My Own Prison

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My Own Prison
Creed My Own Prison.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedAugust 26, 1997 (1997-08-26)
ProducerJohn Kurzweg
Creed chronology
My Own Prison
Human Clay
Singles from My Own Prison
  1. "My Own Prison"
    Released: October 15, 1997
  2. "Torn"
    Released: May 23, 1998
  3. "What's This Life For"
    Released: June 9, 1998
  4. "One"
    Released: January 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]
Music Critic3.5/5 stars[3]
Rock Hard9/10 stars[4]

My Own Prison is the debut studio album by American rock band Creed, released on August 26, 1997. It has been certified six times platinum and is one of the top 200 selling albums of all time in the United States.[citation needed] The person kneeling on the album's cover is Justin Brown, a friend of the band. The picture was taken by guitarist Mark Tremonti's brother, Daniel, for a photography class.[5] It has spent over 150 weeks on the catalog albums chart and over 110 weeks on the Billboard 200.[6] The album received generally positive reviews from critics.[7][8] The album had five music videos created for it: "My Own Prison" in 1997, followed by "Torn" and three versions of "What's This Life For" in 1998.


For the band's debut release manager Jeff Hanson matched them up with John Kurzweg, a producer friend who, with his unobtrusive production style and talents as a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, he felt was a great fit.[9] Together the album was recorded for $6,000, which was funded by Hanson. My Own Prison was originally released independently on their own record label, Blue Collar Records, in 1997. The album was distributed to Florida radio stations, and their enthusiasm for the record helped it sell 6,000 copies in the first two months in Florida alone.[9]

Commercial performance[edit]

Over the course of Creed's career, the album has gone on to sell six million copies in the United States alone, being certified 6x Platinum by the RIAA in 2002.[10]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Scott Stapp and Mark Tremonti.

3."My Own Prison"5:00
4."Pity for a Dime"5:29
5."In America"5:00
9."What's This Life For"4:08
Total length:49:10


Credits adapted from album liner notes.[11]


End of decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999) Position
U.S. Billboard 200[15] 92


  • The song "What's This Life For" was featured in the film Halloween H20: 20 Years Later in 1998.
  • The song "Bound and Tied" was featured on the soundtrack to the film Dead Man on Campus in 1998.
  • The song "Unforgiven" was featured in the video game Gran Turismo 2 in 1999.
  • The song "Pity for a Dime" was featured on the soundtrack to the movie Jailbait! in 2000.
  • The song "My Own Prison" was featured in the movie Bang Bang You're Dead in 2002.


  1. ^ a b Allmusic review
  2. ^ Pareles, Jon (September 18, 1998). "Pop Review; Grunge Gets Religion, and It's Not Pretty". The New York Times. Retrieved April 8, 2018.
  3. ^ "My Own Prison - Album and Concert Reviews @ : the source for music reviews, interviews, articles, and news on the internet". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
  4. ^ Schnädelbach, Buffo. "Rock Hard". issue 142. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  5. ^ "?". Archived from the original on 2006-12-21. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  6. ^ "My Own Prison - Creed". Billboard. Retrieved January 2012. Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)
  7. ^ Blogs, Acrn (1 October 2013). "ACRN's Smells Like The '90s: Creed". Retrieved 5 July 2017.
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  9. ^ a b "Interview With Jeff Hanson". HitQuarters. 13 Sep 2010. Retrieved 5 Oct 2010.
  10. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2015-11-06. Retrieved 2012-03-02.
  11. ^ My Own Prison liner notes. Wind-up Records. 1997. p. 7.
  12. ^ "Creed Billboard Albums Chart". Billboard.
  13. ^ "Canadian certifications". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on June 1, 2012. Retrieved November 17, 2012.
  14. ^ "RIAA - Gold & Platinum". Recording Industry Association of America.
  15. ^ Geoff Mayfield (December 25, 1999). 1999 The Year in Music Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade - The listing of Top Pop Albums of the '90s & Hot 100 Singles of the '90s. Billboard. Retrieved October 15, 2010.