Four Minute Mile

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Four Minute Mile
Studio album by The Get Up Kids
Released September 30, 1997
Recorded April 1997
Chicago Recording Company
Genre Emo,[1] indie rock, pop punk[2]
Length 34:49
Label Doghouse
Producer Bob Weston
The Get Up Kids chronology
Split with Braid
(1997)Split with Braid1997
Four Minute Mile
Red Letter Day EP
(1999)Red Letter Day EP1999
Alternative covers
Alternative cover for the remastered edition re-released in 2001
Alternative cover for the remastered edition re-released in 2001
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[3]
Star Pulse Music 4/5 stars[4]
Punknews 4.5/5 stars

Four Minute Mile is the first studio album by American rock band The Get Up Kids.


The album was recorded in April 1997 on a budget of $4,000.[5] It was produced by Shellac bassist Bob Weston in Chicago over the course of two and a half days[6] during a weekend.[7] This short span of recording was accomplished so that drummer Ryan Pope wouldn't miss high school.[7] It was released by Doghouse Records on September 30, 1997. The album was released on CD and vinyl. The vinyl release consisted of six pressings on black and colored vinyl, including blue, gold, red and clear.[8] The release brought a great deal of attention to the band, leading to offers from larger labels.


The album was well-received, if not a major commercial success. The album helped the band develop a national fanbase, as well as garnering a bidding war over the band from several major labels, including Geffen Records, Sub Pop Records and Mojo Records. The band ended up signing with Mojo, but was quickly disappointed with their choice when the label asked the band to re-record the song "Don't Hate Me", feeling that the label was underestimating their potential.

The album also had a lasting impact on other musicians. In a 2005 interview with AP Magazine, Pete Wentz of the Chicago pop-punk group Fall Out Boy remarked that the album had a major influence on the band as a whole. "The first time I heard [The Get Up Kids] was around Four Minute Mile. I was in high school. There was an honesty and sincerity [to the album]. It seemed more about the fact that this music was "emotional," than an actual sound than labeled them". In the same interview, he remarked that "Fall Out Boy would not be a band if it were not for The Get Up Kids".


A remastered version of the album was released by Doghouse records on Compact Disc in 2001. This was largely a way of capitalizing on the recent success of the band's second album, 1999's Something to Write Home About, which rocketed the band to international stardom.

In 2008, Doghouse records announced that it would be re-releasing the album on colored vinyl; One opaque blue, and one opaque pink. The release will be a re-release of the original version of the album and not the 2001 remastered edition.[9][10] The vinyl was re-pressed and released on December 12, 2008.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Get Up Kids.

No. Title Length
1. "Coming Clean" 2:07
2. "Don't Hate Me" 2:54
3. "Fall Semester" 3:21
4. "Stay Gold, Ponyboy" 2:55
5. "Lowercase West Thomas" 1:59
6. "Washington Square Park" 3:08
7. "Last Place You Look" 2:31
8. "Better Half" 3:25
9. "No Love" 3:05
10. "Shorty" 3:22
11. "Michele With One "L"" 6:02



  1. ^ Butler, Blake (1997-09-30). "Four Minute Mile - The Get Up Kids". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 
  2. ^ "Did The Get Up Kids Really Invent Emo?". NME. July 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ Butler, Blake (1997-09-30). "Allmusic review". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  4. ^ "Star Pulse Music review". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  5. ^ Grubbs, Eric (2008). Post: A Look at the Influence of Post-Hardcore-1985-2007. iUniverse. pp. 224–266. ISBN 0-595-51835-4. 
  6. ^ Alternative Press Issue 204 "Say Goodnight, Mean Goodbye: The Oral History of The Get Up Kids"
  7. ^ a b Bayer, Jonah (March 1, 2016). "40 Greatest Emo Albums of All Time". Rolling Stone. Retrieved March 1, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Pressing information". Retrieved 2012-07-11. 
  9. ^ [1] Archived September 24, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  10. ^ "The Get Up Kids : MerchNOW". 1955-11-05. Retrieved 2012-02-16. 

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