White on Blonde

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White on Blonde
Studio album by
Released3 February 1997
StudioChateau De La Rouge Motte, France
The Church Studios, London
Abbey Road Studios, London
Love Net, Shar's House
Parklane Studios, Glasgow, Scotland
Texas chronology
Ricks Road
White on Blonde
The Hush
Alternate cover
Japanese bonus cover
Japanese bonus cover
Singles from White on Blonde
  1. "Say What You Want"
    Released: 6 January 1997
  2. "Halo"
    Released: 7 April 1997
  3. "Black Eyed Boy"
    Released: 28 July 1997
  4. "Put Your Arms Around Me"
    Released: 3 November 1997
  5. "Insane" / "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)"
    Released: 9 March 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
The Guardian3/5 stars[2]

White on Blonde is the fourth studio album by Scottish rock band Texas, released by Mercury Records on 3 February 1997. The album was the band's first number one, and became their biggest seller. It has been certified 6x Platinum by the British Phonographic Industry for shipments of over 1.8 million copies, and has sold 1.65 million as of January 2017.[3]

Background and release[edit]

The album includes five UK Top Ten singles: "Say What You Want" (UK #3), "Halo" (UK #10), "Black Eyed Boy" (UK #5), "Put Your Arms Around Me" (UK #10) and "Insane" (UK #4), the latter released as a double A-sided single with "Say What You Want (All Day, Every Day)", a new version of the 1997 hit featuring additional rap vocals by the Wu-Tang Clan.

White on Blonde has been certified 6x Platinum in the UK, which indicates sales of over 1.8 million copies in that territory.[4] The album was also a major success in various European countries, such as France where it peaked at #2 on the French Album Charts. The album was produced by the band themselves, along with Mike Hedges and former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart.[5]


White on Blonde has received many honours since its release in 1997. It was voted the 86th greatest album of all time by Q magazine readers in 1998.[6] The album is also ranked #34 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime,"[5] included in Q magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s," and included in Q magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."[5]

White on Blonde became the first Texas album to top the UK Album Charts and is one of only two Texas albums (along with The Greatest Hits) to be certified 6x Platinum in the United Kingdom.

In 2010, White on Blonde was nominated in the BRIT Awards Best Album in the past 25 years.

On the other hand, White on Blonde was voted the worst Scottish album ever in a 2007 online poll of music fans.[7][8]

Track listing[edit]

1."0.34" (Introduction)Johnny McElhone, Sharleen SpiteriTexas0:34
2."Say What You Want"McElhone, SpiteriTexas3:53
3."Drawing Crazy Patterns"McElhone, SpiteriTexas3:52
4."Halo"McElhone, SpiteriTexas, Mike Hedges4:10
5."Put Your Arms Around Me"McElhone, Spiteri, Dave Stewart, Robert HodgensDave Stewart, Texas4:33
6."Insane"McElhone, SpiteriTexas, Hedges4:45
7."Black Eyed Boy"McElhone, Spiteri, Eddie Campbell, Richard Hynd, HodgensTexas3:10
8."Polo Mint City"McElhone, SpiteriTexas1:37
9."White on Blonde"McElhone, SpiteriTexas3:46
10."Postcard"McElhone, SpiteriTexas4:00
11."0.28" (Interlude) Texas0:28
12."Ticket to Lie"McElhone, Spiteri, HodgensTexas3:31
13."Good Advice"McElhone, Spiteri, Mark Rae, Steve ChristianTexas, Rae & Christian4:50
14."Breathless"McElhone, SpiteriTexas, Hedges3:55
15."Sunday Is the Saddest Day" (Japanese bonus track)  4:11
Japanese Deluxe Edition bonus tracks
15."Say What You Want" (Mary Anne Hobbs acoustic session)  
16."Halo" (808 mix)  
17."Black Eyed Boy" (Neo-Northern Bossa Nova mix)McElhone, Spiteri, Campbell, Hynd, Hodgens 
19."Say What You Want" (Rae & Christian mix)  
Interactive Songbook bonus disc
1."Say What You Want" (Music video) 
2."Halo" (Music video) 
3."Black Eyed Boy" (Music video) 
4."Put Your Arms Around Me" (Music video) 
5."Sing Along" 
6."Riff Guide" 
8."Three Level Quiz" 


Other Personnel
  • Roger Ward – Guitar
  • Paul Taylor – Programming
  • Alex Silva – Programming, Keyboards
  • Terry Disley – Programming, Keyboards
  • Martin Greene – Strings (Arrangement)
  • Claire Miles – Strings
  • Anne Stephenson – Strings
  • Sally Herbert – Strings
  • Claire Orsler – Strings
  • Susan Dench – Strings
  • Gini Ball – Strings
  • Chris Pitsillide – Strings
  • Steven Granville – Backing vocals



Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[9] 25
Austrian Albums Chart 32
Dutch Albums Chart 21
French Albums Chart 2
German Albums Chart 44
New Zealand Albums Chart 36
Norwegian Albums Chart 17
Spanish Albums Chart 4
Swedish Albums Chart 12
Swiss Albums Chart 25
UK Albums Chart 1


Region Certification Certified units/sales
Belgium (BEA)[10] Gold 25,000*
France (SNEP)[12] Platinum 500,000[11]
New Zealand (RMNZ)[13] Gold 7,500^
Sweden (GLF)[14] Gold 40,000^
Spain 200,000[15]
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[16] Platinum 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[18] 6× Platinum 1,652,100[17]
Europe (IFPI)[19] 3× Platinum 3,000,000*
Worldwide N/A 4,000,000 [20]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


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