Give It Back!

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Give It Back!
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 1997
GenrePsychedelic rock
The Brian Jonestown Massacre chronology
Thank God for Mental Illness
Give It Back!
Strung Out in Heaven

Give It Back! is the sixth studio album by American psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre, released in 1997 by record label Bomp!.

Background and recording[edit]

Notably, this is the only album that features Peter Hayes, who later founded the Black Rebel Motorcycle Club.

The sessions for the record were filmed for the documentary Dig!. Though only a couple of minutes of these sessions appear in the film, the second disc of the double-disc DVD features more footage from the sessions, including the recording of "Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth", the guitar track for "Servo", and the vocals for "Super-Sonic". The latter song includes a sample of The Dandy Warhols' song "Be-In", the opening track from their ...The Dandy Warhols Come Down album.

"Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth"[edit]

The stand-out single on the album, "Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth", is best known for being a sardonic reply to The Dandy Warhols' single "Not If You Were the Last Junkie on Earth", which was itself directed at The Brian Jonestown Massacre. On the DVD commentary for Dig!, Matt Hollywood claims that he wrote the song in a tongue-in-cheek manner towards The Dandy Warhols, and goes on to discuss how Anton even borrowed elements of The Dandy Warhols' sound.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

AllMusic reviewer Richie Unterberger wrote of the album: "about half of this is run-of-the-mill pseudo-'60s garage/psych with too many indulgent guitar breaks. They get a lot more interesting when they slow things down to a wasted quasi-junkie folk-rock mode".[1]


"Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth"" was featured on the soundtrack to Jim Jarmusch's 2005 film Broken Flowers.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Super-Sonic" – 5:15
  2. "This Is Why You Love Me" – 1:55
  3. "Satellite" – 3:39
  4. "Malela" – 3:09
  5. "Salaam" – 1:44
  6. "Whoever You Are" – 4:41
  7. "Sue" – 8:30
  8. "(You Better Love Me) Before I Am Gone" – 3:35
  9. "Not If You Were the Last Dandy on Earth" – 2:46
  10. "#1 Hit Jam" – 4:55
  11. "Servo" – 3:23
  12. "The Devil May Care (Mom & Dad Don't)" – 6:04
  13. "Their Satanic Majesties' Second Request (Enrique's Dream)" – 5:35



  1. ^ a b Unterberger, Richie (1997-08-26). "Give It Back! - The Brian Jonestown Massacre". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-02-18.