It Ended on an Oily Stage

"It Ended on an Oily Stage" was the first published single from British Sea Power's second album Open Season. It reached number 18 in the UK Singles Chart[1] and was critically praised, with the NME giving it their Track of the Week award. It received heavy airplay from the alternative radio sector. This track was previously called "Elegiac Stanzas" but was renamed when the band questioned whether radio presenters would be able to pronounce it.

"It Ended on an Oily Stage"
Single by British Sea Power
from the album Open Season
Released21 March 2005
FormatCD, E-CD, 7" Vinyl
LengthCD – 9:46
E-CD – 9:50
7" – 7:11
LabelRough Trade Records
Songwriter(s)Martin Noble, Jan Scott Wilkinson, Neil Hamilton Wilkinson, Matthew Wood
Producer(s)Mads Bjerke
British Sea Power singles chronology
"A Lovely Day Tomorrow"
"It Ended on an Oily Stage"
"Please Stand Up"

Track listings

Cd (rtradscd220)

  1. "It Ended on an Oily Stage" (BSP) – 4:23
  2. "Green Grass of Tunnel" (Gunnar Tynes/Kristín Anna Valtýsdóttir/Gyda Valtýsdóttir/Örvar Smârason) – 5:23


  1. "It Ended on an Oily Stage" (BSP) – 4:23
  2. "When I Go Out (from the Evangeline sessions)" (Yan) – 2:44
  3. "Crystal Horse" (Hamilton/BSP) – 2:43

Also features the promo video for "It Ended on an Oily Stage" as a CD-ROM extra.

7" Vinyl (RTRADS220)

  1. "It Ended on an Oily Stage" (BSP) – 4:23
  2. "Don't You Want to Be a Bird?" (Hamilton/BSP) – 2:48


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