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"Local Boy in the Photograph" is the first single by rock band Stereophonics. The song is taken from their début album, Word Gets Around and was released in March 1997. The song reached number 51 in the UK Singles Chart and upon its re-release in February 1998, it reached number 15.

"Local Boy in the Photograph"
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Single by Stereophonics
from the album Word Gets Around
B-side
Released1997
1998 (Re-release)
Format
Recorded1994 and 1997
GenreRock, britpop
Length3:22
LabelV2 Records
Songwriter(s)Kelly Jones
Richard Jones
Stuart Cable
Producer(s)Bird & Bush
Stereophonics singles chronology
"Looks Like Chaplin"
(1996)
"Local Boy in the Photograph"
(1997)
"More Life in a Tramps Vest"
(1997)

"Traffic"
(1997)

"Local Boy in the Photograph (reissue)"
(1998)

"The Bartender and the Thief"
(1998)

Title and lyricsEdit

During an interview with Sky Arts HD after his performance at the Hay Festival in June 2010, Kelly Jones explained the meaning of a few of his songs and said that "Local Boy in the Photograph" was based on the true story of local boy Paul David Boggis, who was killed by a train travelling between Cwmbach and Aberdare. All the songs on the album are about people and events in the Aberdare area.[1]

Stuart CableEdit

Following the death of former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable, a campaign was launched on Facebook to get the song to number one in the UK charts. On 13 June 2010 it re-entered the UK charts at number 60.[2]

Track listingEdit

All music written by Kelly Jones, Richard Jones and Stuart Cable. All lyrics composed by Kelly Jones; Except where indicated.

Initial release (1997)Edit

CD[3]
No.TitleLength
1."Local Boy in the Photograph"3:24
2."Looks Like Chaplin" (Not included on UK editions)2:33
3."Too Many Sandwiches"4:30
4."Buy Myself a Small Plane"3:15
7" vinyl
No.TitleLength
1."Local Boy in the Photograph"3:24
2."Too Many Sandwiches"4:30

Re-release (1998)Edit

CD 1 [4]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Local Boy in the Photograph" 3:23
2."Who'll Stop the Rain?"John Fogerty2:31
3."Check My Eyelids for Holes" 2:42
4."Local Boy in the Photograph" (video) 3:17
CD 2 [4]
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Local Boy in the Photograph" 3:25
2."Not Up to You" (Live at XFM) 4:41
3."The Last Resort" (Eagles cover)Don Henley, Glenn Frey6:21
4."Traffic" (video) 4:22
7" vinyl
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Local Boy in the Photograph" 3:23
2."Who'll Stop the Rain?"John Fogerty2:31

PersonnelEdit

ChartsEdit

Chart (1997) Peak
position
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[6] 59
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[7] 51
Chart (1998) Peak
position
Ireland (IRMA)[8] 28
Scotland (Official Charts Company)[9] 10
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 14
UK Indie (Official Charts Company)[11] 2
Chart (2010) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[2] 60

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[12] Silver 200,000 

 sales+streaming figures based on certification alone

Other versionsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "'Songbook Kelly Jones'". Retrieved 2 July 2010.
  2. ^ a b "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  3. ^ "Local Boy In The Photograph". The Stereophonics Ltd. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  4. ^ a b "Local Boy In The Photograph (re-released)". The Stereophonics Ltd. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
  5. ^ Word Gets Around (CD booklet). Stereophonics. V2 Records. 1997.CS1 maint: others (link)
  6. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  7. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  8. ^ "The Irish Charts – Search Results – Local Boy in the Photograph". Irish Singles Chart. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  9. ^ "Official Scottish Singles Sales Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  11. ^ "Official Independent Singles Chart Top 50". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  12. ^ "British single certifications – Stereophonics – Local Boy in the Photograph". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 16 August 2019. Select singles in the Format field. Select Silver in the Certification field. Type Local Boy in the Photograph in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.

External linksEdit