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
Released September 13, 1994 (1994-09-13)
Genre Alternative rock
Length 49:06
Label A&M
Producer Matt Wallace & Dave Konjoyan
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly A−[2]
Los Angeles Times 2.5/4 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 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.


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. American Music Club - "Goodbye to Love" (3:12)
  2. Shonen Knife - "Top of the World" (3:55)
  3. Sonic Youth - "Superstar" (4:06)
  4. The Cranberries - "(They Long to Be) Close to You" (2:40)
  5. Bettie Serveert - "For All We Know" (3:27)
  6. Dishwalla - "It's Going to Take Some Time" (4:16)
  7. Sheryl Crow - "Solitaire" (4:43)
  8. Johnette Napolitano with Marc Moreland - "Hurting Each Other" (4:09)
  9. Redd Kross - "Yesterday Once More" (3:58)
  10. Babes In Toyland - "Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft" (4:06)
  11. Cracker - "Rainy Days and Mondays" (3:44)
  12. Matthew Sweet - "Let Me Be the One" (3:26)
  13. 4 Non Blondes - "Bless the Beasts and Children" (4:17)
  14. Grant Lee Buffalo - "We've Only Just Begun" (3:51)