Last of the Ghetto Astronauts

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Last of the Ghetto Astronauts
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Studio album by Matthew Good Band
Released July 24, 1995
Recorded 1995
Genre Alternative rock
Length 52:01
Label Independent / A&M Records
Producer John Shepp
Matthew Good Band chronology
15 Hours On A September Thursday (Demo)
(1994)15 Hours On A September Thursday (Demo)1994
Last of the Ghetto Astronauts
(1995)
Raygun
(1997)Raygun1997
Singles from Last of the Ghetto Astronauts
  1. "Alabama Motel Room"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Symbolistic White Walls"
    Released: June 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars [1]
Sputnikmusic 3.5/5 stars [2]

Last of the Ghetto Astronauts is the debut album of the Matthew Good Band. It was released independently in 1995 on a budget of roughly $5,000 CAD. With the singles "Alabama Motel Room" and "Symbolistic White Walls", the album achieved popularity, particularly in western Canada. The album was certified Gold in Canada on January 30, 2003.[3]

The band was originally going to go with another name ("Snowaxe" and "Gandalf" have been mentioned by Matthew Good), however a radio station in Vancouver played "Alabama Motel Room" and announced the band as the Matthew Good Band, at which point it stuck.

Album covers[edit]

Last of the Ghetto Astronauts has two album covers: the original, independent cover, with cursive writing along the bottom and the band name featured prominently, and the subsequent production company release, which uses block letters and a different text layout. Both albums have the same pictures.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Matthew Good, except where noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Alabama Motel Room" (Good, Lloyd, Browne) 3:18
2. "Symbolistic White Walls" 4:30
3. "She's Got a New Disguise" 6:17
4. "Native Son" 4:52
5. "Vermilion" 4:49
6. "Every Name Is My Name" 4:00
7. "Haven't Slept in Years" 3:23
8. "Radio Bomb" 3:09
9. "Fearless" 5:15
10. "The War Is Over" ("The War is Over" ends at 7:56; a hidden track called "Omissions of the Omen" begins at 9:03) 12:33

Miscellanea[edit]

  • The album's title comes from a six-minute song of the same name on Good's 1994 demo 15 Hours on a September Thursday.
  • Two of the songs on Last of the Ghetto Astronauts were re-released on the EP Raygun (1996). Whereas the recording of "Alabama Motel Room" on Raygun is identical to that which appears on Last of the Ghetto Astronauts, the Raygun version of "Haven't Slept in Years" is completely redone (to the satisfaction of many fans).
  • Not a single electric guitar was employed in the recording of this album. All guitars heard on the album were either acoustics or acoustics run through Marshall amplifiers.
  • Two songs were cut from the album. One was "Sharks of Downtown", a song which the band performed at Much Music Headquarters in June, 1996. The other was called "Revenge". A video was posted on Geoff Lloyd's Facebook memorial page in 2010, showing the band working on the song during the recording of the album. Charlie Quintana helped record drums along with Ian Browne for it. The video was taken down and is no longer available.

Personnel[edit]

Note: Terry Brown mixed tracks 1 & 2
  • George Leger - Mastering
  • George Jenkins - Layout & Design
  • Recorded at Utopia Parkway Studios, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
  • Manufacturer: Darktown Records
  • Distributor: A&M Records, a division of PolyGram Inc.
  • Words and music by Matthew Good
Except "Alabama Motel Room", music by Good/Lloyd/Browne

References[edit]

  1. ^ Last of the Ghetto Astronauts at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Matthew Good Band - Last Of The Ghetto Astronauts (album review)". Sputnikmusic. 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2012-02-27. 
  3. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved April 1, 2017.