Endless Nameless (album)

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Endless, Nameless
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Studio album by The Wildhearts
Released 27 October 1997
Genre Hard rock, noise rock, industrial rock
Length 46:26
Label Mushroom Records
Producer Ralph Jezzard
The Wildhearts chronology
The Best of The Wildhearts
(1996)
Endless, Nameless
(1997)
Anarchic Airwaves
(1998)

Endless, Nameless is the third album proper by The Wildhearts (Fishing for Luckies originally being a fan club-only release), and was their first album to be released on Mushroom Records following a split with original record label EastWest.

Background[edit]

With the increasing popularity of bands such as The Chemical Brothers and The Prodigy, the band was encouraged by their new label to move towards a heavier sound. The outcome was a marked change in direction which, whilst retaining some of the pop rock sensibilities of earlier recordings, saw the songs drenched in extreme levels of distortion. The effect was to create an album which divided opinion amongst even the most devoted of Wildhearts fans.

Continuing an uninterrupted run of top 40 singles that had started with "Caffeine Bomb" back in 1994, both singles from the album - "Urge" and "Anthem" - entered the top 30. The album, however, stalled at No. 41. Within months, the band would be on 'hiatus', following internal tensions, making this the last official album that the band would release until "The Wildhearts Must Be Destroyed" in 2003.

"Heroin" is a cover of "Heroine" by The Dogs D'Amour. The Japanese version of the album featured a cover of the Elvis Costello song "Pump It Up". This was initially issued as an anonymous promo to DJs prior to the release of the album. DJ's were invited to guess who the band was on the return form. Around half guessed right, although one unnamed DJ ended up bizarrely thinking it was the work of former Beatle Paul McCartney. Other promotional CDs for the release of Endless Nameless caused controversy by depicting animals being hung as well as shot. Some sources say the album was named after Nirvana's 1991 song "Endless, Nameless", the hidden track at the end of their Nevermind album, though Ginger claims to have been unaware of the song's title at the time.[1]

The sonic booms heard in various tracks on the album were reused by former band member Devin Townsend multiple times on his album Infinity, such as the track "War" ending with the boom that ends Endless Nameless.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Drownedinsound 10/10 stars link

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Ginger

No. Title Length
1. "Junkenstein" 2:00
2. "Nurse Maximum" 4:24
3. "Anthem" 3:20
4. "Urge" 4:54
5. "Pissjoy" 5:07
6. "Soundog Babylon" 5:09
7. "Now is the Colour" 4:22
8. "Heroin" 5:22
9. "Why You Lie" 4:34
10. "Thunderfuck" 7:20

Release information[edit]

  • UK Chart: No. 41
  • Formats: CD (MUSH 13CD), Gatefold LP (MUSH13LP), Cassette (MUSH13MC)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ask Ginger May 2002". Retrieved 2007-04-23.