II (The Presidents of the United States of America album)

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II
Studio album by The Presidents of the United States of America
Released November 5, 1996
Recorded Studio Litho, Seattle, Washington, August 1996
Genre Alternative rock
Power pop
Post-grunge
Rock
Length 39:47
Label Columbia
Producer Chris Ballew, Dave Dederer, Jason Finn, Craig Montgomery
The Presidents of the United States of America chronology
The Presidents of the United States of America
(1995)
II
(1996)
Rarities
(1997)
Singles from II
  1. "Mach 5"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Supersonics (Reworked Version of Supermodel)"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Volcano"
    Released: 1997
  4. "Tiki God"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club (Unfavorable)[2]
Chicago Tribune 2/4 stars[3]
Entertainment Weekly A−[4]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[5]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars[6]

II is the second album by The Presidents of the United States of America. It was released via Columbia Records on November 5, 1996, which was Election Day in the United States, which included voting for the President.

Background[edit]

The album included a few songs that originally appeared on Froggystyle, a self-released cassette that was recorded before their debut album, The Presidents of the United States of America. These songs, which were re-recorded for this album, were "L.I.P", then known as "Little Indian Princess", "Lunatic to Love" and "Puffy Little Shoes". Also, "Twig" was re-recorded, as it was previously recorded as a b-side to a "Lump" single, where it was known as "Twig in the Wind". That version was later released on Rarities as "Twig (Semi Acoustic Version)".

Track listing[edit]

All songs by The Presidents of the United States of America.

  1. "Ladies and Gentlemen, Part 1" – 1:39
  2. "Lunatic to Love" – 2:57
  3. "Volcano" – 2:58
  4. "Mach 5" – 3:15
  5. "Twig" – 2:37
  6. "Bug City" – 3:05
  7. "Bath of Fire" – 2:57
  8. "Tiki God" – 2:58
  9. "L.I.P." – 3:20
  10. "Froggie" – 3:10
  11. "Toob Amplifier" – 1:22
  12. "Supermodel" – 2:49
  13. "Puffy Little Shoes" – 4:59
  14. "Ladies and Gentlemen, Part 2" – 3:03
  15. "Basketball Dream" – 0:55 (hidden track)

"Basketball Dream" features a boy describing a dream he had about Magic Johnson - for this reason, the track is often mislabeled "Magic Johnson Dream". Chris Ballew can be heard faintly whispering the lyrics underneath the boy. The track previously appeared on Feel Good, an album by Ballew's pre-PUSA band Egg, in 1987.

Live In Australia bonus disc
  1. "Mach 5 (live)" – 3:40
  2. "Back Porch (live)" – 3:35
  3. "Twig (live)" – 3:07
  4. "Toob Amplifier (live)" – 1:50
  5. "Tiki Lounge God" – 3:11

Personnel[edit]

The Presidents of the United States of America
Additional personnel

Charts[edit]

Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1996 The Billboard 200 31

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Mach 5" Modern Rock Tracks 11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "II - The Presidents of the United States of America". Allmusic. Macrovision Corporation. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  2. ^ Thompson, Stephen (March 29, 2002). "The Presidents Of The United States Of America: II". The A.V. Club. Onion, Inc. Retrieved 4 February 2010. 
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (November 8, 1996). "Presidents of the United States of America II (Columbia)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  4. ^ Browne, David (November 8, 1996). "No. 1 with a Ballot (Page 2)". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  5. ^ Scribner, Sara (December 8, 1996). "Presidents of the United States of America, 'II'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 25 February 2013. 
  6. ^ Cohen, Jason (November 28, 1996). "Presidents of the United States of America: II : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Jann Wenner. Archived from the original on November 13, 2007. Retrieved 4 February 2010.