House Tornado

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House Tornado
Studio album by Throwing Muses
Released 1988
Recorded Fort Apache Studios, Cambridge, MA
Genre Alternative, post-punk
Length 38:45, 55:31 (4AD CD version)
Label 4AD/Sire Records
Producer Gary Smith
Throwing Muses chronology
The Fat Skier
House Tornado
Singles from House Tornado
  1. "Saving Grace"
    Released: 1988
Alternative Cover
Cover of the USA release
Cover of the USA release
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice C[2]

House Tornado is an album by the alternative rock band Throwing Muses. Produced by Gary Smith and engineered by Paul Kolderie, it was recorded at Fort Apache Studios in Cambridge, MA. The album was released in 1988 internationally on the 4AD label, except in the United States, where it was released by Sire Records. Sire used a different album cover for its release, as the label was putting a strong promotional push behind the band, and label executives favored a picture of the band over the collage featured on the 4AD release.

The 4AD CD release also features six of the seven tracks from the band's 1987 EP The Fat Skier. (The seventh track was not deemed essential for CD release, as it was a re-issue of "Soul Soldier" from the band's debut album, followed by an ambient field recording of the band talking in a park.) The Sire release did not feature these six songs, and therefore these songs have never been released on CD in the USA.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kristin Hersh except "The River" and "Giant" written by Tanya Donelly

  1. "Colder" – 3:19
  2. "Mexican Women" – 2:46
  3. "The River" – 3:57
  4. "Juno" – 2:03
  5. "Marriage Tree" – 3:00
  6. "Run Letter" – 5:02
  7. "Saving Grace" – 2:38
  8. "Drive" – 3:25
  9. "Downtown" – 4:03
  10. "Giant" – 3:53
  11. "Walking in the Dark" – 4:39

Additional songs on the 4AD release. All songs written by Kristin Hersh except "Pools in Eyes" written by Tanya Donelly

  1. "Garoux des larmes" – 2:37
  2. "Pools in Eyes" – 3:20
  3. "A Feeling" – 3:09
  4. "Soap and Water" – 2:26
  5. "And a She-Wolf After the War" – 3:31
  6. "You Cage" – 1:41


Throwing Muses


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  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 29, 1988). "Christgau's Consumer Guide: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved March 26, 2017.