King of the Beach (Wavves album)

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King of the Beach
King of the Beach (Front Cover).png
Studio album by Wavves
Released August 3, 2010 (2010-08-03)
Recorded Sweet Tea Studios
Length 36:42
Label Fat Possum (US), Bella Union (UK)
Producer Dennis Herring
Wavves chronology
King of the Beach
Life Sux
(2011)Life Sux2011
Singles from King of the Beach
  1. "Post Acid"
    Released: June 9, 2010
  2. "King of the Beach"
    Released: 2010
  3. "Stained Glass (Won't Let Me Into Yr Heart)"
    Released: January 11, 2011
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 72/100[6]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Consequence of Sound 4/5 stars[7]
Drowned in Sound (8/10)[8]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[9]
Mojo 4/5 stars[10]
MusicOMH 4/5 stars[11]
NME (6/10)[12]
Pitchfork Media (8.4/10)[13]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[14]
Spin Magazine 4/5 stars[2]
Slant Magazine 2.5/5 stars[15]

King of the Beach is the third studio album by the American band Wavves. It was set to be released in the USA by Fat Possum Records and in the UK by Bella Union Records on August 3, 2010, but digital copies became available July 1 as a result of early leaks.[16] Pitchfork Media placed it at number 50 on its list "The Top 50 Albums of 2010".[17] Nathan Williams on Twitter has confirmed that most of the material from the album was originally demoes that he had written with drummer Zach Hill of Hella and Death Grips.


Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "King of the Beach" Nathan Williams 2:38
2. "Super Soaker" Williams 2:29
3. "Idiot" Williams 2:50
4. "When Will You Come" Williams 2:35
5. "Post Acid" Williams 2:09
6. "Take On the World" Williams 2:42
7. "Baseball Cards" Williams 3:02
8. "Convertible Balloon" Billy Hayes 2:23
9. "Green Eyes" Williams 3:47
10. "Mickey Mouse" Williams/Spector/Barry/Greenwich 3:53
11. "Linus Spacehead" Steven Pope 3:14
12. "Baby Say Goodbye" Hayes 5:11
Total length: 36:42
  • "Mickey Mouse" contains samples from Da Doo Ron Ron by The Crystals
  • The Japanese CD replaces track 10 "Mickey Mouse" with "Mutant", and adds a bonus track "Stained Glass".



Year Chart Position
2010 U.S. Billboard 200[19] 168
Top Heatseekers 3
Independent Albums 28
Tastemakers Albums 10

As of 2011 it has sold 18,563 copies in United States according to Nielsen SoundScan. [20]


  • Nathan Williams - vocals, guitar, keyboards, additional percussion, drums on "When Will You Come".[21]
  • Stephen Pope - bass, baritone guitar, synthesisers.
  • Billy Hayes - drums, keyboards, vocals on "Baby Say Goodbye".

Album cover[edit]

In interviews, Nathan Williams has stated that the album cover is a cartoon version of Snacks, his pet cat.[22]


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