Ben Folds Live

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Ben Folds Live
Ben Folds Live CD.jpg
Live album by Ben Folds
Released October 8, 2002
Recorded March 2-July 6, 2002
Genre Alternative rock
Length 71:10
Label Sony
Producer Marc Chevalier, Ben Folds
Ben Folds chronology
Rockin' the Suburbs
(2001)Rockin' the Suburbs2001
Ben Folds Live
Speed Graphic
(2003)Speed Graphic2003
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars [1]
Pitchfork Media 7.1/10 [2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [3]
Uncut 4/5 stars [4]

Ben Folds Live is a live album by Ben Folds, released in 2002 (see 2002 in music).

This album marked the first official release of the classic Ben Folds live routine, "Rock This Bitch", which he went on to perform at least 60 more times since, including on the releases Songs for Goldfish (under the name "Weather Channel Music") and on the Live in Perth DVD (in which he "rocks this bitch orchestrally" with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra).

This album was made available for a limited time with a bonus DVD. It had 8 tracks, including a video of the audience shooting the front cover (during which they all gave him the finger and yelled "Ben Folds sucks!"). This was also notable for the first appearance of the altered, minor-key version of the Ben Folds Five favorite "Song for the Dumped" on an official release. This version also includes Darren Jessee's "missing lyrics" ("You fucking whore" repeated a few times).

The Japanese release of the album included a live version of "Eddie Walker" and the studio recording of "Bizarre Christmas Incident".

The 'L' in "Live" on the front cover is actually an upside-down 'F', as though it used to say "Ben Folds Five", the name of Ben's group before he began his solo career.

The cover of the album was taken June 8, 2002 at Avalon in Boston, MA during the "Ben Folds and a Piano" tour. The original image is of everyone in the crowd giving Ben the middle finger, however the fingers are edited out of the photo in the cover shown here. The "explicit" version of the cover shows the fingers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces" (Folds) – 4:17
  2. "Zak and Sara" (Folds) – 3:24
  3. "Silver Street" (Folds) – 3:41
  4. "Best Imitation of Myself" (Folds) – 3:13
  5. "Not the Same" (Folds) – 4:31
  6. "Jane" (Folds) – 2:34
  7. "One Down" (Folds) – 4:03
  8. "Fred Jones Part 2" (Folds) – 4:39
  9. "Brick" (Folds, Jessee) – 4:45
  10. "Narcolepsy" (Folds) – 6:04
  11. "Army" (Folds) – 3:41
  12. "The Last Polka" (Folds, Anna Goodman) – 3:55
  13. "Tiny Dancer" (Elton John, Bernie Taupin) – 5:23
  14. "Rock This Bitch" (Folds) – 1:17
  15. "Philosophy (Inc Misirlou)" (Folds) – 7:16
  16. "The Luckiest" (Folds) – 4:39
  17. "Emaline" (Folds) – 3:48
  18. "Eddie Walker" - 3:25 (Japan release-only live bonus track)
  19. "Bizarre Christmas Incident" (Folds) – 2:25 (Japan release-only studio bonus track)

Limited Edition Bonus DVD[edit]

  1. "Not the Same" (Same version as Track #5 on the CD)
  2. "Philosophy (Inc Misirlou)"
  3. "Army"
  4. "Album Art Antics" (photographing the cover; see above)
  5. "Eddie Walker"
  6. "The Ascent of Stan"
  7. "Tiny Dancer"
  8. "Song for the Dumped" (in a minor key)



  • Producers: Marc Chevalier, Ben Folds
  • Engineer: Marc Chevalier
  • Mixing: Marc Chevalier
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • A&R: Ben Goldman, James Hynes, Fleming McWilliams
  • Project manager: Scott Carter
  • Compilation: Marc Chevalier
  • Crew: Marc Chevalier
  • Photography: David Leyes, Steve Volpe, Ben Folds
  • Package design: John Heiden


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 60
2002 Top Internet Albums 60


  1. ^ Vanderhoff, Mark (2002-10-08). "Ben Folds Live - Ben Folds : Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  2. ^ Mitchum, Rob (2002-10-27). "Ben Folds Five: Ben Folds Live". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2008-04-20. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  3. ^ Edwards, Gavin (2002-11-19). "Ben Folds: Ben Folds Live : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-11-15. Retrieved 2013-04-05. 
  4. ^ "Ben Folds Live CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-04-05.