Urban Chipmunk

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Urban Chipmunk
Studio album by The Chipmunks
Released February 4, 1981 (US)
Recorded December 1980-January 1981
Genre Country, Children's music
Length 45:23
Label RCA Records
Epic Records
Producer Larry Butler,
Janice Karman,
Ross Bagdasarian
The Chipmunks chronology
Chipmunk Punk
(1980)
Urban Chipmunk
(1981)
A Chipmunk Christmas
(1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars link

Urban Chipmunk was the first country album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released on February 4, 1981. The title parodies the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy.

Track listing[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (John Denver) – 1:43
  2. "The Gambler" (Kenny Rogers) – 3:13
  3. "Lunchbox" (w/Jerry Reed) (Albert Bouchard and Mike Diamond Sr.) – 3:18
  4. "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" (Robert Emmons & Chips Moman) – 3:05
  5. "(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" (w/Larry Butler) (Larry Butler & Chips Moman) – 4:48

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Love a Rainy Night" (Eddie Rabbitt) – 3:06
  2. "Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboy Chipmunks" (Bruce Brothers) – 3:15
  3. "Coward of the County" (Edgar Bowling & Bobby Wheeler) – 3:57
  4. "Made For Each Other" (w/Brenda Lee) (Ross Bagdasarian Jr., Janice Karman, Larry Butler & Bruce Pinkard) – 5:28
  5. "On the Road Again" (Willie Nelson) – 2:30

CD Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (The Charlie Daniels Band) – 4:05
  2. "Boot Scootin' Boogie" (Ronnie Dunn) – 3:11
  3. "I Love a Rainy Night" [Saturday Morning Remix] – 3:43

Chart/Sales Performance[edit]

Despite receiving poor and scathing reviews, the album ended up being a surprise success for the group and going Gold. It would become the second Gold album for the Chipmunks, their first being Chipmunk Punk.

The album managed to chart on Billboard Pop Albums Chart, peaking at #56. The album also managed to chart on Billboard's Country Albums, peaking at #23, becoming the group's first album to chart on the country charts.

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 23
U.S. Billboard 200 56

Personnel[edit]

Production crew[edit]

  • Larry Butler—producer
  • Janice Karman—producer
  • Ross Bagdasarian Jr—producer
  • Billy Sherill—engineer
  • Dain & DeJoy—album coordination
  • Rick Detorie—art direction and illustrations
  • David Foster—project consultant
  • John Boylan—project consultant