Blow (Straitjacket Fits album)

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Blow
Blow (Straitjacket Fits album).jpg
Studio album by Straitjacket Fits
Released 1993
Recorded American Recording Studios, Woodland Hills
Mixed at Can-Am Studios, Tarzana, California, December 1992 – February 1993
Genre Alternative Rock, Dunedin Sound
Length 43:32 (NZ release)
Label Flying Nun Records (NZ)
Arista (US)
Producer Paul Fox
Straitjacket Fits chronology
Done
(1992)
(EP)
Blow
(1993)
Straitjacket Fits
(1998)

Blow is the third album released in 1993 by New Zealand band, Straitjacket Fits. The album has a harder, less melodic sound than the band's previous albums. This reflects the change of line-up, with Andrew Brough having left the band prior to this album's recording, to be replaced by Mark Petersen. It also reflect's the band's change of recording method (for this album the tracks were recorded live) and a change of producer.[1] The album was described by one contemporary reviewer as "...twisted rhythms, see-sawing guitars, and brash intensity... Straitjacket Fits at their least user-friendly and most challenging."[2]

All the songs on this album are credited to Shayne Carter/John Collie/Straitjacket Fits.

Two of the tracks from the album ("Done" and "Spacing") had previously been released in New Zealand on the Done EP in 1992, though both were re-recorded for the album. The American release includes one extra track, "Sycamore", which was released in New Zealand as a B-side of the first single from the album, "Cat Inna Can". The album's other single was "If I Were You".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Shayne Carter/John Collie/Straitjacket Fits.

NZ release
No. Title Length
1. "Done" 3:18
2. "Falling" 3:35
3. "Brother's Keeper" 3:24
4. "Cat Inna Can" 3:52
5. "Burn It Up" 3:55
6. "Joyride" 3:28
7. "Train" 3:43
8. "Let It Blow" 3:51
9. "If I Were You" 3:58
10. "Turn" 3:14
11. "Way" 3:53
12. "Spacing" 3:25
US release
No. Title Length
1. "Done" 3:18
2. "Falling" 3:35
3. "Joyride" 3:28
4. "Cat Inna Can" 3:52
5. "Sycamore"  
6. "Brother's Keeper" 3:24
7. "Train" 3:43
8. "Let It Blow" 3:51
9. "If I Were You" 3:58
10. "Turn" 3:14
11. "Way" 3:53
12. "Burn It Up" 3:55
13. "Spacing" 3:25

References[edit]

  1. ^ Davey, T. & Puschmann, H. (1996) Kiwi rock. Dunedin: Kiwi Rock Publications. ISBN 0-473-03718-1. pp. 90–91.
  2. ^ Rip It Up, April 1993
Preceded by
The Mutton Birds by The Mutton Birds
New Zealand Music Awards Album of the Year
1994
Succeeded by
Traction by Supergroove