Pet Your Friends

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Pet Your Friends
Pet Your Friends Album Cover.jpg
Studio album by Dishwalla
Released August 22, 1995
Recorded April-September 1994
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge
Length 53:40
Label A&M
Producer Andy Kravitz, Mark Mazzetti, Phil Nicolo, Dishwalla
Dishwalla chronology
Pet Your Friends
And You Think You Know What Life's About
(1998)And You Think You Know What Life's About1998
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Pet Your Friends is the debut album by American alternative rock band Dishwalla. It was released in 1995 on A&M Records. The album produced the hit single "Counting Blue Cars" (the third single off the album and only one to gain widespread success), which was a Top 40 favorite. However, the song also caused the group to gain somewhat of a one-hit wonder status because of it. Still, the album's fourth single, "Charlie Brown's Parents", was quite popular at concerts, although it was not a very successful single in terms of sales. An acoustic version of "Counting Blue Cars" which featured an extended bridge was also popular on radio.

The image used for the cover of the album is taken from the August 23, 1948 Life Magazine cover. The cover story talks about a seventeen-year-old girl who became friends with a friend's pet deer while swimming one day.[2]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Dishwalla (J.R. Richards, Rodney Browning, Scott Alexander, Jim Wood, and George Pendergast), except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Pretty Babies" Dishwalla, Kolanek 5:30
2. "Haze"   4:21
3. "Counting Blue Cars" Dishwalla, Kolanek 4:51
4. "Explode"   3:02
5. "Charlie Brown's Parents" Dishwalla, Kolanek 5:15
6. "Give"   5:25
7. "Miss Emma Peel"   4:06
8. "Moisture" Dishwalla, Kolanek 5:23
9. "The Feeder"   3:58
10. "All She Can See" Dishwalla, Kolanek 3:45
11. "Only for So Long"   2:58
12. "Interview with St. Etienne" (hidden track)   4:27
Total length: 53:40


  • J.R. Richards – lead vocals, keyboards, piano, organ, Hammond Organ, Roland Juno 60
  • Rodney Browning – guitar, backing vocals
  • Scott Alexander – bass, backing vocals, tabla, bells, Roland Juno 60
  • George Pendergast – drums, percussion, backing vocals
Additional personnel
  • Ian Cross - Asst Engineer
  • Andy Kravitz - Programming, Additional Production, Engineer
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering
  • Phil Nicolo - Programming, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • David Young - Executive Producer
  • Dishwalla - Programming, Producer
  • Eric Flickinger - Assistant Engineer
  • Michael Lavine - Photography
  • Dirk Grobelny - Engineer
  • Mark Mazzetti - Executive Producer, A&R
  • Sunja Park - Art Direction
  • Tulio Torrinello, Jr. - Assistant Engineer
  • Jone Pedersen - Cover Model
  • Jon Brenneis - Photography

Chart positions[edit]

Chart (1996) Peak
Billboard 200 (US)[3] 89
Top Heatseekers (US) 1


Year Title Chart Position
1996 "Counting Blue Cars" Billboard Hot 100 (US)[4] 15
Mainstream Rock Tracks (US)[5] 2
Alternative Songs (US)[6] 1
Adult Pop Songs (US)[7] 5
Pop Songs (US)[8] 4
"Charlie Brown's Parents" Mainstream Rock Tracks (US)[5] 24
1997 "Give" Adult Pop Songs (US)[7] 26