Richard Jobson ’16 Years of Alcohol’

16 Years of Alcohol - front cover
16 Years of Alcohol - back cover
16 Years of Alcohol - side 1
16 Years of Alcohol - booklet

Richard Jobson (born Dunfermline, Scotland, 1960), frontman with Scottish punk band The Skids from 1979 to 81, turned to poetry reading and spoken word LPs in 1981, releasing most of his records on Les Disques du Crépuscule. 16 Years of Alcohol was his last release for the Belgian label and came with accompanying 24pp book illustrated by Philip Core’s line drawings, published by Les Livres du Crépuscule (scans included in the d/l file). Divided into 17 parts, each a snapshot or short episode of the author’s progress, the autobiographical text describes a progressive addiction to alcohol from childhood to late teens. Not a mere AA therapy though, the text deals with recurring themes of affection or lack thereof, difficult human relationships, and the place of the writer in society. Religion, football and youngsters’ wicked behavior are equal parts of the author’s malaise as well. Jobson’s powerful voice delivers a poignant reading with a background of synth, light guitar and piano accompaniment. In 2003, Jobson released a film inspired by this disc, titled Sixteen Years of Alcohol, with Kevin McKidd in the lead role, a rare example of an LP inspiring a film.

Richard Jobson16 Years of Alcohol

01 Parts 1 to 10 (25:06)
02 Parts 11 to 17 (22:40)

Total time 47:46
LP released by Les Disques du Crépuscule, TWI807, Belgium, 1987

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Solo discography
1981 The Ballad of Etiquette, LP, Cocteau Records (Bill Nelson)
1981 A Man for All Seasons, book published by Les Livres du Crepuscule
1983 Ten-Thirty On A Summer Night, LP, Les Disques Du Crépuscule
1984 An Afternoon In Company, LP, Les Disques Du Crépuscule
1985 The Right Man, 2xLP, Les Disques Du Crépuscule
1985 Un Hommage A Marguerite Duras, LP, Crépuscule Au Japon
1987 16 Years Of Alcohol, LP, Les Disques Du Crépuscule
1988 Bad Man, 7” single (and LP?), Parlophone


8 Responses to “Richard Jobson ’16 Years of Alcohol’”

  1. 1 lericolais rainier February 24, 2010 at 9:21 am

    whoua richard jobson ici….
    c’est la semaine sous la pluie et sans un petit post sur guy schraenen ???

  2. 2 -sto February 24, 2010 at 10:17 am

    just to be picky about the discography :-)

    – “badman” is not only a single but a full length album (and very different from the crépuscule releases)
    – some of the stuff (“ballad of etiquette” and “… summer night / afternoon in company”) has been rereleased on “les temps modernes”.

  3. 3 continuo February 24, 2010 at 11:03 am

    Thanks for the info, sto. Just to be clear: I don’t post LTM reissue material here.

  4. 4 Sonoris February 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    Le tampon sur le label m’intrigue beaucoup … J’ai quelques (bons) disques qui ont ce même tampon et trouvés dans la même boutique de Bordeaux … Je me trompe ?

  5. 5 continuo February 24, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Un bloggeur ne révèle pas ses sources.
    C’est joli Bordeaux.

  6. 6 Jim February 14, 2011 at 1:34 am

    Can you please re-up part 2?

  7. 7 continuo February 14, 2011 at 7:11 am

    The Deposit File download link works fine, Jim.

  8. 8 Robin Parmar August 1, 2011 at 3:21 am

    And there I was thinking I was perhaps the only person in the universe to buy this record.

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