Freak Magnet

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Freak Magnet
Studio album by Violent Femmes
Released February 22, 2000 (2000-02-22)
Recorded Big House, Soundtrack, Odin, Son/Re, DV's Perversion Room, Milwaukee, WI, Nine Lives
Genre Rock
Length 44:49
Label Beyond
Producer Warren Bruleigh, Violent Femmes, Pierre Henry, Tom Grimley
Violent Femmes chronology
Viva Wisconsin
(1999)
Freak Magnet
(2000)
Something's Wrong
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Austin Chronicle 2.5/5 stars[2]

Freak Magnet is the eighth and final studio album by the Violent Femmes. It was released on February 22, 2000,[1] and the featured single was "Sleepwalkin'."

Originally scheduled for a 1998 release on Interscope Records, Freak Magnet was pulled when the band was dropped from the label, although promo copies with a different track list were released and still circulate. Due to the poor performance of the album both critically and commercially, the band decided not to record new music. For the remaining nine years of their career, the band remained together without recording a new album. The UK edition was released via Cooking Vinyl in 2000, whilst a reissue complete with live bonus tracks were released via Shout! Factory on May 24, 2005.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gordon Gano, unless otherwise noted.

2000 Cooking Vinyl album track listing[edit]

  1. "Hollywood Is High" – 2:22
  2. "Freak Magnet" – 2:35
  3. "Sleepwalkin'" – 2:21
  4. "All I Want" – 3:32
  5. "New Generation" (Rose Marie McCoy, Albert Ayler, Mary Parks) – 2:38
  6. "In the Dark" – 3:50
  7. "Rejoice and Be Happy" – 2:11
  8. "Mosh Pit" (Gano, Ritchie) – 2:13
  9. "Forbidden" (William Carlos Williams, Gano) – 2:59
  10. "When You Died" – 2:34
  11. "At Your Feet" – 2:51
  12. "I Danced" (Max Dunn, Gano) – 2:43
  13. "I'm Bad" – 2:42
  14. "Happiness Is" – 4:18
  15. "A Story" (Gano, Ritchie) – 5:00
2005 Shout! Factory reissue bonus tracks
  1. "Rejoice And Be Happy" (live) – 2:24
  2. "Freak Magnet" (live) – 2:34
  3. "Positively 4th Street" (live) (Bob Dylan) – 3:56

1998 Interscope promo CD track listing[edit]

  1. "I'm Bad" – 2:42
  2. "Freak Magnet" – 2:37
  3. "All I Want" – 4:09
  4. "Rejoice and Be Happy" – "2:11
  5. "I Wanna See You Again" – 2:43
  6. "I'm Nothing" – 2:24
  7. "Positively 4th Street" (Bob Dylan) – 2:52
  8. "A Story" (featuring Pierre Henry) (Gano/Ritchie) – 4:58
  9. "Happiness Is" – 4:20
  10. "Forbidden" (William Carlos Williams/Gano) – 2:55
  11. "Mosh Pit" (Gano/Ritchie) – 2:13
  12. "Yes Oh Yes" – 3:22
  13. "When You Died" – 2:34
  14. "Requiem" – 3:48
  15. "Reckless Stones" (Special bonus composition featuring Pierre Henry) – 4:41

Personnel[edit]

Violent Femmes[edit]

Technical personnel[edit]

  • Violent Femmes – co-producer
  • Warren Bruleigh – co-producer, mixing, additional recording
  • Pierre Henry – co-producer, additional recording
  • Tom Grimley – co-producer, additional recording
  • Martin Brass – recording, mixing
  • David Vartanian – mixing, cover design
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering
  • Roger Lian – mastering
  • Bill Emmons – additional recording
  • Mark Mason – assistant engineer
  • Ken Feldman – assistant engineer
  • Rich Tapper – assistant engineer
  • Nicola Stemmer – assistant engineer

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Huey, Steve. "Review: Freak Magnet". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  2. ^ Lieck, Ken (March 31, 2000). "Review: Freak Magnet". Nick Barbaro. Retrieved 19 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Huey, Steve. "Review: Freak Magnet Bonus Tracks". Allmusic. Retrieved 19 June 2009.