Eight Arms to Hold You

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For the 1985 Goon Squad song, see Eight Arms to Hold You (song).
Eight Arms to Hold You
Studio album by Veruca Salt
Released February 11, 1997
Recorded June, 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Length 51:10
Label Outpost/Geffen
Producer Bob Rock
Veruca Salt chronology
Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt [EP]
(1996)
Eight Arms to Hold You
(1997)
Resolver
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars [1]
Entertainment Weekly B+ [2]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Rolling Stone 1.5/5 stars [4]

Eight Arms to Hold You is an album by alternative rock band Veruca Salt. The album was released through Outpost/Geffen on February 11, 1997. This is the last album to feature original band members Nina Gordon, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro.

The title of the album is a reference to the working title for The Beatles' film eventually titled Help!.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Straight" (Post) – 2:32
  2. "Volcano Girls" (Gordon) – 3:18
  3. "Don't Make Me Prove It" (Post) – 2:29
  4. "Awesome" (Gordon) – 3:32
  5. "One Last Time" (Post) – 4:45
  6. "With David Bowie" (Gordon) – 2:25
  7. "Benjamin" (Gordon) – 4:05
  8. "Shutterbug" (Post) – 4:16
  9. "The Morning Sad" (Gordon) – 3:08
  10. "Sound of the Bell" (Post) – 3:59
  11. "Loneliness Is Worse" (Gordon) – 5:00
  12. "Stoneface" (Gordon) – 2:44
  13. "Venus Man Trap" (Post) – 3:29
  14. "Earthcrosser" (Gordon) – 5:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Nina Gordon - guitar, vocals
  • Louise Post - guitar, vocals
  • Jim Shapiro - guitar, drums, backing vocals
  • Steve Lack - bass guitar, guitar
  • Jim McGillveray - percussion
  • Zach Ingraham - whiteboard
  • Bob Rock - producer
  • Randy Staub - engineer, mixing
  • Brian Dobbs - engineer
  • Mike Cusick - assistant engineer
  • Jim Labinski - assistant engineer
  • Jeff Lane - assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Darren Grahn - assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering
  • Mike Gilles - digital editing, assistant engineer, digital programming

Songs[edit]

Shutterbug[edit]

"Shutterbug", a song from this album, was written by Louise Post. She was the lead singer for the song, with Nina Gordon performing backing vocals.

Post has said that the three parts of the song are like snapshots from different times in her life. The "she" featured in the song is PJ Harvey.

Veruca Salt performed "Shutterbug" on Saturday Night Live. Because Sting was hosting the show that evening, he performed one of his solo songs instead of Veruca Salt performing a second song.

Chart positions[edit]

Album position[edit]

  • 1997 Eight Arms To Hold You The Billboard 200 No. 55[5]
  • 1997 Eight Arms To Hold You RIANZ NZ Top 40 No. 34

Singles positions[edit]

  • 1997 Volcano Girls - Modern Rock Tracks - No. 8[5]
  • 1997 Volcano Girls - Mainstream Rock Tracks - No. 9
  • 1997 Shutterbug - Mainstream Rock Tracks - No. 39[5]
  • 1997 Straight - Mainstream Rock Tracks - No. 38
  • 1997 Volcano Girls - Top UK Singles - No. 56

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eight Arms to Hold You at AllMusic
  2. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  3. ^ Robert Christgau Consumer Guide
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review at the Wayback Machine (archived December 6, 2008)
  5. ^ a b c "Veruca Salt - Chart history". Billboard. 2014. Retrieved 30 January 2014.