So Much for the Afterglow

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So Much for the Afterglow
Studio album by Everclear
Released October 7, 1997
Recorded November 1996 to March 1997
Genre Alternative rock, power pop, post-grunge
Length 49:11
Label Capitol
Producer Art Alexakis, Neal Avron
Everclear chronology
White Trash Hell
So Much for the Afterglow
Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile
Singles from So Much for the Afterglow
  1. "Everything to Everyone"
    Released: September 9, 1997 (airplay)
  2. "I Will Buy You a New Life"
    Released: September 27, 1997
  3. "Father of Mine"
    Released: November 17, 1998
  4. "So Much for the Afterglow"
    Released: 1998
  5. "One Hit Wonder"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Robert Christgau B+[3]
Rolling Stone 2.5/5 stars[4]
Spin (8/10)[2]

So Much for the Afterglow is the third album by Everclear, released on October 7, 1997 (see 1997 in music). It contained the singles "Everything to Everyone", "I Will Buy You a New Life", "Father of Mine", "So Much For the Afterglow", and "One Hit Wonder". This album strays noticeably from the band's past work, which is much less clean and polished. While those past attempts were clear examples of post-grunge, many listeners have been more inclined to categorize So Much For The Afterglow as power pop. A number of the songs from this album, especially "Everything to Everyone", "I Will Buy You A New Life" and "Father of Mine," received heavy rotation on MTV's Total Request Live and launched Everclear into mainstream popularity briefly in the late-90's although they already had success with "Santa Monica" in 1995 and before the album or any of its singles came out, the band has been labeled a one-hit wonder which this album and its singles proved many people wrong. So Much for the Afterglow provided Everclear with their only Grammy nomination to date, a Best Rock Instrumental nod in 1998 for "El Distorto de Melodica."

So Much for the Afterglow remains Everclear's best selling album.

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Art Alexakis, all music composed by Alexakis, Craig Montoya and Greg Eklund.

No. Title Length
1. "So Much for the Afterglow"   3:53
2. "Everything to Everyone"   3:20
3. "Ataraxia (Media Intro)" (Actually an excerpt from "The Relaxed Wife.") 0:34
4. "Normal Like You"   3:13
5. "I Will Buy You a New Life"   3:58
6. "Father of Mine"   3:52
7. "One Hit Wonder"   3:28
8. "El Distorto de Melodica (Instrumental)"   3:07
9. "Amphetamine"   3:36
10. "White Men in Black Suits"   3:32
11. "Sunflowers"   3:48
12. "Why I Don't Believe in God"   4:17
13. "Like a California King / Hating You for Christmas"   8:08
Australian edition
No. Title Length
13. "Like a California King"   3:37
14. "Local God / Hating You for Christmas"   8:30
Japanese edition
No. Title Length
13. "Like a California King"   3:35
14. "Southern Girls"   2:51
15. "Speed Racer / Hating You for Christmas"   7:01


  • Art Alexakis - Banjo, Guitar, Mandolin, Piano, Guitar (Steel), Keyboards, Vocals, Producer, Vocal Arrangement, Horn Arrangements, String Arrangements, Cover Art Concept, Cover Design, Toy Piano
  • Greg Eklund - Percussion, Drums, Keyboards, Vocals, Assistant Producer, Slide Whistle
  • Craig Montoya - Mandolin, Guitar (Bass), Keyboards, Sound Effects, Vocals, Assistant Producer
  • Neal Avron - Trumpet, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangement, Horn Arrangements, Mixing
  • Tom Banghart - Assistant Engineer
  • Mike Baumgartner - Assistant Engineer
  • Steven Birch - Coordination, Art Direction, Design, Cover Art Concept, Cover Design
  • Ian Blanch - Mixing Assistant
  • Nick Brophy - Assistant Engineer
  • Paul Cantelon - Violin
  • Lars Fox - Sampling, Loops, Assistant Producer
  • Dave Friedlander - Assistant Engineer
  • Krista Gaylor - Photography
  • Bill Jackson - Assistant Engineer
  • Rami Jaffee - Vox Organ, Vox Organ
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering
  • Derron Nuhfer - Saxophone
  • Frank Ockenfels - Photography, Cover Art
  • Ronnie Rivera - Assistant Engineer
  • Jim Rondinelli - Engineer, String Arrangements, Assistant Producer
  • Buddy Schaub - Trombone
  • Gerri Sutyak - Cello
  • Kenneth A. Van Druten - Assistant Engineer
  • Andy Wallace - Mixing
  • Perry Watts-Russell - Executive Producer
  • Joe Zook - Editing, Editing Assistant, Transfer Assistant


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1997 The Billboard 200 33

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Everything to Everyone" Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
1997 "Everything to Everyone" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1998 "Father of Mine" Adult Top 40 23
1998 "Father of Mine" Mainstream Rock Tracks 29
1998 "Father of Mine" Modern Rock Tracks 4
1998 "Father of Mine" The Billboard Hot 100 70
1998 "Father of Mine" Top 40 Mainstream 24
1998 "I Will Buy You a New Life" Adult Top 40 20
1998 "I Will Buy You a New Life" Mainstream Rock Tracks 20
1998 "I Will Buy You a New Life" Modern Rock Tracks 3
1998 "I Will Buy You a New Life" Top 40 Mainstream 31
1999 "One Hit Wonder" Modern Rock Tracks 12


  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "So Much for the Afterglow - Everclear". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ a b "Everclear - So Much For The Afterglow CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Everclear". Retrieved 2012-12-04. 
  4. ^ Hoskyns, Barney (1997-10-07). "Everclear: So Much For The Afterglow : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-03-18. Retrieved 2012-12-04.