Perfectly Good Guitar

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Perfectly Good Guitar
Studio album by John Hiatt
Released 7 September 1993
Recorded Conway Studios
Genre Rock
Length 52:31 / 57:30
Label A&M
Producer Matt Wallace
John Hiatt chronology
Stolen Moments
Perfectly Good Guitar
Hiatt Comes Alive at Budokan?
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau (choice cut) [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

Perfectly Good Guitar was singer-songwriter John Hiatt's eleventh album, released in 1993. It was his last studio album with A&M Records, despite it being Hiatt's highest charting album ever in the US (#47), Canada (#34) and the UK (#67). The European edition of the album contains the bonus track "I'll Never Get Over You".

Title Track[edit]

The title track 'Perfectly Good Guitar' expresses the sad sentiment about musicians who smash their guitars. The song states "It breaks my heart to see those stars, smashing a perfectly good guitar." The song wistfully suggests that a guitar is something to cherish and smashing one should be a crime. This song is alluding to guitarists such as Pete Townshend of The Who and Paul Simonon of the Clash, the latter whose album London Calling prominently features a photo of Paul Simonon smashing a bass guitar. This trend also seems to have been expressed by Jimi Hendrix who lit fire to his guitar. At time of writing, Nirvana's popularity was at its zenith. Their performances often ended with Kurt Cobain destroying his guitar.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by John Hiatt except where noted

  1. "Something Wild" – 4:31
  2. "Straight outta Time" – 4:30
  3. "Perfectly Good Guitar" – 4:38
  4. "Buffalo River Home" – 5:11
  5. "Angel" – 3:18
  6. "Blue Telescope" – 4:21
  7. "Cross My Fingers" – 4:02
  8. "Old Habits are Hard to Break" – 4:42 (Hiatt, Marshall Chapman)
  9. "The Wreck of the Barbie Ferrari" – 4:35
  10. "When You Hold Me Tight" – 5:23
  11. "Permanent Hurt" – 3:22
  12. "Loving a Hurricane" – 3:58



  1. ^ Mason, Stewart. Perfectly Good Guitar at AllMusic. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
  2. ^ "Consumer Guide, John Hiatt reviews". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  3. ^ Cohen, Jason (28 October 1993). "John Hiatt: Perfectly Good Guitar: Music review". Rolling Stone (RS 668). Archived from the original on 10 October 2008. Retrieved 12 August 2011.