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.

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 a 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.