311 (album)

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311
Studio album by 311
Released July 25, 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock, rap rock, alternative metal, rap metal, reggae rock
Length 39:58
Label Capricorn/Volcano
Producer Ron Saint Germain
311 chronology
Grassroots
(1994)
311
(1995)
Transistor
(1997)
Singles from 311
  1. "Don't Stay Home"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Down"
    Released: July 9, 1996
  3. "All Mixed Up"
    Released: October 29, 1996

311 is the third studio album by American rock band 311. The album, often referred to as "The Blue Album", was released July 25, 1995. The album contained three successful singles, "Don't Stay Home", "All Mixed Up", and "Down", resulting in the band's mainstream breakthrough. It has been certified triple platinum with sales over three million albums. The album, unlike the first two, was recorded live, with no instrumental over-dubs. This album is home to some of their most relaxed music ("Purpose", "Sweet") and also some of their hardest-hitting ("Hive", "Brodels", "T & P Combo"). It is also the first album to not feature heavy slap bass, with the only appearance being in a small segment of "Misdirected Hostility".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (average)[2]

Allmusic gave the album a positive review, commenting that Nick Hexum and S.A. Martinez lends the band an edge not found in most rock bands that feature rapping.[1] Rolling Stone says the album has "ear candy with good beats" and "remarkably adept at genre juggling". They also describe the album as "Beasties-cum-Chili Peppers traits has a potent reggae undertow".[2]

Track Listing[edit]

  1. "Down" (Hexum, Martinez) – 2:53
  2. "Random" (Sexton, Hexum, Martinez) – 3:07
  3. "Jackolantern's Weather" (Sexton, Hexum, Martinez) – 3:24
  4. "All Mixed Up" (Hexum, Martinez) – 3:02
  5. "Hive" (Sexton, Hexum, Martinez) – 3:00
  6. "Guns (Are for Pussies)" (Sexton, Hexum, Martinez) – 2:17
  7. "Misdirected Hostility" (Hexum, Martinez) – 3:00 (see below)
  8. "Purpose" (Hexum) – 2:45
  9. "Loco" (Mahoney, Hexum) – 1:53
  10. "Brodels" (Sexton, Hexum, Martinez) – 3:33
  11. "Don't Stay Home" (Hexum) – 2:44
  12. "DLMD" (Hexum, Martinez) – 2:14
  13. "Sweet" (Mahoney, Hexum, Martinez) – 3:15
  14. "T & P Combo" (Mahoney, Wills, Hexum, Martinez) – 2:50

Misdirected Hostility was written in reference to the violence between the Phunk Junkeez and their back-up vocalist K-Tel Disco. The initial pressing of the album was distributed by "RED" and later repressed and distributed by "Mercury Records" in 1996 (note the tray card and disk updated with "Mercury" contact information and slightly washed out color on the disk front).

Outtakes[edit]

  • "Tribute", "Let the Cards Fall", "Gap" and "Firewater (Slo-mo)" (available on the "Enlarged to Show Detail" EP)
  • "Who's Got the Herb?" (studio version available on the "Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML" compilation, live version available on the "Live" album)
  • "Outside" (available on the "National Lampoon's Senior Trip" soundtrack)
  • "Juan Bond", "Next (Instrumental)", "Sweet (Demo)" without SA's vocal and "Firewater" at its normal speed leaked on the internet around '96)

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

  • Producer: Ron Saint Germain, 311
  • Recorded & mixed by Ron Saint Germain & Scott Ralston, assisted by John Ewing Jr., at NRG Studios
  • Art Direction: Diane Painter
  • Design: Terry Robertson
  • Photography: Catherine Wessel

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1995 Heatseekers 1
1995 The Billboard 200 12

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "Don't Stay Home" Modern Rock Tracks 29
1996 "Down" Hot 100 Airplay 37
1996 "Down" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1996 "Down" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
1996 "All Mixed Up" Hot 100 Airplay 36
1996 "All Mixed Up" Modern Rock Tracks 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stepek, Peter. "311 - 311". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  2. ^ a b Fricke, David (1996-12-09). "Review on 311 and No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 

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