Plays Pretty for Baby

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Plays Pretty for Baby
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Studio album by Nation of Ulysses
Released October 6, 1992
Recorded Inner Ear Studios
Genre Post-hardcore
Length 49:42
Label Dischord
Producer Ian MacKaye
Nation of Ulysses chronology
13-Point Program to Destroy America
(1991)
Plays Pretty for Baby
(1992)
The Embassy Tapes
(2000)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Sputnikmusic 4/5 stars[2]

Plays Pretty for Baby is the second album by the American punk rock band Nation of Ulysses.

Tracks 14-16 on the CD are not on the original album, and are taken from the 7" EP Birth of the Ulysses Aesthetic.

"The Sound of Jazz to Come" and "50,000 Watts of Goodwill" reference the opening track of A Love Supreme by John Coltrane in their respective openings, while the former references the similarly titled Ornette Coleman album, The Shape of Jazz to Come.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "N-Sub Ulysses" − 3:32
  2. "A Comment on Ritual" − 2:27
  3. "The Hickey Underworld" − 2:50
  4. "Perpetual Motion Machine" − 2:33
  5. "N.O.U. Future Vision Hypothesis" − 3:09
  6. "50,000 Watts of Goodwill" − 4:05
  7. "Maniac Dragstrip" − 2:59
  8. "Last Train to Cool" − 3:27
  9. "Shakedown" − 3:27
  10. "Mockingbird, Yeah!" − 2:59
  11. "Depression III" − 3:27
  12. "S.S. Exploder" − 2:27
  13. "The Kingdom of Heaven Must Be Taken by Storm" − 2:12
  14. "The Sound of Jazz to Come" − 4:42
  15. "N.O.U.S.P.T.D.A." − 2:51
  16. "Presidents of Vice" − 2:35

Personnel[edit]

Nation of Ulysses
  • James Canty - "The Exploder" (drums)
  • Steve Gamboa - "The Grumbler and sometimes the Mumbler" (bass)
  • Tim Green - "The Squealer and the Crackler" (guitar)
  • Steve Kroner - "The Scraper and the Howler" (guitar)
  • Ian Svenonius - "The Sobber, the Roarer, the Hisser, and the Whisperer" (vocals, trumpet)
Background vocals, credited as the "Doo-Wop Assembly"
Production

References[edit]

  1. ^ Butler, Blake. "Plays Pretty for Baby - The Nation of Ulysses". Allmusic. Retrieved December 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "The Nation of Ulysses - Plays Pretty for Baby (staff review)". Sputnikmusic. August 16, 2007. Retrieved December 15, 2011.