Hallucigenia (album)

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Hallucigenia
Lowest Of The Low Hallucigenia.jpg
Studio album by The Lowest of the Low
Released 1994
Recorded at Vancouver Studios
Genre Indie rock
Length 59:01
Label Yes Boy Records/A&M
Producer Don Smith
The Lowest of the Low chronology
Shakespeare My Butt
(1991)
Hallucigenia
(1994)
Nothing Short of a Bullet
(2001)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic1.5/5 stars [1]

Hallucigenia is an album by Canadian band The Lowest of the Low, released in 1994. It was the band's first and only release on a major record label. The album also reveals the source of the band's name, opening with a clip of former President of the United States George H. W. Bush stating "We do not want to be the lowest of the low. We are not a nation in decline."

Displaying more of a hard rock influence than its predecessor, 1991's Shakespeare My Butt, the album was poorly received by fans and critics. The band was also riven by significant internal tensions, and broke up barely a few months after Hallucigenia's release. The band subsequently reunited in 2000.

"City Full of Cowards" was released as a CD single, with the non-album B-sides "Bit" and "Crying Like a Postcard". "Motel 30" was released as a CD single, with the non-album B-side "The Unbearable Lightness of Jean". "Gamble" was the album's other main single, with the album track "Night of the Living Assholes" as its B-side.

Art Bergmann appears as a guest musician on "Beer, Graffiti Walls". He is the subject of the song "Life Imitates Art" (his name being Art). He is also referenced in the lyrics to "Pistol", along with Joe Strummer, Black Flag and Billy Bragg.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Ron Hawkins, except where noted.

  1. "Pistol" - 4:31
  2. "That Song About Trees and Kites" - Hawkins/Kathleen Olmstead - 2:26
  3. "City Full of Cowards" - 4:03
  4. "Eating the Rich" - 4:05
  5. "Gamble" - 4:49
  6. "Dogs of February" - Stephen Stanley - 4:34
  7. "Black Monday" - 5:14
  8. "Beer, Graffiti Walls" - 5:25
  9. "7th Birthday" - 4:15
  10. "Penedono's Hand" - Stanley - 3:21
  11. "Life Imitates Art" - 3:34
  12. "Last, Lost Generation" - 3:46
  13. "Motel 30" - 3:05
  14. "Night of the Living Assholes" - 5:52

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