Mezcal Head

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Mezcal Head
MezcalHead.jpg
Studio album by Swervedriver
Released 5 August 1993
Recorded Trident 2,
Famous Castle,
First Protocol,
Splatterhouse Studios,
Broadwater Farm
Genre
Length 48:58 (UK release)
60:47 (US release)
Label
Producer
Swervedriver chronology
Raise
(1991)Raise1991
Mezcal Head
(1993)
Ejector Seat Reservation
(1995)Ejector Seat Reservation1995

Mezcal Head is the second album released by the British alternative rock band Swervedriver released in 5 August 1993 under Creation Records in the United Kingdom and on A&M Records in the United States.

Background and release[edit]

In 1993, Swervedriver re-emerged with the core of Adam Franklin and Jimmy Hartridge, along with newly recruited drummer Jez Hindmarsh (a.k.a. "Jez"), and released the album Mezcal Head. The album gave them their most successful single, "Duel" (NME's Single of the Week), for which a music video was released. Adam and Jimmy both perform bass on the album as they were left without a bassist when Adi Vines departed before recording began. "Never Lose That Feeling," from the 1992 EP of the same name, and the extended krautrock/drone/saxophone instrumental "Never Learn" were added as a bonus track to the U.S. version of the CD. Swervedriver toured U.S. arenas with Smashing Pumpkins and Shudder to Think in October and November 1993.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubA[2]
Entertainment WeeklyB[3]
Mojo4/5 stars[4]
NME8/10[5]
Pitchfork8.0/10[6]
PopMatters9/10[7]
Q3/5 stars[8]
Spectrum Culture4.5/5 stars[9]

Mezcal Head was ranked at number 265 on Spin's "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)" list.[10] Alternative Press also ranked the album at numbers 39 and 90 on its "90 Greatest Albums of the 90s" and "Top 99 Albums of '85 to '95" lists respectively.[11][12] Pitchfork ranked the album at number 10 on its list of "The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time" in 2016.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All music composed by Swervedriver, except where noted.

No.TitleLength
1."For Seeking Heat"3:48
2."Duel"6:19
3."Blowin' Cool"3:55
4."MM Abduction"2:51
5."Last Train to Satansville"6:45
6."Harry & Maggie"5:27
7."A Change Is Gonna Come"4:01
8."Girl on a Motorbike"4:09
9."Duress" (written by Marc Waterman)8:03
10."You Find It Everywhere"4:10
Bonus track

More information[edit]

The U.K. CD has "Mickey" and "Dragging It Under" printed on the CD as tracks 4 and 6. The U.S. CD has "Harry and Maggie (Dragging It Under)" printed on the CD as track 6. The U.S. promo is identical to the official release except that it has the word "PROMOTIONAL" printed on the CD. The Japanese edition comes with a biography and lyrics.[14]

The tracks Duel and Last Train to Satansville were featured in the Sega Saturn, Sony PlayStation and 3DO versions of the game Road Rash.

The track "Duel" was featured on the 2008 video game Burnout Paradise. "Mezcal" is censored from the song's album listing in the game due to connotations with alcoholic beverages.

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rabid, Jack. "Mezcal Head – Swervedriver". AllMusic. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  2. ^ Modell, Josh (10 February 2009). "Swervedriver: Raise / Mezcal Head". The A.V. Club. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  3. ^ "Swervedriver: Mezcal Head". Entertainment Weekly: 74. 29 October 1993. 
  4. ^ "Swervedriver: Mezcal Head". Mojo: 119. [T]his Oxford quartet mixed post-Sonic Youth tuff gnarl with metal-Morricone menace, pachydermal Crazy Horse grooves and acres of billowing low-end. 
  5. ^ "Swervedriver: Mezcal Head". NME: 36. 25 September 1993. 
  6. ^ Tangari, Joe (2 April 2009). "Swervedriver: Raise / Mezcal Head". Pitchfork. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  7. ^ Bergstrom, John (5 February 2009). "Swervedriver: Raise / Mezcal Head". PopMatters. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  8. ^ "Swervedriver: Mezcal Head". Q (86): 137. November 1993. 
  9. ^ Spadea, Jory (26 January 2009). "Swervedriver: Raise / Mezcal Head". Spectrum Culture. Retrieved 8 October 2017. 
  10. ^ Unterberger, Andrew (11 May 2015). "The 300 Best Albums of the Past 30 Years (1985–2014)". Spin. Retrieved 6 August 2015. 
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  13. ^ "The 50 Best Shoegaze Albums of All Time". Pitchfork. 24 October 2016. p. 5. Retrieved 13 December 2016. 
  14. ^ Swervedriver Discography Archived 2007-12-15 at the Wayback Machine.

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