311 (album)

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311
311 album cover.jpg
Studio album by 311
Released July 11, 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock, rap rock, rap metal, reggae rock, funk rock, funk metal
Length 39:58
Label Capricorn (original)
Volcano (re-issue)
Producer Ron Saint Germain
311 chronology
Grassroots
(1994)
311
(1995)
Transistor
(1997)
Singles from 311
  1. "Don't Stay Home"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Down"
    Released: July 9, 1996
  3. "All Mixed Up"
    Released: October 29, 1996

311 is the third studio album by American rock band 311. The album, often referred to as "The Blue Album", was released July 11, 1995. The album contained three successful singles, "Don't Stay Home", "All Mixed Up", and "Down", resulting in the band's mainstream breakthrough. It has been certified triple platinum with sales over three million albums. The album, unlike the first two, was recorded live.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone(average)[2]

Allmusic gave the album a positive review, commenting that Nick Hexum and S.A. Martinez lends the band an edge not found in most rock bands that feature rapping.[1] Rolling Stone says the album has "ear candy with good beats" and "remarkably adept at genre juggling". They also describe the album as "Beasties-cum-Chili Peppers traits has a potent reggae undertow".[2]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Down"Nick Hexum, SA Martinez2:53
2."Random"Chad Sexton, Hexum, Martinez3:07
3."Jackolantern's Weather"Sexton, Hexum, Martinez3:24
4."All Mixed Up"Hexum, Martinez3:02
5."Hive"Sexton, Hexum, Martinez2:59
6."Guns (Are for Pussies)"Sexton, Hexum, Martinez2:16
7."Misdirected Hostility"Hexum, Martinez2:59
8."Purpose"Hexum2:44
9."Loco"Hexum, Tim Mahoney1:53
10."Brodels"Sexton, Hexum, Martinez3:32
11."Don't Stay Home"Hexum2:43
12."DLMD"Hexum, Martinez2:13
13."Sweet"Hexum, Mahoney, Martinez3:15
14."T & P Combo"Hexum, Mahoney, Martinez, Wills2:49
Total length:39:58

"Misdirected Hostility" was written in reference to the violence between the Phunk Junkeez and their back-up vocalist K-Tel Disco.

The initial pressing of the album was distributed by "RED" and later re-pressed and distributed by Mercury Records in 1996 (note the tray card and disk updated with Mercury contact information and slightly washed out color on the disk front).

Outtakes[edit]

  • "Tribute", "Let the Cards Fall", "Gap" and "Firewater (Slo-mo)" (available on the "Enlarged to Show Detail" EP)
  • "Who's Got the Herb?" (studio version available on the "Hempilation: Freedom Is NORML" compilation, live version available on the "Live" album)
  • "Outside" (available on the "National Lampoon's Senior Trip" soundtrack)
  • "Juan Bond", "Next (Instrumental)", "Sweet (Demo)" without SA's vocal and "Firewater" at its normal speed (leaked on the internet around '96)

Personnel[edit]

  • Nick Hexum – vocals, guitar
  • Chad Sexton – drums, percussion
  • Tim Mahoney – Guitar
  • P-Nut – Bass
  • S. A. Martinez – vocals, scratches

Production[edit]

  • Ron Saint Germain – producer, recording, mixing
  • 311 – producers
  • Scott Ralston – recording, mixing
  • John Ewing Jr. – assistant engineer
  • Diane Painter – art direction
  • Terry Robertson – design
  • Catherine Wessel – photography

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
1995 Heatseekers 1
1995 The Billboard 200 12

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1995 "Don't Stay Home" Modern Rock Tracks 29
1996 "Down" Hot 100 Airplay 37
1996 "Down" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1996 "Down" Mainstream Rock Tracks 19
1996 "All Mixed Up" Hot 100 Airplay 36
1996 "All Mixed Up" Modern Rock Tracks 4

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Stepek, Peter. "311 - 311". AllMusic. Retrieved 2011-12-22. 
  2. ^ a b Fricke, David (1996-12-09). "Review on 311 and No Doubt's Tragic Kingdom". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-07-26. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 

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