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Belle & Sebastian: A Treasure Hunt to Find the Influences Hidden in Their Music

Like Bowie in the seventies and the Smiths in the eighties, Belle & Sebastian have created a myth for themselves by celebrating those of other artists', both famous and obscure. For nearly fifteen years, leader Stuart Murdoch and the band have used dozens of touchstones from the last half-century of pop culture as material for B&S’s music, lyrics, and image, and lifelong fans revel in spotting them. On the eve of their first album in four years, Belle and Sebastian Write About Love, out October 12, we’ve put together a scrapbook of some of the best B&S shout-outs, name-checks, and swoons. Of course, there's no way to peg all of them, so please tell us what we missed in the comments (or save them for your diaries).

Photo: Marisa Pritivera