Rarities (The Presidents of the United States of America album)

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Compilation album by The Presidents of the United States of America
Released November 1, 1997
Recorded 1992-1997
Genre Alternative rock
Pop punk
Length 36:48
Label Sony Music Japan
Producer Dave Dederer, Jason Finn, Chris Ballew
The Presidents of the United States of America chronology
Pure Frosting
(1998)Pure Frosting1998

Rarities is a compilation album by The Presidents of the United States of America. It was released exclusively in Japan on November 1, 1997.

It includes early and live versions of songs from the band's first two albums, a few rare b-sides, and one brand new track, "Novocaine Hurricane". "Video Killed the Radio Star" is a cover of the song by The Buggles, which is a song the band has performed live at almost every concert they've done. They had previously released a live version of it as a b-side, and they later recorded another studio version for the soundtrack to The Wedding Singer (that version was also included on the compilation album, Pure Frosting). "Ça plane pour moi" is a cover of a French song by Plastic Bertrand.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Chris Ballew unless otherwise noted.

  1. "Japan" – 2:33
  2. "Kitty (Clean Version)" – 3:23
  3. "Volcano (4 Track Original)" – 3:11
  4. "Too Much Monkey Business" (Chuck Berry) – 2:11
  5. "Video Killed the Radio Star (Studio Version)" (Geoffrey Downes, Trevor Horn, Bruce Woolley) – 3:10
  6. "Lump (4 Track Original)" – 2:40
  7. "Stranger (4 Track Original)" – 2:41
  8. "Kick Out the Jams (Live)" (Michael Davis, Robert Derminer, Wayne Kramer, Fred "Sonic" Smith) – 2:41
  9. "Peaches-Momo No Uta (Live)" – 3:07
  10. "Twig (Semi Acoustic Version)" – 2:56
  11. "Tiki God (Live)" – 3:09
  12. "Ça Plane Pour Moi" (Yvea Lacomblez, Lou De Pryck) – 1:54
  13. "Novocaine Hurricane" (Ballew, Dave Dederer) – 2:13