Volume 1 (CKY album)

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Volume 1
Studio album by CKY
Released February 27, 1999
Recorded 1996 (1996)–1999 (1999)
Genre Alternative metal, experimental rock, alternative rock, post-hardcore
Length 51:56
Label Teil Martin/Distant
Producer Chad I. Ginsburg
CKY chronology
Volume 1
Volume 2
Alternative cover
Original Camp Kill Yourself cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Volume 1 is the debut studio album by American alternative metal band CKY. It was originally released (credited to Camp Kill Yourself) on February 27, 1999 by Teil Martin International/Distant Recordings and was limited to 2,500 copies.[2] Later reissued by Volcom under various titles, the album spawned one single: "96 Quite Bitter Beings".


The original release of Volume 1, credited to Camp Kill Yourself, was released on February 27, 1999 by Teil Martin International and was limited to 2,500 copies.[2] A second release on December 12, 1999 was limited to 1,000 copies, before the album was reissued by Volcom Entertainment when the band signed with them in 2000 – first on April 1, under the title CKY and limited to 2,000 copies; then on May 1, under the title Camp and limited to 4,000 copies; and finally on October 1, under the title Camp Volume 1 and limited to a much larger 20,000.[2] When CKY signed to The Island Def Jam Music Group in 2001, they too reissued the album. Island/Def Jam's edition was an enhanced CD released with different colored album covers – purple, blue, orange (all of which were limited to 5,000 copies each) and red (of which copies were unlimited). CKY's distributor for England, Mercury Records, also issued Volume 1 in 2002. A downloadable version of the album was made available in 2008. In 2014, singer Deron Miller self-released two new limited versions of Volume 1. The first, released January 2014, featured the Warped Tour cover in black and white under the title "Volume 1" by Camp, with various bonus tracks and alternate mixes. The second, released October 2014, reused the rare Volcom Entertainment Camp Kill Yourself Volume 1 artwork. This version featured a tracklist comprised completely of alternate versions for each song on the album, as well as multiple poorly transferred bonus tracks to fill the rest of the allotted time of the CD. Deron hasn't given the other former band members a cent from these "official bootleg" releases.

Album cover[edit]

The original album cover featured a stylized, cartoon depiction of politician R. Budd Dwyer as he famously shot himself on live television. When it was prepared for release by Volcom, the label's manager demanded the cover be changed, and that the band change their name to something less offensive (hence the switch from Camp Kill Yourself to Camp and later CKY).[3] The next, more well-known cover, originally used for the back cover, features a photograph of lead guitarist Chad I Ginsburg performing his trademark 'bitch toss', in which he throws his guitar 360 degrees around his back and catches it when it returns. The photo was taken on the 1999 Warped Tour.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Deron Miller, Chad I Ginsburg and Jess Margera

No. Title Length
1. "96 Quite Bitter Beings"   3:22
2. "Rio Bravo"   3:10
3. "Disengage the Simulator"   3:03
4. "The Human Drive in Hi-Fi"   3:20
5. "Lost in a Contraption"   3:23
6. "Knee Deep"   3:35
7. "My Promiscuous Daughter"   3:17
8. "Sara's Mask"   5:01
9. "To All of You" (includes hidden tracks "Rio Bravo Reprise" and "Halfway House") 23:41
Total length:


Release history[edit]

Date Title Label Format Catalog Copies Notes
February 27, 1999 Volume 1 Teil Martin/Distant CD 2,500 Credited to Camp Kill Yourself
December 12, 1999 1,000
April 1, 2000 CKY Volcom CD YAE-49 2,000 Credited to Camp
May 1, 2000 Camp 4,000
October 1, 2000 Camp Volume 1 20,000
June 26, 2001 Volume 1 Island/Def Jam CD+ 314 586 070-2: IN01 5,000 Purple cover
314 586 070-2: IN02 5,000 Blue cover
314 586 070-2: IN03 5,000 Orange cover
314 586 070-2: IN04 Unlimited Red cover
April 22, 2002 Volume 1 Mercury CD Unlimited Available in Europe only
July 5, 2003 Volume 1 Distant LP CKY-V1 5,000
April 7, 2008 Volume 1 Camp Kill Yourself DL 685747038624 Unlimited Available from CD Baby and iTunes only

In popular culture[edit]

  • "96 Quite Bitter Beings", arguably the band's most popular track, has been used on Jackass also in the video game Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3.[2] and in the Chilean flash animation Roberto Manfinfla.