Classic Albums: Dear God, I Hate Myself by Xiu Xiu

I just must or need to included Xiu Xiu in my fave albums list! I think the title of this album is pretty self-explanatory but it’s totally pure genius of an album. So if you’ve never heard of them before now, it’s officially pronounced “shoo shoo” but other ways have been used.

So it’s from the year 2010 but is the seventh LP also their first album since the departure of Caralee McElroy. This album features the then new member Angela Seo and off coarse the only constant member Jamie Stewart the singer-songwriter. The styles or genres they are like: experimental rock, art rock, experimental, noise pop etc. Plus his obsessions with negative self-image, violence, and mental disorder continue but some do say have lost some of their shock value since the early 2000’s.

For me this is album that everything works right or prefect even with that point blank zero album title, leaves nothing to the imagination and the music just can take over or something? As far as I know they have played once in Perth at festival in the UWA grounds and that was pretty much my intro to them, I think I knew of them by name but never listen to them before and it was the best set that day and I’ve been a big fan ever since.

Just warning to the video clip to the title track is were Angela Seo is self-induced vomiting, by the end she does vomit on Jamie Stewart who’s just out of frame but is eating chocolate bars the whole time.

This just below wins my prize, award for greatest commentary ever, cut & paste from their bandcamp page:

Jamie Stewart, after hearing the Pet Shop Boys track by track commentary for their album “Yes” decided to do a drunk, track by track commentary for the aforementioned Xiu Xiu release.
Before starting he was a drink and half in and then drank a tall and strong cocktail every two songs.
By turns the commentary becomes funnier, much more depressing, nonsensical and then surprisingly lucid.
As well, his voice becomes higher and even weirder sounding and
a surprise guest bum rushes the “project” towards the end.
It was originally proposed as a bonus track for “Dear God, I Hate Myself.” But due to warranted embarrassment, the idea was scraped.
Through the passage of time, embarrassment has turned to pity.

Don’t preview this. Just buy it. Drinking and Regrets are made for each other.

All the tracks were written by Jamie Stewart except for Cumberland Gap which is an old Traditional song.

Might be the best spot to finish up my post on! So got to ask do you have fave Xiu Xiu album too so which one is it?

Dear God, I Hate Myself  track listing:

1. “Gray Death” – 2:56
2. “Chocolate Makes You Happy” – 3:55
3. “Apple For A Brain” – 3:24
4. “House Sparrow” – 2:39
5. “Hyunhye’s Theme” – 3:31
6. “Dear God, I Hate Myself” – 3:06
7. “Secret Motel” – 2:07
8. “Falkland Rd.” – 3:06
9. “The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation” – 3:00
10. “Cumberland Gap” – 1:34
11. “This Too Shall Pass Away (For Freddy)” – 3:34
12. “Impossible Feeling” – 4:10
Bonus tracks:
13. “The Ropes Have Pulled Tight” – 3:35
14. “Cute Pee Pee” – 3:18


Maybe random but because it’s extra special me fuckin’ about with my blog post yet again today and with now Dear God, I Hate Myself by Xiu Xiu as my 104th album post on basically my own fave albums list! I’ve re-ordered the whole list by most popular albums/posts recorded by hits from my stats page, back on top is my very first blog post ever!

  1. Tales From The Australian Underground – Volume 1 & 2 by Various Artists
  2. Sex by The Necks
  3. Henry’s Dream by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  4. Rust In Peace by Megadeth
  5. Where Joy Kills Sorrow by Various Artists
  6. The Soft ‘N’ Sexy Sound by Dave Graney ‘N’ The Coral Snakes
  7. The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn by Pink Floyd
  8. Whatever You Love, You Are by Dirty Three
  9. Gala Mill by The Drones
  10. Law Of Nature by Laughing Clowns
  11. Station To Station by David Bowie
  12. Kaira by Toumani Diabaté
  13. Adult Themes For Voice by Mike Patton
  14. In The Pines by The Triffids
  15. This Is It by The Strokes
  16. Songs Of Love And Hate by Leonard Cohen
  17. Mutiny/The Bad Seed by The Birthday Party
  18. Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs by Marty Robbins
  19. Work (Work, Work) by HTRK
  20. Lulu by Lou Reed & Metallica
  21. The White House by The Dead C
  22. Rid Of Me by PJ Harvey
  23. Batman by Prince
  24. Ex Tropical by Lost Animal
  25. Y by The Pop Group
  26. In The Wee Small Hours by Frank Sinatra
  27. Unplugged In New York by Nirvana
  28. Aerial by Kate Bush
  29. Candy Apple Grey by Hüsker Dü
  30. Sings Christmas Carols by Mark Kozelek
  31. Vespertine by Björk
  32. Black Monk Time by The Monks
  33. Body Language by Kylie Minogue
  34. Ascension by John Coltrane
  35. Big Name, No Blankets by Warumpi Band
  36. Arular by M.I.A.
  37. Benji by Sun Kil Moon
  38. King For A Day, Fool For A Lifetime by Faith No More
  39. The Human Jukebox by Scientists
  40. Trainspotting by Various Artists
  41. Twin Peaks by Angelo Badalamenti
  42. The Shape Of Things by Pere Ubu
  43. Last Splash by The Breeders
  44. The Future by Leonard Cohen
  45. Trailer Park by Beth Orton
  46. Emergency Ward by Nina Simone
  47. Rock For Light by Bad Brains
  48. Veedon Fleece by Van Morrison
  49. The Axeman’s Jazz by Beasts Of Bourbon
  50. TV Sky by The Young Gods
  51. Love Of Life by Swans
  52. Bricks Are Heavy by L7
  53. Gurrumul by Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu
  54. Super Ape by Lee “Scratch” Perry & The Upsetters
  55. Horses by Patti Smith
  56. Drowning In The Fountain Of Youth by Dan Kelly And The Alpha Males
  57. Embracism by Kirin J Callinan
  58. Late Registration by Kanye West
  59. Silence Is Sexy by Einstürzende Neubauten
  60. In My Own Time by Karen Dalton
  61. Some Girls by The Rolling Stones
  62. Regret Is An Inevitable Consequence Of Life by Ricaine
  63. Under The Western Freeway by Grandaddy
  64. Tu-Plang by Regurgitator
  65. White Light/White Heat by The Velvet Underground
  66. Warm Leatherette by Grace Jones
  67. How I Love You by The Angels Of Light
  68. Flesh Of My Flesh, Blood Of My Blood by DMX
  69. (I’m) Stranded by The Saints
  70. Blue Valentine by Tom Waits
  71. This Is Not The Way Home by The Cruel Sea
  72. Hex Enduction Hour by The Fall
  73. Kings Of The Wild Frontier by Adam And The Ants
  74. His Best by Bo Diddley
  75. Soaking Red by Tendrils
  76. Betty by Helmet 
  77. Primary Colours by Eddy Current Suppression Ring
  78. Jean Lee And The Yellow Dog by Ed Kuepper
  79. Moon Pix by Cat Power
  80. Paradise by My Disco
  81. What Are Rock Stars Doing Today by Magic Dirt
  82. High Voltage by AC/DC
  83. Hourly, Daily by You Am I
  84. Black & White Self-titled by Primitive Calculators
  85. In A Bar, Under The Sea by dEUS
  86. Stay Sick! by The Cramps
  87. Bahdeni Nami by Omar Souleyman
  88. The Definitive by Blind Willie McTell
  89. Charcoal Lane by Archie Roach
  90. What The Sea Wants, The Sea Will Have by Sarah Blasko
  91. After School Session by Chuck Berry
  92. To Record Only Water For Ten Days by John Frusciante
  93. Self-tilted by The Seeds
  94. Rock Action by Mogwai
  95. Zuma by Neil Young & Crazy Horse
  96. It’s Blitz! by Yeah Yeah Yeahs
  97. Congotronics by Konono Nº1
  98. Rock And Rollin’ With Fat Domino by Fat Domino
  99. Conatus by Zola Jesus
  100. Messenger by Jimmy Little
  101. Still Life by The Paradise Motel
  102. I’m New Here by Gil Scott-Heron
  103. At Home With You by X (I’m not counting it because it was only published yesterday)

Off course, some posts have been about longer, some have more fans eg: re-posts or shares on facebook or something? If you have a fave album/s that you think should be higher up in my charts? Do whatever the hell you like with it, if you think it will help! God knows, if and when I’ll do this chart thing again?

Cheers 🙂


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