Telephono

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Telephono
Studio album by Spoon
Released 1996 (Matador Records)
2006 (Merge Records)
Recorded Spring 1995
Genre Indie rock
Length 34:59
Label Merge Records
Producer John Croslin
Spoon chronology
Nefarious
(1994)
Telephono
(1996)
Soft Effects
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10) [3]

Telephono is the first album from by the indie rock band Spoon. It was released on April 23, 1996, by Matador, then re-released in a two-disc package with the Soft Effects EP in 2006 by Merge Records.

"Idiot Driver" had previously appeared in an "alternate mix" form on the Peek-A-Boo Records November 1995 compilation album Bicycle Rodeo.

Reception[edit]

The album was produced by John Croslin, who had been one of the leaders of Austin's The Reivers, recording in Croslin's garage studio on a budget of $3,000.[4] It drew mainly positive critical attention, and in particular many comparisons to the Pixies.[5][6][7] The album sold only a few thousand copies, however.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Britt Daniel, except for where noted.

  1. "Don't Buy the Realistic" – 3:54
  2. "Not Turning Off" – 3:08
  3. "All the Negatives Have Been Destroyed" – 2:37
  4. "Cvantez" – 2:45
  5. "Nefarious" – 2:47
  6. "Claws Tracking" (Daniel, Andy Maguire) – 2:32
  7. "Dismember" – 1:45
  8. "Idiot Driver" – 1:39
  9. "Towner" (aMiniature) – 3:05
  10. "Wanted to Be Your" – 1:52
  11. "Theme to Wendel Stivers" – 1:58
  12. "Primary" – 1:10
  13. "The Government Darling" – 2:23
  14. "Plastic Mylar" – 3:27

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2006 Billboard Top Independent Albums 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Telephono at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Pitchfork review
  4. ^ a b Raoul Hernandez, "Drake Tungsten and His Boy Skellington", Austin Chronicle, January 22, 1999.
  5. ^ Brad Jones, "Spoon Tunes", Westword, April 25, 1996.
  6. ^ Perry Gettelman, "The Word Has Gotten Around About Spoon", Orlando Sentinel, June 7, 1996.
  7. ^ Shannon Zimmerman, "Lone Stars", Washington City Paper, February 16, 2001.

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