Throwing Copper

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Throwing Copper
Studio album by Live
Released April 19, 1994 (1994-04-19)
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: February 1994 (1994-02)
  2. "I Alone"
    Released: August 22, 1994 (1994-08-22)
  3. "Lightning Crashes"
    Released: February 24, 1995 (1995-02-24)
  4. "All Over You"
    Released: March 14, 1995 (1995-03-14)
  5. "White, Discussion"
    Released: December 1, 1995 (1995-12-01)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
Q 4/5 stars [2]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars [3]

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[4] and was recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studio.[5] To date, the album has sold over eight million copies in the United States.[6]

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.[7]

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 × 182 centimeters.[8] 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.[9]

Personnel[edit]

Live
Technical personnel

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

Chart Peak
U.S. Billboard 200 1[10]
UK Albums Chart 37[11]
Australian Albums Chart 1[12]
Austrian Albums Chart 11[12]
RPM Canadian Albums Chart 1[13]
Dutch Albums Chart 5[12]
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart 8[12]
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart 38[12]
Swedish Albums Chart 11[12]
Finnish Albums Chart 38[12]
Norwegian Albums Chart 24[12]
New Zealand Albums Chart 1[12]
German Albums Chart 28[14]

End-of-decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 60

Singles[edit]

Song Peak chart positions
US US (M.R.) Australia Ned UK Ger
"Selling the Drama"[16][17][18][19] 43 1 49 15 30 89
"I Alone"[16][18][20]  — 6  — 20 48  —
"Lightning Crashes"[16][18][21]  — 1 13  — 33  —
"All Over You"[16][18]  — 4  —  — 48  —
"White, Discussion"[18]  — 15  —  —  —  —
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
The Lion King (soundtrack) by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 6–12, 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

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