First Band on the Moon

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First Band on the Moon
Studio album by The Cardigans
Released September 17, 1996
Recorded September 1995–June 1996
Genre Pop rock, alternative rock
Length 39:01
Label Stockholm
Producer Tore Johansson
The Cardigans chronology
Life
(1995)
First Band on the Moon
(1996)
Gran Turismo
(1998)
Singles from First Band on the Moon
  1. "Lovefool"
    Released: September 14, 1996
  2. "Been It"
    Released: 1997
  3. "Lovefool (re-issue)"
    Released: 1997
  4. "Your New Cuckoo"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[4]
NME (8/10)[2]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[5]
Robert Christgau B+[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Sonic Jerk (8/10)[8]

First Band on the Moon is the third studio album by The Cardigans. It features the international single "Lovefool". It was first released on August 12, 1996 and later internationally on September 9, 1996.

The album was a major breakthrough for the band, both in their native Sweden and internationally. It is their best-selling album in the United States, having sold around 664,000 copies there as of September 2010.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Your New Cuckoo"   Nina Persson, Peter Svensson 3:57
2. "Been It"   Persson, Svensson 4:06
3. "Heartbreaker"   Persson, Svensson 3:42
4. "Happy Meal II"   Lynette Koyana, Persson, Magnus Sveningsson, Svensson 2:37
5. "Never Recover"   Sveningsson, Svensson 3:21
6. "Step on Me"   Sveningsson, Svensson 3:48
7. "Lovefool"   Persson, Svensson 3:21
8. "Losers"   Persson, Svensson 3:06
9. "Iron Man" (Black Sabbath cover from Paranoid) Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward 4:20
10. "Great Divide"   Sveningsson, Svensson 3:17
11. "Choke"   Sveningsson, Svensson 3:26
Total length:
39:01

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Lovefool" (first release 14 September 1996, #21 UK)
  • "Been It" (30 November 1996, #56 UK)
  • "Lovefool" (re-release 24 February 1997, #2 UK)
  • "Your New Cuckoo" (31 August 1997, #35 UK)

Release dates refer to UK single releases. In Europe and Japan, "Your New Cuckoo" was released much earlier than in the UK, where the release was delayed due to the continued success of "Lovefool" and also to commission new remixes for the single release.

"Been It" and "Your New Cuckoo" were both slightly shortened for single release; the former also had the word "whore" obscured by a guitar lick to make it more palatable for radio play.

Charts and certifications[edit]

Singles[edit]

United States
  • Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: "Lovefool"; #1
  • Billboard Adult Top 40: "Lovefool"; #2
  • Billboard Modern Rock Tracks: "Lovefool"; #9
  • Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: "Lovefool"; #1
  • Billboard Adult Contemporary: "Lovefool"; #23
  • Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: "Lovefool"; #5
  • Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxisingle Sales: "Lovefool; #24
  • Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: "Lovefool"; #18
  • Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents: "Lovefool" #1
UK
  • UK Radio Airplay: "Lovefool"; #1
  • UK Top 75 Singles: "Lovefool"; #21, "Been It"; #56, "Lovefool" (Re-issue); #2, "Your New Cuckoo"; #35
Australia
  • ARIA Top 100 Singles 1997 Year-End Chart: "Lovefool"; #52
Sweden
  • Swedish Top 100 Singles 1996 Year-end Chart: "Lovefool"; #60

References[edit]

  1. ^ First Band on the Moon at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c "Cardigans - First Band on the Moon CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  3. ^ Romero, Michele (1996-09-20). "First Band on the Moon Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  4. ^ Scribner, Sara (1997-01-12). "In Brief (The Cardigans, First Band on the Moon)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  5. ^ Wisdom, James P. "Cardigans: First Band on the Moon". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "First Band on the Moon". Robert Christgau. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Jason (1996-11-14). "The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone: 112–114. Archived from the original on 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  8. ^ http://sonicjerk.blogspot.com/2011/01/cardigans-first-band-on-moon-1996.html
  9. ^ "Week Ending Sept. 26, 2010: Moving Forward, Falling Back - Chart Watch". New.music.yahoo.com. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  10. ^ "Finnish Albums Chart". Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  11. ^ "Cardigans album sales ranking". Oricon. Retrieved June 22, 2012. 
  12. ^ "Swedish Charts". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "New Zealand Albums Chart". Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  14. ^ "UK Albums Charts". Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  15. ^ "Billboard Top 200". Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  16. ^ US Top Heatseekers. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 
  17. ^ "RIAA Searchable Database". Retrieved 14 March 2013. 
  18. ^ "Platinum in Japan". Retrieved 19 February 2012. 

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