Everclear (album)

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Studio album by American Music Club
Released October 5, 1991
Genre Indie rock, sadcore
Length 36:36
Label Alias
Producer Norman Kerner, American Music Club
American Music Club chronology
United Kingdom
(1989)United Kingdom1989

Everclear is the fifth studio album by American indie rock band American Music Club.

"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.

Critical reception[edit]

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]

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

In an article in the December 1994 – January 1995 issue of Addicted to Noise, the band recounted:

"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]

All songs written by Mark Eitzel.

  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


Production notes
  • All songs produced by Bruce Kaphan and American Music Club except "Rise" and "The Dead Part of You", produced by Norman Kerner and American Music Club.
  • All songs mixed by Joe Chiccarelli except "The Confidential Agent" and "What the Pillar of Salt Held Up", mixed by Bruce Kaphan.
  • All songs recorded by Bruce Kaphan and Tom Carr at Music Annex Studio A (Menio Park, California) and at Soma Sync Studios (San Francisco), except "Rise" and "The Dead Part of You", recorded by Norman Kerner at Brilliant Studios (San Francisco) and Bruce Kaphan and Tom Carr at Soma Sync Studios.
  • All songs mastered by Bob Ludwig at Masterdisk in New York.


  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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