Foolish (album)

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Studio album by Superchunk
Released April 18, 1994
Recorded November 30 – December 2, 1993
Genre Indie rock
Length 50:15
Label Merge
Producer Brian Paulson
Superchunk chronology
On the Mouth
Incidental Music 1991-95
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
The A.V. Club A−[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide (neither)[3]
Pitchfork 8.8/10[4]
PopMatters 9/10[5]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 3/5 stars[7]

Foolish is the fourth studio album by American indie rock band Superchunk. It was recorded November 30 through December 2, 1993, at Pachyderm Studios, by Brian Paulson and mixed by the band and Steve Albini.[8] The album was released by Merge Records in 1994.

The cover art is credited to the band's bassist, Laura Ballance. Ballance has stated that although the painting has generated much speculation into its deeper meaning, it was simply an "unpracticed" attempt to hark back to an American Music Club album cover. She was the only model available to her, and the dead rabbit was added after she had watched the Michael Moore film Pets or Food.[8]

Foolish was completed shortly after Ballance and the band's guitarist and lead singer, Mac McCaughan, had broken up. While Ballance rates the album as her third favorite in the band's catalog, she stated that, "....touring for Foolish was so hard. Listening to those words every night and feeling so mute. I didn't get to say anything, and here he was saying everything. I would be up there jumping up and down with tears streaming down my face.[8]

This is the second consecutive Superchunk album where the band recorded a song of the same name, but didn't put it on the album. The US vinyl edition of the album included "Foolish" on a bonus 7" single.[9] The song eventually appeared on the band's Incidental Music compilation.

The video for "Driveway to Driveway" is a takeoff on the classic film The Philadelphia Story. In the video, drummer Jon Wurster plays a rich buffoon and singer Mac McCaughan plays a scrappy lower-class guy both competing for the affections of Ballance's character. Guitarist Jim Wilbur plays a butler. The four members also portray musicians.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Like a Fool" – 4:42
  2. "The First Part" – 4:47
  3. "Water Wings" – 4:03
  4. "Driveway to Driveway" – 4:41
  5. "Saving my Ticket" – 3:25
  6. "Kicked In" – 4:22
  7. "Why Do You Have to Put a Date on Everything" – 4:33
  8. "Without Blinking" – 3:10
  9. "Keeping Track" – 4:42
  10. "Revelations" – 3:38
  11. "Stretched Out" – 4:13
  12. "In a Stage Whisper" – 3:59


  1. ^ Parker, Chris. "Foolish – Superchunk". AllMusic. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Kyle (September 20, 2011). "Superchunk: Foolish". The A.V. Club. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000). "Superchunk: Foolish". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. St. Martin's Press. ISBN 0-312-24560-2. 
  4. ^ Harvell, Jess (October 4, 2011). "Superchunk: Foolish". Pitchfork. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  5. ^ Pan, Arnold (October 20, 2011). "Superchunk: Foolish (Remastered)". PopMatters. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  6. ^ Diehl, Matt (June 16, 1994). "Superchunk: Foolish". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved August 28, 2017. 
  7. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Superchunk". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian. The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 795–96. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  8. ^ a b c Lindsay, Cam (April 21, 2017). "Rank Your Records: Laura Ballance Ruthlessly Rates Superchunk's Ten Albums". Vice. Retrieved May 23, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Superchunk – Foolish at discogs".