Licker Bottle Cozy

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Licker Bottle Cozy
EP by Grinspoon
Released 16 December 1996 (1996-12-16)
Recorded July 1996
Ultimo Studios (Sydney)
Genre Post-grunge
Alternative metal
Length 13:35
Label Grudge (MCA), Universal
Producer Grinspoon, Phil McKellar
Grinspoon chronology
Licker Bottle Cozy
Guide to Better Living
(1997)Guide to Better Living1997

Licker Bottle Cozy, was the second EP by the Australian rock band Grinspoon. The EP was initially released by Grudge Records Australia (a sub-label of MCA Australia) on 16 December 1996. It was recorded by Phil McKellar in July of that year and was of a significantly better sound quality than their first EP. Two of the tracks, "Post Enebriated Anxiety" and "Champion" were included unchanged in their debut album Guide to Better Living. It was released in the United States by Universal Records in March 1997.[1] The EP reached No. 65 on the ARIA Singles Chart in January 1997 and No. 25 on the CMJ's 'Metal Top 25' in 1998.[2]


A few months after the band had won national youth broadcaster, Triple J's inaugural Unearthed competition they signed with Brisbane independent record label, Oracle, who gave them a distribution deal. Grinspoon recorded their debut self-titled EP in two days at Grevillia Studios in Brisbane.

After parting ways with their first manager they started working with Apollo Artist Management. They recorded Licker Bottle Cozy in July 1996 at ABC's Ultimo Studios in Sydney, with Phil McKellar,[3] who had produced their first single, "Sickfest". The EP was self-financed [4] from the money the band had earnt from performing endlessly. They were planning to release it through Oracle but just before they were about to send the master disc off to be pressed, MCA (Australia)'s new label Grudge picked them up and signed them.[4]

The artwork is comic book inspired with some pictures of band members arranged in a collage. The CD itself has written on it "Use By 31 Dec 96", and since that date the EP has not been widely available and can only be purchased from the Grinspoon website.


Stephen Elerwine (AllMusic) describes it as "a promising debut from the Australian metal combo that demonstrates their way with a riff. Occasionally, their songs don't amount to much more than hard-hitting riffs, but they have an appealingly tough sound and memorable hooks that make them ones to watch."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Jamieson, Phil,[6] except as noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Post Enebriated Anxiety" (Davern, Pat; Jamieson, Phil) 2:38
2. "Pig Pen" 2:20
3. "Champion" (Hansen, Joe; Jamieson, Phil) 2:42
4. "Butcher" 3:58
5. "Freezer" (Jamieson, F; Jamieson, Phil) 1:57


Chart (1997) Peak
Australian ARIA Singles Chart 65


Format Country Label Catalogue No. Year
CD AUS Grunge/MCA (Australia) MCD 73025 1996
7" vinyl MCV73025
CD US Universal UD-53151 1997


  • Don Bartley - mastering
  • Phil McKellar - producer, recording, sound engineering


  1. ^ Reece, Doug (12 September 1998). "Popular Uprisings". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media: 30. 
  2. ^ Christie, Ian (October 1998). "Metal Top 25". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Holdings: 67. 
  3. ^ Nimmervoll, Ed. "Grinspoon". Howlspace – The Living History of Our Music. White Room Electronic Publishing Pty Ltd (Ed Nimmervoll). Archived from the original on 27 July 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  4. ^ a b "Are the Grinners Sinners?". Faster Louder Pty Ltd. 16 December 2004. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  5. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Licker Bottle Cozy [EP] - Grinspoon". AllMusic. All Media Network, LLC. Retrieved 7 April 2015. 
  6. ^ "'Post Enebriated Anxiety' at APRA search engine". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 17 November 2015. Retrieved 7 April 2015.  Note: User may have to click 'Search again' and provide details at 'Enter a title:' e.g Post Enebriated Anxiety; or at 'Performer:' Grinspoon