House Tornado is a 1988 album by Throwing Muses. Produced by Gary Smith and Engineered by Paul Kolderie, it was recorded at Fort Apache Studios in Cambridge, MA. The album was released internationally on the 4AD label, except in the United States, where it was released by Sire Records. Sire used a different album cover for its release, as the label was putting a strong promotional push behind the band, and label executives favored a picture of the band over the collage featured on the 4AD release.
The 4AD CD release also features six of the seven tracks from the band's 1987 EP The Fat Skier. (The seventh track was not deemed essential for CD release, as it was a re-issue of "Soul Soldier" from the band's debut album, followed by an ambient field recording of the band talking in a park.) The Sire release did not feature these six songs, and therefore these songs have never been released on CD in the USA.