Spit (album)

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Spit
Studio album by Kittie
Released November 13, 1999
Recorded 1999, EMAC Recording Studios
Genre Nu metal
Length 37:47
Label Artemis
Producer Garth Richardson
Kittie chronology
Spit
(1999)
Paperdoll
(2000)
Singles from Spit
  1. "Brackish"
    Released: 2000
  2. "Charlotte"
    Released: 2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[3]

Spit is the debut album by Kittie, a Canadian all-female heavy metal band from London, Ontario. It was released in 1999 on Artemis Records and has been certified Gold by the RIAA. The album sold 1,250,000 units worldwide. The music videos for "Brackish" and "Charlotte" were both featured as a part of MTV's Buzzworthy videos. The singles "Brackish" and "Charlotte" received moderate airplay on Mainstream Rock, Alternative Rock and College Radio formats in the US. The singles peaked at #46 (Brackish) and #60 (Charlotte) respectively on the Official Top UK Singles Chart. Other singles from the album include the radio remix-promo only, "Spit" and "Paperdoll" which was remixed and released in an EP format. MTV initially gave the band a lot of exposure by playing their videos, various interviews and a mini documentary series. "Spit" managed to sell extremely well for an independent release. The band openly embraced Napster in the media, when many other bands opposed the idea of free downloading and Napster in general. "Spit" went on to become one of the last major selling Alternative Rock albums. It was released at the end of an era, the decline of the model of the music industry, when bands from the underground could become instant major Pop Stars, by using the old model of the industry to their advantage. The band was initially lumped into the "Nu Metal" scene and surge at the time, but by the release of their follow up, the band proved they were worth their salt and were not one trick ponies. Kittie continued to be one of Alternative Metal's most important, successful and influential female bands.

Though bassist Talena Atfield is pictured with the band on the album cover, Tanya Candler actually performed bass on Spit. The initial pressing on the album featured an alternate recording of the song "Paperdoll". This version is included on the Paperdoll EP.

Background[edit]

Lead singer and guitarist Morgan Lander noted that the songs were "all written when we were 14 years old." She noted that Kittie was largely influenced by alternative music, listing "bands like Korn, Nirvana, Silverchair and Alice in Chains" as major influences. The band wrote the music first to serve as a "backdrop" to Morgan's vocals.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Spit" – 2:20
  2. "Charlotte" – 3:57
  3. "Suck" – 3:31
  4. "Do You Think I'm a Whore" – 3:02
  5. "Brackish" – 3:07
  6. "Jonny" – 2:24
  7. "Trippin'" – 2:22
  8. "Raven" – 3:25
  9. "Get Off (You Can Eat a Dick)" – 2:52
  10. "Choke" – 4:05
  11. "Paperdoll" – 3:23
  12. "Immortal" – 2:50

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Robert Christgau review". Robertchristgau.com. Retrieved Nov 10, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Rolling Stone review". Web.archive.org. Feb 11, 2007. Retrieved Nov 10, 2012. 
  4. ^ Joseph, Peter Sno-core Ball hits with metal edge 'The GW Hatchet (Feb 8, 2001). Retrieved Jun 16, 2011.