Chrome (Catherine Wheel album)

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Chrome
Studio album by Catherine Wheel
Released 20 July 1993
Recorded 1993 at Britannia Row Studios in Fulham, London
Genre Alternative rock, shoegazing
Length 53:46
Label Fontana (UK) / Mercury (US)
Producer Gil Norton
Catherine Wheel chronology
Ferment
(1992)
Chrome
(1993)
Happy Days
(1995)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME (7.0/10)[2]
Q Magazine B+[3]

Chrome is the second full-length album by the English alternative rock band Catherine Wheel, released in 1993 (see 1993 in music). Chrome, produced by former Pixies producer Gil Norton, has a more metallic musical edge (hence the title) than the band's previous album Ferment and EPs. Peaking at number 26 on the Billboard Top Heatseekers chart, the album was supported by the single "Crank", a number 5 Modern Rock Tracks hit. Music videos were filmed for singles "Crank", "Show Me Mary", and "The Nude". The video for "Crank" featured the band playing in a hotel's elevator and lobby to a motley cast of hotel guests; "Show Me Mary" had the band being driven around in a taxi; "The Nude" featured the smearing of wet clay across a topless woman's torso. The cover photo was shot in an indoor swimming pool by Storm Thorgerson of the Hipgnosis design company. In 1999, the cover of this album appeared as the cover of the Hipgnosis/Thorgerson retrospective book Eye Of The Storm: The Album Graphics Of Storm Thorgerson (Sanctuary Publishing, 190 pgs.). The CD version was also available in a limited-edition version with a shiny chrome-looking cover with embossed writing on it.

The track "Ursa Major Space Station" was named after an obscure guitar effects pedal, but it is not known if the band used that pedal on the album. "Fripp" was named after King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp.

Catherine Wheel embarked on tours with Slowdive, Chapterhouse, and INXS, among others, to promote this album.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Kill Rhythm" – 3:51
  2. "I Confess" – 3:56
  3. "Crank" – 3:45
  4. "Broken Head" – 4:43
  5. "Pain" – 6:31
  6. "Strange Fruit" – 3:06
  7. "Chrome" – 3:53
  8. "The Nude" – 3:51
  9. "Ursa Major Space Station" – 5:09
  10. "Fripp" – 7:34
  11. "Half Life" – 4:08
  12. "Show Me Mary" – 3:19

Singles[edit]

  • "Crank" (1993)
    • Fontana/Mercury CW 512, 864 423 (UK 12" vinyl picture disc)
      1. "Crank" – 3:46
      2. "Black Metallic (John Peel BBC Session 1991)" – 7:55
      3. "Painful Thing (John Peel BBC Session 1991)" – 5:52
    • Fontana 864 422-2 (Netherlands CD single)
      1. "Crank" – 3:45
      2. "Come Back Again" – 4:24
    • Fontana 862 517-2 (UK CD single)
      1. "Crank" – 3:45
      2. "La La Lala La" – 5:26
      3. "Pleasure" – 5:22
      4. "Tongue Twisted" – 4:50
    • Fontana CWCDA5, 864 423-2 (UK CD single)
      1. "Crank" – 3:45
      2. "La La Lala La" – 5:26
      3. "Something Strange" – 1:46
    • Fontana CWCDB5, 864 425-2 (UK CD single)
      1. "Crank" – 3:45
      2. "Pleasure" – 5:22
      3. "Tongue Twisted" – 4:50
    • Fontana CWMC 5, 864 422-4 (UK cassette single - same two tracks on each side)
      1. "Crank" – 3:45
      2. "Come Back Again" – 4:24
  • "Show Me Mary" (1993)
    • Fontana CWCDB 6, 862 809-2 (UK CD single)
      1. "Show Me Mary" – 3:22
      2. "These Four Walls" – 5:22
      3. "Smother" – 7:09
    • Mercury CDP 1104 (US promo CD single)
      1. "Show Me Mary (Scott Lit remix)" – 3:18
      2. "Wish You Were Here (XFM Session), Pink Floyd cover" – 2:56
    • Fontana CW 612, 862 809-1 (UK 12" vinyl single)
      1. "Show Me Mary" – 3:19
      2. "High Heels" – 3:35
      3. "Mouth Full Of Air" – 2:42
    • Fontana CWDJX 6 (UK 12" vinyl promo single)
      1. "Show Me Mary" – 3:19
      2. "High Heels" – 3:35
      3. "Mouth Full Of Air" – 2:42
    • Fontana CW6, CW 6, 862 808-7 (UK 7" vinyl single)
      1. "Show Me Mary" – 3:23
      2. "Flower To Hide (live in Los Angeles Aug 3, 1993)" – 5:03
    • Fontana CWCDA 6, 862 811-2 (UK CD single)
      1. "Show Me Mary" – 3:23
      2. "Car" – 6:44
      3. "Girl Stand Still" – 8:09
    • Mercury CDP 1058 (UK promo CD single)
      1. "Show Me Mary" – 3:19
      2. "High Heels" – 3:39
      3. "Mouth Full Of Air" – 2:47
  • "The Nude" (1993)
    • Fontana CDP 1191 (UK promo CD single)
      1. "The Nude (Scott Litt remix)" – 4:05

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rabid, Jack. Chrome (Catherine Wheel album) at AllMusic
  2. ^ NME. Review: Chrome. NME. Retrieved on 2009-10-23.
  3. ^ Q. Review: Chrome. Q. Retrieved on 2009-10-23.