Belle and Sebastian's offshoots


Stuart Murdoch had the idea to do Belle and Sebastian songs from a female perspective, so he came up with the God Help The Girl project, which comprises an album, singles and an EP, all released in 2009. While the band played the music, the vocals were done by singers such as Catherine Ireton, Brittany Stallings and Linnea Jonsson.

It eventually became a musical film Murdoch wrote and directed that won a special jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival last year.


Singer and cellist Isobel Campbell was part of Belle and Sebastian from 1996, the year they formed, until 2002, when she left to focus on her solo career.

In 1999, she released her debut album, The Green Fields Of Foreverland, under the moniker The Gentle Waves. Critics loved the album and music website AllMusic called the tunes in the album "exquisite folk-pop gems". She switched back to her own name from her third album, Amorino (2003), and also released three albums with American alt-rock/grunge singer Mark Lanegan - Ballad Of The Broken Seas (2006), Sunday At Devil Dirt (2008) and Hawk (2010).


Belle and Sebastian's lead guitarist Stevie Jackson released his debut solo album in 2011 that he titled (I Can't Get No) Stevie Jackson, a pun on the Rolling Stones hit (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction. Besides featuring his Belle and Sebastian bandmates, the recording also had contributions from members of fellow indie groups The New Pornographers and The Pastels.

It received mixed reviews - AllMusic Guide praised him as a "a pop craftsman in his own right", but PopMatters said he tried "too hard".


Co-founder Stuart David first released his own music using the name Looper while he was still part of Belle and Sebastian in 1998. In 2000, he left the group to concentrate on his solo music as well as to focus on writing novels.

As Looper, he has released three albums, including 1999's Up A Tree, which music website Pitchfork called "far fresher than pretty much anything you can hear on the radio today", and three EPs.

Looper's songs have also been used in Hollywood films Vanilla Sky (2001) and The Girl Next Door (2004).

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