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West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum Studio album by Kasabian Released 5 June 2009 Genre indie rock[1] Neo-psychedelia Space rock Length 51:59 Label RCA / Columbia Producer Dan the Automator Professional reviews Allmusic link Drowned In Sound (5/10) link The Guardian link Independent link NME (8/10) link Pitchfork Media (4.9/10) link Q (Jul 2009, p.112) Spin link Times link Uncut link Rolling Stone link Kasabian chronology Empire (2006) West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum (2009) Velociraptor! (2011) Singles from West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum "Fire" Released: 1 June 2009 "Where Did All the Love Go?" Released: 17 August 2009 "Underdog" Released: 26 October 2009 "Vlad the Impaler" Released: 14 February 2010 West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum is the third studio album by British indie rock[2] rock band Kasabian, which was released on 5 June 2009. The album was nominated for the 2009 Mercury Prize. In October 2009, it was voted the best album of the year by Q Magazine. Contents 1 History 2 Theme 3 Track listing 4 Personnel 5 Chart performance 6 Singles and videos 7 References 8 External links History "Vlad the Impaler" was made available as a free download from the official website from 31 March to 3 April 2009. The first proper, physical release from the album was "Fire", which was released on the 1st of June.[3] Sergio Pizzorno has called the 52-minute album "the soundtrack to an imaginary movie."[4] The album includes a duet, on the track "West Ryder Silver Bullet", with the actress Rosario Dawson.[4] The album entered the UK Album Chart at #1, giving the band their second #1 album. The album was knocked off the number 1 spot – and somewhat overshadowed – by the death of Michael Jackson a short time after release[5]. "Underdog" has been used by Sony in a commercial for their BRAVIA Televisions.[6] Theme The West Riding Pauper Lunatic Asylum was a group of mental institutions built in West Yorkshire, England in the 1880s. Sergio Pizzorno further explained the choice of album title: "The album isn't about the place, I just first heard about it on a TV documentary, and the words just struck me. I love the way it looked and the feeling it evokes. Apparently, it was one of the first loony bins for the poor, before that it was mainly rich people who got treatment."[7] The album cover depicts the band "getting dressed up for a party at the asylum, looking in the mirror at the costumes". Inspiration for such cover originated from the artwork of Amon Düül II's album Made in Germany.[7] In an interview with T4, the band said that each track is meant to represent an inmate within the asylum. Track listing All songs written and composed by Sergio Pizzorno, except where noted.  No. Title Length 1. "Underdog"   4:37 2. "Where Did All the Love Go?"   4:17 3. "Swarfiga"   2:18 4. "Fast Fuse"   4:10 5. "Take Aim"   5:23 6. "Thick as Thieves"   3:06 7. "West Ryder Silver Bullet"   5:15 8. "Vlad the Impaler"   4:44 9. "Ladies and Gentlemen, Roll the Dice"   3:33 10. "Secret Alphabets" (Pizzorno, Helmut Zacharias) 5:07 11. "Fire"   4:13 12. "Happiness"   5:16 Japan Only Bonus Tracks No. Title Length 13. "Runaway (live)"   4:09 14. "Cunny Grope Lane"   3:12 15. "Road Kill Café"   2:39 Japan Only Bonus CD No. Title Length 1. "Shoot the Runner" (live at iTunes Festival)   2. "Empire" (live at iTunes Festival)   3. "Stuntman" (live at iTunes Festival)   4. "The Doberman" (live at iTunes Festival)   5. "Club Foot" (live at iTunes Festival)   6. "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)" (live at iTunes Festival)   Special Edition Bonus DVD No. Title Length 1. "Processed Beats" (Live from the Little Noise Sessions) 4:05 2. "Black Whistler" (Live from the Little Noise Sessions) 4:00 3. "I.D." (Live from the Little Noise Sessions) 3:59 4. "Me Plus One" (Live from the Little Noise Sessions) 3:06 5. "The Doberman" (Live from the Little Noise Sessions) 5:12 6. "Runaway" (Live from the Little Noise Sessions) 3:45 7. "Thick as Thieves" (Live from the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust) 3:26 8. "Fast Fuse" (Live from the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust) 4:06 9. "Club Foot" (Live from the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust) 4:44 10. "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)" (Live from the Royal Albert Hall for Teenage Cancer Trust) 7:21 11. "Vlad the Impaler" (Video)   12. "Vlad the Impaler" (The Making Of)   13. "Fire" (Music film)   Personnel Tom Meighan – lead vocals (all tracks except "Swarfiga", "Take Aim", "Secret Alphabets" and "Happiness") Sergio Pizzorno – lead guitar, backing vocals (all tracks exept "Swarfiga", "Take Aim", "Secret Alphabets" and "Happiness"), lead vocals on "Take Aim", "Secret Alphabets" and "Happiness" Chris Edwards – bass guitar Ian Matthews – drums Additional Personnel Jay Mehler – additional guitar on "Underdog", "Ladies and Gentlemen (Roll The Dice)" and "Happiness" Tim Carter – additional guitar, keyboards and percussion on "Where Did All The Love Go?", "Take Aim", "West Ryder Silver Bullet" and "Secret Alphabets" Daniel Ralph Martin – additional guitar on "Fast Fuse" and additional piano on "Happiness" Rosario Dawson – lead vocals on "West Ryder Silver Bullet" Ben Kealey – additional keyboards on "Ladies and Gentlemen (Roll The Dice)" Chart performance Charts (2009) Peak position UK Album Chart 1 Australian ARIA Albums Chart 11 Austrian Albums Chart 56 French Albums Chart 30 Irish Albums Chart 4 Japan Albums Chart 11 Netherlands Albums Chart 85 New Zealand Albums Chart 23 Swiss Albums Chart 27 Billboard 200 126 Singles and videos This section does not cite any references or sources. Please help improve this section by adding citations to reliable sources. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (July 2009) "Fast Fuse" – Released on the 2nd of October 2007 as a bootleg single. Although not being the first official single from the album it was the first material released from it, receiving airplay on Xfm, Absolute Radio and being posted on YouTube. Members of Kasabian's fan club at the time could buy the song on a one sided 10". Despite receiving some airplay and a limited release it never had a video. It was also used on the video game FIFA 09. As well as this, the song was used as the theme tune for Russell Howard's Good News, broadcast on BBC3 in the UK. "Vlad the Impaler" – Released as a free single on the 31st of March 2009 to the 3rd of April 2009. The song only got minor airplay. The song was released with a video featuring Noel Fielding. Later released on 14 February 2010 with a second music video to accompany it. "Fire" – Released as the first official single on June 1. "Underdog" – Released on October 26, 2009 and reached #32 in the UK Singles Chart. "Where Did All the Love Go?" – Released on 17 August 2009, the song was the second official single charting at 30 in the UK charts. A music video has been released to support the single. References ^ "Kasabian Planning Special Festival Slots". Clash. Retrieved March 12, 2011.  ^ "Kasabian Planning Special Festival Slots". Clash. Retrieved March 12, 2011.  ^ ^ a b ^ "Michael Jackson tops album chart". BBC News. 29 June 2009.  ^ "new BRAVIA ad from Sony featuring Danny Dyer, with music by Kasabian and their new track Underdog.". Bravia. 28 February 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-15.  ^ a b "Kasabian reveal why they called album 'West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum'". NME. 12 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-13.  External links West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum at Metacritic Preceded by Sunny Side Up by Paolo Nutini UK number one album June 14, 2009 – June 28, 2009 Succeeded by Number Ones by Michael Jackson v · d · eKasabian Sergio Pizzorno • Tom Meighan • Chris Edwards • Ian Matthews • Jay Mehler • Ben Kealey Ash Hannis • Christopher Karloff Studio albums Kasabian • Empire • West Ryder Pauper Lunatic Asylum • Velociraptor! Live albums Live from Brixton Academy • iTunes Live: London Festival '07 • iTunes Live: London Festival '09 Compilation albums Kasabian: The Albums Extended plays Fast Fuse • West Ryder Singles "Processed Beats" • "Reason Is Treason" • "Club Foot" • "L.S.F. (Lost Souls Forever)" • "Cutt Off" • "Empire" • "Shoot the Runner" • "Me Plus One" • "Fire" • "Where Did All the Love Go?" • "Underdog" • "Vlad the Impaler" Related articles Discography • Songs