Cocky (album)

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Cocky
Studio album by Kid Rock
Released November 20, 2001
Recorded 1999–2001
Genre Southern rock, rap metal, blues rock, country rock
Length 63:36
Label Lava / Atlantic
Producer Kid Rock
Kid Rock chronology
The History of Rock
(2000)
Cocky
(2001)
Kid Rock
(2003)
Singles from Cocky
  1. "Forever"
    Released: 2001
  2. "Lonely Road of Faith"
    Released: February 2002
  3. "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me"
    Released: March 7, 2002
  4. "Picture"
    Released: November 12, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[2]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Blender 4/5 stars
Rock Hard (de) 7/10[5]

Cocky is Kid Rock's fifth album released with Atlantic Records, his fifth studio album overall, released in 2001. This is Kid Rock's first album where he takes a turn as a country singer. The release of "Picture" featuring Sheryl Crow revived the struggling album in 2003, and in May 2011 it was certified 5x platinum by the RIAA. It has sold 5,344,000 copies in the US as of December 2013.[6]

The album was in tribute to Joe C who died the year before. There were 75 songs written for the album, 30 of them were recorded as a song for the album. One of the recorded songs that didn't make the album was "If I Was President", a standard blues song that he plays frequently in concert. Another song left off the album was "In Your Lifetime", which was a eulogy to Joe C. "Picture" received a CMA nomination in 2003 for Vocal Event of the Year and would go on to be his first gold single.

Success on radio[edit]

The album's 1st single was the rap rock boasting "Forever". The song charted at #18 on mainstream rock & #21 Modern Rock. It was also a Top 40 hit in Australia (#27) and Top 100 Hit in Sweden (#75). The 2nd single was the ballad "Lonely Road Of Faith", released in January 2002. The song was heavily promoted by WWE in the video tribute to the History of WWE. The song would peak at #15 on the mainstream rock tracks. In July 2002, "You Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me" was released to radio and peaked at #32 on the mainstream rock tracks. The album's final single revived a struggling "Cocky". Kid Rock released "Picture" in November 2002 with Allison Moorer. The original version was recorded with Sheryl Crow, but Sheryl Crow management wanted nothing to do with Kid Rock.[citation needed] As the Allison Moorer version began climbing the country charts, Sheryl Crow's people changed their minds.[citation needed] The Sheryl Crow version was released in January 2003. It would become Kid Rock's first crossover hit charting at #4 on the Hot 100, No #5 on the Top 40, #2 AC & #17 at country radio. The single would be certified gold and spend 52 weeks on top the Country Singles Sales Chart and it also peaked at #1 on the U.S. Singles Sales charts and #2 on the Canada Singles Sales Charts. The song would be Sheryl Crow's second most successful single after "All I Wanna Do".

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Trucker Anthem"   M. O'Brien, D. Reeves, R.J. Ritchie, M. Shaffer, H. Stothart, D. McDaniels, R. Simmons, J. Simmons 4:39
2. "Forever"   F. Beauregard, Ritchie, Shaffer 3:46
3. "Lay It on Me"   Ritchie, Shaffer 4:56
4. "Cocky"   Beauregard, Ritchie, Shaffer 3:57
5. "What I Learned Out on the Road"   Ritchie, Shaffer 4:58
6. "I'm Wrong, But You Ain't Right"   Ritchie 4:56
7. "Lonely Road of Faith"   Ritchie 5:28
8. "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me"   Ritchie, R. Van Zant, A. Collins 4:53
9. "Picture" (featuring Sheryl Crow) Ritchie, Sheryl Crow 4:58
10. "I'm a Dog"   Ritchie, K. Olson 3:36
11. "Midnight Train to Memphis"   Ritchie, Shaffer 4:44
12. "Baby Come Home"   Ritchie 3:08
13. "Drunk in the Morning"   Ritchie 5:31
14. "WCSR" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Ritchie, Broadus 4:44

A clean version is also available, removing most vulgarity, as well as the song "WCSR". Also, the clean version of the disc says "Kid Rock" and has a picture of Kid Rock's Face on the disc face, while the un-edited version has an image of two hands with raised middle fingers (a callback to Devil Without a Cause which featured a single hand making the same gesture) as well as also saying Kid Rock. The edited version of Cocky also renames track 8 "You Never Met A White Boy Quite Like Me".

Notes[edit]

  • "Cocky" was the theme song for WWE's 2002 pay per view Royal Rumble.
  • CMT named "Picture" the 33rd Greatest Country Duet in 2005
  • CMT named "Picture" the 26th Greatest Done Me Wrong Songs in 2005.
  • "Picture" helped the album achieve success while it was struggling to chart.
  • This is the first album where Kid Rock takes a dramatic turn as a country singer.
  • There's also a version of "Picture" with Allison Moorer.

Samples[edit]

  1. "Trucker Anthem" – "Beat's To The Rhyme" by Run DMC and "March of The Winkies" from The Wizard Of Oz (both used turning long intro)
  2. "Forever"- "Trampled Under Foot " by Led Zeppelin ( riff but heavied and slowed down)
  3. "Lay It On Me" – "Who Are You" by The Who ( the breakdown in middle of the song)
  4. "Cocky"- "Tom Sawyer" by Rush (organ) and " You Keep Me Holding On " by The Supremes (disco sound effect)
  5. "I'm Wrong, But You Ain't Right "- Paranoid by Black Sabbath (start of the gutair duel solos)
  6. "You Never Met A Motherfucker Quite Like Me" – "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd ( pays homage in mid song)and "Bloody Well Right" by Super Tramp
  7. "I'm A Dog"- "Born On The Bayou" by Creedence Clearwater Revival ( sound effect)
  8. "Baby Come Home"-"Brown Baggin" by The 24 Karat Black (lead in gutair part)
  9. "Drunk In The Morning"-"Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent ( gutair riff before bass solo at end of song)

Demos[edit]

  • American Beauty ft Leon Wilkerson
  • Beautiful Son
  • Butane
  • Cold And Empty (released on 2003's Kid Rock)
  • Country Music's Lost Its Soul ft Sheryl Crow
  • Feel Like Makin Love ft Sheryl Crow (released on 2003's Kid Rock without Sheryl Crow)
  • Hillbilly Stomp ft Billy Gibbons (released on 2003's Kid Rock)
  • I Know You Wanna Fuck Me
  • If I Was President ft Billy Gibbons
  • In Your Lifetime
  • Intro (released on 2003's Kid Rock)
  • Move On
  • Nashville
  • Run Off To LA ft Sheryl Crow ( released on 2003's Kid Rock )
  • U Know What I'm Saying ft Run DMC
  • The Grand Tour

Musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Allmusic review". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Brunner, Rob (19 November 2001). "EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Kid Rock reviews". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Walters, Barry. "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard review". issue 176. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Paul Grein (December 11, 2013). "A Britney Spears Bummer: New Album Fizzles". Yahoo Music.