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Self Gizmodgery Front.jpg
Studio album by Self
Released September 5, 2000
April 25, 2001 (Japan)
Recorded Bennet House, Franklin, TN and Matt's Old House, Murfreesboro, TN
Genre Alternative rock
Twee pop
Length 42:11
Label Spongebath
Producer Matt Mahaffey
Self chronology
Breakfast with Girls
(1999)Breakfast with Girls1999
Self Goes Shopping
(2000)Self Goes Shopping2000
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Rolling Stone (favorable) December 9, 2000
Pitchfork Media (6.9/10) link
Allmusic 4/5 stars link

Gizmodgery is the fifth album by alternative pop/rock band Self, released in 2000 by Spongebath Records. The LP, with the exception of "9 Lives," was recorded entirely with children's toy instruments.[1]

The album contains a cover of the Doobie Brothers' hit song "What a Fool Believes" and is also notable for being released in the short-lived HDCD format. The track "Trunk Fulla Amps" appears twice on the album, the second version with the expletives removed. The song references and parodies a variety of rock artists, including Freddie Mercury/Queen, ELO, Glenn Danzig/Danzig, and Lenny Kravitz. Japanese import version of the album contains the bonus track "Resurrect", and alternate artwork.

Two songs from Breakfast with Girls ("Suzy Q Sailaway" and "Uno Song") had originally both been recorded for inclusion on Gizmodgery but both songs were added to Breakfast at the insistence of DreamWorks Records. (Both songs obviously and sonically stand in stark contrast to the rest of Mahaffey's tones on Breakfast with Girls.)

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Self.

No. Title Length
1. "I Am a Little Explosion" 3:39
2. "5 Alive" 3:12
3. "Chameleon" 2:56
4. "Dead Man" 3:07
5. "Trunk Fulla Amps" 3:27
6. "Pattycake" 4:08
7. "Ordinaire" 3:26
8. "Miracleworker" 2:06
9. "Hi, My Name's Cindy" 2:33
10. "What a Fool Believes" (Doobie Brothers cover) 3:46
11. "9 Lives" 2:36
12. "Ilovetoloveyourlovemylove" 4:26
13. "Trunk Fulla Amps" (Edit) 3:26
Total length: 42:11
Japanese edition
No. Title Length
14. "Resurrect" 3:22
Total length: 45:33


  • Engineer - Matt Mahaffey (tracks: 1-4,6,8-11,14), Shawn McLean (tracks: 5,7,12,13)
  • Mastering - Tom Baker
  • Mixing - Chris James
  • Writer, Performer - Chris James (tracks: 5,7,12,13), Jason Rawlings (tracks: 5,6,7,12,13), Mac Burrus (tracks: 5,6,7,12,13), Matt Mahaffey (tracks: 1-9, 11-14), Mike Mahaffey (tracks: 5,7,12,13)


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