8 Soothing Songs for Rut

8 Soothing Songs For Rut is the second studio album by the Norwegian rock band Motorpsycho, then still tinged in hard rock and alternative metal. It was first released as vinyl-only-mini-album called "Soothe" but later re-released on CD with two additional tracks from the single "3 Songs For Rut". Both titles were merged into "8 Soothing Songs For Rut". The music is very raw and hard, but also shows glimpses of Prog, as in the nearly 10-minute long "Lighthouse Girl".

Track listing (CD)

  1. Have Fun – 3:48
  2. Loaded – 2:50
  3. Lighthouse Girl – 9:23
  4. Sister Confusion – 5:53
  5. The Wait – 6:41
  6. Step Inside – 7:11
  7. We all float down here too! – 1:06
  8. California dreamin' – 5:07
  9. Nr. 1, 4, 5 by Sæther.
  10. Nr. 2, 7 by Sæther/Ryan/Gebhardt.
  11. Nr. 3, 5 by Sæther/Ryan.
  12. Nr. 8 by Phillips/Gilliam.

Track listing (LP "Soothe")

Side A (45 rpm)

  1. Lighthouse Girl – 9:23

Side B (33 rpm)

  1. Sister Confusion – 5:53
  2. The Wait – 6:41
  3. Step Inside – 7:11
  4. We all float down here! – 1:06
  5. California dreamin' – 5:07


  • Bent Sæther: vocals, bass, guitars, piano, percussion
  • Hans Magnus Ryan: guitars, taurus, piano, back. vocals
  • Håkon Gebhardt: drums, percussion


  • Lars Lien: back. vocals on "California Dreamin'"


  • The vinyl version was pressed as a 100 ex. limited steel box It is now a very rare collectors item, probably the most sought after. Also it is said that only 70-80 ex. actually were sold because some of them were misprints. But there was also a regular version.
  • It was the first album to feature Deathprod as a collaborateur, back then he helped designing the sleeve. Later he produced every album they made (with the exception of the two "Tussler"-records and Black Hole/Blank Canvas).
  • It also was the first album to have the Motorpsycho-"tattoo"-logo on it. It was designed by Theo Jak and Bent Sæther actually has it on his left arm.
  • Lars Lien, long time-collaborateur and band member in 1994 (and also member of The International Tussler Society), also showed up here for the first time, he did some of the engineering.
  • Håkon Gebhardt also has his first appearance on "Soothe", he replaced Kjell Runar "Killer" Jensen on drums.
  • The short instrumental "We all float down here!" is played backwards on the CD version, and therefore named "We all float down here too!". It features a sample of the movie "It", based on the book by Stephen King.
  • The song "Step inside" was later re-recorded for Demon Box because the band was unsatisfied with the version included here.
  • "Sister Confusion" was also re-recorded a second time, for the "Mountain" EP, then called "Sister Confusion (confused version)".
  • The vinyl version has a different mix of "California Dreamin'". It is, according to Bent Sæther, "a lot cooler".
  • "Have Fun" and "Loaded" were originally released on the "3 Songs For Rut" single, together with the song "Some Real Mindfuck".
  • The title of the record is mis-spelled on the CD itself, where it states "8 Soothing Songs for Ruth".
  • There were videos made for "Have Fun" and "California dreamin'".

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