02/97 - UK CD/CS/LP [Fontana ???]
02/97 - GE CD/CS/LP [Fontana ???]
02/97 - UK CD [Fontana WHIP1] (promo, cardboard sleeve)
02/97 - UK CD [Fontana WHIP2] (promo, also contains band interview)
02/97 - US CD [Fontana WHIP1 LC 0211] (promo, brown cardboard sleeve)
Note: Early promos of Whiplash featured different names for two of the songs. Play Dead was known as Whiplash, Watering Hole as Angel.
97 - UK Interview CD [Fontana WHIP2]
97 - JP CD [??] (+ bonus track Gone Too Far)
From the Mercury records site...
James returns to follow up their 1993 breakthrough release Laid with a new studio album, Whiplash, featuring 11 new tracks. After a worldwide tour, a year of promotion for Laid, and lead singer Tim Booth's collaborative project with Angelo Badalamenti (Booth & The Bad Angel), the band returned to the studio to once again work with Brian Eno. This time, the band was also joined by Stephen Hague (New Order, Siouxie & The Banshees) as producer.
The secret behind She's A star:
She's A Star was written after Tim met a woman called Zerena, who inspired him to write lyrics about the strength and influence of the opposite sex. "I wanted a really positive affirmation about a woman coming into her own power. The particular person I was going out with at the time, her middle name was Zerena, which meant star...that's what the song's about - about a woman coming into her own - you know, dont turn down the flame - put on your shades if you can't see, it's like - just let them shine."