Hello Rockview

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Hello Rockview
Studio album by Less Than Jake
Released October 6, 1998
Recorded Mirror Image Studios in Gainesville
Genre Ska punk
Length 38:24
Label Capitol
Producer Howard Benson, Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake chronology
Losing Streak
(1996)
Hello Rockview
(1998)
Borders and Boundaries
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Hello Rockview is the third studio album by ska punk band Less Than Jake, released on October 6, 1998. Produced by Howard Benson, it is the band's second and final album on Capitol Records, and recorded at Mirror Image Studios in Gainesville, Florida. The album is the first to feature trombonist Pete Anna, who joined the band during its recording. The album is dedicated in memory of Niki Wood.

The album yielded two singles, "History of a Boring Town" and "All My Best Friends Are Metalheads", with "History of a Boring Town" reaching #39 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks Chart.[2]

Writing and composition[edit]

The lyrics of Hello Rockview follow four years of drummer and lyricist Vinnie Fiorello's life when arranged in a non-studio order and is named after one of Vinnie's oldest friends who was imprisoned at Rockview State Correctional Institution.[3]

Artwork[edit]

The CD booklet had the unorthodox format of a comic book. It was illustrated by Steve Vance, who would later illustrate the song artwork for "The Ghosts of Me and You" on Anthem. Stylistically, it is similar to Dick Tracy. Each page is a separate song, with all dialog, thoughts, and captions being the lyrics to each song. The lyrics themselves all appear in proper order, but the order of the individual songs is different from that of the track list.

Release[edit]

The album reached #80 on the Billboard charts.,[4] becoming Less than Jake's first record to hit the top 200.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Last One out of Liberty City" – 2:01
  2. "Help Save the Youth of America from Exploding" – 2:53
  3. "All My Best Friends Are Metalheads" – 3:31
  4. "Five State Drive" – 2:48
  5. "Nervous in the Alley" – 2:54
  6. "Motto" – 3:14
  7. "History of a Boring Town" – 3:22
  8. "Great American Sharpshooter" – 1:28
  9. "Danny Says" – 2:51
  10. "Big Crash" – 2:43
  11. "Theme Song for H Street" – 2:43
  12. "Richard Allen George... No, It's Just Cheez" – 1:46
  13. "Scott Farcas Takes It on the Chin" – 2:34
  14. "Al's War" – 3:04
  15. "I Think I Love You" (Japan bonus track) - 2:05

Personnel[edit]

Less Than Jake[edit]

Additional musicians[edit]

Recording personnel[edit]

  • Howard Benson - producer, editing
  • Less Than Jake - producer
  • Steve Kravac - engineer
  • Ronny Cates - assistant engineer
  • Chris Lord-Alge - mixing
  • Mike - assistant mixing engineer
  • Terry - assistant mixing engineer
  • Bob Ludwig - mastering
  • Danny O'Bryan - production coordination

Artwork[edit]

  • Steve Vance - illustration and design
  • Less Than Jake - art direction

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ AllMusic Charts: Less Than Jake singles Accessed 1 June 2008
  3. ^ "Vinnie Talks About Hello Rockview". YouTube. 2011-06-23. Retrieved 2012-02-21. 
  4. ^ AllMusic Charts: Hello Rockview Accessed 19 October 2007