Pure Rock Fury

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Pure Rock Fury
Clutch - Pure Rock Fury.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 13, 2001
RecordedSeptember 2000
GenreStoner rock, blues rock, funk metal, alternative metal, hardcore punk
ProducerUncle Punchy, Machine, Clutch
Clutch chronology
Jam Room
Pure Rock Fury
Live at the Googolplex
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Pure Rock Fury is the fifth full-length album by the band Clutch released on March 13, 2001, and is the only album release with Atlantic Records. The album liner notes state that it is dedicated to Ronnie True.[2]

Album Information[edit]

This album features guest appearances by Scott "Wino" Weinrich from Spirit Caravan, Leslie West from Mountain, and Dan and Joe from Sixty Watt Shaman, highlighting the band's habit of having musical contemporaries play on their albums.[3]

The album yielded a minor hit with "Careful With That Mic...", a Rap Metal parody, which CMJ complimented for its clever rhymes, which then adds the genre Rap Metal to the band's already long list of styles on their albums.[4] The song "Immortal" was originally released with different lyrics and arrangement as the song "Baby I'm Down" by Leslie West on his debut album Mountain. Clutch rearranged it and changed the lyrics somewhat, and it features a guitar solo by the original author, Leslie West, on it, who then had his band Mountain cover this Clutch version on their Mystic Fire album the following year.

Clutch vocalist Neil Fallon has stated that of all Clutch's albums, this is his least favourite.[5]

In popular culture[edit]

The song "Immortal" is featured in the video game Hitman: Contracts. The song "Pure Rock Fury" is featured in the video game MotorStorm: Pacific Rift.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Clutch except where noted.

1."American Sleep" 4:18
2."Pure Rock Fury" 3:21
3."Open Up the Border" 3:45
4."Careful with That Mic..." 3:27
5."Red Horse Rainbow" 5:58
6."The Great Outdoors!" 3:47
7."Smoke Banshee" 3:33
8."Frankenstein" 5:41
9."Sinkemlow" 3:55
10."Immortal" (cover/revision of the Mountain/Leslie West song "Baby I'm Down")Music: Leslie West - Lyrics: Neil Fallon/Leslie West3:39
11."Brazenhead" 6:28
12."Drink to the Dead" 5:58
13."Spacegrass (Live)" 7:28
Total length:61:24


  • Neil Fallon – vocals, guitars on "Brazenhead", organ on "Careful With That Mic..."
  • Tim Sult - guitar
  • Dan Maines - bass
  • Jean-Paul Gaster - drums
  • Scott "Wino" Weinrich - Guitar solo on "Red Horse Rainbow" (left channel), guitars on "Brazenhead"
  • Heartbeat - congas on "Frankenstein" and "Brazenhead", additional vocals on "Brazenhead"
  • Leslie West - guitars and additional vocals on "Immortal"
  • Dan Kerzwyck (Sixty Watt Shaman) - additional vocals on "Sinkemlow"
  • Joe Selby (Sixty Watt Shaman) - guitar solo on "Frankenstein" (right channel)
  • Machine - additional vocals on "Careful With That Mic..."


  • All songs Produced by Lawrence "Uncle Punchy" Packer:
    "Open Up the Border" produced by Machine and Uncle Punchy
    "Careful With That Mic..." & "Drink to the Dead" produced by Machine
    "Immortal" produced by Jason Corsaro & Leslie West
  • All songs Recorded by Larry Packer at Uncle Punchy Studios, Silverspring, MD except:
    "Careful With That Mic..." recorded by Machine at IIWII, Weehawken, NJ, The Machine Shop, Hoboken, NJ and Uncle Punchy Studios
    "Immortal" recorded by Jason Corsaro at Show Place Studios, Dover, NJ
  • All songs mixed by Jason Corsaro at Show Place Studios, Dover, NJ except:
    "Careful With That Mic...", "Red Horse Rainbow" & "Drink to the Dead" mixed by Uncle Punchy
  • All songs Engineered by Ben Elliott and Assisted by Henry "Earthquake" Diaz, except:
    "Careful With That Mic...", "Drink to the Dead" and "Spacegrass"
  • Live portions of "Smoke Banshee", "Frankenstein" & "Brazenhead" recorded by Larry Packer at The 9:30 Club, Washington, D.C., September 2000
    F.O.H. engineer: Shawn (Gus) Vitale
  • All songs mastered by Larry Packer at Uncle Punchy Studios
  • Executive Producers: Neil Fallon, Jean-Paul Gaster, Dan Maines, Tim Sult

Chart positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
2001 The Billboard 200 #135
2001 Top Heatseekers #5


Year Song Chart Position
2001 "Careful With That Mic..." Mainstream Rock Tracks #24


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Pro Rock". www.pro-rock.com. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  3. ^ "CLUTCH : Discography". www.pro-rock.com. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  4. ^ CMJ New Music Monthly - Google Books. Books.google.com. April 2001. Retrieved 2012-03-06.
  5. ^ "Interview: Going Deep Into All Things Clutch With Singer Neil Fallon". blogcritics.org. 2010-11-22. Retrieved 2015-02-08.