Thank God for Mental Illness

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Thank God for Mental Illness
Studio album by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released October 25, 1996
Recorded July 11, 1996
Genre Psychedelic rock, acid rock, folk rock, country blues[1]
Length 63:35
Label Bomp! Records
The Brian Jonestown Massacre chronology
Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request
(1996)
Thank God for Mental Illness
(1996)
Give It Back!
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Thank God for Mental Illness is the fifth album by American psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre, released on October 25, 1996. It was the third of the three critically acclaimed albums released by the band in that year. Anton Newcombe has claimed that the album cost him only $17.36 to make on July 11, 1996. A picture of a crazed-looking Joel Gion appears on the cover.

The album is divided into two parts; the first part features mostly acoustic lo-fi songs of a short length. The other half is a series of songs merged into one track named Sound of Confusion, that features both regular songs and more abstract sound collages. The first seven minutes is the sound of passing cars and an incoherent religious chant performed by Newcombe. The songs are different from the rest of the album, as the band plays more conventional indie rock than the psychedelic sound that is normally heard from BJM.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Spanish Bee" – 3:48
  2. "It Girl" – 2:12
  3. "13" – 2:35
  4. "Ballad of Jim Jones" – 2:14
  5. "Those Memories" – 2:01
  6. "Stars" – 3:15
  7. "Free and Easy, Take 2" – 2:28
  8. "Down" – 3:52
  9. "Cause I Love Her" – 1:14
  10. "Too Crazy to Care" – 1:22
  11. "Talk - Action = Shit" – 2:07
  12. "True Love" – 3:32
  13. "Sound of Confusion" – 33:03
    • "Fire Song" – 11:56
    • "Fuck You for Fucking Me" – 3:52
    • "Spun" – 4:20
    • "Kid's Garden" – 7:23
    • "Wasted" – 5:19

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Thank God for Mental Illness on Allmusic". AllMusic.com. Retrieved February 24, 2013. 
  2. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Thank God For Mental Illness - The Brian Jonestown Massacre". AllMusic. Retrieved February 23, 2012.