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The Death of Cool is the third studio album from UK alternative rock group Kitchens of Distinction, released in August 1992. The album is the follow-up to 1991's Strange Free World and was once again produced by Hugh Jones.

While considered by most fans to be their strongest effort, the album was largely ignored by the general public in the midst of the popularity of grunge rock in 1992. Allmusic critic Ned Raggett praises the album as a "multifaceted, deeply felt hour of music that is easily the equal of such similar masterpieces of post-punk guitar rock as The Chameleons' Script of the Bridge and The Sound's Heads and Hearts." Lead singer Patrick Fitzgerald said this of the album:

Track listing

All songs written and performed by Kitchens of Distinction.
  1. "What Happens Now?" – 4:33
  2. "4 Men" – 4:12
  3. "On Tooting Broadway Stationmarker" – 5:05
  4. "Breathing Fear" – 3:43
  5. "Gone World Gone" – 8:01
  6. "When in Heaven" – 5:15
  7. "Mad as Snow" – 7:22
  8. "Smiling" – 3:22
  9. "Blue Pedal" – 7:35
  10. "Can't Trust the Waves" (lead vocal by Julian Swales) – 3:25


  • "Breathing Fear" (May 1992)
    • 7" single b/w: "Goodbye Voyager"
    • CD and 12" single b/w: "Goodbye Voyager" / "Skin" / "Airshifting"
  • "When in Heaven" (August 1992)
    • b/w: "Glittery Dust" / "Don't Come Back" / "Spacedolphins"


  • Patrick Fitzgerald – vocals, bass
  • Julian Swales – guitar, vocals
  • Dan Goodwin – drums, percussion
  • Katie Meehan – vocals on "4 Men"
  • Caroline Lavelle – cello on "Breathing Fear"
  • Tim Sanders – soprano saxophone on "Can't Trust the Waves"
  • Hugh Jones – producer, engineer, percussion on "Gone World Gone"
  • John Cornfield – assistant engineer
  • Dylan Spalding – tape operator
  • Helen Woodward – mixing engineer
  • Simon Van Zwanenberg – assistant mixing engineer
  • Colin Bell – photography
  • Brent Linley – backgrounds
  • Sleeve design by Cactus
  • Recorded at The Sawmills, Cornwall
  • Mixed at The Roundhouse, London
  • Mastered at Tape One

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