Powertrip

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Powertrip
Studio album by Monster Magnet
Released June 16, 1998
Genre Stoner metal, hard rock
Length 60:42
Label A&M
Producer Dave Wyndorf & Matt Hyde
Monster Magnet chronology
Dopes to Infinity
(1995)
Powertrip
(1998)
God Says No
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Drowned in Sound 8/10[2]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention)[3]

Powertrip is the 4th studio album by Monster Magnet, released on June 16, 1998. The album was the band's commercial breakthrough, achieving mainstream success due largely to the hit single, "Space Lord". Other hit songs on the album include "Powertrip", "Temple of Your Dreams", and "See You in Hell". The album itself, reached #1 on the Heatseekers Charts, #21 in the German Charts,[4] #65 in the UK Charts, and #97 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on January 25, 1999.[5]

Music videos were made for the songs "Space Lord", "Powertrip", and "See You In Hell".

Recording[edit]

After the Dopes to Infinity tour, Dave Wyndorf flew to Las Vegas to work on the group's next album. He got a hotel room 10 miles (16 km) out of the city, where he would write one song a day for twenty-one days.[6] Most of the songs were based on the themes of Vegas, such as naked women and people losing their money. "See You In Hell" in particular, was written after an experience Wyndorf had on a bus ride from New York City, to his hometown of Red Bank, NJ. A hippie explained that he and his wife had killed their baby, and buried it in the New Jersey Meadowlands. Shocked, Wyndorf got out of the bus.[7]

Tracks used in popular culture[edit]

  • "Powertrip" was the official theme song for the WWE pay-per-view event No Way Out 2007.
  • "Crop Circle" was one of the songs in the film Urban Legend.
  • "See you in Hell" was one of the songs in the film Bride of Chucky.
  • "Powertrip" was featured in the 2006 video game Motorstorm

Track listing[edit]

Original CD[edit]

All songs written by Dave Wyndorf unless noted otherwise.

  1. "Crop Circle" – 5:32
  2. "Powertrip" – 3:31
  3. "Space Lord" – 5:55
  4. "Temple of Your Dreams" – 4:35
  5. "Bummer" – 7:35
  6. "Baby Götterdämmerung" – 3:09
  7. "19 Witches" – 4:02
  8. "3rd Eye Landslide" – 5:10
  9. "See You in Hell" – 4:05
  10. "Tractor" – 3:26
  11. "Atomic Clock" – 5:06
  12. "Goliath and the Vampires" – 4:13
  13. "Your Lies Become You" – 4:18
  14. "Big God" – 5:58*
  15. "Kick out the Jams" (MC5 cover) – 2:35*
  16. "The Game" – 4:54*

* Denotes Japanese bonus track.

A Limited Tour Edition was also released with a bonus CD entitled "Viva Las Vegas (live in Las Vegas)". The Japanese version contains this bonus CD and 3 bonus tracks on the original.

Viva Las Vegas (Live in Las Vegas)[edit]

  1. "Temple of Your Dreams" – 5:34
  2. "Dinosaur Vacuum" – 5:19
  3. "Baby Götterdämmerung" – 4:00
  4. "Cage Around the Sun" – 8:18
  5. "Bummer" – 7:35
  6. "Space Lord" – 9:32

Personnel[edit]

  • Dave Wyndorf - Vocals, Guitar
  • Ed Mundell - Guitar
  • Philip Caivano - Guitar
  • Joe Calandra - Bass
  • Jon Kleiman - Drums

Additional personnel[edit]

  • Matt Hyde - Guitar, Engineer, Mixing
  • John Flannery - Guitar
  • Scott Garrett - Drums
  • Tim Cronin - Autovisuals, Misinformation, Herald of Galactus

Production[edit]

  • Steve Mixdorf - Assistant engineer
  • Jesse Fishman - Assistant engineer
  • Cameron Webb - Assistant engineer
  • Paul Silveira - Assistant engineer
  • Randy Staub - Mixing
  • John Travis - Mixing
  • Ron Boustead - Digital editing
  • Don C. Tyler - Digital editing
  • Stephen Marcussen - Mastering

Charting positions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Powertrip"
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Monster Magnet". robertchristgau.com, Retrieved on December 26, 2013.
  4. ^ [1] musicline.de (german, 10.07.2010)
  5. ^ a b "American certifications – Monster Magnet". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved December 26, 2013. 
  6. ^ "The Third Degree with Monster Magnet". lasvegassun.com. Retrieved on December 27, 2013.
  7. ^ "Monster Magnet Leader Takes Vegas 'Powertrip'". beermelodies.com. Retrieved on December 27, 2013.
  8. ^ a b "Monster Magnet - Powertrip". australian-charts.com. Retrieved 2013-11-16. 
  9. ^ [2] musicline.de. Retrieved November 16, 2013.
  10. ^ "Billboard Top 200". allmusic.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2013.
  11. ^ "Top Heatseekers". allmusic.com. Retrieved on November 16, 2013.