Eight Arms to Hold You

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Eight Arms to Hold You
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 11, 1997
RecordedJune, 1996
GenreAlternative rock
LabelMinty Fresh, Outpost
ProducerBob Rock
Veruca Salt chronology
Blow It Out Your Ass It's Veruca Salt
Eight Arms to Hold You
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)(3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[2]
Rolling Stone1.5/5 stars[5]

Eight Arms to Hold You is the second full-length studio album by alternative rock band Veruca Salt, released on February 11, 1997, through Outpost/Geffen Records. It was the last album to feature original band members Nina Gordon, Louise Post, Steve Lack, and Jim Shapiro until the 2015 reunion album Ghost Notes.

The title of the album is a reference to the working title for The Beatles' film eventually titled Help!.

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Veruca Salt.

1."Straight"Louise Post2:32
2."Volcano Girls"Nina Gordon3:18
3."Don't Make Me Prove It"Post2:29
5."One Last Time"Post4:45
6."With David Bowie"Gordon2:25
9."The Morning Sad"Gordon3:08
10."Sound of the Bell"Post3:59
11."Loneliness Is Worse"Gordon5:00
13."Venus Man Trap"Post3:29
Total length:51:10


Veruca Salt

Additional personnel

  • Jim McGillveray - percussion
  • Zach Ingraham - whiteboard
  • Bob Rock - producer
  • Randy Staub - engineer, mixing
  • Brian Dobbs - engineer
  • Mike Cusick - assistant engineer
  • Jim Labinski - assistant engineer
  • Jeff Lane - assistant engineer, mixing assistant
  • Darren Grahn - assistant engineer
  • George Marino - mastering
  • Mike Gilles - digital editing, assistant engineer, digital programming



"Shutterbug", a song from this album, was written by Louise Post. She was the lead singer for the song, with Nina Gordon performing backing vocals.

Post has said that the three parts of the song are like snapshots from different times in her life. The "she" featured in the song is PJ Harvey.

Veruca Salt performed "Shutterbug" on Saturday Night Live. Because Sting was hosting the show that evening, he performed one of his solo songs instead of Veruca Salt performing a second song.

Chart positions[edit]

Album position[edit]

  • 1997 Eight Arms To Hold You The Billboard 200 No. 55[7]
  • 1997 Eight Arms To Hold You Australian ARIA albums chart No. 69[8]
  • 1997 Eight Arms To Hold You New Zealand RIANZ Top 40 No. 34[9]
  • 1997 Eight Arms To Hold You Swedish albums chart No. 40[10]
  • 1997 Eight Arms To Hold You UK albums chart No. 95[11]

Singles positions[edit]

  • 1997 "Volcano Girls" - Modern Rock Tracks - No. 8[7]
  • 1997 "Volcano Girls" - Mainstream Rock Tracks - No. 9
  • 1997 "Volcano Girls" - UK singles chart - No. 56[11]
  • 1997 "Volcano Girls" - Australian ARIA singles chart - No. 47[8]
  • 1997 "Volcano Girls" - Swedish singles chart - No. 32[10]
  • 1997 "Shutterbug" - Mainstream Rock Tracks - No. 39[7]
  • 1997 "Shutterbug" - Australian ARIA singles chart - No. 114[8]
  • 1997 "Benjamin" - UK singles chart - No. 75[11]
  • 1997 "Straight" - Mainstream Rock Tracks - No. 38


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  2. ^ Browne, David (1997-02-14). "Eight Arms to Hold You". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Veruca Salt". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  4. ^ Perry, John (1997-01-03). "Eight Arms To Hold You". NME. Retrieved 2018-01-24.
  5. ^ O'Connor, Rob (1997-01-30). "Rolling Stone review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on December 6, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-30.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  6. ^ Vowell, Sarah (March 1997). "Records". Spin. SPIN Media LLC. pp. 100–1.
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  10. ^ a b "swedishcharts.com > Discography Veruca Salt". Hung Medien. Retrieved 2015-10-09.
  11. ^ a b c "Official Charts > Veruca Salt". The Official UK Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-10-09.