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One Mississippi

His debut album, One Mississippi, was released in 1996 on Virgin Records. The album featured several contributions with Jason Falkner and gained many favourable reviews in the music press but failed to sell in sufficient numbers and Benson was dropped by Virgin. Brendan toured the states with the first incarnation of The Well Fed Boys featuring long time friend Woody Saunders on the drums and Topper Rimel ( Robots In Disguise, The Origin ) on Bass. The group shared a headline spot on their second US tour with Heatmiser, a Portland based group that included Elliott Smith, Tony Lash, Neil Gust and Brandt Peterson. Brendan and The Well Fed Boys also played several shows in Japan and a live performance on television in Paris before disbanding in ’97.

All songs written by Brendan Benson unless otherwise stated.

  1. “Tea” – 1:08
  2. “Bird’s Eye View” – 1:28
  3. “Sittin’ Pretty” – 2:53 (Benson/Falkner)
  4. “I’m Blessed” – 3:00 (Benson/Falkner)
  5. “Crosseyed” – 4:22 (Benson/Falkner)
  6. “Me Just Purely” – 2:44 (Benson/Falkner)
  7. “Got No Secrets” – 3:22
  8. “How ‘Bout You” – 3:02
  9. “Emma J” – 3:49
  10. “Insects Rule” – 3:08 (Benson/Falkner)
  11. “Imaginary Girl” – 3:06
  12. “House In Virginia” – 3:49 (Benson/Falkner)
  13. “Cherries” – 3:19 (Benson/Falkner)
    • “Strawberry Rhubarb Pie” (Hidden track) – 1:44

The album was re-released in 2003 with the following additional tracks:

  1. “Swamp”
  2. “Jet Stream”
  3. “Crosseyed”
  4. “Me Just Purely”
  5. “Cherries”
  6. “I’m Blessed”
  7. “Sittin’ Pretty”
  8. “Christy”


In 2002 the follow up to One Mississippi was released, Lapalco. Again the critical plaudits poured in, but this time the record enjoyed a certain degree of commercial success, selling more than three times as many copies than that of One Mississippi. The song “Good To Me” from this album appeared on the British show Teachers during series three and was included on the series soundtrack; it was also covered by The White Stripes for the B-side of the single Seven Nation Army. The song “Tiny Spark” featured on an episode from the fourth series and was also played in the movie Along Came Polly.

While touring this record Benson played the Reading and Leeds Festivals and finished his Leeds set with a performance of the track “Jet Lag” featuring guest appearances from Meg White of The White Stripes along with members of The Datsuns and Soledad Brothers.

All songs written by Brendan Benson unless otherwise stated.

  1. “Tiny Spark” – 3:16 (Benson/Falkner)
  2. “Metarie” – 3:41
  3. “Folk Singer” – 3:50 (Benson/Falkner)
  4. “Life In The D” – 3:13
  5. “Good To Me” – 2:47 (Benson/Falkner)
  6. “You’re Quiet” – 2:47
  7. “What” – 3:36 (Benson/Falkner)
  8. “Eventually” – 4:17
  9. “I’m Easy” – 2:59 (Benson/Falkner)
  10. “Pleasure Seeker” – 3:35
  11. “Just Like Me” – 3:55
  12. “Jet Lag” – 4:37
    • “Metarie (demo version)” (hidden track) – 3:30

In 2003 Benson re-released his debut album along with bonus tracks including the unreleased six-track extended play Wellfed Boy EP, featuring songs from a demo session with Falkner.

Also in 2003, Benson released an EP, Metarie, with his then band The Wellfed Boys. The EP featured a cover of Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It” which featured back-up vocals by friend and later fellow member of The Raconteurs; Jack White. This was the first song written completely by another artist to be featured on a Benson release. Another cover, this time “Strong Boy”, from Gram Parsons International Submarine Band’s 1968 album, Safe at Home, was released as a b-side in 2005.

The Alternative to Love

In 2005, Benson released his third album, The Alternative to Love, and toured extensively in the US, UK and Europe with his new touring band, The Stiff Tissues.

“Spit It Out” was the first single and reached the UK Top 75 for the first time (peaking at #75 in April), and also generated some buzz for Brendan.

Two further singles were released from the album. “Cold Hands Warm Heart” has appeared in many commercials and TV shows and “What I’m Looking For” was used in multiple national advertising campaigns. This album charted at #70 in the UK Albums Chart.

All songs on the record written by Brendan Benson.

  1. “Spit It Out” – 3:20
  2. “Cold Hands (Warm Heart)” – 3:25
  3. “Feel Like Myself” – 4:16
  4. “Alternative to Love” – 4:35
  5. “The Pledge” – 2:55
  6. “Them and Me” – 4:00
  7. “Biggest Fan” – 3:45
  8. “Flesh and Bone” – 2:55
  9. “Get It Together” – 3:32
  10. “Gold into Straw” – 3:43
  11. “What I’m Looking For” – 3:31
  12. “Between Us” – 3:12

My Old, Familiar Friend

In March 2007, a handful of demos from Benson’s upcoming album were posted on his Myspace. “Feel Like Taking You Home” was the first of these demos to appear. Around the same time the demos of “Forget”, “Poised And Ready” and “Go Nowhere” leaked onto the internet.

Later he posted more songs on his myspace including “Lesson Learned,” “Eyes On the Horizon,” and “Untitled.” Dean Fertita, who played keyboards with the Raconteurs on tour and now is with Queens of the Stone Age, plays piano on all the Benson demos, with all other instruments played by Brendan.

In October 2007 two new songs, “Purely Automatic” and “Will it Keep,” were published on Brendan’s official web site, presumably finished songs from the album. In November 2008, Brendan uploaded a new song entitled “Playdown” on his myspace, but it was quickly taken down. He soon put it back up along with another new song called “No One Else But You.” Soon after, the songs “O My Love” and “New Words Of Wisdom” were added to his page. Later he added “I’ll Never Tell,” “Happy Most of the Time,” “Only In A Dream”(cover by Young Hines), and “Diamond” on his official myspace page and he also added “Open Your Eyes” on his Reverb Nation page. In mid March 2009 Brendan put a collaboration with his girlfriend Bitt entitled “The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game” (Cover by The Marvelettes) on his myspace page. On March 18, 2009 KRCW played a new song “Feel A Whole Lot Better” and on May 10, 2009 KRCW played another new song entitled “Garbage Day” both presumably finished songs off his fourth album. The title “My Old, Familiar Friend” and the track list were revealed on June 4, 2009. The album is set for an August 18, 2009 release.[3]

“My Old, Familiar Friend” is being produced by Gil Norton according to his MySpace page. He will be backed by the Features on some of the record.

All songs on the record written by Brendan Benson.

# Title Length
1. “A Whole Lot Better” 3:23
2. “Eyes On The Horizon” 3:54
3. “Garbage Day” 3:21
4. “Gonowhere” 3:47
5. “Feel Like Taking You Home” 3:33
6. “You Make A Fool Out Of Me” 3:31
7. “Poised And Ready” 3:11
8. “Don’t Wanna Talk” 3:48
9. “Misery” 3:53
10. “Lesson Learned” 4:29
11. “Borrow”
  • Folk Singer (2002)
  • Metarie (2003)
  • “Folk Singer” (April 22, 2002)
  • “Tiny Spark” (July 8, 2002)
  • “Good To Me” (October 28, 2002)
  • “Metarie” (April 14, 2003)
  • “Spit It Out” (March 28, 2005) – UK #75[2]
  • “Cold Hands (Warm Heart)” (July 4, 2005)
  • “What I’m Looking For” (November 7, 2005)
B Sides and Covers
  • Son Of A Welder (B Side from Folk Singer 7″ / EP)
  • Unfortunate Guy (B Side from Folk Singer EP)
  • Feel Like Myself (B Side from Folk Singer EP)
  • Metarie (Wellfed Version from Metarie EP)
  • Metarie (Uk Version from Metarie EP)
  • Alternative To Love (Early version from Metarie EP)
  • You’re Quiet (Well Fed Boys Version from Metarie EP
  • Let Me Roll It (Cover of Paul McCartney from Metarie EP)
  • Meaning To Write (B Side from Tiny Spark Single)
  • No Dial Tone (Recorded Live @ Bowery Ballroom 8/04/2002 from Tiny Spark Single)
  • Old Fashioned (B Side from Good To Me Single)
  • Pleasure Seeker (Recorded Live @ Bowery Ballroom 8/04/2002 from Good To Me Single)
  • Left And Right(B Side from Spit It Out Single)
  • Baby On A Rug (B Side from Spit It Out Single)
  • Some Day (B Side from Cold Hands (Warm Heart)Single)
  • Christopher’s Revolt (B Side from Cold Hands (Warm Heart)Single)
  • Cold Hands (Warm Heart) (Live Acoustic Version from Cold Hands (Warm Heart) EP)
  • Cold Hands (Warm Heart) (Chris Shaw Mix from Cold Hands (Warm Heart) EP)
  • Strong Boy (Gram Parsons Cover from Cold Hands (Warm Heart) Single)
  • What I’m Looking For (Michael Brauer Mix from What I’m Looking For EP)
  • Them And Me (Alternate Version from What I’m Looking For EP)
  • Floating (Jape Cover Recorded Live in Newcastle, 22/03/06)
  • I’ll Never Tell (iTunes Bonus Track)
  • New Words of Wisdom (Bonus Track from My Old, Familiar Friend)
  • Playdown (Bee Gee’s Cover, from Feel Like Taking You Home 7″)
12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 10, 2009 11:39 pm

    B.B continues to grow as an artist, this is why he is still relevant. I think there is a good chance he will be a legend someday.

  2. July 17, 2010 9:56 am

    B.B continues to grow as an artist, this is why he is still relevant. I think there is a good chance he will be a legend someday.

  3. rick permalink
    November 5, 2010 5:01 am

    Missing b-side/cover: a cover of the Who’s “Doctor Doctor” originally appeared on the compilation “Comes With A Smile Vol. 3 – Pretty Together”

  4. Zilvinas Juraska permalink
    March 1, 2011 8:51 pm

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  6. January 8, 2012 7:26 pm

    Book-marked, I love your blog! 🙂

  7. Inaki Sagasti permalink
    November 25, 2014 3:41 pm

    Do you happen to know who is the singer in Strawberry Rhubarb Pie from One Mississippi? Is she Meg White?

    Keep up the work, thanks from Spain, Europe.

    • November 25, 2014 3:44 pm

      Hi from Spain too!! Dont know it may be her

    • Adam Kaszas permalink
      December 17, 2014 1:45 am

      In the One Mississippi/Wellfed Boys EP it actually says it’s sung by Emma J. Also, another fun fact, the artwork Lapalco is credited to be made by Emma J as well.

  8. Inaki Sagasti permalink
    December 17, 2014 9:46 am

    Thanks very much!

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