Marvin the Album

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Marvin the Album
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Studio album by Frente!
Released 24 November 1992
Recorded 1992
Genre Alternative rock
Length 39:32 (Australian)
41:13 (international)
83:49 (21st Anniversary Edition)
Label Festival Mushroom, Mammoth
Producer Frente!, Michael Koppelman, Daniel Denholm,
Frente! chronology
Clunk (EP)
(1992)Clunk (EP)1992
Marvin the Album
(1992)
Labour of Love (EP)
(1993)Labour of Love (EP)1993
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
NME (7/10)[2]
Q 4/5 stars[3]
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars[4]

Marvin the Album is the Australian alternative rock group Frente!'s debut album, released 24 November 1992 (26 April 1994 outside Australia), and recorded in 1992 at Platinum Studios in Melbourne, Australia. Music videos were made for the tracks "Accidently Kelly Street" [sic], "Ordinary Angels" and "No Time", each of which were also released as singles. Additional videos were made for "Lonely" and "Bizarre Love Triangle" when these tracks were appended to the international release.

Background[edit]

Marvin the Album was the debut album by Frente! released on 24 November 1992, which peaked at No. 5 on the ARIA Albums Chart.[5] It was produced by Daniel Denholm (Club Hoy), Michael Koppelman (Prince) and the band.[6] The album was certified platinum in Australia.[7] Two tracks of its tracks, "Ordinary Angels" and "Accidently Kelly Street", were placed on the ARIA End of Year Charts for 1992, at No. 20 and No. 29 respectively. At the ARIA Music Awards of 1993 the group won 'Breakthrough Artist – Album' for Marvin the Album and Breakthrough Artist – Single for "Ordinary Angels".[8] The album was also nominated for Best Cover Art (by Angie Hart and Louise Beach) and "Ordinary Angels" was nominated for Best Video (directed by Robbie Douglas-Turner).[8] Another single, "No Time", was released in February 1993, and peaked at No. 50 in March.[5]

Track listing[edit]

Original release[edit]

© 1992
  1. "Girl" (Angie Hart) - 2:42
  2. "Accidently Kelly Street" (Tim O' Connor) - 3:01 [sic] [9]
  3. "Most Beautiful" (Simon Austin) - 2:50
  4. "No Time" (O' Connor) - 3:18
  5. "Cuscatlan" (Austin) - 2:50
  6. "Pretty Friend" (O' Connor) - 3:01
  7. "1.9.0" (Mark Picton) - 2:35
  8. "Reflect" (Picton) - 3:20
  9. "Out of My Sight" (Picton) - 3:07
  10. "See/Believe" (Austin, O' Connor) - 2:53
  11. "Labour of Love" (Austin, Hart) - 3:19
  12. "Ordinary Angels" (Austin, Hart) - 3:08
  13. "Dangerous" (Austin) - 3:02

International version[edit]

© 1994
  1. "Girl" – 2:42
  2. "Labour of Love" – 3:01
  3. "Ordinary Angels" – 2:49
  4. "Lonely" – 3:23
  5. "Most Beautiful" – 2:50
  6. "Cuscutlan" – 3:00
  7. "Pretty Friend" – 2:35
  8. "No Time" – 3:20
  9. "Reflect" – 3:06
  10. "Explode" – 2:50
  11. "Accidently Kelly Street" – 3:21
  12. "See/Believe" – 3:06
  13. "Dangerous" – 3:00
  14. "Bizarre Love Triangle" – 2:01

Differences[edit]

  • "1.9.0" and "Out of My Sight" appear only on the original version
  • "Bizarre Love Triangle", "Explode", and "Lonely" appear only on the international version
  • The spelling of "Cuscatlan"/"Cuscutlan" is inconsistent.

"21st Anniversary Edition" (2014)[edit]

This reissue contains all the tracks from the original and international editions, together with an additional CD of early material.

CD1

  1. "Girl"
  2. "Accidently Kelly Street" [sic] [10]
  3. "Most Beautiful"
  4. "No Time"
  5. "Cuscatlan"
  6. "Pretty Friend"
  7. "1.9.0"
  8. "Reflect"
  9. "Out of My Sight"
  10. "See/Believe"
  11. "Labour of Love"
  12. "Ordinary Angels"
  13. "Dangerous"
  14. "Lonely"
  15. "Explode"
  16. "Bizarre Love Triangle"

CD2

  1. "Love And Terror"
  2. "Oh Brilliance"
  3. "Last To Know"
  4. "Labour Of Love" (Original)
  5. "Risk"
  6. "Baby Blue Sycophant"
  7. "Testimony"
  8. "Discipline And Deep Water"
  9. "Ordinary Angels" (Original)
  10. "Book Song"
  11. "Seamless"
  12. "Paper Bullets And Walls"
  13. "Nadi"
  14. "Somethin' Stupid (Stoopid)"
  15. "Blue"
  16. "Not Given Lightly"
  17. "I Will Miss You"

CD2 tracks 1-8 from the Whirled EP, 9-13 from the Clunk EP, 14-17 listed as "Rarities".

Personnel[edit]

  • Angie Hart - lead vocals
  • Simon Austin - guitar and backing vocals
  • Tim O'Connor - bass guitar
  • Mark Picton - drums

Charting[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
position
Certifications Sales/Shipments[11]
Australia (ARIA)[5] 5 Platinum[7] 70,000
New Zealand (RIANZ)[12] 4
US Billboard 200[13] 75
US Top Heatseekers[13] 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Frente!, 'Marvin the Album' (Mammoth)". NME. IPC Media (95): 44. 9 July 1994. 
  3. ^ "Frente!, 'Marvin the Album' (Mammoth)". Q. Bauer Media Group: 100. August 1994. 
  4. ^ "Frente!, 'Marvin the Album' (Mammoth)". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media (685): 73. 30 June 1994. 
  5. ^ a b c Hung, Steffen. "Discography Frente!". Australian Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 18 September 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  6. ^ Holmgren, Magnus. "Frente". Australian Rock Database. Passagen (Magnus Holmgren). Archived from the original on 8 February 2006. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  7. ^ a b Ryan, Gavin (2011). Australia's Music Charts 1988–2010. Mt. Martha, VIC, Australia: Moonlight Publishing. 
  8. ^ a b "ARIA Awards – History: Winners by Year 1993: 7th Annual ARIA Awards". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Archived from the original on 12 May 2009. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  9. ^ "Images for Frente! - Marvin The Album". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  10. ^ "Images for Frente! - Marvin The Album". Discogs.com. Retrieved 2012-03-01. 
  11. ^ Certification for every country in the world Archived 23 October 2009 at WebCite International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI). Retrieved 24 July 2016.
  12. ^ Hung, Steffen. "Discography Frente!". New Zealand Charts Portal. Hung Medien (Steffen Hung). Archived from the original on 27 August 2016. Retrieved 24 July 2016. 
  13. ^ a b "Frente! – Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 July 2016.