American Thighs

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American Thighs
VerucaSalt-AmericanThighs.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 27, 1994 (1994-09-27)
StudioIdful Music, Chicago, Illinois
Genre
Length52:24
LabelMinty Fresh
ProducerBrad Wood
Veruca Salt chronology
American Thighs
(1994)
Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt
(1996)
Singles from American Thighs
  1. "Seether" / "All Hail Me"
    Released: October 11, 1994
  2. "Number One Blind"
    Released: June 23, 1995
  3. "Victrola"
    Released: July 25, 1995

American Thighs is the debut studio album by American alternative rock band Veruca Salt.[2] It was originally released through Minty Fresh on September 27, 1994.[3] The title is a reference to a line from the AC/DC song "You Shook Me All Night Long".[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[5]
NME7/10[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[8]
The Village VoiceA−[9]

Stephen Thomas Erlewine of AllMusic gave the album 4 stars out of 5, calling it "a pure pop album masquerading as the next big thing."[5] Nick Kelly of Hot Press said, "Given that this is their first record, you can’t help asking yourself how a band so young can sing songs so good."[10]

Spin placed it at number 8 on its list of the 20 best albums of 1994.[11] In 2014, Rolling Stone placed it at number 21 on its list of the 40 best alternative rock albums of 1994.[12]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Get Back"Nina Gordon3:12
2."All Hail Me"Louise Post3:05
3."Seether"Gordon3:16
4."Spiderman '79"Post5:16
5."Forsythia"Gordon4:45
6."Wolf"Post4:19
7."Celebrate You"Post4:20
8."Fly"Post3:38
9."Number One Blind"3:43
10."Victrola"Post2:19
11."Twinstar"Gordon3:16
12."25"Gordon7:56
13."Sleeping Where I Want" (CD release only)Gordon3:19
Total length:52:24

Personnel[edit]

Credits adapted from liner notes.

Veruca Salt

Additional musicians

Production

  • Brad Wood – production, recording, mixing
  • Casey Rice – additional engineering
  • John McEntire – additional engineering
  • Roger Seibel – mastering

Charts[edit]

Chart (1994–95) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[13] 26
UK Albums (OCC)[14] 47
US Billboard 200[15] 69
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[16] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Danaher, Michael (August 4, 2014). "The 50 Best Grunge Songs (1/3)". Paste. Retrieved May 15, 2016.
  2. ^ Marks, Craig (January 1995). "Thigh Masters". Spin: 24.
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (September 18, 1994). "The Sound And The Flurry (1/2)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  4. ^ Borzillo, Carrie (December 10, 1994). "Veruca Salt Rocks The Charts". Billboard: 7, 41.
  5. ^ a b Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "American Thighs – Veruca Salt". AllMusic. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  6. ^ "Veruca Salt: American Thighs". NME: 43. October 8, 1994.
  7. ^ Ahearn, Kim (November 3, 1994). "Veruca Salt: American Thighs". Rolling Stone (694): 100. Archived from the original on December 19, 2007. Retrieved April 26, 2004.
  8. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Veruca Salt". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Fireside Books. p. 849. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  9. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 21, 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved January 8, 2017.
  10. ^ Kelly, Nick (November 2, 1994). "American Thighs". Hot Press. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  11. ^ Sheffield, Rob (December 1994). "20 Best Albums of '94". Spin: 76–78.
  12. ^ Eddy, Chuck (April 17, 2014). "1994: The 40 Best Records From Mainstream Alternative's Greatest Year - 21. Veruca Salt, 'American Thighs'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  13. ^ "Australiancharts.com – Veruca Salt – American Thighs". Hung Medien. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  14. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  15. ^ "Veruca Salt Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved October 31, 2017.
  16. ^ "Veruca Salt Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved October 31, 2017.

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