Saint Etienne Preparing a Special Edition of Its Classic Album ‘So Tough’

In celebration of the album's 30th anniversary

Saint Etienne are considered as one of the best electro-pop bands around, and the trio’s second album So Tough as a definite classic of the genre. Now,  Sarah Cracknell, Bob Stanley and Pete Wiggs are preparing a special box set to celebrate the album’s 30th anniversary.

The box set release was announced by Stanley, who is also known as a renowned albums curator and publicist through his X (Twitter) account, setting the purchase date for December 12, 2023.

This lavish set follows previous anniversary releases of Foxbase Alpha and Tiger Bay and includes: vinyl version of the original album in a gatefold sleeve cut at 45RPM over two discs; So Tough – Remains Of The Day, a 10 track vinyl companion album of rarities and demos, featuring previously unreleased material; “Hobart Paving” a bonus 7’’ single cut at 45RPM; a 28-page booklet featuring new essays and never-before-seen photos; a poster and a reproduction of the original press release from 1993.

So Tough will be available for purchase on Saint Etienne’s website, December 12th.

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So Tough

A1 Mario’s Cafe
A2 Railway Jam
A3 Date With Spelman
A4 Calico

B1 Avenue
B2 You’re In A Bad Way
B3 Memo To Pricey

C1 Hobart Paving
C2 Leafhound
C3 Clock Milk
C4 Conchita Martinez

D1 No Rainbows For Me
D2 Here Come Clown Feet
D3 Junk The Morgue
D4 Chicken Soup

Remains Of The Day

A1 Everything Flows
A2 Orpington Blues
A3 Rainy Day Women
A4 Everlasting
A5 Johnny In the Echo Cafe

B1 Paper (demo)*
B2 Last Thing On My Mind*
B3 Biker Of The Strange*
B4 You’re In A Bad Way (first run through)*
B5 Castlemaine Avenue*

*previously unreleased


A Hobart Paving – Alan Tarney Mix
A Hobart Paving – Van Dyke Parks arrangement

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