Rubberneck (album)

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Rubberneck
Studio album by Toadies
Released August 23, 1994
Recorded 1993-1994
Genre Post-grunge,[1] alternative rock, grunge
Length 36:21
Label Interscope
Producer Tom Rothrock, Rob Schnapf
Toadies chronology
Pleather
(1993)
Rubberneck
(1994)
Hell Below / Stars Above
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Obnoxious Listeners 4/5 stars[3]
CMJ (favorable)[4]

Rubberneck is the most successful album by the post-grunge band Toadies. It was released in August 1994 on Interscope Records and attained RIAA gold and platinum status in December 1995 and December 1996 respectively. The album produced the band's most popular single, "Possum Kingdom". The song's master track is featured in the Xbox 360 version of the video game Guitar Hero II.

In 2014, in honor of the album's 20th anniversary, Kirtland Records re-released the album on CD and vinyl on April 1.[5] The album was remastered and also includes five bonus tracks[6] Three of the bonus tracks are previously unreleased songs from the original album's sessions, including "Run in with Dad" and a cover of Pylon's "Stop It", both of which were previously recorded for Velvet, and "Rockfish", an early version of "Waterfall", a song later recorded for Feeler, the intended follow-up to Rubberneck. The other two bonus tracks are early live versions of "Possum Kingdom" and "Tyler", recorded at Trees Dallas on December 5, 1991 The vinyl only features the original 11 album tracks, and includes a download of the five bonus tracks.

Also in honor of the album's 20th anniversary, current band member Clark Vogeler made Dark Secrets: The Stories of Rubberneck, a 23-minute documentary about the album, featuring original behind-the-scenes footage recorded by Lisa Umbarger as well as newly recorded interviews. It was debuted on March 10, 2014 at The Kessler Theater in Dallas, TX. The documentary was then posted on the internet two days later.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Todd Lewis. 

No. Title Length
1. "Mexican Hairless" (Lewis, Darrel Herbert) 1:48
2. "Mister Love"   2:51
3. "Backslider"   2:30
4. "Possum Kingdom"   5:09
5. "Quitter" (Lewis, Herbert) 3:33
6. "Away"   4:34
7. "I Come from the Water"   2:46
8. "Tyler"   4:13
9. "Happy Face" (Lewis, Herbert) 2:58
10. "Velvet"   2:30
11. "I Burn"   3:33
20th anniversary bonus tracks
No. Title Length
12. "Run in with Dad"   2:07
13. "Stop It" (Randall Bewley, Curtis Crowe, Vanessa Briscoe Hay, Michael Lachowski) 2:54
14. "Rockfish"   2:42
15. "Possum Kingdom (Live)"   4:31
16. "Tyler (Live)"   4:06

Personnel[edit]

  • Todd Lewis - Rhythm Guitar/Vocals
  • Darrel Herbert - Lead Guitar
  • Lisa Umbarger - Bass
  • Mark Reznicek - Drums
  • Sally Browder - Engineer
  • Tom Rothrock - Producer, Engineer
  • Rob Schnapf - Producer, Engineer
  • Andy Wallace - Mixing
  • Howie Weinberg - Mastering
  • Eric White - Mixing, Mixing Assistant
  • Michael Lavine - Photography

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Album Chart Position
1995 Rubberneck The Billboard 200 56
Heatseekers 1

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "Possum Kingdom" Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
Modern Rock Tracks 4
1996 "Away" Mainstream Rock Tracks 23
Modern Rock Tracks 28

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rubberneck Review". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Obnoxious Listeners review
  4. ^ CMJ review
  5. ^ "Rubberneck 20th Anniversary". thetoadies.com. January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  6. ^ "Toadies Announce Rubberneck 20-Year Anniversary Edition". GlideMagazine.com. January 8, 2014. Retrieved 2014-01-10. 
  7. ^ Wilonsky, Robert (March 12, 2014). "Exclusive video: The Toadies documentary ‘Dark Secrets: The Stories of Rubberneck’". Retrieved 2014-04-24.