If I Were a Carpenter (tribute album)

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If I Were a Carpenter
If i were carpenter.jpg
Compilation album by
Various Artists
ReleasedSeptember 13, 1994 (1994-09-13)
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerMatt Wallace & Dave Konjoyan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
Los Angeles Times[3]
Rolling Stone[4]

If I Were a Carpenter is a 1994 tribute album to The Carpenters. It features alternative rock bands covering the songs of Richard and Karen Carpenter.


The cover is a cartoon-like drawing of Richard and Karen Carpenter listening to an LP album against an orange background. Richard Carpenter has said that he doesn't "care for" the version of "Superstar" by Sonic Youth.[5]

The album was the brainchild of Matt Wallace (Maroon 5, Replacements, Faith No More) and David Konjoyan.


The album, and specifically the Sonic Youth cover of "Superstar," featured prominently in the 2007 film Juno; "Superstar" was included on the Juno soundtrack .

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