Noise from the Basement

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Noise from the Basement
Studio album by Skye Sweetnam
Released September 21, 2004
Recorded 2002 – 2004
Genre Pop punk, alternative rock, power pop, pop rock, teen pop
Length 39:24
Label Capitol
Producer James Robertson, Skye Sweetnam, Andrew Slater, Jeremy Wheatley, LCV
Skye Sweetnam chronology
Noise from the Basement
(2004)
Sound Soldier
(2007)
Singles from Noise from the Basement
  1. "Billy S."
    Released: July 22, 2003
  2. "Tangled Up in Me"
    Released: March 9, 2004
  3. "Number One"
    Released: December 6, 2004

Noise from the Basement is the debut album by Canadian singer-songwriter Skye Sweetnam, released on September 21, 2004 by Capitol Records. It debuted and peaked at number 124 on the Billboard 200[1] and number 15 on the Oricon Album Charts.[2]

Development and recording[edit]

Originally planned for a late 2003 release,[3] the release of Sweetnam's debut album was postponed several times by the record label, being pushed back to April,[4] then May[5] and finally August[6] of the following year before its official release on September of that same year.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Noise From The Basement was subject to many comparisons among critics with Avril Lavigne due to their similarities - same nationality and resembling attitude[7] although Skye has described herself as being more "girly-girl" than her and mentioned that after hearing both albums, she could not find any real similarities between their sound,[7] describing her album as "Avril lite," "bubblegum Britney" and "manufactured skate punk".[7]

Promotion[edit]

Three songs from "Noise from the Basement" were released as singles. "Billy S." was released in 2003, followed by "Tangled Up In Me" in 2004 and "Number One" in 2005. "Imaginary Superstar" was released as a standalone track on iTunes.

Prior to the release of her debut album, Sweetnam toured in summer camps in the American Camplified Tour, from July to August of 2003.[8] In September, she performed in some venues in Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.[9] She was also the opening act for Britney Spears' Onyx Hotel Tour[5] and performed in the United States, Canada and Europe in the Spring of 2004. About that experience, she said:

"I love catching people off guard. That's why opening for Britney was so great. I was playing for people who had no idea who I was and had never heard my music. And by the end of the set, a lot of them found themselves really getting into it."[10]

Skye was supposed to continue opening for Britney in the Summer, when the tour was going to return for a second round of concerts, but the Onyx Hotel Tour was eventually cancelled due to Spears injuring her knee.[11] Following cancellation, Sweetnam regretted that it could no longer be used to promote Noise from the Basement, stating:

"It was kind of disappointing (when Britney hurt her knee) because we had this whole media hype behind the tour. It would have worked really well for a lead up for my album."[12]

In November of 2004, Sweetnam went on tour with Ryan Cabrera[13] and praised the positive reception from the audience in both Cabrera and Spears tours, mentioning she was fortunate to open for artists with different musical styles.[14] Earlier that year, the track "Imaginary Superstar" was featured in Sleepover soundtrack[15] and a shorter version of "Number One" was used in Women's National Basketball Association television commercials.[13] This version had different lyrics from the album version, being recorded exclusively for the campaign.[16]

On August 5, 2004, she performed in the Fourth Annual Pantene Pro-Voice Concert, in New York City.[17] Starting that month, she was a featured artist on AOL breakers for two months, and was also featured in a series of magazines, namely Rolling Stone, Blender, Teen People and Teen Vogue.[13] Further promotion was backed up by a live performance of "Tangled Up In Me" in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, one day before album's final release,[18] and Sessions@AOL live performances in October.[19]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Producer(s) Length
1. "Number One"   Paul Cafaro, Peter Konicek, Eric Valentine (additional lyrics by Skye Sweetnam) LCV, Sweetnam 2:43
2. "Billy S."   Sweetnam, James Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 2:16
3. "Tangled Up in Me"   Aslyn, Jimmy Harry, Sweetnam, Robertson Andrew Slater, Julian Raymond, Howard Willing 2:52
4. "I Don't Really Like You"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 2:56
5. "I Don't Care"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 3:36
6. "Heart of Glass"   Deborah Harry, Chris Stein Robertson, Sweetnam 3:01
7. "Sharada"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 2:37
8. "It Sucks"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 2:20
9. "Fallen Through"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 3:41
10. "Hypocrite"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 2:58
11. "Unpredictable"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 3:09
12. "Shot to Pieces"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 2:02
13. "Smoke & Mirrors"   Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 3:23
14. "Split Personality" (Hidden track on North American editions) Sweetnam, Robertson Robertson, Sweetnam 2:03

Personnel[edit]

  • Skye Sweetnam - Vocals
  • James Robertson - Various instruments
  • Jeremy Wheatley - Programming, Background vocals
  • Tim Van Der Kuil - Guitar
  • Damon Wilson - Drums
  • Andrew Martino - Drums

Release history[edit]

Country Date Edition(s) Label
Canada[28] September 21, 2004 Standard EMI
United States[29] Capitol
Italy[30] October 27, 2004
Japan[20][21] November 03, 2004 EMI
May 25, 2005 Special Edition CD+DVD
Portugal[31] November 29, 2004 Standard
South Korea[24][32] January 6, 2005 CD+DVD
December 21, 2005 Special Edition CD+AVCD
Taiwan[26] January 14, 2005 CD+VCD Gold Typhoon
France[33] February 14, 2005 Standard Capitol
Thailand[34] May 31, 2005 CD+VCD EMI
Germany[35] June 15, 2005 Standard
China[36] February 1, 2006 Special Edition CD+AVCD

Charts and certifications[edit]

Chart Peak
position
Billboard 200 124
Japan Oricon Weekly International Albums Chart 15

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Skye Sweetnam e-card". July 3, 2003. Retrieved October 29, 2012.  Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Adam Gonshor (January 12, 2004). "Skye Sweetnam due out in April". andpop.com. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b Darryl Morden (March 10, 2004). "Image is everything on Britney's new tour". MSNBC. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  6. ^ Jon Wiederhorn (May 20, 2004). "Skye Sweetnam Juggles Hot Britney Tour With Cold Pork Chops". MTV. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b c Jon Wiederhorn (July 1, 2004). "Skye Sweetnam Calls Herself 'Bubblegum Britney,' So Critics Don't Have To". MTV. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  8. ^ "A brand new audience for concerts rock show tours summer camps" (Press release). Alternative Venue Entertainment. July 14, 2003. Retrieved October 29, 2012.  Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
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  10. ^ Jon Wiederhorn (July 1, 2004). "Skye Sweetnam Calls Herself 'Bubblegum Britney,' So Critics Don't Have To". MTV. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  11. ^ Stephen M. Silverman (June 16, 2004). "Britney Cancels Tour Due to Bad Knee". People. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  12. ^ Ari Bendersky (July 29, 2004). "Dog days of summer come early for concert tours". Record Online. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  13. ^ a b c "Skye Sweetnam tapped to Open for Ryan Cabrera". Top40-Charts.com. October 21, 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Skye Sweetnam interview for teen and tween girls -- Miss O & Friends". Miss O & Friends. 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  15. ^ "Sleepover - Soundtracks". The Internet Movie Database. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  16. ^ Skye Sweetnam - Number One WNBA Commercial # 1. WNBA. 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
  17. ^ "Marie Digby From Los Angeles Has Been Chosen by America as the Winner of the National Pantene Pro-Voice Music Competition". PR Newswire. PR Newswire. July 26, 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2012. 
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  19. ^ "Sessions @ AOL". October 4, 2004. Retrieved October 29, 2012.  Archive copy at the Wayback Machine
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  22. ^ Writing credits for Japanese bonus tracks:
    • "Imaginary Superstar": ASCAP Work ID: 390776982. Searchable online through "ACE Title Search". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
    • "Tidal Wave": ASCAP Work ID: 500837867. Searchable online through "ACE Title Search". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
    • "Sugar Guitar": ASCAP Work ID: 492669119. Searchable online through "ACE Title Search". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
  23. ^ Writing credits for "Shattered": ASCAP Work ID: 491352006. Searchable online through "ACE Title Search". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
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  27. ^ Writing credits for "Too Late":ASCAP Work ID: 500837901. Searchable online through "ACE Title Search". The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers. Retrieved November 9, 2012. 
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