The Polyfuze Method

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The Polyfuze Method
Studio album by Kid Rock
Released March 16, 1993
Recorded 1992–1993
Genre Hip hop, rap rock
Length 58:52
Label Continuum
Producer Kid Rock, D-Square, Mike E. Clark
Kid Rock chronology
Grits Sandwiches for Breakfast
(1990)
The Polyfuze Method
(1993)
Fire It Up
(1993)
Singles from The Polyfuze Method
  1. "Back from the Dead"
    Released: May 24, 1993
  2. "U Don't Know Me"
    Released: December 29, 1993
  3. "Prodigal Son"
    Released: March 11, 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

The Polyfuze Method is the second album by Kid Rock, released in 1993 on the independent record label Continuum Records. The album has long been out of print. The Polyfuze Method shows Kid Rock developing a more rap rock sound.[2] In 1997, Kid Rock re-released the album under the title The Polyfuze Method Revisited, but the re-release is also long out of print. The Polyfuze Method Revisited contained three tracks that were not on the original version—"I Am the Bullgod" and "Rollin' on the Island" from Kid Rock's Fire It Up EP, and the demo "Rain Check". There was also a European release of the album that had a different track listing and omitted the skit "TV Dinner".

"Prodigal Son", "Fuck U Blind" and "My Oedipus Complex" were later completely re-recorded and released on The History of Rock in 2000 along with a shorter version of the original "3 Sheets to the Wind".[3] The vocals for "I Am the Bullgod" were re-recorded for Devil Without a Cause in 1998 and became his first hit song that gained heavy rotation on radio and MTV. During his 1999 tours he performed "Balls in Your Mouth" from the album as well.[4]

Singles[edit]

"Back from the Dead" and "U Don't Know Me" were released as singles. "Back from the Dead" was released as a single in 1992 before the album was released and was a minor hit on college radio. After disagreements between Kid Rock and his record label about whether to release "Prodigal Son or "U Don't Know Me" as a single, the label won and released the latter. The label paid for the very low-budget music videos of "U Don't Know Me" and "Back from the Dead", but due to poor promotion both videos received little to no airplay and performed badly. In 1994, "Prodigal Son" was a promotional single for the Fire It Up EP.

Track listings[edit]

1993 CD release[edit]

  1. "Fred" – 0:25
  2. "Killin' Brain Cells" – 3:55
  3. "Prodigal Son" – 5:18
  4. "The Cramper" – 4:12
  5. "3 Sheets to the Wind" – 4:43
  6. "Fuck U Blind" – 3:55
  7. "Desperate-Rado" – 4:25
  8. "Back from the Dead" – 4:43
  9. "My Oedipus Complex" – 5:35
  10. "Balls in Your Mouth" – 3:48
  11. "Trippin' with Dick Vitale" – 4:07
  12. "TV Dinner" – 0:47
  13. "Pancake Breakfast" – 3:02
  14. "Blow Me" – 2:31
  15. "In So Deep" – 1:59
  16. "U Don't Know Me" – 5:25

Vinyl release[edit]

Side one
  1. "Fred"
  2. "Killin' Brain Cells"
  3. "Prodigal Son"
  4. "The Cramper"
  5. "3 Sheets to the Wind"
  6. "Fuck U Blind"
  7. "I Am the Bullgod"
Side two
  1. "My Oedipus Complex"
  2. "Balls in Your Mouth"
  3. "Pancake Breakfast"
  4. "Rollin' on the Island"
  5. "U Don't Know Me"

Polyfuze Method Revisited 1997 release[edit]

  1. "Fred" – 0:52
  2. "Killin' Brain Cells" – 3:55
  3. "Prodigal Son" – 5:18
  4. "The Cramper" – 4:12
  5. "Three Sheets to the Wind" – 4:43
  6. "I Am the Bullgod" – 4:51
  7. "Fuck U Blind" – 3:55
  8. "Desperate-Rado" – 4:25
  9. "Back from the Dead" – 4:43
  10. "My Oedipus Complex" – 5:35
  11. "Balls in Your Mouth" – 3:48
  12. "Rollin' on the Island" – 7:47
  13. "Rain Check" – 1:14
  14. "Trippin' with Dick Vitale" – 4:07
  15. "TV Dinner" – 0:30
  16. "Pancake Breakfast" – 3:02
  17. "Blow Me" – 2:31
  18. "In So Deep" – 1:59
  19. "U Don't Know Me" – 5:24
  20. "Fred Remix" – 0:37

Demos[edit]

  1. "A Country Boy Can Survive" – 6:14 (released on Fire It Up; final version shortened)
  2. "Born 2 B a Hick" – 1:37 (released on The History of Rock)
  3. "In So Deep" (Echo Mix) – 2:01 (released on 1994 single of "Prodigal Son")
  4. "Plastic People" – 4:48 (released on the October/November '94 Bootleg Tape)
  5. "Something I Scratch On" – 2:13 (released on the December '94 Bootleg Tape)
  6. "It's Still East Detroit to Me" – 1:56 (released on the July '94 Bootleg Tape)
  7. "Mom and Dad I Use Drugs" – 4:58 (released on the July '94 Bootleg Tape)
  8. "Oedipus Intro/Rain Check" – 3:09 (released on the September '94 Bootleg Tape)
  9. "I Am the Bullgod" (Talkbox) – 4:09 (released on the December '94 Bootleg Tape)
  10. "Balls in Your Mouth" (Head Mix) – 3:58 (released on August '94 Bootleg Tape)
  11. "Prodigal Son" – 8:36 (released on July '94 Bootleg Tape)
  12. "Rollin' on the Island" – 8:01 (released on September '94 Bootleg Tape)
  13. "Back from the Dead" (Live in '92) – 2:58 (released on August '94 Bootleg Tape)

Samples[edit]


Several movies and TV shows are also sampled on the album, including Goodfellas, Scarface, Better Off Dead, Pump Up the Volume, The Godfather, Duke Nukem and Detroit 9000 as well as the Looney Tunes characters.

Additional crew[edit]

  • Bob Ebling – drums
  • Bill Grant – bass guitar, guitar
  • Kid Rock – guitar, loops, bass guitar, producer
  • Chris Peters – guitar, bass guitar
  • Dono Zoyes – bass guitar
  • Jon Slow – flute
  • Peg Leg Sam – harmonica
  • Mike Henry – guitar on "In So Deep"
  • D-Square – producer
  • Mike E. Clark – producer

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