How It Feels to Be Something On

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How It Feels to Be Something On
A stylized drawing of fire on a black background
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 8, 1998
RecordedMarch 10 – April 26, 1998
StudioRobert Lang Studios (Seattle)
LabelSub Pop
ProducerGreg Williamson
Sunny Day Real Estate chronology
Sunny Day Real Estate
How It Feels to Be Something On
The Rising Tide
Singles from How It Feels to Be Something On
  1. "Pillars"
    Released: 1998
  2. "How It Feels to Be Something On"
    Released: 1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork9.3/10 (1998 review)[2]
8.8/10 (2016 reissue)[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[4]
Tiny Mix Tapes5/5 stars[5]

How It Feels to Be Something On is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Sunny Day Real Estate, and the first following their 1997 reunion. It was released September 8, 1998.


In 2016, Sub Pop announced that they would reissue How It Feels to Be Something On on different audio formats. It was officially released on August 5, 2016 and has led to renewed interest in the record, including an official Pitchfork 2016 re-review.[6][4] The album peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart.[7]

Track listing[edit]

2."Roses in Water"3:42
3."Every Shining Time You Arrive"4:13
4."Two Promises"4:39
5."100 Million"5:38
6."How It Feels to Be Something On"3:57
7."The Prophet"5:13
8."Guitar and Video Games"4:09
9."The Shark's Own Private Fuck"4:03
10."Days Were Golden"5:08




  • Nick Barber
  • Caleb Wilson – track supervisor
  • Chip Butters – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Greg Calbi – mastering
  • Steve Culp – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Eric Janko – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Adam Kasper – mixing
  • Pat Sample – mixing assistant, assistant
  • Chris Thompson – artwork
  • Aaron Warner – assistant engineer, assistant
  • Greg Williamson – producer, engineer, mixing


Chart (1998) Peak
US Billboard 200[8] 132
Chart (2016) Peak
US Vinyl Albums (Billboard)[9] 7


  1. ^ Huey, Steve. "How It Feels to Be Something On – Sunny Day Real Estate". AllMusic. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Sunny Day Real Estate: How It Feels to Be Something On: Pitchfork Record Review". Pitchfork. September 1, 1998. Archived from the original on December 24, 2007. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  3. ^ Cohen, Ian (August 6, 2016). "Sunny Day Real Estate: How It Feels to Be Something On". Pitchfork. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  4. ^ a b Randall, Mac (2004). "Sunny Day Real Estate". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. p. 793. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  5. ^ "Sunny Day Real Estate - How It Feels to Be Something On | Music Review | Tiny Mix Tapes". Tiny Mix Tapes. December 15, 2006. Retrieved August 17, 2020.
  6. ^ Records, Sub Pop. "How It Feels to Be Something On". Sub Pop Records.
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  8. ^ "Sunny Day Real Estate, TLP". Billboard. Retrieved March 25, 2020.
  9. ^ [1] Retrieved August 27, 2020.