White on Blonde

White on Blonde
Studio album by Texas
Released 3 February 1997
Recorded 1994–97
Chateau De La Rouge Motte, France
The Church, London
Abbey Road Studios, London
Love Net, Shar's House
Parklane Studios
Length 47:06
Label Mercury
Texas chronology
Ricks Road
White on Blonde
The Hush
Alternate 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
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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 sales of over 1.8 million copies.

Background and release

The album included 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) which was 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.[2] The album was also a major success in various European countries, such as France where it peaked at #2 on the French Album Charts. Worldwide, sales of White on Blonde are estimated at around 4-5 million copies. The album was produced by the band themselves, along with Mike Hedges and former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart.[3]


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.[4] The album is also ranked #34 in Q's "Best 50 Albums of Q's Lifetime,"[3] included in Q magazine's "90 Best Albums Of The 1990s," and included in Q magazine's "50 Best Albums of 1997."[3]

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.

Track listing

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, Mark Rae, Steve Christian4:50
14."Breathless"  McElhone, SpiteriTexas, Hedges3:55
15."Sunday Is the Saddest Day" (Japanese bonus track)  4:11


Other Personnel


Chart (1997) Peak
Australian Albums Chart[5] 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
Preceded by
Glow by Reef
The Fat of the Land by The Prodigy
UK number-one album
15 February 1997 – 21 February 1997
23 August 1997 – 29 August 1997
Succeeded by
Blur by Blur
Be Here Now by Oasis



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  4. "The 100 Greatest Albums in the Universe", Q, February 1998
  5. "australian-charts.com > Texas discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-09-16.
  6. "Les Certifications > Texas". InfoDisc Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Retrieved 2011-07-17.
  7. "IFPI Sweden > Guld & Platina > 1987-1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  8. "IFPI Swiss Certifications" (in German). hitparade.ch International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
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