Home Is in Your Head

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Home Is in Your Head
Studio album by His Name Is Alive
Released September 9, 1991
(See release history)
Recorded 1989-1990
Genre Experimental rock, dream pop
Length 48:19
66:28 (Rykodisc version)
Label 4AD (CAD 1013)
Producer His Name Is Alive, Ivo Watts-Russell, John Fryer
His Name Is Alive chronology
Livonia
(1990)
Home Is in Your Head
(1991)
The Dirt Eaters EP
(1992)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link

Home Is in Your Head is the second studio album by His Name Is Alive, originally released via 4AD in the UK on September 9, 1991, and on Rykodisc in the USA in 1992.

History[edit]

Like their 4AD debut, Livonia, His Name Is Alive's Home Is in Your Head comprises tracks that originated in Warren Defever's basement on a 4-track recorder, later remixed by Ivo Watts-Russell and John Fryer into something suitable for release. Primarily featuring material recorded between 1989 and 1990, some songs date from the same era as the songs from Livonia (1985-1989). 4AD's press release for Livonia in 1990 mentions that the band's second 4AD album (which turned out to be this album) was already completed.

"Sitting Still Moving Still Staring Outlooking" was later used in the 1996 film Jerry Maguire in a key scene. This jokingly earned HNIA the moniker "the band that gave Tom Cruise a nervous breakdown."

Track listings and release details[edit]

Tracks four, five and six are a suite of songs collectively known as The Song of Schizophrenia.

All tracks are written by Warren Defever, credited as His Name Is Alive; except for "The Well," which was written by Karin Oliver; "Tempe," written by Jymn Auge; and "There's Something Between Us and He's Changing My Words," which is a cover of a song by Bone Machine. Defever and Auge actually co-wrote this song, as Bone Machine was an early band of theirs. Guitarist Auge had guested on Livonia, and by this album was a full-time member of HNIA.

A hidden song is included on the last track. After a brief moment of silence following the conclusion of "Dreams Are of the Body," a song called "The Other Body" begins. This is a demo track that ends abruptly, as the tape ran out during recording.

The album was only available in the USA as an import until 1992, when Rykodisc issued the album domestically on CD. The Rykodisc release, which is now out of print, also contained The Dirt Eaters EP, which had been released in the UK in early 1992. When 4AD reissued the album on CD in 1998, they also included these tracks. The Rykodisc version featured a different album cover, which was a slightly re-worked version of the back cover of the 4AD release.

Original 4AD release[edit]

  1. "Are You Coming Down This Weekend?" – 0:18
  2. "Her Eyes Were Huge Things" – 1:37
  3. "The Charmer" – 2:14
  4. "Hope Called in Sick" – 1:36
  5. "My Feathers Needed Cleaning" – 2:27
  6. "The Well" – 2:25
  7. "There's Something Between Us and He's Changing My Words" – 1:20
  8. "The Phoenix, a Pool of Ice" – 0:50
  9. "Are We Still Married?" – 2:51
  10. "Put Your Finger in Your Eye" – 0:50
  11. "Home Is in Your Head" – 2:23
  12. "Why People Disappear" – 4:17
  13. "Here Eyes Are Huge" – 1:11
  14. "Save the Birds" – 0:23
  15. "Chances Are We Are Mad" – 2:37
  16. "Mescalina" – 0:48
  17. "Sitting Still Moving Still Staring Outlooking" – 3:26
  18. "Very Bad a Bitter Hand" – 3:02
  19. "Beautiful and Pointless" – 2:25
  20. "Tempe" – 3:25
  21. "Spirit and Body" – 1:49
  22. "Love's a Fish Eye" – 3:32
  23. "Dreams Are of the Body" / "The Other Body" – 2:39

Rykodisc release[edit]

The cover for the 1992 Rykodisc USA release of Home Is in Your Head. This was based on the back cover of the 4AD release.
  1. "Are You Coming Down This Weekend?" – 0:18
  2. "Her Eyes Were Huge Things" – 1:37
  3. "The Charmer" – 2:14
  4. "Hope Called in Sick" – 1:36
  5. "My Feathers Needed Cleaning" – 2:27
  6. "The Well" – 2:25
  7. "There's Something Between Us and He's Changing My Words" – 1:20
  8. "The Phoenix, a Pool of Ice" – 0:50
  9. "Are We Still Married?" – 2:51
  10. "Put Your Finger in Your Eye" – 0:50
  11. "Home Is in Your Head" – 2:23
  12. "Why People Disappear" – 4:17
  13. "Here Eyes Are Huge" – 1:11
  14. "Save the Birds" – 0:23
  15. "Chances Are We Are Mad" – 2:37
  16. "Mescalina" – 0:48
  17. "Sitting Still Moving Still Staring Outlooking" – 3:26
  18. "Very Bad a Bitter Hand" – 3:02
  19. "Beautiful and Pointless" – 2:25
  20. "Tempe" – 3:25
  21. "Spirit and Body" – 1:49
  22. "Love's a Fish Eye" – 3:32
  23. "Dreams Are of the Body" / "The Other Body" – 2:39
  24. "Man on the Silver Mountain" – 3:45
  25. "Are We Still Married?" – 2:59
  26. "Is This the Way the Tigers Do?" – 3:37
  27. "We Hold the Land in Great Esteem" – 4:03
  28. "The Dirt Eaters" – 3:44

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United Kingdom September 9, 1991 4AD CD CAD 1013 CD
LP CAD 1013
Cassette CAD C 1013
United States July 21, 1992 Rykodisc CD (with 5 bonus tracks) RCD 20245