Dogman (King's X album)

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Dogman
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Studio album by King's X
Released January 18, 1994
Genre Hard rock, progressive metal, grunge
Length 59:16
Label Atlantic
Producer Brendan O'Brien
King's X chronology
King's X
(1992)King's X1992
Dogman
(1994)
Ear Candy
(1996)Ear Candy1996
Singles from Dogman
  1. "Dogman"
    Released: 1994
  2. "Fool You"
    Released: 1994
  3. "Pillow"
    Released: 1994
  4. "Pretend"
    Released: 1994

Dogman is the fifth studio album by American heavy metal/hard rock trio King's X, released in 1994. It marks the band's second album under Atlantic and their first to not be produced by Sam Taylor; instead, the album was produced by Brendan O'Brien (who had recently worked with Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots and The Black Crowes). Dogman signaled a heavier direction for King's X and, with strong approval from both critics and fans, is often considered one of their best works.

Background and recording[edit]

According to frontman Doug Pinnick, while longtime King's X producer Sam Taylor had a big influence on the band's sound, he never captured the heaviness of their live performance in the studio. Taylor ended production duties with King's X after four albums. When the high-profile Brendan O'Brien approached King's X about creating an album together, the band enthusiastically accepted. In the end the band actually favored some of the demos over the final songs, and these would later be released as Dogman Demos in 2005.[1] Nevertheless, working with O'Brien was a satisfying experience for King's X. In 1999, Pinnick described "Black the Sky" as his new "standard to mix to" due to its "big and fat" sound that simulated the band's live performance.

Music and lyrics[edit]

Although their previous self-titled effort featured dark themes and aggressive musicianship, Dogman was considerably heavier than previous albums and marked a transition in the band's sound. In 1999, Doug Pinnick reflected, "For me personally, the Dogman record is what King's X really sounds like. The self-titled record was a step and an eye-opener and after that we could just make our music."[2]

Along with the heavier sound - and in contrast to earlier King's X albums' occasionally uplifting Christian themes - Pinnick's lyrics expressed his building frustration with religion. "[A]ll of the records", he stated in 2005, "are always me questioning 'Is this really it?' because I grew up in a religious family all my life and I have always been going: something ain’t right here. So I have always sung about what I thought wasn’t right - my confusion and my disillusion with it. And then finally when Dogman came out I just spewed it all out. I was pissed at that point. Everybody was like: 'he’s not Christian anymore.' Everybody got freaked out."[3]

Touring and promotion[edit]

Dogman was promoted with performances including Woodstock '94 and opening slots for Pearl Jam, Mötley Crüe, the Scorpions and Type O Negative.

The album artwork by Leon Alvarado was released in four color variations: red, yellow, green, and blue.

The album's title track was its first single and music video. According to Doug Pinnick, "Dogman" received strong radio rotation in New York but the lack of a hit single hampered the album's commercial success.[4] To date, "Dogman" remains King's X's last charting single, peaking at number 20 on the Mainstream Rock chart. The album produced three more singles: "Fool You",[5] "Pillow"[6] and the radio-only "Pretend",[7] but none charted.

A concert in Dallas, Texas was filmed during the Dogman tour and released as a two-disc DVD entitled Live & Live Some More via Molken Music in 2007.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Pinnick, Tabor, Gaskill, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Dogman" 4:01
2. "Shoes" 3:29
3. "Pretend" 4:36
4. "Flies and Blue Skies" 5:00
5. "Black the Sky" 4:32
6. "Fool You" 4:31
7. "Don't Care" 4:39
8. "Sunshine Rain" 4:35
9. "Complain" 3:19
10. "Human Behavior" 4:28
11. "Cigarettes" 5:52
12. "Go to Hell" 0:51
13. "Pillow" 4:24
14. "Manic Depression" (Jimi Hendrix) 4:59

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [8]
Entertainment Weekly B− [9]
Q 3/5 stars [10]

Dogman was critically well-received upon its release. Chuck Eddy of Entertainment Weekly described the heavier sound as "less muddled than [King's X's previous] attempts at Beatles-derived psychedelic pop", and in a 4/5 star review, AllMusic's Alex Henderson praised the varied musical styles despite the album's heaviness, noting that King's X "addresses spiritual concerns without trying to force its beliefs on anyone."

Accolades[edit]

Year Publication Country Accolade Rank
1996 Visions Germany "The Eternal Readers Charts" 31 [11]
"*" denotes an unordered list.

Chart performance[edit]

Chart Peak
Swedish Album Chart 46 [12]
Swiss Album Chart 47 [13]
UK Albums Chart 49 [14]
U.S. Billboard 200 88 [15]

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1994 "Dogman" Mainstream Rock Tracks 20

Personnel[edit]

King's X
Production
  • Recorded by Nick DiDia
  • Mixed by Brendan O'Brien except "Manic Depression" mixed by Nick DiDia.
  • Keyboards and percussion: Brendan O'Brien
  • Recorded at Southern Tracks, Atlanta, GA.
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Studios, Portland ME
  • Art Direction: Leon Alvarado
  • Design: Leon Alvarado, Randy Rogers
  • Photography: Catherine Wessel

References[edit]

  1. ^ Prato, GregInterview with King's X Guitarist Ty Tabor Guitar Site (July 8, 2008). Retrieved on 1-16-11.
  2. ^ Kelter, Christopher J. FIFTEEN YEARS WITH KING'S X Archived September 28, 2011, at the Wayback Machine. RoughEdge.com (March 1999). Retrieved on 1-16-11.
  3. ^ Interview with Doug Pinnick FromOutofNoWhere.com (2006). Retrieved on 1-16-11.
  4. ^ Doug Pinnick interview from March 1999 SteveLawson.net (March 1999). Retrieved on 1-16-11.
  5. ^ "King's X Fool You (Single)- Spirit of Metal Webzine (en)". spirit-of-metal.com. 
  6. ^ "Albums by King's X: Discography, songs, biography, and listening guide - Rate Your Music". rateyourmusic.com. 
  7. ^ "KNAC A to Z". KNAC Tribute Page. Archived from the original on 2000-03-05. Retrieved 2016-06-17. 
  8. ^ Henderson, Alex. Dogman at AllMusic
  9. ^ Eneterainment Weekly review 1/28/94
  10. ^ Q 2/94, p.93
  11. ^ "Visions - The Eternal Readers Charts". Visions. Retrieved 2010-01-18. 
  12. ^ "King's X - Dogman". SwedishCharts.com. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  13. ^ "King's X - Dogman". HitParade.ch. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 
  14. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-12-05. Retrieved 2012-05-16. , UK charts page for King's X
  15. ^ "King's X album charts [albums]". Billboard. Retrieved 2007-12-20. 

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