At Action Park

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At Action Park
Shellac-AtActionPark.jpg
Studio album by Shellac
Released October 24, 1994
Recorded March 1994
Southern Studios, London; Studio Black Box, Noyant la Gravoyere, France
Genre Post-hardcore, math rock, noise rock
Length 37:03
Label Touch and Go
Producer Shellac
Shellac chronology
At Action Park
(1994)
The Futurist
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Sun-Times 3.5/4 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune 3.5/4 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]

At Action Park is the first full-length record by Shellac, released in 1994. The title is unrelated to the infamous New Jersey theme park, Action Park, which closed in 1996 due to numerous fatalities. The drummer, Todd Trainer, came up with the title of the fictional park because it sounded cool.[citation needed]

Packaging[edit]

The release came in a folded and hand-pressed sleeve which is referred as uni-pak style album jacket. The inner sleeve shows artwork with four microphones, the record sleeve shows an illustration of the fictional Action Park on one side, and a lengthy medical text Resuscitation from apparent death by electric shock on the other side (the text was found in an old electronics textbook of Weston's). The Vinyl had inscriptions in the run-out groove of both sides, reading: "Smoking is as natural as breathing. They've been doing it since before I was born... ... which is a shame, because I could have invented it. - Todd Stanford Trainer 1994"

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "My Black Ass[6]" 3:00
2. "Pull the Cup" 4:12
3. "The Admiral" 2:21
4. "Crow" 4:47
5. "Song of the Minerals" 4:24
6. "A Minute" 3:40
7. "The Idea of North" 3:42
8. "Dog and Pony Show" 3:59
9. "Boche's Dick" 1:38
10. "Il Porno Star" 5:14
Total length: 37:03

Credits[edit]

Personnel:

Staff:

  • John Loder - driver
  • Iain Burgess - chef
  • Peter Diemel - coffee
  • Corey Rusk - pyrotechnics

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kellman, Andy. "At Action Park – Shellac". AllMusic. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  2. ^ DeRogatis, Jim (November 20, 1994). "Shellac, 'At Action Park' (Touch & Go)". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  3. ^ Kot, Greg (October 6, 1994). "Albini's Back". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2009). "Shellac". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (4th ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-199-72636-1. Retrieved January 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. p. 731. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  6. ^ "Shellac - At Action Park". Discogs.