Brushfire Fairytales

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Brushfire Fairytales
Studio album by Jack Johnson
Released February 1, 2001
Recorded 2000
Genre Folk rock
Length 45:53
Label Everloving
Producer JP Plunier
Jack Johnson chronology
Brushfire Fairytales
On and On
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Brushfire Fairytales is the name of the debut album by singer-songwriter Jack Johnson. It was released in 2001 through Everloving Recordings. The record achieved a moderate degree of fame for Johnson, who has stated[when?] that he never intended to pursue a career in music, already having majored in film studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. It features straightforward pop arrangements of Johnson's songs, primarily medium-paced acoustic-rock.

The album's primary musicians are: Jack Johnson (vocals/guitars/piano), Adam Topol (drums/percussion) and Merlo Podlewski (bass). It was produced by J. P. Plunier, recorded and mixed by Todd Burke, with assistant engineers Andrew Alekel & Chad Essig. It was recorded at Grandmaster Recorders, King Sound, and mastered by Dave Collins. Guests include Tommy Jordan (steel drums on "Flake") and Ben Harper (slide guitar on "Flake").

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Jack Johnson.

  1. "Inaudible Melodies" – 3:35
  2. "Middle Man" – 3:14
  3. "Posters" – 3:13
  4. "Sexy Plexi" – 2:07
  5. "Flake" – 4:40
  6. "Bubble Toes" – 3:56
  7. "Fortunate Fool" – 3:48
  8. "The News" – 2:26
  9. "Drink the Water" – 3:21
  10. "Mudfootball" (for Moe Lerner) – 3:03
  11. "F-Stop Blues" – 3:10
  12. "Losing Hope" – 3:52
  13. "It's All Understood" – 5:28
UK bonus tracks
  1. "Flake" (live) – 4:29
  2. "Inaudible Melodies" (live) – 3:27


  • Jack Johnson - vocals, guitars, piano
  • Adam Topol - drums, percussion
  • Merlo Podlewski - bass

Special Guests

  • Christopher Yeoh - Mandolin
  • Tommy Jordan - steel drums on "Flake"
  • Ben Harper - slide guitar on "Flake"
  • Sam Beam - uncredited backing vocals on "It's All Understood"


Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[2] Platinum 70,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[3] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[4] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[5] Platinum 1,000,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ Wilson, MacKenzie. Brushfire Fairytales at AllMusic
  2. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2003 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  3. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Jack Johnson – Brushfire Fairytales". Music Canada. 
  4. ^ "British album certifications – Jack Johnson – Brushfire Fairytales". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Brushfire Fairytales in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  5. ^ "American album certifications – Jack Johnson – Brushfire Fairytales". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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