Free Mars

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Free Mars
Lusk - Free Mars.jpg
Studio album by Lusk
Released April 15, 1997
Recorded 1996, Contemporary Pimple Studios
Genre Psychedelic rock, psych pop, experimental rock, shoegaze
Length 66:13
Label Zoo / Volcano
Producer Paul D'Amour, Chris Pitman
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Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Free Mars is the only album by the experimental psychedelic rock project Lusk, released in 1997 in a Digipak-style case. The case and booklet list "The Hotel Family Affair" and "Black Sea Me" together as one track, but they are separate tracks on the disc itself. Despite this minor error, the album was nominated for a Grammy award for Best Recording Package. The album features an appearance by Tool drummer Danny Carey, as well as an assortment of artists and musicians from the Los Angeles scene.

Lusk included Paul D'Amour (formerly of Tool), Brad Laner, Chris Pitman (now in Guns N' Roses), and Failure member Greg Edwards (now in Autolux). (D'Amour, Edwards, and Pitman were also members of Replicants.)

A 7" vinyl single for "Backworlds" was also released, backed with "The Hotel Family Affair." The video for "Backworlds" got good reception on MTV. It premiered on 120 Minutes in September 1997, and was also the first video placed into heavy rotation on the channel after it received the most votes in four episodes of the short-lived video-rating series 12 Angry Viewers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Backworlds" – 4:49
  2. "Savvy Kangaroos" – 3:19
  3. "Gold" – 3:50
  4. "Free Mars" – 5:58
  5. "Doctor" – 6:08
  6. "Mindray" – 4:18
  7. "The Hotel Family Affair" – 4:28
  8. "Black Sea Me" – 4:12
  9. "Undergarden" – 4:21
  10. "Kill the King" – 5:31
  11. "My Good Fishwife" – 5:46 / "Blair's Spiders" (hidden track after 10:49) – 19:19


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