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This article is about the Sebadoh album. For the fund raising event, see Bake sale.
Studio album by Sebadoh
Released August 23, 1994
Recorded 1994
Genre Indie rock
Length 41:51
Label Sub Pop Records (USA)
Domino Records (UK)
City Slang Records (Germany)
Producer Tim O'Heir
Sebadoh chronology
Bubble and Scrape
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club A−[2]
Robert Christgau A[3]
Consequence of Sound 4.5/5 stars[4]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[5]
musicOMH 4.5/5 stars[6]
Pitchfork Media (8.5/10)[7]
Prefix (9/10)[8]
Spin (7/10)[9]
Sputnikmusic 4.5/5 stars[10]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[11]

Bakesale is the fifth album by American indie rock band, Sebadoh. It was released by Sub Pop in 1994.

Bakesale was the first Sebadoh album released following the departure of founding member, Eric Gaffney, though he did drum on four of the album's tracks from a session engineered by Bob Weston. Tara Jane O'Neil also contributed drums to three tracks on the album. Bob Fay, who had previously filled in for the unreliable Gaffney, officially joined the band for this record.

The album cover is a photograph of a one-year-old Lou Barlow, taken by his mother.


As a result of Gaffney's departure, the songwriting on Bakesale was handled primarily by Barlow and Loewenstein, with Fay contributing the lone track, "Temptation Tide." The album continues the band's departure from the largely acoustic, lo-fi sound and shorter song structures that characterized their first three albums, and boasts a more polished production value than previous Sebadoh albums. This helped the band not only expand its underground following but flirt with mainstream success,[12] and several singles and even a few music videos were released from the album.


Critics cited Bakesale as the band's most accessible album to date, with the strong songwriting of Barlow and Loewenstein benefiting from the more polished production.[13]

The album was included in a number of year-end lists in 1994, including Spin's "20 Best Albums of '94" (#16), the Village Voice's "1994 Pazz & Jop Critics Poll" (#20), the NME's "25 Best Albums of 1994" (#27), and Mojo's "25 Best Albums of 1994" (unranked).

In July 2008, it was listed by Pitchfork as one of the publication's 20 favorite Sub Pop albums, with Stuart Berman writing that it represented "a long overdue document of the band's pop prowess" for many longtime fans.[14] In July 2014, Guitar World placed Bakesale at number 37 in their "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994" list.[15]


"Rebound" was released as the album's first single in 1994, as a 7" vinyl record in the U.K.. The second single was for the song "Skull," released in 1994 as a 7" in the U.S. and as a CD in the U.K., both versions featuring the same three b-sides, but the U.S. version featuring a remixed of "Skull." The U.K. releases were handled by Domino, while the U.S. release was put out by Sub Pop.

The following singles, both on CD, were for the songs "Careful," released in 1994 in Germany by City Slang, and "Magnet's Coil," released in 1995 in Australia by Shock. The final single was for the song "Not Too Amused," released in 1995 as a CD and 7" in the U.K. by Domino. A "Rebound" EP was released by Sub Pop in 1995, featuring different b-sides and cover art from the 1994 U.K. 7".[16]

Music videos[edit]

Music videos were released for the songs "Rebound" and "Skull."


The album was reissued in 2011.[17]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "License to Confuse" (Barlow) - 1:45
  2. "Careful" (Loewenstein) - 2:44
  3. "Magnet's Coil" (Barlow) - 2:27
  4. "Not a Friend" (Barlow) - 3:40
  5. "Not Too Amused" (Loewenstein) - 4:15
  6. "Dreams" (Barlow) - 2:39
  7. "Skull" (Barlow) - 2:24
  8. "Got It" (Loewenstein) - 2:16
  9. "S. Soup" (Loewenstein) - 3:16
    • Short for "Shit Soup"
  10. "Give Up" (Barlow) - 2:27
  11. "Rebound" (Barlow) - 2:12
  12. "Mystery Man" (Barlow) - 3:08
  13. "Temptation Tide" (Fay) - 1:53
  14. "Drama Mine" (Loewenstein) - 2:42
  15. "Together or Alone" (Barlow) - 4:03


Additional personnel

  • Anne Slinn - Vocals, organ
  • Eric Gaffney - Drums
  • Tara O'Neil - Drums

Album charts[edit]

Year Album Chart Position
1994 Bakesale Official UK Albums Chart No. 40

Charting singles[edit]

Year Song Chart Position
1994 Skull UK Singles Chart No. 94


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  2. ^ Hawthorne, Marc (2011-06-14). "Sebadoh: Bakesale: Deluxe Edition | Music | Music Review". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  3. ^ "CG: sebadoh/". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  4. ^ Stefan (2011-05-03). "Album Review: Sebadoh – Bakesale [Reissue] « Consequence of Sound". Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  5. ^ J.R. Moores (2011-04-01). "Sebadoh - Bakesale (reissue) / Releases / Releases // Drowned In Sound". Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  6. ^ "Sebadoh - Bakesale (reissue) | album reviews". musicOMH. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  7. ^ Harvell, Jess (2011-06-14). "Sebadoh: Bakesale [Deluxe Edition] | Album Reviews". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  8. ^ "Sebadoh: Bakesale: Deluxe Edition". Prefixmag. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  9. ^ Hultkrans, Andrew (2011-06-14). "Sebadoh, 'Bakesale' (Sub Pop)". Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  10. ^ "Sebadoh - Bakesale (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2007-06-15. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  11. ^ Jenny Eliscu (2011-06-21). "Bakesale Reissue | Album Reviews". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  12. ^ "Sebadoh". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Bakesale". AllMusic. Retrieved 10 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Staff, Pitchfork (2008-07-11). "Staff Lists: Sub Pop 20 | Features". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  15. ^ "Superunknown: 50 Iconic Albums That Defined 1994". July 14, 2014. Retrieved July 14, 2014. 
  16. ^ "sebadoh - singles and eps". sebadoh and suchlike. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 
  17. ^ "eating grapefruit, leaving on 3/21". 2011-02-17. Retrieved 2011-09-30. 

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