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Tales from Turnpike House
Studio album by Saint Etienne
Released June 13, 2005 (2005-06-13)
Recorded 2005
Genre Synthpop
Alternative rock
Length 44:11
Label Sanctuary
Savoy Jazz
Producer Saint Etienne, Ian Catt, Xenomania
Professional reviews
Saint Etienne chronology
Travel Edition 1990-2005
Tales From Turnpike House
Nice Price
Singles from Tales from Turnpike House
  1. "Side Streets"
    Released: June 6, 2005 (2005-06-06)
  2. "A Good Thing"
    Released: October 31, 2005 (2005-10-31)
  3. "Stars Above Us"
    Released: February 28, 2006 (2006-02-28)

Tales from Turnpike House is an album by British pop group Saint Etienne. It was released June 13, 2005 (2005-06-13) on Sanctuary Records and preceded by a single for "Side Streets" on June 6, 2005 (2005-06-06). The album features two tracks co-written and producted by Xenomania ("Lightning Strikes Twice" and "Stars Above Us") as well as a guest vocal from 1970s pop star David Essex.

The album is a concept album about life in a block of flats in Islington, London.

In the United States, the album was released January 24, 2006 (2006-01-24) by Savoy Jazz.

Initial quantities of the UK release came with a bonus EP of children's music entitled Up the Wooden Hills. The band felt that music for young children under seven was fed into unexceptional pop music, and wanted to make music that children and parents could enjoy together.

2-disc editions of the U.S. release included instead the Savoy Nu Groove Sampler, containing six tracks from various Savoy Jazz releases, including "Side Streets" from the album itself.


Track listing


UK release

  1. "Sun in My Morning" – 2:41
  2. "Milk Bottle Symphony" – 4:03
  3. "Lightning Strikes Twice" – 3:45
  4. "Slow Down at the Castle" – 4:42
  5. "A Good Thing" – 4:00
  6. "Side Streets" – 2:56
  7. "Last Orders for Gary Stead" – 4:28
  8. "Stars Above Us" – 3:24
  9. "Relocate" – 3:09
  10. "Bird Man of EC1" – 2:47
  11. "Teenage Winter" – 5:45
  12. "Goodnight" – 2:31

Up the Wooden Hills

  1. "You Can Count On Me" – 3:58
  2. "Barnyard Brou Ha Ha" – 0:59
  3. "Let's Build a Zoo" – 2:34
  4. "Excitation" – 2:12
  5. "Bedfordshire" – 3:58
  6. "Night Owl" – 2:05

Japan bonus tracks

The Japan release inserts two B-sides from the "Side Streets" single in the middle of the track listing.

  1. "The Leyton Art Inferno"
  2. "Got a Job"

U.S. release

The U.S. release rearranged the track listing considerably, adding some songs while removing others. "I'm Falling" is a B-side from the second single, "A Good Thing".

  1. "Side Streets" – 2:56
  2. "A Good Thing" – 4:00
  3. "Sun in My Morning" – 2:41
  4. "Milk Bottle Symphony" – 4:03
  5. "Dream Lover" – 3:32
  6. "Lightning Strikes Twice" – 3:45
  7. "Slow Down at the Castle" – 4:42
  8. "Oh My" – 4:02
  9. "Last Orders for Gary Stead" – 4:28
  10. "I'm Falling" – 4:22
  11. "Stars Above Us" – 3:24
  12. "Teenage Winter" – 5:45
  13. "Goodnight" – 2:31


  • "Side Streets" (6 June 2005)
  • "A Good Thing" (31 October 2005)
  • "Stars Above Us" (Released as "Dance Remixes Vol. 1" - U.S. only EP) (February 28, 2006)

Lightning Strikes Twice was mooted as a potential second single on the official website with a Xenomania Mix mentioned.


Saint Etienne are:



This is the second Saint Etienne album to feature David Essex. So Tough samples dialogue by him from the film That'll Be the Day.

The song "A Good Thing" was featured on the soundtrack to the 2006 Pedro Almodóvar film Volver.

Turnpike House is a high-rise block of flats in Goswell Road, EC1 - an area of (ex)-council blocks between fashionable Clerkenwell and Upper Street link


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