Ignore the Ignorant

Ignore the Ignorant is the fourth studio album by British indie rock band The Cribs, released via Wichita Recordings on 7 September 2009,[1] following the release of first single 'Cheat on Me' on 31 August. Warner Bros. Records released the album one day later on 8 September in North America as a digital download, then given a physical outlet later in the year on 10 November.[citation needed]

Ignore the Ignorant
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Studio album by
Released7 September 2009
RecordedSeedy Underbelly Studio, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles
GenreIndie rock, alternative rock
LabelUnited KingdomRepublic of Ireland Wichita Recordings

United StatesCanada Warner Bros. Records
AustraliaNew Zealand Shock
Europe Cooperative Music

Japan Hostess
ProducerNick Launay
The Cribs chronology
Men's Needs, Women's Needs, Whatever
Ignore the Ignorant
In the Belly of the Brazen Bull
Singles from Ignore the Ignorant
  1. "Cheat on Me"
    Released: 31 August 2009
  2. "We Share the Same Skies"
    Released: 6 November 2009


After a chance meeting with Johnny Marr in Portland, OR, the band invited the guitarist to join as a touring member in February 2008, with the prospect of recording together proposed for the future. The remainder of year found the band writing new material in Portland, OR, Manchester and Wakefield, with a short UK tour that took place at the ABC, Glasgow, the Manchester Ritz for two nights, St. George's Hall, Bradford and Heaven, London used to roadtest some of the new songs before recording commenced.[2]


Sessions for the album began first with rehearsal/pre-production in January 2009 at a rented, rural barn in Oregon City, OR. However, the band soon relocated to record the majority of the LP at Seedy Underbelly Studios, Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles with producer Nick Launay throughout spring and summer 2009. The main body of the recording found completion in three separate weeks, with another seven-day stretch spent on overdubs and mixing. Launay oversaw the mixing process too, with assistance from Atom and engineers Nick Veitbakk and Erick Phillips. Additional mixing took place at British Grove Studios, London, with Tim Young mastering the final recordings at Metropolis.[3]


As per previous Cribs releases, Nick Scott provided the cover and inlay artwork, assisted on this occasion by Nell Frizzell amongst others. The four-piece line-up of the band included Gary on vocals and bass, Ross on drums and percussion, Ryan on vocals and guitar and Johnny on guitar and backing vocals. However, some songs featured additional instrumentation. Gary played Hammond organ on ‘We Share the Same Skies’ and 'Victim of Mass Production'. For 'Save Your Secrets', Gary played guitar and kalimba piano, with Ryan on baritone, and in turn, Gary takes on the latter instrument and mellotron for 'Stick to Yr Guns' whereas Ryan features on violin and additional mellotron.


Initially, opening track 'We Were Aborted' received a debut on the Radio 6 Steve Lamacq show, becoming available for free download that day. Two singles found release to promote the album. The first single arrived on 31 August 2009 with 'Cheat on Me', while 6 November brought 'We Share the Same Skies'.

Critical receptionEdit

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
Allmusic      link
BBC(positive) link
Drowned in Sound(5/10) link
The Fly      link
musicOMH      link
The Guardian      link
NME           link
Pitchfork Media(7.0/10) link

Ignore the Ignorant has received generally favorable reviews from music critics. At Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the album received an average score of 75 based on 17 reviews.[4]

Robert Earle of Stereola gave the album 9 out of 10, describing Ignore the Ignorant as "a masterpiece from start to finish."[citation needed]

In December 2009, Mojo magazine placed the album at number eleven in their 'Albums of the Year' chart, with The Fly going several places higher at seven in their respective version and NME offering thirtieth position. In Japan, Crossbeat magazine continued the trend with a number eight ranking for their 'Albums of 2009' list, whilst Music Magazine provided the high accolade of number one.


Publication Accolade Year Rank
Mojo Albums of the Year 2009
NME Albums of the year 2009
The Fly Albums of the year 2009

The Roses EditionEdit

A special, de luxe box set edition of the record, nicknamed The Roses Edition, found release in areas local to the band. The Cribs hoped to encourage people in buying the physical format of the album, and in doing so support local record stores. Originally, The Roses Edition only found availability from record stores in Yorkshire, Lancashire and Oregon. However, due to demand, many record stores stocked this version of the album. The box contains Ignore the Ignorant, a live CD of the band performing in February, Live at the Ritz, Manchester, a DVD documentary of the recording of the album, Secrets Saved, and a silent film titled The Serpent and the Peach, recorded predominantly on a hand-held camera by Ryan.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Gary Jarman, Ross Jarman, Ryan Jarman and Johnny Marr.

1."We Were Aborted"3:09
2."Cheat on Me"3:24
3."We Share the Same Skies"3:15
4."City of Bugs"6:22
5."Hari Kari"3:44
6."Last Year's Snow"3:35
7."Emasculate Me"3:35
8."Ignore the Ignorant"3:18
9."Save Your Secrets"4:29
11."Victim of Mass Production"4:08
12."Stick to Yr Guns"5:08
iTunes bonus track
13."Is Anybody There?"3:08


The album reached number eight on the UK Albums Chart, the highest-charting release for the band. Released the same week as all of the de luxe Beatles re-issues, Ignore the Ignorant outsold all but two of them in the first week. As great admirers of the Liverpudlian foursome, the band described this in various interviews at the time as "surreal".

Charts (2009) Peak
UK Albums Chart 8


  1. ^ "New Release: The Cribs: Ignore the Ignorant". Pitchfork. Retrieved 7 February 2012.
  2. ^ "Johnny Marr and the Jarmans: The Cribs, the Smiths and the Trouble with Indie". Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  3. ^ "Cribs Announce New LP Title and Tracklisting". NME. Retrieved 1 September 2012.
  4. ^ a b "Ignore the Ignorant Reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved 2 September 2013.
  5. ^ "MOJO's Top 50 Albums of 2009". Albumoftheyear.org. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  6. ^ "NME's best albums and tracks of 2009". Nme.com. 10 October 2016. Retrieved 8 December 2021.
  7. ^ The Fly magazine UK, Channelfly, December 2009 edition