-wife, Canadian singer Shania Twain. Her 1997 album Come On Over, which he produced, is the best-selling country music album, the best-selling studio album by a female act, the best-selling album of the 1990s, and the 9th best-selling album in the United States.

<i>Pyromania</i> (album) 1983 studio album by Def Leppard

Pyromania is the third studio album by English rock band Def Leppard, released on 20 January 1983 through Vertigo Records in UK and Europe and through Mercury Records in the US. The first album to feature guitarist Phil Collen who replaced founding member Pete Willis, Pyromania was produced by Robert John "Mutt" Lange. The album was a shift away from the band's traditional heavy metal roots toward more radio-friendly glam metal and hard rock, finding massive mainstream success. Pyromania charted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200, No. 4 on the Canadian RPM Album chart and No. 18 on the UK Albums Chart. Selling over ten million copies in the US, it has been certified diamond by the RIAA.

<i>Retro Active</i> 1993 compilation album of B-side singles by Def Leppard

Retro Active is a compilation album by the English hard rock band Def Leppard, released in 1993. The album features touched-up versions of B-sides and previously unreleased recordings from the band's recording sessions from 1984 to 1993. The album charted at number 9 on the Billboard 200 and No. 6 on the UK Albums Chart.

<i>Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995)</i> 1995 greatest hits album by Def Leppard

Vault: Def Leppard Greatest Hits (1980–1995) is the first greatest hits album and the second compilation album by English hard rock band Def Leppard. The album was originally released in the band's home country on 23 October 1995 by Mercury Records. It was released in North America a few days later on October 31 by the same label. Vault went on to be certified gold in four countries, platinum in three and multi-platinum in two. In the US, the album is currently certified 4× platinum by the RIAA, and in June 2011 it topped the five million mark in sales there. It won Metal Edge magazine's 1995 Readers' Choice Award for "Best Hits or Compilation Album."

Love Bites (Def Leppard song) song by Def Leppard

"Love Bites" is a power ballad recorded by the English rock band Def Leppard in 1987 on the album Hysteria. It is Def Leppard's only number-one single on the Billboard Hot 100 to date.

Pour Some Sugar on Me Def Leppard song

"Pour Some Sugar on Me" is a song by the English rock band Def Leppard from their 1987 album Hysteria. It reached number 2 on the US Billboard Hot 100 on 23 July 1988, behind "Hold On to the Nights" by Richard Marx. "Pour Some Sugar on Me" was ranked #2 on VH1's "100 Greatest Songs of the 80s" in 2006.

Animal (Def Leppard song) Def Leppard song

"Animal" is a song recorded by English hard rock band Def Leppard in 1987 from the album Hysteria. It was the second single release off the album, and became the band's first Top 10 hit in their native UK, reaching No. 6 on the UK Singles Chart.

Hysteria (Def Leppard song) song by Def Leppard

"Hysteria" is a love song by the English hard rock band Def Leppard. It is the tenth track on their 1987 album of the same name and was released as the third single from that album in November 1987. On VH1 Storytellers: Def Leppard, lead singer Joe Elliott revealed that the song title came from drummer Rick Allen.

Downstage Thrust Tour

The Downstage Thrust Tour was a North American concert tour by English hard rock band Def Leppard. It began in Cincinnati on 27 June 2007 and closed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on 2 October 2007. Def Leppard played 52 shows in 52 different locations throughout the course of the tour. Members of the Def Leppard Fan Club had the opportunity to purchase tickets for shows via online ticket presales a few days before tickets went on sale to the general public. The tour was produced by Live Nation.

Women (Def Leppard song) 1987 Def Leppard song

"Women" is a song released by English hard rock band Def Leppard in 1987 from the album Hysteria. It was the first single of the album released in the United States. The song was also released as a single in Canada, Australia, Japan, and was part of a double-A side single with "Animal" in Germany. In most other parts of the world, "Animal" was the first single released from the album.

"Desert Song" is a song by British hard rock band Def Leppard from their 1993 rarities and 'B-sides' album Retro Active. This song was an outtake from the songwriting sessions that produced 1987's Hysteria. Self-produced, it became one of the last songs to be released by Def Leppard bearing the songwriting and guitar-playing of Steve Clark, who died on 8 January 1991. It was a hit on U.S. rock radio, reaching number twelve on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was recorded as an instrumental for their album Hysteria (1987) but left off the album and was largely forgotten until the band decided to commit the song for Retro Active. On a day off during their 7 Day Weekend Tour, Elliott composed lyrics whilst listening to the track. Elliott assembled the band and remains the only Def Leppard song to feature both Clark's guitar playing and Clark's successor Vivian Campbell on background vocals, although Campbell's contributions are uncredited in the Retro Active liner notes.

<i>Songs from the Sparkle Lounge</i> 2008 studio album by Def Leppard

Songs from the Sparkle Lounge is the tenth studio album by the English hard rock band Def Leppard. It was released on 25 April 2008 in Europe and 29 April in North America.

<i>Sleight of Heart</i> 2008 studio album by Malcolm Middleton

Sleight of Heart is the fourth studio album by Scottish singer-songwriter Malcolm Middleton, released on 3 March 2008 on Full Time Hobby. The album was recorded in the summer of 2007 at Chem 19 Studios in Blantyre.

<i>Mirror Ball – Live & More</i> 2011 live album by Def Leppard

Mirror Ball – Live & More is a double live album by English rock band Def Leppard released on 7 June 2011. The album contains, as well as live recordings, three new studio tracks and a DVD containing both concert and backstage footage.

Viva! Hysteria (concert residency) 2013 concert residency by Def Leppard

Viva! Hysteria is a concert residency by English rock band Def Leppard where the band played their 1987 album Hysteria in its entirety.

<i>Def Leppard</i> (album) 2015 studio album by Def Leppard

Def Leppard is the self-titled eleventh studio album by the British rock band of the same name, released on 30 October 2015. Leppard's first studio album since Songs from the Sparkle Lounge (2008) and their first on earMUSIC Records, it became their seventh top ten album after debuting on the Billboard 200 at number 10. The first single "Let's Go" was released 15 September 2015, alongside the artwork and track listing.

<i>And There Will Be a Next Time... Live from Detroit</i> 2017 live album by Def Leppard

And There Will Be a Next Time... Live from Detroit is the third live album and fourth live release from the band Def Leppard. Released in 2017, it was recorded at the DTE Music Theatre in Clarkston, MI on 15 July 2016.


  1. BBC review
  2. Scotsman review
  3. (Issue 276)
  4. The Quietus review
  5. Pitchfork Media review
  6. 1 2 Lindsay, Andrew (25 April 2009). "Interview: Malcolm Middleton". Stereokill.net. Retrieved 25 April 2009.
  7. 1 2 http://blogs.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=blog.view&friendId=67720158&blogId=480382969