The Living End (The Living End album)

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The Living End
Studio album by The Living End
Released 12 October 1998
Recorded 1997-1998
Sing Sing Studios, Melbourne
Genre Punk rock, punkabilly
Length 47:05
Label Modular, EMI
Producer Lindsay Gravina
The Living End chronology
It's For Your Own Good
(1996)
The Living End
(1998)
Roll On
(2000)
Singles from The Living End
  1. "Second Solution / Prisoner of Society"
    Released: 8 September 1997
  2. "Prisoner of Society"
    Released: 4 January 1998
  3. "Save the Day"
    Released: 13 September 1998
  4. "All Torn Down"
    Released: December 1998
  5. "West End Riot"
    Released: July 1999
  6. "Trapped"
    Released: September 1999
    (US release only)

The Living End is the self-titled debut studio album by Australian punk, rockabilly band The Living End, which was released on 12 October 1998. It was recorded at Sing Sing Studios in Melbourne with Lindsay Gravina producing for Modular Recordings. The cover art, as described by front man Chris Cheney, is based on a photograph of a World War I all-female bomb factory. The album reached No. 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart and remained in the top 50 for 63 weeks.

The Living End had achieved mainstream success with the extended play, Second Solution / Prisoner of Society released in September 1997. It peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart. In early 1998 the related single, "Prisoner of Society", was released in the United Kingdom and, the following year, in the United States. Other charting Australian singles are "Save the Day" (September 1998) and "All Torn Down" (December). The sixth album track, "Monday", is The Living End's epitaph to the 1996 Dunblane massacre. In December 1999 The Living End was certified 4× Platinum by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipment of 280,000 units. In October 2010 it was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums. As of July 2012 it is the band's most successful album.

Background[edit]

The Living End is the eponymous debut album by Australian punk, rockabilly band The Living End, which was issued on 12 October 1998. The group had formed in 1994 in Melbourne by Chris Cheney on guitar and lead vocals, and Scott Owen on double bass and backing vocals. In 1996 they were joined by Travis Demsey on drums. In September 1997 they released their third extended play, Second Solution / Prisoner of Society, which peaked at No. 4 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[1] Early in 1998 "Prisoner of Society" was issued as a separate single in the United Kingdom and, the following year, in the United States. It peaked at No. 23 on the Billboard Alternative Songs Chart.[2]

Their next Australian single, "Save the Day" was issued in September 1998, a month ahead of the album. It made the top 30 on the ARIA Singles Chart.[1] The album reached No. 1 on the related ARIA Albums Chart and remained in the top 50 for 63 weeks.[1] Their third Australian single from the album, "All Torn Down" appeared in December 1998 and peaked at No. 12.[1] In July 1999 a fourth single, "West End Riot" was issued, which did not reach the top 50 – although it was popular with listeners of national radio station, Triple J, appearing on their Hottest 100 poll for that year.[3] The sixth album track, "Monday", is The Living End's epitaph to the 1996 Dunblane massacre. The band supported The Offspring on the latter's Americana Tour during 1999.[4] During 1999 they issued a US-only single, "Trapped", which did not chart.

In December 1999 The Living End was certified 4× Platinum by Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) for shipment of 280,000 units.[5] In October 2010 it was listed in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums.[6] As of July 2012 it is the band's most commercially successful album.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[7]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[8]

Allmusic's reviewer, Stephen Thomas Erlewine, felt "they've cleverly appropriated certain rockabilly signatures – most ridiculously, the upright acoustic bass – that give their homage to the golden age of punk a bit of charm. That would be enough to elevate them above many of their contemporaries, but they happen to rock harder and write better songs than many late-'90s punkers".[7] The album peaked at No.33 on the Billboard Heatseekers Chart.[9] While Rolling Stone's Noah Tarnow found the group "revives the juvie mentality of several generations of guitar slingers, blending rockabilly's greasy-haired swagger with pissed-punk vitriol".[8] The authors of 100 Best Australian Albums remembered "[t]his was a record that boomed out of bedrooms across the country and turned the front of stage at summer festivals into pure bedlam... [the album] was made quickly, but with assuredness; the trio ... knew what they wanted".[6]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Chris Cheney, except for where noted.

Australian Version
No. Title Length
1. "Prisoner of Society"   3:52
2. "Growing Up (Falling Down)"   3:56
3. "Second Solution"   3:00
4. "West End Riot"   3:54
5. "Bloody Mary"   3:45
6. "Monday"   3:32
7. "All Torn Down"   4:09
8. "Save the Day"   2:56
9. "Trapped"   3:26
10. "Have They Forgotten"   3:13
11. "Fly Away"   2:53
12. "I Want a Day" (Cheney, Scott Owen) 2:29
13. "Sleep on It"   2:58
14. "Closing In"   3:03

Note: "Sleep on It" was omitted and changed to "Strange" for all versions released outside Australia. "Strange" had already appeared on previous releases in Australia and it was deemed unnecessary to repeat the track again for Australian fans.

Singles[edit]

Chart positions[edit]

Year Chart Position
1998 Australian ARIA Albums Chart
1

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Hung, Steffen. "The Living End – The Living End (Album)". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien. Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "The Living End: Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hottest 100 History – 1999". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC). Retrieved 8 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "Tour Archive: The Offspring – 1999". The Offspring Official Website. Archived from the original on 1 January 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 1999 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). 31 December 1999. Retrieved 7 July 2012. 
  6. ^ a b O'Donnell, John; Creswell, Toby; Mathieson, Craig (October 2010). "57 – The Living End – The Living End". 100 Best Australian Albums. Prahran, Vic: Hardie Grant Books. pp. 160–161. ISBN 978-1-74066-955-9. 
  7. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "The Living End – The Living End". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Tarnow, Noah (25 January 1999). "The Living End – The Living End". Rolling Stone (806) (Jann Wenner). Archived from the original on 2 March 2009. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
  9. ^ "The Living End – The Living End – Awards". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 9 July 2012. 
Preceded by
The Last Wave of Summer by Cold Chisel
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
25 October - 8 November 1998
Succeeded by
The Best of 1980-1990 by U2