First Band on the Moon

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First Band on the Moon
FirstBandOnTheMoon.jpg
Studio album by The Cardigans
Released September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)
Recorded September 1995 – June 1996
Genre
Length 39:01
Label Stockholm
Producer Tore Johansson
The Cardigans chronology
Life
(1995)Life1995
First Band on the Moon
(1996)
Gran Turismo
(1998)Gran Turismo1998
Singles from First Band on the Moon
  1. "Lovefool"
    Released: September 14, 1996
  2. "Been It"
    Released: 1997
  3. "Lovefool (re-issue)"
    Released: 1997
  4. "Your New Cuckoo"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars[4]
NME (8/10)[2]
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media (8.1/10)[5]
Robert Christgau B+[6]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[7]
Sonic Jerk (8/10)[8]

First Band on the Moon is the third studio album by The Cardigans. It features the international single "Lovefool". It was first released on August 12, 1996 and later internationally on September 9, 1996.

The album was a major breakthrough for the band, both in their native Sweden and internationally. It is their best-selling album in the United States, having sold around 664,000 copies there as of September 2010.[9]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Your New Cuckoo" Nina Persson, Peter Svensson 3:57
2. "Been It" Persson, Svensson 4:06
3. "Heartbreaker" Persson, Svensson 3:42
4. "Happy Meal II" Lynette Koyana, Persson, Magnus Sveningsson, Svensson 2:37
5. "Never Recover" Sveningsson, Svensson 3:21
6. "Step on Me" Sveningsson, Svensson 3:48
7. "Lovefool" Persson, Svensson 3:21
8. "Losers" Persson, Svensson 3:06
9. "Iron Man" (Black Sabbath cover from Paranoid) Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward 4:20
10. "Great Divide" Sveningsson, Svensson 3:17
11. "Choke" Sveningsson, Svensson 3:26
Total length: 39:01

"Happy Meal II" is a re-recording of "Happy Meal", a song that was originally a bonus track on the US edition of Life.

Personnel[edit]

Singles[edit]

  • "Lovefool" (first release 14 September 1996, #21 UK)
  • "Been It" (30 November 1996, #56 UK)
  • "Lovefool" (re-release 24 February 1997, #2 UK)
  • "Your New Cuckoo" (31 August 1997, #35 UK)

Release dates refer to UK single releases. In Europe and Japan, "Your New Cuckoo" was released much earlier than in the UK, where the release was delayed due to the continued success of "Lovefool" and also to commission new remixes for the single release.

"Been It" and "Your New Cuckoo" were both slightly shortened for single release; the former also had the word "whore" obscured by a guitar lick to make it more palatable for radio play.

Charts[edit]

Single charts[edit]

United States

  • Billboard Hot 100 Airplay: "Lovefool"; #1
  • Billboard Adult Top 40: "Lovefool"; #2
  • Billboard Modern Rock Tracks: "Lovefool"; #9
  • Billboard Top 40 Mainstream: "Lovefool"; #1
  • Billboard Adult Contemporary: "Lovefool"; #23
  • Billboard Hot Dance Music/Club Play: "Lovefool"; #5
  • Billboard Hot Dance Music/Maxisingle Sales: "Lovefool; #24
  • Billboard Rhythmic Top 40: "Lovefool"; #18
  • Billboard Top 40 Adult Recurrents: "Lovefool" #1

UK

  • UK Radio Airplay: "Lovefool"; #1
  • UK Top 100 Singles: "Lovefool"; #21, "Been It"; #56, "Lovefool" (Re-issue); #2, "Your New Cuckoo"; #35

Australia

  • ARIA Top 100 Singles 1997 Year-End Chart: "Lovefool"; #52[21]

Sweden

  • Swedish Top 100 Singles 1996 Year-end Chart: "Lovefool"; #60

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/Sales
Canada (Music Canada)[22] Platinum 100,000^
Japan (RIAJ)[23] 2× Platinum 400,000^
Sweden (GLF)[24] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[25] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[26] Platinum 1,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

  1. ^ First Band on the Moon at AllMusic
  2. ^ a b c "Cardigans - First Band on the Moon CD Album". CD Universe. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  3. ^ Romero, Michele (1996-09-20). "First Band on the Moon Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  4. ^ Scribner, Sara (1997-01-12). "In Brief (The Cardigans, First Band on the Moon)". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  5. ^ Wisdom, James P. "Cardigans: First Band on the Moon". Pitchfork Media. Archived from the original on 2008-03-12. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert. "First Band on the Moon". Robert Christgau. 
  7. ^ Cohen, Jason (1996-11-14). "The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone: 112–114. Archived from the original on 2007-11-20. Retrieved 2013-03-17. 
  8. ^ http://sonicjerk.blogspot.com/2011/01/cardigans-first-band-on-moon-1996.html
  9. ^ "Week Ending Sept. 26, 2010: Moving Forward, Falling Back - Chart Watch". New.music.yahoo.com. 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2011-04-15. 
  10. ^ Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988-2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  11. ^ "Top Albums/CDs - Volume 64, No. 25: Feb 24, 1997". RPM. RPM Library and Archives. 24 February 1997. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  12. ^ "The Cardigans: First Band On The Moon" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  13. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  14. ^ "Hits Of The World - First Band On The Moon - Japan". Billboard. 108 (37): 62. 14 September 1996. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "Charts.org.nz – The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  16. ^ "Swedishcharts.com – The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon". Hung Medien. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Cardigans | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  18. ^ "The Cardigans – Chart history" Billboard 200 for The Cardigans. Retrieved 7 June 2017.
  19. ^ Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart. Billboard. 109. 11 January 1997. p. 17. ISSN 0006-2510. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  20. ^ "Billboard 200 Year End 1997". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  21. ^ "ARIA End Of Year Singles 1997 | Top 100 Singles Chart". ARIA Charts. Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved 1 June 2017. 
  22. ^ "Canadian album certifications – The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon". Music Canada. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  23. ^ "有料音楽配信認定" [Recording Industry Association of Japan - Statistics - Certified Awards]. 日本レコード協会 (in Japanese). Retrieved 7 June 2017.  Note: User must enter "カーディガンズ" ("The Cardigans") in "アーティスト" ("Artist") field.
  24. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  25. ^ "British album certifications – The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 7 June 2017.  Enter First Band On The Moon in the field Keywords. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Select Gold in the field By Award. Click Search
  26. ^ "American album certifications – The Cardigans – First Band On The Moon". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 7 June 2017.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH

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