Everclear (album)

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Studio album by American Music Club
Released 5 October 1991
Genre Indie rock, slowcore
Length 36:36
Label Alias Records
Producer Norman Kerner, American Music Club
American Music Club chronology
United Kingdom
(1989)United Kingdom1989
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Chicago Tribune 3/4 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (3-star Honorable Mention)[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[4]
Q 4/5 stars[5]

Everclear is the fifth album by San Francisco band American Music Club. Overall, the album received widespread praise, but was criticized for being overproduced, despite having been released on an independent label.

"Sick of Food," a fan favorite, is a turbulent song, sung from the perspective of an AIDS patient whose medications have left him unable to eat. It starts catatonically, and concludes with Eitzel screaming "Now I wake up and I don't have any gravity/ Feel the whole world drawing away from me/ Now I wake up, so now I wake up/ What good is it?/ Another bright nothing/ Another day."

"Rise" was released as a single via the Rise CD maxi-EP (Alias Records, 1991), which contained the non-album tracks "Chanel #5," "The Right Thing" and an alternate version of "Crabwalk." The music video for "Rise" received minor play on MTV's 120 Minutes late-night program.

On the strength of this album, Mark Eitzel was named Rolling Stone magazine's Songwriter Of The Year in 1991. R.S. also placed Everclear in their list of top 5 albums of the year.

From an article in the December 1994 - January 1995 issue of Addicted to Noise:

"I remember we were somewhere in Germany and we found out about the Rolling Stone poll," says Eitzel. "It made me feel really good. But for the next show there were about 20 people in the audience. And they were army guys and they thought American Music Club were some righteous American freedom-fighting, cool ass Springsteen-influenced Guns N' Roses kind of guys. And we did not rock." "They didn't know we'd made 'one of the best records of the year' and he was the 'best songwriter,'" adds bassist Dan Pearson. "They couldn't give a fuck about that shit," says Eitzel. "And they certainly didn't agree."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Why Won't You Stay" - 2:59
  2. "Rise" - 3:11
  3. "Miracle on 8th Street" - 4:07
  4. "Ex-Girlfriend" - 2:49
  5. "Crabwalk" - 3:33
  6. "The Confidential Agent" - 4:10
  7. "Sick of Food" - 4:02
  8. "The Dead Part of You" - 2:42
  9. "Royal Café" - 3:23
  10. "What the Pillar of Salt Held Up" - 2:38
  11. "Jesus' Hands" - 3:02


  • Vudi - guitar, accordion, bass
  • Mark Eitzel - vocals, guitar, keyboards, songwriting
  • Dan Pearson - bass, guitar, dulcimer, mandolin, banjo, vocals
  • Mike Simms - drums
  • Bruce Kaphan - pedal steel, keyboards, bass, percussion, lap steel, dobro, guitar, dulcimer
  • All songs produced by Bruce Kaphan/AMC except "Rise" & "The Dead Part Of You" produced by Norman Kerner/AMC
  • All songs mixed by Joe Chiccarelli except "The Confidential Agent" & "What the Pillar of Salt Held Up", mixed by Bruce Kaphan
  • All songs recorded by Bruce Kaphan/Tom Carr at Music Annex Studio A (Menio Park, California) and at Soma Sync Studios (San Francisco), except "Rise" & "The Dead Part of You" recorded by Norman Kerner at Brilliant Studios (San Francisco), and Bruce Kaphan/Tom Carr at Soma Sync Studios
  • Second engineer at Soma Sync Studios: Kyle Johnson
  • Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk in New York
  • Design by Frank Weidemann, Portfolio at: http://www.frankwdesign.com
  • Cover painting by Jean Lowe
  • Photos by Beth Herzhaft
  • All songs written by Mark Eitzel © 1991 I Failed In Life Music BMI, adm. by BUG Music


  1. ^ Ankeny, Jason. "Everclear – American Music Club". AllMusic. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ Caro, Mark (October 17, 1991). "American Music Club: Everclear (Alias)". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "American Music Club: Everclear". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishers. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. Retrieved May 9, 2017. 
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8. 
  5. ^ "American Music Club: Everclear". Q (63). December 1991. 

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