The Mars Volta discography

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The Mars Volta discography

The Mars Volta live at Carling Academy Birmingham
Releases
Studio albums 6
Live albums 1
EPs 2
Singles 10
Music videos 11

The discography of The Mars Volta, an American progressive rock group formed in 2001,[1] consists of six studio albums, one live album, two extended plays, and nine singles. The final lineup of The Mars Volta consisted of the two founding members Omar Rodríguez-López on guitar and production, Cedric Bixler-Zavala on vocals and lyrics, along with Juan Alderete on bass, Marcel Rodriguez-Lopez on keyboards and percussion, and Deantoni Parks on drums.

The band's first studio album De-Loused in the Comatorium was released in 2003 after a European tour supporting the Red Hot Chili Peppers.[1] This concept album was produced by Rick Rubin and is based on the death of El Paso, Texas artist Julio Venegas, who committed suicide in 1996. In early 2005, the band released their second full-length album, Frances the Mute, a concept album based on the story of band associate Jeremy Michael Ward, who died of an apparent heroin overdose in 2003. The album sold over 100,000 copies within the first week of release, and debuted at number four on the Billboard 200.[2] The first single released from the album was "The Widow", which peaked at #20 on UK[3] and became the band's only entry on the Billboard Hot 100 at #95.[4] The live album Scabdates, was released later the same year. Their third studio album Amputechture was released in 2006 and debuted at #9 on the Billboard 200 selling over 59,000 copies in its opening week.[5] The Bedlam in Goliath, the Mars Volta's fourth studio album, was released 2008 and debuted at a career-best #3 on the Billboard 200.[2] On June 23, 2009, the Mars Volta released Octahedron, which is the band's first album through Warner Bros. Records. The album spawned two singles, "Cotopaxi" and "Since We've Been Wrong". Recording for their next and final album, Noctourniquet, began shortly after, though the album wasn't completed and released until March, 2012.

Albums[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Year Album details Peak chart positions Certifications
(sales thresholds)
US
[2]
AUS
[6]
BEL
[7]
FIN
[8]
NLD
[9]
NOR
[10]
NZL
[11]
SWE
[12]
SWI
[13]
UK
[3]
2003 De-Loused in the Comatorium
  • Released: June 24, 2003
  • Label: GSL (GSL #75), Strummer,
    Universal (B#0000593-02)
  • Format: CD, LP
39 47 74 43
2005 Frances the Mute
  • Released: March 1, 2005
  • Label: GSL (GSL #96), Strummer,
    Universal (B#0004129-02)
  • Format: CD, LP
4 9 13 14 34 1 21 12 81 23
2006 Amputechture
  • Released: September 12, 2006
  • Label: GSL (GSL #126),
    Universal (B#0007214-02)
  • Format: CD, LP
9 6 39 18 54 12 16 27 88 49
2008 The Bedlam in Goliath
  • Released: January 29, 2008
  • Label: Universal (B#0010617-02)
  • Format: CD, LP, USB
3 3 35 9 42 10 13 32 57 42
2009 Octahedron 12 41 78 27 27 20 33 51 54 64
2012 Noctourniquet
  • Released: March 27, 2012
  • Label: Warner Bros., Rodriguez-Lopez Productions
  • Format: CD, LP
15 18 90 23 61 34 25 47 51
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Live albums[edit]

Year Album details
US
[2]
2005 Scabdates
  • Released: November 8, 2005
  • Label: GSL (GSL #118), Strummer,
    Universal (B#0005644-02)
  • Formats: CD, LP
76

Extended plays[edit]

Year EP details
2002 Tremulant
  • Released: April 2, 2002
  • Label: GSL (GSL #54)
  • Formats: CD, LP
2003 Live
  • Released: July 1, 2003
  • Label: GSL, Strummer, Universal
  • Formats: CD

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak chart positions Album
US
[4]
US
Alt.

[17]
US
Main.

[4]
AUS
[6]
UK
[3]
2003 "Inertiatic ESP" 42 De-Loused in the Comatorium
2004 "Televators" 64 41
2005 "The Widow" 95 7 25 20 Frances the Mute
"L'Via L'Viaquez" 53
2006 "Viscera Eyes" Amputechture
2007 "Wax Simulacra" The Bedlam in Goliath
2008 "Goliath"
2009 "Cotopaxi" Octahedron
"Since We've Been Wrong"
2012 "The Malkin Jewel" Noctourniquet
"—" denotes a release that did not chart.

Videography[edit]

Films[edit]

Year Film Director
2009 All Tomorrow's Parties All Tomorrow's People & Jonathan Caouette

Music videos[edit]

Year Song Director
2003 "Son et Lumière/Inertiatic ESP" Omar Rodríguez-López[18]
2004 "Televators" The Saline Project[18]
2005 "The Widow" Jim Agnew & Simon Chan[18][19]
"L'Via L'Viaquez" Omar Rodríguez-López[18]
2007 "Wax Simulacra" Jorge Hernandez[20]
2008 "Aberinkula" Omar Rodríguez-López
"Goliath"
"Askepios"
"Ilyena"
2009 "Cotopaxi"
"Since We've Been Wrong"

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Specific
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  4. ^ a b c "The Mars Volta > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles". Allmusic. Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  5. ^ Cheng, Jim (2006-09-20). "Lifeline: Quick Hits". USA Today. Retrieved 2008-07-14. 
  6. ^ a b Peak chart positions for The Mars Volta in Australia:
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  8. ^ "The Mars Volta diskografia" (in Finnish). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
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  11. ^ "The Mars Volta discography". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  12. ^ "Diskografi The Mars Volta" (in Swedish). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  13. ^ "Diskographie The Mars Volta" (in German). Hung Medien. Retrieved 2008-07-01. 
  14. ^ "Search Certification Database". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 2008-07-01.  Note: User must define search parameters as "The Mars Volta".
  15. ^ a b "The BPI - Search the Awards Database". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 2008-07-01. [dead link]
  16. ^ a b "Searchable Database". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved October 21, 2009. 
  17. ^ "The Mars Volta Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  18. ^ a b c d Holy, Kevin. "Athens Music Video – Archive 2". Athens Music Video. Archived from the original on 2008-05-17. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 
  19. ^ "Simon Chan - Spindrift premiere new video on IFC.com, first of series". MVRemix. Retrieved 2011-04-14. 
  20. ^ "The Mars Volta – "Wax Simulacra"". MTV Networks. Retrieved 2008-07-13. 

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