Throwing Copper

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Throwing Copper
Studio album by Live
Released April 19, 1994
Recorded July–September 1993 at Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
Genre Post-grunge, hard rock
Length 59:25
Label Radioactive
Producer Jerry Harrison, Live
Live chronology
Mental Jewelry
(1991)
Throwing Copper
(1994)
Secret Samadhi
(1997)
Singles from Throwing Copper
  1. "Selling the Drama"
    Released: 1994
  2. "I Alone"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Lightning Crashes"
    Released: February 24, 1995
  4. "All Over You"
    Released: 1995
  5. "White, Discussion"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert Christgau C+ [2]
Q 4/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [4]

Throwing Copper is the second album by American alternative rock band Live, released on April 19, 1994 on former MCA Records subsidiary Radioactive Records. It was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads[5] and was recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studio.[6] To date, the album has sold over eight million copies in the United States.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ed Kowalczyk, all music composed by Live.

No. Title Length
1. "The Dam at Otter Creek"   4:43
2. "Selling the Drama"   3:26
3. "I Alone"   3:50
4. "Iris"   3:59
5. "Lightning Crashes"   5:25
6. "Top"   2:42
7. "All Over You"   3:59
8. "Shit Towne"   3:48
9. "T.B.D."   4:28
10. "Stage"   3:08
11. "Waitress"   2:49
12. "Pillar of Davidson"   6:46
13. "White, Discussion"   6:08
14. "Horse"   4:16

"Horse" is a hidden track and is not mentioned on the album cover. The tracks "Pillar of Davidson" and "Horse" were not included on the vinyl version.[8]

Cover Art[edit]

The cover art is a painting by Scottish artist Peter Howson titled Sisters of Mercy. On September 23, 2005 it was sold for $186,000 by Christie's in New York. The painting is oil on canvas and measures 243 x 182 centimeters.[9] It has been suggested that the painting explores the themes of betrayal, revenge, and fear and that it shows a group of prostitutes urging a man holding a bible to throw himself off a cliff.[10]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 1 [11]
UK Albums Chart 37 [12]
Australian Albums Chart 1 [13]
Austrian Albums Chart 11 [13]
RPM Canadian Albums Chart 1 [14]
Dutch Albums Chart 5 [13]
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart 8 [13]
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart 38 [13]
Swedish Albums Chart 11 [13]
Finnish Albums Chart 38 [13]
Norwegian Albums Chart 24 [13]
New Zealand Albums Chart 1 [13]
German Albums Chart 28 [15]

End-of-decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[16] 60

Singles[edit]

Song Refs Peak chart positions
US US (M.R.) Australia Ned UK Ger
"Selling the Drama" [17][18][19][20] 43 1 49 15 30 89
"I Alone" [17][21][19] 6 20 48
"Lightning Crashes" [17][22][19] 1 13 33
"All Over You" [17][19] 4 48
"White, Discussion" [19] 15
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
The Lion King (soundtrack) by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 6 – May 12, 1995
Succeeded by
Friday (soundtrack) by Various artists
Preceded by
The Colour of My Love by Celine Dion
The Memory of Trees by Enya
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
August 13 – September 9, 1995
January 14 – February 3, 1996
Succeeded by
The Colour of My Love by Celine Dion
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Bruce Springsteen
RPM Canadian Albums Chart number-one album
May 8 – June 18, 1995 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
Pulse by Pink floyd

Personnel[edit]

  • Ed Kowalczyk: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar
  • Chad Taylor: Lead Guitar, Backing Vocal
  • Patrick Dahlheimer: Bass
  • Chad Gracey: Drums, Percussion, Backing Vocal

Album credits[edit]

  • Produced By Jerry Harrison & Live
  • Executive Producer: Gary Kurfirst
  • Recorded & Engineered By Lou Giordano
  • Mixed By Tom Lord-Alge
  • Mastered By Ted Jensen

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 28, 1995). "Robert Christgau: Consumer Guide Nov. 28, 1995: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2011-05-07.
  3. ^ Q Magazine – Nov 1994 (p.115)
  4. ^ Evans, Paul (1994-08-11). "Live: Throwing Copper : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone: 70. Archived from the original on 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Throwing Copper – Credits" Allmusic
  6. ^ "Pachyderm Recording Studio" pachydermstudio.com
  7. ^ "RIAA (Gold and Platinum)" RIAA
  8. ^ "Live - Throwing Copper, Label:Radioactive (RAR10997) Format: Vinyl, LP, Album" Discogs
  9. ^ "Peter Howson (b. 1958) – Sisters of Mercy" Christie's
  10. ^ "Peter Howson" Barton Laboratory, Dept of Chemistry, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  11. ^ "Throwing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic
  12. ^ "Chart Stats entry for Throwing Copper" chartstats.com
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ultratop entry for Throwing Copper" Ultratop
  14. ^ "RPM – Top Albums/CDs – Volume 61, No. 14, May 08 1995" RPM Magazine via Library and Archives Canada (retrieved March 1, 2011)
  15. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LIVE / Longplay" Musicline.de
  16. ^ Mayfield, Geoff "Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade > Top Pop Albums of the '90s" Billboard – December 25, 1999 (retrieved October 15, 2010)
  17. ^ a b c d "Chart Stats page for Live" Chart Stats
  18. ^ "Ultratop entry for Selling the Drama" Ultratop
  19. ^ a b c d e "Throwing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic
  20. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LIVE / Single " Musicline.de
  21. ^ "Ultratop entry for I Alone" Ultratop
  22. ^ "Ultratop entry for Lightning Crashes" Ultratop