Pink Bubbles Go Ape

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Pink Bubbles Go Ape
Studio album by Helloween
Released 11 March 1991
Recorded 1990 at PUK-Studios, Gjerlev, Denmark
Genre Speed metal
Length 44:02
Label EMI
Producer Chris Tsangarides
Helloween chronology
Live in the UK
(1989)
Pink Bubbles Go Ape
(1991)
Chameleon
(1993)
Singles from Pink Bubbles Go Ape
  1. "Kids of the Century"
    Released: 16 February 1991
  2. "Number One"
    Released: 26 August 1992
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 2/5 stars [2]

Pink Bubbles Go Ape is the fourth studio album by German power metal band Helloween, released in 1991.[3][4] It marked the departure of guitarist Kai Hansen, with Roland Grapow replacing him. Musically it was written with a softer, less epic, and sometimes humorous approach, which would be later fully implemented in the band's following album Chameleon (1993).

The album contains two singles, which are "Kids of the Century" and "Number One". "Kids of the Century" reached #56 in the United Kingdom. There were some tunes recorded for this album, which were either not featured on it (Windmill)[1] or have never been finished (City Cries).[2] On the other hand, the track "Heavy Metal Hamsters" (supposedly written about the band's former record company) was, according to Michael Weikath, never intended to be on the album, but rather on a B-side of a single.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pink Bubbles Go Ape"   Kiske 0:36
2. "Kids of the Century"   Kiske 3:51
3. "Back on the Streets"   Grapow/Kiske 3:23
4. "Number One"   Weikath 5:13
5. "Heavy Metal Hamsters"   Weikath/Kiske 3:27
6. "Goin' Home"   Kiske 3:51
7. "Someone's Crying"   Grapow 4:18
8. "Mankind"   Grapow/Kiske 6:18
9. "I'm Doin' Fine, Crazy Man"   Grosskopf/Kiske 3:39
10. "The Chance"   Grapow 3:47
11. "Your Turn"   Kiske 5:38
Japanese Version Bonus Track
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Shit and Lobster"   Grosskopf 4:08
Expanded edition bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Blue Suede Shoes"   Carl Perkins 2:36
13. "Shit and Lobster"   Grosskopf 4:08
14. "Les Hambourgeois Walkways"   Weikath 5:45
15. "You Run with the Pack"   Grosskopf 3:54

Personnel[edit]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1991) Peak
position
Swedish Albums Chart[5] 14
Norwegian Albums Chart[6] 14
Swiss Albums Chart[7] 20
Austrian Albums Chart[8] 28
Japanese Albums Chart[9] 31
German Albums Chart[10] 32
UK Albums Chart[11] 41
Dutch Albums Chart[12] 84

Trivia[edit]

  • As opposed to the customary pumpkin, the "o" in the "Helloween" logo was represented by, appropriately enough, a bubble.
  • The opening notes of "Heavy Metal Hamsters" are from the riff of the song "Rat Bat Blue" by Deep Purple.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r254146/review
  2. ^ "Pink Bubbles Go Ape review". Sputnikmusic. 2006-09-08. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  3. ^ "Pink Bubbles Go Ape". Encyclopaedia Metallum. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  4. ^ "Helloween – Pink Bubbles Go Ape (tracklist and versions)". Discogs. Retrieved 2012-11-11. 
  5. ^ "Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (Swedish Charts)". swedishcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  6. ^ "Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (Norwegian Charts)". norwegiancharts.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  7. ^ "Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (Swiss Charts)". hitparade.ch. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  8. ^ "Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (Austrian Charts)". austriancharts.at. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  9. ^ "Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (Japanese Charts)". oricon.co. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  10. ^ "Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (German Charts)". charts.de. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  11. ^ "Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (UK Charts)". officialcharts.com. Retrieved 2013-09-06. 
  12. ^ "Helloween - Pink Bubbles Go Ape (Dutch Charts)". dutchcharts.nl. Retrieved 2013-09-06.