The History of Rock

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The History of Rock
Compilation album by Kid Rock
Released May 30, 2000
Recorded 1992-2000
Genre Rap metal, rap rock, hip hop
Length 64:46
Label Atlantic
Kid Rock chronology
Devil Without a Cause
(1998)
The History of Rock
(2000)
Cocky
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [2]
Blender 4/5 stars[citation needed]
Entertainment Weekly (C) [3]
Robert Christgau (1-star Honorable Mention) [4]

The History of Rock is a compilation album released by Kid Rock in 2000, as the unofficial follow up to Devil Without a Cause.[5] After acquiring the rights to his indie-label recordings, Rock decided to release a compilation of older material. The album contains material from the albums The Polyfuze Method and Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp. The liner notes state that Rock re-recorded the songs from Polyfuze because he couldn't find the master recordings, and "remixed and touched up" the EMSP tracks to show how they would've sounded if Rock had the money to record them properly at the time. There are also three previously unreleased songs from those album sessions ("Born 2 Be a Hick" from the Polyfuze sessions in 1992, "Dark and Grey" and "Abortion" from the EMSP sessions in 1994). The only new tracks were "American Bad Ass", which was the first single from the album, and "Fuck That", which had been used previously for the Any Given Sunday soundtrack. "Fuck U Blind" was re-written from the original version, most likely to avoid a lawsuit from Madonna. He gave the tracks "Prodigal Son" and "My Oedipus Complex" a more southern rock feel even though they both sample Led Zeppelin songs. "3 Sheets To The Wind" had a verse removed from the original, otherwise sounds exactly the same. Suprisingly "Born 2 B A Hick" is a 50's boogie rock style song and "Abortion" is blues song. "Early Mornin Stoned Pimp" was used in the movie Road Trip and "3 Sheets To The Wind" was used in the movie Matchstick Men.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"   Wes Chill, R.J. Ritchie 1:08
2. "American Bad Ass"   Ritchie, James Hetfield, Lars Ulrich 4:32
3. "Prodigal Son"   Ritchie 6:41
4. "Paid"   Ritchie 4:45
5. "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" (feat. Joe C. and Tino) Ritchie, M. Gross 7:14
6. "Dark & Gray"   Ritchie 4:56
7. "3 Sheets To the Wind (What's My Name?)"   Ritchie 3:59
8. "Abortion"   Ritchie 4:29
9. "I Wanna Go Back"   Ritchie 5:29
10. "Ya' Keep On"   B. Lomas, L. Risbrook, Ritchie, R. Thompson, C. Ward, O. Woods, D. Rowe 3:57
11. "Fuck That"   Ritchie 3:42
12. "Fuck U Blind"   Ritchie 3:57
13. "Born 2 B a Hick"   Ritchie 1:42
14. "My Oedipus Complex" (feat. Twisted Brown Trucker) Ritchie 8:19

Track listing for clean version[edit]

A clean version of the album is also available, removing all of the profanity and the song "Fuck U Blind". The clean version of the album also removes the quote inside the cover, "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp" (a callback to the title of the album of the same name.)

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Intro"     1:07
2. "American Bad Ass"     4:32
3. "Prodigal Son"     6:41
4. "Paid"     4:45
5. "Early Mornin' Stoned Pimp"     7:14
6. "Dark & Gray"     4:56
7. "3 Sheets to the Wind / What's My Name?"     3:59
8. "Abortion"     4:29
9. "I Wanna Go Back"     5:29
10. "Ya' Keep On"     3:53
11. "F**k That"     3:42
12. "Born 2 B a Hick"     1:42
13. "My Oedipus Complex"     8:19

Success on radio[edit]

"American Bad Ass" was the only released single from the album. It would peak at No. 20 on mainstream rock charts and No. 33 on modern rock charts. It would chart at No. 25 in the U.K., No. 26 in Germany, and No. 81 in Denmark.

Partially due to that single's radio success, the album itself managed a peak of No. 2 on the U.S. album chart, his highest-charting album until 2007's Rock N Roll Jesus, which topped the chart.

Musicians[edit]

Samples[edit]

  1. American Bad Ass- "Sad But True" by Metallica & "Hobo Scratch" by Malcom McLaren (vocal sample only)
  2. Prodigal Son-"When The Levee Breaks" by Led Zeppelin
  3. Paid-"Love Me In A Special Way" by El DeBarge
  4. Early Mornin Stoned Pimp-"Boogie Drama" by John Lee Hooker
  5. Dark & Grey- " Rock And Roll " Led Zeppelin
  6. 3 Sheets To The Wind-" Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa
  7. Abortion-"All Along The Watchtower" by Jimi Hendrix and "Private Number" by Judy Clay and William Bell
  8. I Wanna Go Back- "Here We Go" by Run DMC (vocal sample only)
  9. Ya Keep On- "Express" by B.T.Express (samples the train whistle)
  10. Fuck That- "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath
  11. Fuck You Blind- " Smoke On The Water " by Deep Purple
  12. Born 2 B A Hick-"Get Out Of Denver" by Bob Seger
  13. My Oedipus Complex-"Black Dog" by Led Zeppelin

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. The History of Rock at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Robert Christgau review
  5. ^ (in the album's liner notes, Rock says to "look for the follow up to Devil Without a Cause in 2001")