Here's to Shutting Up

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Here's to Shutting Up
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Studio album by Superchunk
Released September 18, 2001
Genre Alternative, Indie rock
Length 43:41
Label Merge Records
Producer Brian Paulson, Superchunk
Superchunk chronology
Come Pick Me Up
Here's to Shutting Up
The Clambakes Series Vol. 1
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars link
Pitchfork Media (7.9/10) link

Here's to Shutting Up is the eighth studio album by Superchunk. Brian Paulson, who served as co-producer, previously worked with the band on 1994's Foolish.

On this album, the band continued to develop away from the fuzzy punk-pop of its earlier days to something more textured. Keyboards, strings and acoustic guitars abound, and even a pedal steel makes an appearance on "Phone Sex."

The band left "Phone Sex" out of the initial performances of the accompanying tour; with the 11 September 2001 attacks a painfully fresh memory, the members felt uncomfortable performing a song featuring the lyrics "Plane crash footage on TV / I know, I know that could be me." [1]

The title of the album is taken from the opening of the song "Out on the Wing."

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Late-Century Dream" - 4:37
  2. "Rainy Streets" - 2:07
  3. "Phone Sex" - 4:54
  4. "Florida's on Fire" - 3:11
  5. "Out on the Wing" - 5:51
  6. "The Animal Has Left its Shell" - 3:32
  7. "Act Surprised" - 3:59
  8. "Art Class (Song for Yayoi Kusama)" - 4:15
  9. "What Do You Look Forward To?" - 7:41
  10. "Drool Collection" - 3:32