Bring It On (Gomez album)

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Bring It On
Studio album by Gomez
Released 13 April 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Genre Indie rock, alternative rock
Length 54:06
Label Hut (Virgin)
Producer Gomez
Ken Nelson (engineer)
Gomez chronology
Bring It On
(1998)
Liquid Skin
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly (B+) link
IGN (8.7/10) link
Popmatters (9/10) link
Robert Christgau (3-star Honorable Mention) link
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars link at the Wayback Machine (archived November 4, 2007)

Bring It On is the debut album by English band Gomez.

Gomez entered the recording studios in late 1997 to turn their demos into an album. During this time they also toured the UK with Embrace. The first single, "78 Stone Wobble" was released in March 1998 with the album following a month later. Bring It On was well received on both sides of the Atlantic with Spin calling it a "damn beautiful album" and Allmusic's Greg Prato comparing 78 Stone Wobble to Nirvana's unplugged version of The Meat Puppets' Plateau, also containing a beautifully haunting acoustic guitar riff. The album experienced a further boost in popularity when it won the 1998 Mercury Music Prize for best album, beating the favourites Massive Attack's Mezzanine and The Verve's Urban Hymns. "Get Myself Arrested" and "Whippin' Piccadilly" were later released as singles. While Gomez toured the US as the support artist for Eagle Eye Cherry, Bring It On is the only Gomez album so far not to make the US charts although the album did make the Australian album charts. "Bring It On" is also the name of a song on Gomez's following album, Liquid Skin.

A 10th anniversary 2-CD edition was released in 2008. Overall, the album has sold 480,000 copies as of September 2011 despite only charting at #11 on the UK Albums Chart.[1]

In early 2009, Gomez played a small number of shows in Australia that celebrated the 10th anniversary of Bring It On. At these shows, the album was performed in its entirety. They also did this during their festival tours in 2008.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ball/Blackburn/Gray/Ottewell/Peacock.

  1. "Get Miles" – 5:15
  2. "Whippin' Piccadilly" – 3:12
  3. "Make No Sound" – 3:26
  4. "78 Stone Wobble" – 4:22
  5. "Tijuana Lady" – 7:08
  6. "Here Comes the Breeze" – 5:29
  7. "Love Is Better Than a Warm Trombone" – 3:29
  8. "Get Myself Arrested" – 4:03
  9. "Free to Run" – 4:31
  10. "Bubble Gum Years" – 3:20
  11. "Rie's Wagon" – 9:07
  12. "The Comeback" – 0:44

Tenth anniversary CD bonus tracks[edit]

  1. Here Comes the Breeze (BBC session)
  2. Brother Lead (BBC session)
  3. 78 Stone Shuffle (BBC session)
  4. Way You Do the Things You Do (BBC session)
  5. Stag O' Lee (BBC session)
  6. Whippin' Piccadilly (BBC session)
  7. Rie's Wagon (BBC session)
  8. Who's Gonna Go the Bar
  9. Steve McCroski
  10. Wham Bam
  11. Flavors
  12. Old School Shirt
  13. Cowboy Song
  14. Whippin' Piccadilly (Turbo Version)
  15. Pussyfootin'
  16. Pick Up the Pieces

Personnel[edit]

  • Ian Ball - vocals, guitar
  • Ben Ottewell - vocals, guitar
  • Paul Blackburn - bass
  • Tom Gray - vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Olly Peacock - drums, synths, computers

Additional musicians:

  • Mat Quinton - Tuba on "Get Miles"
  • Ian Bracken - Cello on "Make No Sound"
  • Susie Wright - Saxophone on "78 Stone Wobble"
  • Steve Fellows - Fuzz Guitar on "Love Is Better Than A Warm Trombone"

Singles[edit]

UK singles with release dates and peak positions in the singles chart:

  • "78 Stone Wobble" (30 March 1998) – #44
  • "Get Myself Arrested" (1 June 1998) – #45
  • "Whippin' Piccadilly" (31 August 1998) – #35

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