Emperor Tomato Ketchup (album)

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Emperor Tomato Ketchup
StereolabEmperorTomatoKetchup.jpg
Studio album by
Released18 March 1996 (1996-03-18)
Studio
Length57:15
Label
Producer
Stereolab chronology
Cybele's Reverie
(1996)
Emperor Tomato Ketchup
(1996)
Fluorescences
(1996)
Singles from Emperor Tomato Ketchup
  1. "Cybele's Reverie"
    Released: 19 February 1996 (1996-02-19)
  2. "Metronomic Underground"
    Released: 2 December 1996 (1996-12-02)

Emperor Tomato Ketchup is the fourth studio album by English-French rock band Stereolab. It was first released on 18 March 1996 in the United Kingdom by Duophonic Records and on 9 April 1996 in the United States by Elektra Records. The album takes its name from the 1971 Shuji Terayama-directed Japanese film Tomato Kecchappu Kôtei (Emperor Tomato Ketchup).

Two singles were released from Emperor Tomato Ketchup: "Cybele's Reverie" and "Metronomic Underground".

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB+[3]
The Guardian4/5 stars[4]
Houston Chronicle4/5 stars[5]
NME8/10[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4.5/5 stars[7]
The Village VoiceA−[8]

Emperor Tomato Ketchup was released to positive reception, becoming the band's most commercially and critically successful album to date.[9]

By August 1997, the album had sold over 46,000 units in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan.[10]

Legacy[edit]

Emperor Tomato Ketchup was ranked the 51st greatest album of the 1990s by Pitchfork,[11] and went on to appear in numerous other decade-end lists. The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[12]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier, except where indicated.

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Metronomic Underground" 7:55
2."Cybele's Reverie" 4:42
3."Percolator"
3:47
4."Les Yper-Sound" 4:05
5."Spark Plug" 2:29
6."OLV 26" 5:42
7."The Noise of Carpet" 3:05
8."Tomorrow Is Already Here" 4:56
9."Emperor Tomato Ketchup" 4:37
10."Monstre Sacre" 3:44
11."Motoroller Scalatron" 3:48
12."Slow Fast Hazel" 3:53
13."Anonymous Collective" 4:32
Total length:57:15

Personnel[edit]

Credits for Emperor Tomato Ketchup adapted from album liner notes.[13]

Charts[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
position
Scottish Albums (OCC)[14] 50
UK Albums (OCC)[15] 27
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard)[16] 27

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Emperor Tomato Ketchup – Stereolab". AllMusic. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Wiederhorn, Jon (12 April 1996). "Emperor Tomato Ketchup". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  4. ^ Romney, Jonathan (22 March 1996). "Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup (Duophonic)". The Guardian.
  5. ^ Vaziri, Aidin (7 April 1996). "Stereolab Has Winning Formula". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  6. ^ "Stereolab: Emperor Tomato Ketchup". NME: 49. 16 March 1996.
  7. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Stereolab". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 779–81. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (23 July 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved 31 May 2016.
  9. ^ Arp, Louis (14 January 2005). "Stereolab – Emperor Tomato Ketchup". Sputnikmusic. Retrieved 9 April 2016.
  10. ^ Reece, Doug (23 August 1997). "Elektra Connects Stereolab's 'Dots' With Larger Base". Billboard. 109 (34): 16–17. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Top 100 Albums of the 1990s: 60–51". Pitchfork. 17 November 2003. Retrieved 21 October 2012.
  12. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2010). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe. ISBN 0-7893-2074-6.
  13. ^ Emperor Tomato Ketchup (liner notes). Stereolab. Duophonic Records. 1996. D-UHF-D11.
  14. ^ "Official Scottish Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  15. ^ "Official Albums Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
  16. ^ "Stereolab Chart History (Heatseekers Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved 3 September 2018.

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