Carrion/Apologies to Insect Life

"Carrion"/"Apologies to Insect Life" is a double A-side single by British Sea Power. Both songs feature on their debut album, The Decline of British Sea Power, and this was the first single to be issued after its release. Reaching No. 36 in the UK,[1] the single received rave reviews and was the band's first Top 40 hit. Despite videos being made for both tracks and the nature of the release, most of the airplay and coverage was given to "Carrion", the more pop-oriented song, which is considered by many fans to be one of the band's defining tracks. "Apologies to Insect Life" is far more angular and has obvious post-punk influences. 1,942 copies were issued of the 7", each individually named with a British coastal feature. Two different mixes of both songs appear across the releases. The Commander's Croft version of "Carrion" is the one featured on the album.

"Carrion/Apologies to Insect Life"
Single by British Sea Power
from the album The Decline of...
Released30 June 2003
Format2x CD, 7" Vinyl
LengthCD 1 13:31
CD 2 10:45
7" 6:58
LabelRough Trade Records
Songwriter(s)Martin Noble, Jan Scott Wilkinson, Neil Hamilton Wilkinson, Matthew Wood (both songs)
Producer(s)Mads Bjerke
British Sea Power singles chronology
"Childhood Memories"
"Carrion" / "Apologies to Insect Life"
"Remember Me"

Track listings

Disk 1 (RTRADESCD092)

  1. "Carrion (Commander's Croft mix)" (BSP) 4:04
  2. "Apologies to Insect Life" (BSP) 2:51
  3. "Heavenly Waters" (Hamilton/BSP) 6:36

Disk 2 (RTRADESCD092X)

  1. "Carrion (Ridgeway mix)" (BSP) 4:07
  2. "Apologies to Insect Life (Russian Rock demo)" (BSP) 3:02
  3. "Albert's Eyes" (Yan/BSP) 3:36

7" Vinyl (RTRADES092)

  1. "Carrion (Ridgeway mix)" (BSP) 4:07
  2. "Apologies to Insect Life" (BSP) 2:51


  1. "UK Official Charts: British Sea Power". Official Charts Company. 2016. Retrieved 16 December 2016.
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