Cocky (album)

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Cocky
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Studio album by Kid Rock
Released November 20, 2001
Recorded 1999–2001
Genre Country rock, blues rock, rap rock, rap metal
Length 63:36
Label Lava/Atlantic
Producer Kid Rock
Kid Rock chronology
The History of Rock
(2000)
Cocky
(2001)
Kid Rock
(2003)
Singles from Cocky
  1. "Forever"
    Released: October 10, 2001
  2. "Lonely Road of Faith"
    Released: February 2, 2002
  3. "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me"
    Released: March 7, 2002
  4. "Picture"
    Released: November 12, 2002
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B)[2]
Robert Christgau (choice cut)[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Blender 4/5 stars
Rock Hard (de) 7/10[5]

Cocky is Kid Rock's third major release under Atlantic Records, and his studio fifth studio album overall, released in 2001. The album is Kid Rock's first to feature material in the genres of country and blues. The album is known for featuring the ballad "Picture", recorded as a duet with Sheryl Crow. In May 2011, the album was certified 5× platinum by the RIAA and has sold 5,344,000 copies in the US as of December 2013.[6]

According to his official website that made a timeline for his 45th birthday in January 2016, Cocky was certified 6 X platinum on August 26, 2008. However RIAA only certified the album at 5 X platinum.[7]

The album was dedicated to Joe C., who died the year before. 75 songs were written for the album, but only 30 of them were recorded as a song for the album. One of the recorded songs that did not make the album was "If I Was President", a standard blues song that Rock plays frequently in concert. Another song left off the album was "In Your Lifetime", which was a eulogy to Joe C. "Picture" received a CMA nomination in 2003 for Vocal Event of the Year and would go on to be Rock's first gold single.

Release and Promotion[edit]

The album's first single was the rap rock track "Forever". The song charted at number 18 on Mainstream Rock and number 21 on Modern Rock.He performed the song on TRL and The Late Show with David Letterman,leading to a number 8 debut ( would climb to number 3 after release of Picture). He and Hank Williams Jr would perform on CMT Crossroads in late 2001. The second single was the ballad "Lonely Road of Faith", released in January 2002. The song was heavily promoted by WWE in the video tribute to the History of WWE. The song was also heard on WB's Smallville and MTV's Real World. Kid Rock would go on "The Cocky Tour" then join Aerosmith and Run DMC on the "Girls Of Summer Tour". The song would peak at number 15 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. In July 2002, a censored version of "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me" was released to radio and peaked at number 32 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks. Kid Rock would test out "Picture" at CMT's Farm Aid with Allison Moorer filling in for Sheryl Crow. When Sheryl Crow's label butted heads with Rock he released the song in November 2002 with Allison Moorer. As the Allison Moorer version began climbing the country charts, Sheryl Crow's people changed their minds.[citation needed] The Sheryl Crow version was released in January 2003. It would become Kid Rock's first crossover hit charting at number 4 on the Hot 100, number 5 on the Top 40, number 2 at AC and number 17 on country radio. The single would be certified gold and spend 52 weeks on top the Country Singles Sales chart; it also peaked at number 1 on the US Singles Sales charts and number 2 on the Canadian Singles Sales chart. The song would be Sheryl Crow's second most successful single after "All I Wanna Do". The album climbed all the way back to number three. The song would be his first gold single and push the album from 1.8 million sold to 4.7 million sold ( Cocky since has sold about 5.4 million). The song was nominated for CMA Vocal Event of The Year.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Trucker Anthem" M. O'Brien, D. Reeves, R.J. Ritchie, M. Shaffer, H. Stothart, D. McDaniels, R. Simmons, J. Simmons 4:39
2. "Forever" F. Beauregard, Ritchie, Shaffer 3:46
3. "Lay It on Me" Ritchie, Shaffer 4:56
4. "Cocky" Beauregard, Ritchie, Shaffer 3:57
5. "What I Learned Out on the Road" Ritchie, Shaffer 4:58
6. "I'm Wrong, But You Ain't Right" Ritchie 4:56
7. "Lonely Road of Faith" Ritchie 5:28
8. "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me" Ritchie, R. Van Zant, A. Collins 4:53
9. "Picture" (featuring Sheryl Crow) Ritchie, Sheryl Crow 4:58
10. "I'm a Dog" Ritchie, K. Olson 3:36
11. "Midnight Train to Memphis" Ritchie, Shaffer 4:44
12. "Baby Come Home" Ritchie 3:08
13. "Drunk in the Morning" Ritchie 5:31
14. "WCSR" (featuring Snoop Dogg) Ritchie, Broadus 4:44

A clean version is also available, removing most vulgarity, as well as the song "WCSR". The clean version of the disc also features a picture of Kid Rock's face on the disc, while the unedited version has an image of Rock's hands with raised middle fingers (a reference to Rock's previous album Devil Without a Cause which featured just Rock's right hand making the same gesture); both feature Kid Rock's name. The edited version of Cocky also renames track 8 "You Never Met a White Boy Quite Like Me".

Notes[edit]

  • "Cocky" was the theme song for WWE's 2002 pay per view Royal Rumble.
  • CMT named "Picture" the 33rd Greatest Country Duet in 2005
  • CMT named "Picture" the 26th Greatest Done Me Wrong Songs in 2005.
  • VH-1 named "Picture 47th best song of the 2000's in 2010.

Samples[edit]

  1. "Trucker Anthem" – "Beats to the Rhyme" by Run–D.M.C. and "March of the Winkies" from The Wizard of Oz 1987 musical version (both used turning long intro)
  2. "Forever" – "Trampled Under Foot" by Led Zeppelin (riff but heavied and slowed down) and "Hit the Road Jack" by Ray Charles (vocal sample)
  3. "Lay It on Me" – "Who Are You" by The Who (the breakdown in middle of the song)
  4. "Cocky" – "Tom Sawyer" by Rush (organ, drums on chorus) and "I Want You Back by The Jackson 5 (funk riff ,slowed down)
  5. "What I Learned Out On The Road" - "What I Got" by Sublime (guitar on verses) and "Bad Penny Blues" by Humphrey Lyttelton (piano and organ)
  6. "I'm Wrong, But You Ain't Right" – "Paranoid" by Black Sabbath (start of the duel guitar solos)
  7. "You Never Met a Motherfucker Quite Like Me" – "Free Bird" by Lynyrd Skynyrd (pays homage in mid-song) and "Bloody Well Right" by Supertramp (riff)
  8. "I'm a Dog" – "Born on the Bayou" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (sound effect), "I Wanna Be Your Dog" by The Stooges (organ) and "Thunderkiss 65" by White Zombie (riff, made faster) and "Smoke on the Water" by Deep Purple (guitar solo)
  9. "Baby Come Home" – "Brown-Baggin'" by 24-Carat Black (lead in guitar part)
  10. "Drunk in the Morning" – "Stranglehold" by Ted Nugent (guitar riff before bass solo at end of song)
  11. "WCSR"- Bitch Betta Have My Money by AMG (lyric,vocal sample) and Eazy Duz It by Easy E (lyric,vocal sample)

Demos[edit]

These have been discussed in interviews with Rolling Stone magazine and listed on his site at extreme kid rock.

  • "American Beauty" featuring Leon Wilkerson
  • "Beautiful Son"
  • "Born 2 Be A Rebel"
  • "Butane"
  • "California Girl"
  • "Cold and Empty" (released on 2003's Kid Rock)
  • "Country Music's Lost Its Soul" featuring Sheryl Crow
  • "Cross The Line"
  • "Days Like This"
  • "Feel Like Makin' Love" featuring Sheryl Crow (released on 2003's Kid Rock without Sheryl Crow)
  • "Hillbilly Stomp" featuring Billy Gibbons (released on 2003's Kid Rock)
  • "I Know You Wanna Fuck Me"
  • "If I Was President" featuring Billy Gibbons
  • "In Your Lifetime"
  • "Intro" (released on 2003's Kid Rock)
  • "Move On" ( Tommy Lee Diss)
  • "Nashville"
  • "Never Again"
  • " Puppet Boy"
  • "Run Off to LA" featuring Sheryl Crow (released on 2003's Kid Rock)
  • "Save The Drama" featuring Snoop Dogg
  • "The Grand Tour" (George Jones cover)

Musicians[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "AllMusic review". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  2. ^ Brunner, Rob (19 November 2001). "EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Kid Rock reviews". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  4. ^ Walters, Barry. "Rolling Stone review". Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  5. ^ Rensen, Michael. "Rock Hard review". issue 176. Retrieved 31 May 2013. 
  6. ^ Paul Grein (December 11, 2013). "A Britney Spears Bummer: New Album Fizzles". Yahoo Music. 
  7. ^ "American album certifications – Cocky". Recording Industry Association of America.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH