Red House Painters (October 1993 album)

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Red House Painters
Red House Painters Bridge.jpg
Studio album by Red House Painters
Released October 18, 1993
Recorded Summer 1992 - Spring 1993
Genre Folk rock, sadcore
Length 45:00
Language English
Label 4AD
Producer Mark Kozelek
Red House Painters chronology
Red House Painters
Red House Painters
Shock Me EP
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork 7.9/10[3]

Red House Painters (also known as Bridge or Red House Painters II to distinguish it from the first eponymous album, also known as Rollercoaster or Red House Painters I) is the third album by the group Red House Painters, released in autumn 1993 by 4AD. The album is made up of songs from the same recording sessions for Rollercoaster.

At the beginning of the album opener "Evil," the faint laughter of Mark Kozelek and the barely audible voice of a woman playfully saying "No" can be heard. The album includes two covers: a sunny version of "I Am a Rock" by Simon and Garfunkel; and Francis Scott Key's "The Star-Spangled Banner", which displays an off-beat dark humor. In the US, 4AD added the Shock Me EP as bonus tracks to the CD when the RHP catalog was reissued in 1999, to bring the total number of tracks to 12.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Mark Kozelek, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Evil"   7:20
2. "Bubble"   5:31
3. "I Am a Rock" Paul Simon 5:32
4. "Helicopter" Kozelek, Jerry Vessel 5:22
5. "New Jersey" (Electric Version)   4:24
6. "Uncle Joe"   5:58
7. "Blindfold"   8:26
8. "The Star-Spangled Banner" Francis Scott Key, John Stafford Smith 2:28
Bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Shock Me" Ace Frehley 4:49
10. "Sundays and Holidays"   3:00
11. "Three-Legged Cat"   1:41
12. "Shock Me" (Acoustic) / "(Untitled Instrumental)" (Hidden Track) Frehley; Kozelek 10:40

Release history[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United Kingdom October 18, 1993 4AD CD CAD 3016 CD
LP CAD 3016
July 6, 1998 CD (reissue) GAD 3016 CD
United States October 19, 1993 Warner Bros. Records CD 9 45441-2
November 2, 1999 4AD CD (reissue with 4 bonus tracks) GAD 3016 CD
Japan January 26, 1994 Nippon Columbia CD COCY-75898


"I Am a Rock"/"New Jersey" single[edit]

Although no commercial singles were ever released from the album, a promotional-only CD single was issued for "I Am a Rock" in October 1993. In the US, a one-track promo featuring the radio edit was released; similarly, in the UK, a double A-side promo single, backed with "New Jersey" (Electric Version), was issued.[4]

Warner Bros./4AD, PRO-CD-5498:

  1. "I Am a Rock" (Edit) – 4:44

4AD, RHP 1 CD (UK):

  1. "I Am a Rock" – 5:32
  2. "New Jersey" (Electric Version) – 4:24