Herbert* ‎– Bodily Functions

!K7 Records ‎– !K7097CD
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1 You're Unknown To Me
Bass Clarinet, Arranged By [Wind] – Peter WraightPercussion – Sunray StarPiano – Matthew HerbertViolin – John MatthiasVocals, Lyrics By – Dani Siciliano
2 It's Only
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, Flute, Trumpet – Peter WraightArranged By [Horns], Violin – Matthew HerbertVocals – Dani SicilianoVocals [Samples] – Shingai Shoniwa
3 Foreign Bodies
Percussion [Blood] – Martin SchmidtPercussion [Kindly Donated Bodily Function Sounds] – Achim Brauweiler, Andrei Dubinin, Jeff Klein, John Wraight, Mario Simeunovic, Mark Cremins, Olly Fay, Ricky Antolini, Robert De La Gauthier*, Sasha Kane, Scott Stone, Simon Angel, The 202 Owl, Wayne Stronell, Zero (17)Recorded By [Blood] – MatmosVocals, Performer [Digestion], Lyrics By – Dani Siciliano
4 Suddenly
Bass – Dave GreenPiano – Phil ParnellVocals, Lyrics By [Based On An Idea By] – Dani Siciliano
5 I Know
Arranged By – Matthew HerbertArranged By, Piano – Phil ParnellBass – Dave GreenDrums – Paul ClarvisEngineer – Facundo Rodriguez*Engineer [Assistant] – Louis Read*Trumpet, Flute – Peter Wraight
6 Leave Me Now
Bass – Matthew HerbertPiano – Phil ParnellVocals – Dani Siciliano
7 The Last Beat
Bass – Dave GreenDrums – Paul ClarvisEngineer – Facundo Rodriguez*Engineer [Assistant] – Louis Read*Piano – Phil ParnellVocals – Dani Siciliano
8 You Saw It All
Backing Vocals – Dani SicilianoPiano [Samples] – Phil ParnellRecorded By [Percussion] – MatmosVocals – Luca Santucci
9 On Reflection
Bass – Dave GreenCymbal [Ride] – Ashley MarloweFlute, Trumpet – Peter WraightPercussion [Knuckles, Hair, Skin, Teeth And Bones] – Matthew Herbert, Nick Denton (2)Percussion [Knuckles, Hair, Skin, Teeth And Bones], Vocals – Dani SicilianoPiano – Phil Parnell
10 About This Time Each Day
Bass – Dave GreenClarinet – Dani SicilianoGuitar – Jim MullenPiano – Phil Parnell
11 Addiction
Piano, Electric Piano [Rhodes], Bass – Matthew HerbertVocals – Dani Siciliano
12 I Miss You
Guitar – Jim MullenPerformer [New Orleans Funeral Clarinet Band] – Dani SicilianoVocals – Shingai Shoniwa
13 It's Only A Reprise
Arranged By [Horns], Flugelhorn, Flute, Trumpet – Peter WraightArranged By [Horns], Violin – Matthew HerbertVocals – Dani SicilianoVocals [Samples] – Shingai Shoniwa
14 The Audience
Electric Piano [Rhodes] – Phil ParnellPiano – Matthew HerbertVocals – Dani Siciliano, Shingai Shoniwa

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All tracks recorded in Swingtime, except: tracks 5 & 7 recorded at R.G. Jones

Track 1 - Recorded in October 00 before the birth of Sunray Star. All percussion sounds are from Ray herself and were added after her birth on 12.10.00. Lyrics started by Matthew Herbert and Dani Siciliano on Plakes Beach, Agios Ioannis, Greece August 00. Written according to the rules of PCCOM.
Track 2 - Started in 1996 at Cheap Studios Vienna and completed in Swingtime Dec 98
Track 3 - Recorded Jan 2001. All Percussion taken from Bodily Function Sounds kindly donated by Strangers.
Track 4 - Recorded August 00. Lyrics based on an Idea by Dani Siciliano.
Track 5 - Recorded June 97. Trumpet and Flute (by) Peter Wraight added in Swingtime Sept 00, additional percussion sampled from the recordings added six months and three years later. Written according to the rules of PCCOM.
Track 6 - Recorded originally in Jan 97 then completed over the next three years. Horns and Vocals that are no longer in it Peter Wraight and Shingai Shoniwa respectively, door slams recorded at Five Oak Green.
Track 7 - Recorded June 97. Additional percussion sampled from the recordings and added in Swingtime later. Original Version appeared on "Around The House" LP 1998. Written according to the rules of PCCOM.
Track 8 - Recorded in November 00. Percussion sounds taken from recordings of laser eye surgery (Laser in Situ Keratomileusis) kindly provided by Matmos in San Francisco and originally recorded for their album "A Chance To Cut Is A Chance To Cure". Written according to the rules of PCCOM.
Track 9 - Recorded October 00. Percussion sounds taken from the knuckles, hair skin, teeth and bones of Dani Siciliano, Matthew Herbert and Nick Detnon. Written according to the rules of PCCOM.
Track 10 - Recorded December 00. Written according to the rules of PCCOM.
Track 11 - Recorded September 00 and re-recorded Jan 01. All percussion sounds taken from bottles recycled behind London Road SE23. The scratch sound at the beginning is of a mouse trying to get out of a waste bin it had fallen into at the studio. Written according to the rules of PCCOM.
Track 12 - Recorded August 98. All eight vocal takes are used simultaneously. Written during the brits for MRH.
Track 13 - Recorded September 00. See track 2 for credits.
Track 14 - Recorded between January 00 and November 00. All percussion up to 4' 12" taken from the random contents of Dani's bag of the day of composition.

Published by Soundslike Music/Bucks Music. Mastered at The Exchange.
Made in France
Under exclusive license from Soundslike, part of Accidental Records.
℗ 2001 Soundslike
© 2001 !K7 Records

Incidental info:
Issued in a 6-panel Digipak (manufactured by Van de Steeg, Holland, under license from AGI, USA) with a clear tray. Lyrics printed on Cd.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 7 30003 70972 2
  • Barcode (Scanned): 730003709722
  • Label Code: LC 07306
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 1): K 7097 CD MPO 01 @
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 2): K 7097 CD MPO 01 @ 08
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 3): K 7097 CD MPO 01 @ 13
  • Matrix / Runout (Variant 4): K 7097 CD MPO 01 @ 12
  • Mastering SID Code (Variants 1 to 4): IFPI L031
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 1): IFPI 1201
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 2): IFPI 1224
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 3): IFPI 1205
  • Mould SID Code (Variant 4): IFPI 120B

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!K7097CD Herbert* Bodily Functions(CD, Album, Promo) !K7 Records !K7097CD Europe 2001 Sell This Version
!K7097LP Herbert* Bodily Functions(3x12", Album) Studio !K7 !K7097LP Germany 2001 Sell This Version
AC37CDJ Herbert* Bodily Functions (Special 10th Anniversary Edition)(2xCD, Album, RE, Gat) Accidental AC37CDJ Japan 2011 Sell This Version
AC66CD Herbert* Bodily Functions(CD, Album, RE + CD, Comp + S/Edition) Accidental AC66CD Europe 2012 Sell This Version


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July 9, 2016

Hands down one of the best albums of all time!!!


June 30, 2004
edited over 14 years ago

Herbert turns his considerable talents towards a more jazzy path with his album, Bodily Functions. Dani Siciliano is still in full effect on the romantic “You’re Unknown to Me” and the housey “It’s Only,” but other vocalists are introduced as well. Phil Parnell lends his soul to “You Saw It All” and Shingai Shoniwa’s husky voice works to great effect on “I Miss You” and in a duet with Dani on the marvelously complex “The Audience.” “Suddenly” and “Leave Me Now” are more of the sublime house that we crave, while jazz, replete with squelches and noise that only Herbert can manage, is the order of the day on “I Know,” the reworking of “The Last Beat,” and “On Reflection.” Another wonderful album from Herbert -- he just keeps getting better and better.


July 12, 2001
edited over 17 years ago
Brilliant! Normally I can't stand house music, but Herbert always comes through with something intelligent and tasteful that you can sit and listen to with headphones.
The album features samples of household sounds, a Herbert trademark. His collaboration with Matmos has led him to include medical samples (laser eye surgery) and body sounds, like the sampled sound of blood flowing through M.C. Schmidt's veins.
However creepy this may all sound, these songs are lush and beautiful. Dani Siciliano's singing reminds me a bit of Siouxsie's vocals with the Creatures. The lyrics themselves are a bit vague but definitely better than the "love will save the day" nonsense that house divas generally belt out.
Highly recommended.