Fantastic Planet (album)

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This article is about the album by Failure. For the French allegorical science-fiction film, see Fantastic Planet. For the safari park, see Planete Sauvage (safari park).
Fantastic Planet
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by Failure
Released August 13, 1996
Recorded F.P.S. Studios, Los Angeles; Madhatter Studios, Silverlake
Genre
Length 67:51
Label
Producer Failure
Failure chronology
Magnified
(1994)
Fantastic Planet
(1996)
Golden
(2004)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Fantastic Planet is the third studio album by the American alternative rock band Failure, released on August 13, 1996. It was the last album released on Slash Records as distributed by Warner Bros. Records. The album failed to chart on Billboard 's Top 200 albums, but did produce a charting single with "Stuck on You", which reached #23 on Billboard 's Alternative Songs Chart.[2] The album was produced by Failure themselves in a process that took longer than their previous two albums, with one song being recorded and produced soon after being written, and repeating this process. Space-rock themes are present in the lyrics, as well as various indirect references to drug addiction, drug-related experiences, and prostitution. The artwork is based on the cover of the L. Ron Hubbard novel Return to Tomorrow. Seven of the album's songs were also included on Failure's Essentials, a best-of collection from 2006.

In 2009, JustPressPlay named Fantastic Planet the third-best album of the 1990s.[3] They also ranked the song "The Nurse Who Loved Me" at #10 in its list of the Top 100 Songs of the 1990s.[4]

On March 24, 2015 it was announced the album was to be reissued on 180g clear and 120g black vinyl via the band's own PledgeMusic page.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Ken Andrews & Greg Edwards

  1. "Saturday Saviour" – 4:27
  2. "Sergeant Politeness" – 4:05
  3. "Segue 1" - 1:54
  4. "Smoking Umbrellas" – 3:58
  5. "Pillowhead" - 2:09
  6. "Blank" – 5:38
  7. "Segue 2" - 1:17
  8. "Dirty Blue Balloons" – 4:23
  9. "Solaris" – 3:43
  10. "Pitiful" – 4:45
  11. "Leo" – 3:05
  12. "Segue 3" - 2:11
  13. "The Nurse Who Loved Me" – 4:25
  14. "Another Space Song" – 5:10
  15. "Stuck on You" – 4:28
  16. "Heliotropic" – 6:14
  17. "Daylight" – 6:00

Personnel[edit]

Credits[edit]

Produced by Failure; engineered by Ken Andrews. Recorded at F.P.S. Studios (Los Angeles CA) and Madhatter Studios (Silverlake CA). Mastered by Tom Baker at Future Disc (Hollywood CA).

Production notes[edit]

A music video was produced for the single "Stuck on You" which closely resembles the opening credits of the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me (included on the DVD portion of the 2004 Failure compilation Golden). Other songs, such as "Saturday Saviour" and "Pitiful", were released as radio singles, but no music videos were made for them.

Guitarist Troy Van Leeuwen joined Failure around the time of this album's release.

The album art is closely based on an illustration by Ed Valigursky used for the book jacket of the first edition of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard's 1954 novel To the Stars.

Chart Position[edit]

"Stuck On You" had charted on Billboard's Alternative Rock (January 11) and Mainstream Rock charts (January 25) in early 1997. The single left both charts nine weeks after appearing.

Singles[edit]

Year Song Chart peak positions
US
US
Alt Rock
[5]
US
Main Rock

[6]
1997 "Stuck on You" 23 31
"—" denotes releases that did not chart.

Influences[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ "Failure Album & Song Chart History". 
  3. ^ Matt Medlock (28 October 2009). "Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Albums of the 1990s". JustPressPlay.net.
  4. ^ Matt Medlock (28 September 2009). "Fifty Years of Great Music: The Top 100 Songs of the 1990s". JustPressPlay.net.
  5. ^ Music Chart. "Failure - Chart History (Alternative Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 
  6. ^ Music Chart. "Failure - Chart History (Mainstream Rock)". Billboard. Retrieved 15 July 2015. 

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