Bringing Down the Horse

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Bringing Down the Horse
Studio album by The Wallflowers
Released May 21, 1996
Recorded 1994–1996 at Sunset Sound, Groove Masters, O'Henry Studios, House of Blues West, Brooklyn Studios (all in Los Angeles, California)
Genre Alternative rock, roots rock
Length 51:14
Language English
Label Interscope
Producer T-Bone Burnett
The Wallflowers chronology
The Wallflowers
(1992)
Bringing Down the Horse
(1996)
(Breach)
(2000)
Singles from Bringing Down the Horse
  1. "6th Avenue Heartache"
    Released: August 19, 1996 (1996-08-19)
  2. "One Headlight"
    Released: February 24, 1997 (1997-02-24)
  3. "The Difference"
    Released: September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)
  4. "Three Marlenas"
    Released: May 23, 1998 (1998-05-23)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau (neither)[3]

Bringing Down the Horse is the second album by The Wallflowers, released in 1996. It contains hits such as "One Headlight," "6th Avenue Heartache," "Three Marlenas," and "The Difference." "One Headlight" was the band's most popular single, reaching No. 1 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock, Modern Rock, and Adult top 40 charts.[4]

Writing and recording[edit]

The Wallflowers commenced work on the album in 1994. The writing and recording process spanned two years and five California recording studios. The album was finished in early 1996.

Commercial reception[edit]

Bringing Down the Horse was one of the best-selling albums of 1997, when it went platinum four times that year.[5] In December 1999, it was ranked number 86 on Billboard magazine's end of decade charts.[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jakob Dylan.

  1. "One Headlight" – 5:13
  2. "6th Avenue Heartache" – 5:37
  3. "Bleeders" – 3:41
  4. "Three Marlenas" – 4:59
  5. "The Difference" – 3:50
  6. "Invisible City" – 4:48
  7. "Laughing Out Loud" – 3:39
  8. "Josephine" – 5:09
  9. "God Don't Make Lonely Girls" – 4:49
  10. "Angel on My Bike" – 4:22
  11. "I Wish I Felt Nothing" – 5:04
Japanese edition bonus tracks
  1. "Used to Be Lucky"
  2. "6th Avenue Heartache" (Acoustic)
  3. "Angel on My Bike" (Acoustic)

Personnel[edit]

The Wallflowers
Additional musicians

Sales chart positions[edit]

Album
Chart (1996) Peak position
Billboard Heatseekers[7] 1
The Billboard 200[8] 4
Canadian Albums[8] 6
Singles
Year Single Chart Position
1996 "6th Avenue Heartache" Adult Top 40[9] 26
1996 "6th Avenue Heartache" Mainstream Rock Tracks[10] 10
1996 "6th Avenue Heartache" Hot 100 Airplay[11] 33
1996 "6th Avenue Heartache" Modern Rock Tracks[9] 8
1996 "6th Avenue Heartache" Top 40 Mainstream[9] 25
1997 "One Headlight" Mainstream Rock Tracks[12] 1
1996 "One Headlight" Modern Rock Tracks[13] 1
1997 "One Headlight" Adult Contemporary[13] 30
1997 "One Headlight" Adult Top 40[13] 1
1997 "One Headlight" Top 40 Mainstream[13] 2
1997 "Three Marlenas" Mainstream Rock Tracks[14] 21
1997 "Three Marlenas" Modern Rock Tracks[15] 17
1997 "The Difference" Adult Top 40[16] 14
1997 "The Difference" Mainstream Rock Tracks[17] 3
1997 "The Difference" Modern Rock Tracks[16] 5
1997 "The Difference" Top 40 Mainstream[16] 19
1998 "One Headlight" Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay[18] 7

End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[6] 86

Release history[edit]

Region Date Label Format Catalog
Worldwide May 21, 1996 Interscope Compact Disc, cassette tape 90055
Japan 1997 Universal/MCA Compact Disc 24018

†This version contains bonus tracks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bringing Down the Horse – The Wallflowers". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Altman, Billy (February 2, 1998). "The Wallflowers: Bringing Down the Horse". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on June 2008. 
  3. ^ "Wallflowers". Robert Christgau. 
  4. ^ "Bringing Down the Horse". Allmusic. Retrieved 2009-03-12. 
  5. ^ "RIAA – Gold & Platinum – November 4, 2011: Wallflowers certified albums". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 2011-11-04. 
  6. ^ a b Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade – The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010. 
  7. ^ Letkemann, Jessica (June 6, 2011). "News – The Ready Set Covers The Wallflowers:". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  8. ^ a b "Bringing Down the Horse – The Wallflowers". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  9. ^ a b c "6th Avenue Heartache – The Wallflowers". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard (magazine). September 21, 1996. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  11. ^ "Hot 100 Airplay". Billboard (magazine). October 26, 1996. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  12. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks". March 1, 1997. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  13. ^ a b c d "One Headlight – The Wallflowers". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  14. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard (magazine). November 15, 1997. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  15. ^ "Three Marlenas – The Wallflowers". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  16. ^ a b c "The Difference – The Wallflowers". Billboard (magazine). Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  17. ^ "Mainstream Rock Tracks". Billboard (magazine). July 26, 1997. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Hot 100 Recurrent Airplay". Billboard (magazine). May 9, 1998. Retrieved November 9, 2011.