Stands for Decibels
|Stands for Decibels|
|Studio album by The dB's|
|Genre||Power pop, alternative rock|
|Label||Albion (original release)
I.R.S. (1989 CD reissue)
|Producer||Alan Betrock and The dB's|
|The dB's chronology|
Stands for Decibels is the acclaimed 1981 debut album by The dB's. It was initially commercially unsuccessful but has since become recognized as a crucial album in the power pop canon, alongside releases by Big Star and Let's Active. Many rock bands, from Yo La Tengo and Teenage Fanclub to R.E.M., have cited the album as an influence.
At the time of its release, The dB's consisted of singer/guitarist Chris Stamey, singer/guitarist Peter Holsapple, bassist Gene Holder and drummer Will Rigby. The songwriting was evenly divided between Stamey and Holsapple, although Stamey became known for writing the stranger, more avant-garde numbers ("She's Not Worried", "Espionage") while Holsapple wrote the more accessible, poppier songs ("Black and White", "Bad Reputation"). Both Stamey and Holsapple played keyboards occasionally as well. Holder and Rigby did not receive any songwriting credits (other than a group credit for "Dynamite"), but with this album, they helped create a reputation as a dynamic rhythm section.
The album's sound is mainly characterized by its use of power pop melodies and jangly guitars subverted by strange time changes and instrumentation. Most songs are uptempo, but the last song, "Moving in Your Sleep", became one of their best known ballads. The first track, "Black and White", was also their first single.
The album was dedicated to George Scott III.
- Side one
- "Black and White" – 3:09 (Peter Holsapple)
- "Dynamite" – 2:35 (Gene Holder, Holsapple, Will Rigby, Chris Stamey)
- "She's Not Worried" – 3:04 (Stamey)
- "The Fight" – 2:54 (Holsapple)
- "Espionage" - 2:39 (Stamey)
- "Tearjerkin'" – 3:56 (Stamey)
- Side two
- "Cycles Per Second" - 3:06 (Stamey)
- "Bad Reputation" – 3:11 (Holsapple)
- "Big Brown Eyes" – 1:58 (Holsapple)
- "I'm in Love" – 3:29 (Stamey)
- "Moving in Your Sleep" - 4:35 (Holsapple)
- Chris Stamey - Guitar, vocals
- Peter Holsapple - Guitar, vocals
- Gene Holder - Bass guitar
- Will Rigby - Drums