Alternate Endings

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Alternate Endings
Fightstar alternate endings.jpg
Compilation album by Fightstar
Released 11 August 2008
Recorded 2004—2008
Genre
Length 55:18
Label Gut
Producer Various
(see below)
Fightstar chronology
One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours
(2007)One Day Son, This Will All Be Yours2007
Alternate Endings
(2008)
Be Human
(2009)Be Human2009
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
BBC favourable[1]

Alternate Endings is a compilation album by English rock band Fightstar, released 11 August 2008 on Gut Records. It features previously unreleased material, b-sides, covers and live radio recordings from the previous four years.[4]

Overview[edit]

The track "Amethyst" is taken from the band's debut EP, They Liked You Better When You Were Dead, in which it was track five. There was a hidden track directly after it titled "Hazy Eyes". The version of "Amethyst" on this album is the version from the EP with "Hazy Eyes" also included end of the track. It is not known if this was an error or if this was in fact meant to be on the track listing. The songs "Shinji Ikari", "Fight for US" and "NERV/SEELE" are about the anime Neon Genesis Evangelion. Also, Shinji Ikari is the name of the show's main protagonist while NERV and SEELE are the names of the two opposing factions from the series. The cover of "Breaking the Law" originally appeared on Higher Voltage!: Another Brief History of Rock.

The album also features an enhanced section with various videos featuring backstage footage, music video's and a video of the band answering questions asked by the fans.[5]

The digital download version of the album has a slightly different track order, where track 4 is replaced, instead of "Amethyst", "Flotation Therapy" appears which was a b-side to "Floods".[6]

The band's drummer Omar Abidi has since claimed that the release was a decision on the part of Gut Records, as a way of getting "every last drop of money out of us" before the band went independent; he argued that he felt that, after only two albums, it seemed arrogant for the band to be releasing such a collection.[7]

Track listing[edit]

The last 3 tracks on the album are printed in the wrong order on the inlay but are in the correct order here. All songs written and composed by Fightstar, except where noted.[8]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Floods" (Live Lounge performance)   3:46
2. "Where's the Money, Lebowski?"   3:26
3. "Waitin' for a Superman" (Flaming Lips cover) Dave Fridmann 3:29
4. "Amethyst" (includes the hidden track "Hazy Eyes")   7:19
5. "99" (live)   4:03
6. "In Between Days" (The Cure cover) Robert Smith, Lol Tolhurst 2:38
7. "Shinji Ikari"   3:59
8. "Dark Star"   3:43
9. "Gracious"   3:43
10. "Fight for Us"   4:08
11. "Hold Out Your Arms" (live acoustic)   4:04
12. "NERV/SEELE"   3:51
13. "Zihuatanejo"   3:36
14. "Breaking the Law" (Judas Priest cover) Rob Halford, K.K. Downing, Glenn Tipton 2:58
15. "Minerva" (Deftones cover) Chino Moreno, Abe Cunningham 2:51

Personnel[edit]

The following people contributed to Alternate Endings:[8]

Chart performance[edit]

Chart (2008) Peak
position
[9]
UK Album Chart 85

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Fox, Al. "Alternate Endings proves that Fightstar are far from transitory.". BBC Music. Archived from the original on 28 August 2008. Retrieved 6 August 2008. 
  2. ^ "Fightstar - Alternate Endings (Gut)". Manchester Evening News. 19 April 2010. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  3. ^ Spellman, Robert (7 August 2008). "FIGHTSTAR: ALTERNATE ENDINGS (Institute)". Daily Express. Retrieved 14 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Spinelli, Tom. "Fightstar to release "Alternate Endings" album". Melodic.net. Retrieved 5 March 2008. 
  5. ^ "Fightstar answering your questions". Youtube. Retrieved 12 March 2009. 
  6. ^ "Alternate Endings by Fightstar". Amazon. Retrieved 27 November 2008. 
  7. ^ "Fightstar Interview". Spoonfed. Retrieved August 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b Alternate Endings (CD). Fightstar. Gut Records. 2008. INSRECCD06. 
  9. ^ "Chart Stats - Fightstar - Alternate Endings". Chart Stats. Retrieved 6 August 2008.