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
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[2]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[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.[citation needed]


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.

Track listing[edit]

1."Goodbye to Love"American Music Club3:12
2."Top of the World"Shonen Knife3:55
3."Superstar"Sonic Youth4:06
4."(They Long to Be) Close to You"The Cranberries2:40
5."For All We Know"Bettie Serveert3:27
6."It's Going to Take Some Time"Dishwalla4:16
7."Solitaire"Sheryl Crow4:43
8."Hurting Each Other"Johnette Napolitano with Marc Moreland4:09
9."Yesterday Once More"Redd Kross3:58
10."Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft"Babes In Toyland4:06
11."Rainy Days and Mondays"Cracker3:44
12."Let Me Be the One"Matthew Sweet3:26
13."Bless the Beasts and Children"4 Non Blondes4:17
14."We've Only Just Begun"Grant Lee Buffalo3:51