Chunk of Change

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Chunk of Change
EP by Passion Pit
Released September 16, 2008 (2008-09-16)
Genre Electropop, synthpop, indie pop
Length 29:15
Label Frenchkiss, Columbia
Passion Pit chronology
Chunk of Change
(2008)
Manners
(2009)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 71/100[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Clash favorable[2]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[3]
entertainment.ie 3.5/5 stars[4]
Hot Press 3/5[5]
musicOMH 3/5 stars[6]
NME 7/10[7]
Now 3/5[8]
Pitchfork Media 7.9/10[9]
PopMatters 6/10[10]
URB 4/5 stars[11]

Chunk of Change is the debut EP by American electropop band Passion Pit, released on September 16, 2008 by Frenchkiss Records and Columbia Records. A video for the single "Sleepyhead" was released in October 2008, directed by The Wilderness. The track was featured in the debut trailer for the 2011 video game LittleBigPlanet 2. "Better Things" was sampled by the alternative hip hop duo Chiddy Bang for their 2009 song "Truth".

Background[edit]

In an interview with The Sun in December 2008, lead singer Michael Angelakos explained: "Originally [the EP] was a Valentine's gift for my girlfriend that was never supposed to go beyond her ears. She put up with a lot of my shit and was a saint for it and that is the theme of a lot of the EP."[12] The tracks "Better Things" and "Sleepyhead" were added for the commercial release of the EP.[13] "Sleepyhead" was eventually included on Passion Pit's full-length debut album Manners (2009); Angelakos told The Sun that "[t]he only reason we put 'Sleepyhead' on the album is because it's a beautiful song and we had it mastered. Nothing on Chunk Of Change was mastered, so we opened it up a bit in the mix and it was a great way of seeing the song in another light."[14]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Michael Angelakos, except where noted. 

No. Title Length
1. "I've Got Your Number"   6:12
2. "Smile Upon Me"   5:49
3. "Cuddle Fuddle"   4:32
4. "Live to Tell the Tale"   5:15
5. "Better Things"   4:32
6. "Sleepyhead" (Angelakos, Mary O'Hara) 2:55
Sample credits
  • "Sleepyhead" contains elements of "Óró Mo Bháidín" by Mary O'Hara.

Personnel[edit]

  • Michael Angelakos – engineer
  • Ian Hultquist – vocal engineer (5, 6)
  • Frank Napolski – artwork, layout

Charts[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
position
Australian Hitseekers Albums Chart[15] 13
French Singles Chart[16] 58
US Heatseekers Albums[17] 35

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label
United States[18] September 16, 2008 Frenchkiss Records, Columbia Records
Australia[19] February 13, 2009 Sony Music
France[20] February 16, 2009
United Kingdom[21] Columbia Records

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Chunk Of Change [EP] – Passion Pit". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  2. ^ Diver, Mike (February 23, 2009). "Passion Pit – Chunk of Change". Clash. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  3. ^ Barrett, Brad (January 20, 2009). "Passion Pit – Chunk Of Change". Drowned in Sound. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  4. ^ Murphy, Lauren (January 18, 2009). "Passion Pit – Chunk of Change E.P.". entertainment.ie. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  5. ^ Freyne, Patrick (March 5, 2009). "Chunk of change". Hot Press. Retrieved October 14, 2011.  Note: Rating can be found here.
  6. ^ Monk, Christopher. "Passion Pit – Chunk Of Change EP". musicOMH. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  7. ^ Mackay, Emily (February 18, 2009). "Album review: Passion Pit". NME. IPC Media. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  8. ^ Bimm, Jordan (January 14, 2009). "Passion Pit – Chunk Of Change". Now. Now Communications. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  9. ^ Bevan, David (November 5, 2008). "Passion Pit: Chunk of Change EP". Pitchfork Media. Retrieved May 16, 2009. 
  10. ^ Fiander, Matthew (September 23, 2008). "Passion Pit: Chunk of Change". PopMatters. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  11. ^ Simmons, Lysette (September 28, 2008). "Passion Pit :: Chunk of Change". URB. NativeSon Media, Inc. Archived from the original on June 2, 2009. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  12. ^ Swift, Jacqui (December 26, 2008). "Hottest acts of '09 Part 1". The Sun. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  13. ^ "Passion Pit". Frenchkiss Records. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  14. ^ Swift, Jacqui (May 15, 2009). "'When it comes to melody, we go for the jugular'". The Sun. News Group Newspapers. Retrieved October 14, 2011. 
  15. ^ "ARIA Hitseekers – Week Commencing 30th March 2009". Australian Recording Industry Association. Pandora Archive. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  16. ^ "Passion Pit – Chunk Of Change EP" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Passion Pit Album & Song Chart History – Heatseekers Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  18. ^ "Chunk of Change: Passion Pit". Amazon.com. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  19. ^ "Passion Pit Store – Chunk of Change". Getmusic. Universal Music Australia. Retrieved October 10, 2011. 
  20. ^ "Chunk Of Change: Passion Pit" (in French). Amazon.fr. Retrieved July 20, 2012. 
  21. ^ "Passion Pit – Chunk Of Change". Columbia Records UK. Retrieved October 10, 2011.