Title of Record

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Title of Record
Studio album by Filter
Released August 24, 1999
Recorded 1998-1999
Abyssinian Sons Studio
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Genre Industrial metal,[1] industrial rock, alternative rock
Length 56:08[1]
Label Reprise
Producer Ben Grosse, Richard Patrick, Rae DiLeo
Filter chronology
Short Bus
(1995)
Title of Record
(1999)
The Amalgamut
(2002)

Title of Record is the second album by American industrial rock band Filter. It was released on August 24, 1999, via Reprise Records.

Background[edit]

Departure of Liesegang[edit]

After the creation of Filter's 1995 debut album, Short Bus, which was created entirely by band frontman Richard Patrick, Brian Liesegang, and a drum machine, the band toured in support of the album through 1996. To do so, a live band was recruited, consisting of Geno Lenardo on guitar, Frank Cavanaugh on bass, and Matt Walker on drums.[2]

Reports of working on a second album started to arise in early 1997. Initial plans involved Patrick and Liesegang working together on a second album in a similar manner as their first album. Liesegang initially spoke of traveling across North America and recording on a PowerBook whenever inspiration hit them.[3] He referred to a tentative title as Longbutter, a tentative release date of September 1997, and hinted of moving in a more electronic direction, now that the band had established themselves as different from Nine Inch Nails, that they both had been a part of prior to Filter.[4] Prior to formal recording sessions for a new album, the two wrote and released a few songs on movie soundtracks, most notably the electronic rock track "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" with The Crystal Method, which proved to be a turning-point for the two. Liesegang found himself desiring to move into more of an electronic, Radiohead-type musical direction, whereas Patrick wanted to keep the music heavy and guitar oriented.[5]

With the two both unable to agree on how to proceed, constant arguing and power struggles ensued.[6] Patrick's collaboration with The Crystal Method had also opened his mind to collaborating with different musicians,[7] leading him to start to try to push Liesegang out of the band.[6] However, the tensions and fighting that resulted only lead Lenardo, Cavanaugh, and Walker all to leave.[6] Relations between Patrick and Liesegang continued to deteriorate, and by mid-1997, due to Patrick's "creative dominance", Liesegang quit the band as well, leaving Patrick as the sole member.[8]

Further delays[edit]

Patrick, now all on his own, attempted to restart the sessions for the album, but experienced further roadblocks:

"I kind of had to hit rock bottom. I didn't have a band. I didn't have a studio. I had this platinum record that showed up in the mail, and I had nothing except for my own talents. So at some point, I forced myself to play the guitar. I would force myself to write lyrics. I was playing people's demos. I was still into the band. It's just that I didn't have anything.[6]

Patrick opted to start over by building his own studio, called "Abyssinian Son"; however, this ended up being far more complicated and time consuming than he expected, with over two years going into dealing with realtors, property leases, and contractors to get the studio in functioning shape.[6] Once preparations were complete, Patrick met up with, and started early sessions with music producer and sound engineer Rae DiLeo.[6] However, after a month of sessions with just himself and DiLeo's guidance, Patrick decided he didn't want to do the entire album himself, and decided to seek out musicians, specifically, the Short Bus touring band.[6]

As several years had passed since members had left, this lead to difficulties as well. Walker was unable to return, as he had taken the role as the replacement touring drummer for The Smashing Pumpkins to replace drummer Jimmy Chamberlin.[2] Lenardo initially was unable to return, as he had gotten married and had children and was living a life that was contrary to Patrick's requirements for him in the studio. However, after working through it, Patrick became more accommodating to his lifestyle, and Lenardo returned in a desire to provide for his family.[6] Cavanaugh had been touring with Prong, but was able to return, and the band recruited new drummer Steven Gillis to replace Walker.[6] With a working band back together, sessions restarted once again.

Release and promotion[edit]

In support of Title of Record, the band performed on Family Values Tour 1999.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[9]
Entertainment Weekly B[10]
Q 4/5 stars[9]
Robert Christgau (dud)[11]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[12]
Rock Hard (de) (9/10)[13]

The album was commercially and critically well received. The album sold more than 1 million copies, and the hit single "Take a Picture", fared well on many charts.

In 2005, Title of Record was ranked number 493 in Rock Hard magazine's book of The 500 Greatest Rock & Metal Albums of All Time.[14]

Track listing[edit]

Standard Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Sand"   Richard Patrick 0:36
2. "Welcome to the Fold"   Patrick 7:40
3. "Captain Bligh"   Patrick 5:12
4. "It's Gonna Kill Me"   Patrick, Geno Lenardo 5:04
5. "The Best Things"   Patrick 4:26
6. "Take a Picture"   Patrick 6:03
7. "Skinny"   Patrick, Lenardo 5:43
8. "I Will Lead You"   Patrick, Lenardo 3:23
9. "Cancer"   Patrick, Frank Cavanagh 6:39
10. "I'm Not the Only One"   Patrick 5:49
11. "Miss Blue" (Track ends at 5:36, after 13 minutes of silence, incoherent screaming and backmasking occurs.) Patrick 19:48
Japanese Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "Jurassitol" (from The Crow: City of Angels soundtrack) Patrick, Brian Liesegang 5:13
13. "(Can't You) Trip Like I Do" (from Spawn soundtrack) Patrick, Liesegang, The Crystal Method 12:32
German Edition
No. Title Writer(s) Length
12. "One (cover)" (from The X-Files: Fight the Future soundtrack.) Harry Nilsson 4:07
13. "A Note from the Author"   Patrick 1:13

Chart performance[edit]

Album[edit]

Charts (1999) Peak
position
Canadian RPM Albums Chart[15] 40
Billboard Top Internet Albums[16] 13
Billboard 200[16] 30
Billboard 200 (Year End)[16] 189
German Album Charts[17] 20

Singles[edit]

Year Song Peak positions
US
[18]
US
Main.

[18]
US
Mod.

[18]
US
Dance

[18]
US
Adult

[18]
CAN
[19]
1999 "Welcome to the Fold" 8 17
"Take a Picture" 12 4 3 1 7 3
2000 "The Best Things" 31 18 6
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Personnel[edit]

Band
  • Richard Patrick - vocals, guitars, bass, programming, producer
  • Geno Lenardo - guitars, bass, chorale sitar, mandolin, programming, co-producer
  • Steven Gillis - live drums & percussion
  • Frank Cavanagh - bass
Additional musicians
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Thomas, Stephen (1999-08-24). "Title of Record - Filter : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-06-04. 
  2. ^ a b http://www.allmusic.com/artist/filter-mn0000178122/biography
  3. ^ Brian Liesegang - 1997 Interview
  4. ^ Addicted to Noise January 1997
  5. ^ http://mancave.cbslocal.com/2013/06/04/interview-with-richard-patrick-and-jonny-radke-of-filter/
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i Guitar Magazine, Sept 1999 issue
  7. ^ MTV News - Interview with Brian Liesegang - Liesegang Unfiltered
  8. ^ Addicted to Noise September 1997 - Interview with Chris Nelson
  9. ^ a b "Filter - Title of Record CD Album". CDUniverse.com. Retrieved 2012-03-12. 
  10. ^ Mirkin, Steven (1999-08-20). "Title of Record Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  11. ^ Christgau, Robert. "CG: Filter". RobertChristgau.com. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  12. ^ Kot, Greg (1999-09-02). "Filter: Title of Record : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-06-19. Retrieved 2012-06-24. 
  13. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard". issue 148. Retrieved 21 May 2013. 
  14. ^ [...], Rock Hard (Hrsg.). [Red.: Michael Rensen. Mitarb.: Götz Kühnemund] (2005). Best of Rock & Metal die 500 stärksten Scheiben aller Zeiten. Königswinter: Heel. p. 10. ISBN 3-89880-517-4. 
  15. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 69, No. 21, September 13, 1999". RPM. Retrieved 2011-02-20. 
  16. ^ a b c Title of Record > Charts & Awards > Billboard Albums. Allmusic. Retrieved on 15 April 2009.
  17. ^ "charts.de". Retrieved 8 June 2013. 
  18. ^ a b c d e Title of Record > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles. Allmusic. Retrieved on 15 April 2009.
  19. ^ "Fitler Top Singles positions". RPM. Retrieved 2010-06-22.