Stingin' Belle

Album: Opposites (2012)


  • The first single from Biffy Clyro's sixth album, Opposites, was given its official premiere in the UK on Zane Lowe's Radio 1 show on July 30, 2012. Speaking of the tune, frontman Simon Neil told the DJ: "It was one of the first songs that really clicked when we were recording it. It represents the record. It shows how over-the-top the record is. It might be our last really over-the-top record. We're still keeping things musical, still being as weird as we've always been."
  • Discussing the theme of Opposites, Neil told Q magazine: "It's an album about a fork in the road and how your decisions can take you on one path or the other. One path is the right decisions and one path is the wrong decisions - and each album is going to represent each path."
  • Neil explained to Kerrang! how the tune was created: "The song all came from jamming it around the house. I don't use amplifiers or anything when I'm writing a song. I always like to think that if a song works through a guitar that isn't amplified, then it's definitely going to work through an amplifier."
  • The song features a guest appearance by the only Scottish bagpiper in California. Neil explained to NME: "The question is, why have there not been any two-minute bagpipe solos for the last 20 years? From the first time I played 'Stingin' Belle' it felt Scottish. Even when we flung our riffmania on it, it was still 'This f---ing NEEDS bagpipes.' It wasn't even like we wanted to try them."
  • Neil explained the song's meaning to Kerrang!: "I think it's about truth and honesty, and how sometimes it can be harder to tell the truth than stay silent or lie; be it music, friendships, family. It's so easy to abandon the truth to spare your feelings or someone else's, but it always ends up going awry."


Be the first to comment...

Editor's Picks

Emilio Castillo from Tower of Power

Emilio Castillo from Tower of PowerSongwriter Interviews

Emilio talks about what it's like to write and perform with the Tower of Power horns, and why every struggling band should have a friend like Huey Lewis.

Jesus In Pop Hits: The Gospel Songs That Went Mainstream

Jesus In Pop Hits: The Gospel Songs That Went MainstreamSong Writing

These overtly religious songs crossed over to the pop charts, despite resistance from fans, and in many cases, churches.

Jeff Trott

Jeff TrottSongwriter Interviews

Sheryl Crow's longtime songwriting partner/guitarist Jeff Trott reveals the stories behind many of the singer's hits, and what its like to be a producer for Leighton Meester and Max Gomez.

Millie Jackson

Millie JacksonSongwriter Interviews

Outrageously gifted and just plain outrageous, Millie is an R&B and Rap innovator.

Did They Really Sing In That Movie?

Did They Really Sing In That Movie?Fact or Fiction

Bradley Cooper, Michael J. Fox, Rami Malek, Reese Witherspoon, Gwyneth Paltrow and George Clooney: Which actors really sang in their movies?

Donald Fagen

Donald FagenSongwriter Interviews

Fagen talks about how the Steely Dan songwriting strategy has changed over the years, and explains why you don't hear many covers of their songs.