I'm with Stupid (album)

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I'm with Stupid
Studio album by Aimee Mann
Released November 1995
Genre Pop, Rock
Length 56:21
Label Geffen
Producer Jon Brion
Aimee Mann chronology
Whatever
(1993)
I'm with Stupid
(1995)
Magnolia
(1999)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars [2]
Entertainment Weekly A [3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [4]
Q 3/5 stars [5]
Robert Christgau (neither) [6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars [7]
Spin (7/10) [5]
USA Today 3/4 stars [8]

I'm with Stupid is the second studio album by the American singer-songwriter Aimee Mann, released in 1995. Most fans took the title to be a reference to Mann's unhappy relationship with her record label, which she felt did not understand how to promote her music.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Aimee Mann, unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Long Shot" – 3:13
  2. "Choice in the Matter" (Brion, Mann) – 3:13
  3. "Sugarcoated" (Butler, Mann) – 3:39
  4. "You Could Make a Killing" – 3:21
  5. "Superball" – 3:05
  6. "Amateur" (Brion, Mann) – 4:51
  7. "All Over Now" – 3:37
  8. "Par for the Course" – 6:01
  9. "You're with Stupid Now" – 3:27
  10. "That's Just What You Are" (Brion, Mann) – 4:22
  11. "Frankenstein" (Brion, Mann) – 4:25
  12. "Ray" – 4:47
  13. "It's Not Safe" – 7:14


Guests[edit]

Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford from the band Squeeze appear as background vocalists and musicians on "That's Just What You Are", "Frankenstein", and "It's Not Safe", and they allowed Mann to use a riff from their song "Up the Junction" on "Long Shot". Juliana Hatfield provides backing vocals on "You Could Make a Killing" and "Amateur." Neil Innes, from The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Monty Python and The Rutles, provides backing vocals on "It's Not Safe".


Lyric sheet[edit]

The "lyric sheet" for this release presents every word sung on the album listed in alphabetical order. This tactic was earlier used by the Boston-based band Mission Of Burma on their 1981 mini-album Signals, Calls, And Marches; Mann's former band The Young Snakes opened for Mission Of Burma in 1981.

Uses in other media[edit]

Prior to the album's release, "That's Just What You Are" appeared on the soundtrack of Fox Network television series Melrose Place in 1994, while "Amateur" appeared on the Sliding Doors soundtrack in 1998 and NBC television series Ed in 2004. "You Could Make a Killing" appeared on the Cruel Intentions soundtrack in 1999.

Charts[edit]

Album

Year Chart Position
1995 The Billboard 200 82


Singles

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "That's Just What You Are" Modern Rock Tracks 25
1995 "That's Just What You Are" Modern Rock Tracks 24
1995 "That's Just What You Are" The Billboard Hot 100 93

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stephen Thomas Erlewine. "I'm with Stupid - Aimee Mann". Allmusic. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  2. ^ Mark Caro (February 8, 1996). "Aimee Mann I'm With Stupid (DGC)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  3. ^ Chris Willman (February 2, 1996). "I'm With Stupid Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved January 11, 2012. 
  4. ^ Elysa Gardner (February 4, 1996). "AIMEE MANN "I'm With Stupid", DGC". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Aimee Mann - I'm with Stupid CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ Robert Christgau. "CG: Aimee Mann". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved July 7, 2013. 
  7. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Christian Hoard (2004). The Rolling Stone Album Guide. New York City, New York: Simon and Schuster. p. 511. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ Anne Ayers (January 30, 1996). "Aimee Mann, I'm With Stupid". USA Today. Retrieved April 21, 2014.