Satellite Rides

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Satellite Rides
Old 97s-Satellite Rides.jpg
Studio album by Old 97's
Released March 20, 2001
Recorded Peternales Studios in Austin, Texas
Genre Alternative country
Length 44:26
Label Elektra
Producer Wally Gagel
Old 97's chronology
Early Tracks EP
Satellite Rides
Drag It Up
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Consumer Guide A[2]
Entertainment Weekly B+[3]
Los Angeles Times 3.5/4 stars[4]
Rolling Stone 3.5/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4.5/5 stars[6]
USA Today 3/4 stars[7]

Satellite Rides is the fifth studio album by American country/rock band Old 97's, first released in the second quarter of 2001 (see 2001 in music). Though track 9, "Weightless", refers to outer space while the chorus croons "ride on, ride on" to an unspecified audience, the album's title does not appear in the lyrics but was later used for the song "In The Satellite Rides A Star" on the band's follow-up album, 2004's Drag It Up.

Lyrically, the songs have lead singer and songwriter Rhett Miller writing about characters other than himself, albeit personal references remain. "Rollerskate Skinny" is a song about actress Winona Ryder, whom Miller very briefly dated;[8] the title refers to Holden Caulfield's description of his sister in the novel The Catcher in the Rye, while "Buick City Complex" refers to workers affected by General Motors' decision to close its failed mega-factory in Flint, Michigan. Miller wrote the song "Am I Too Late" for his grandmother, Ahnece Pugh. The album features two songs sung by bassist Murry Hammond, "Up The Devil's Pay" and "Can't Get A Line".

"Question" is often performed live with a French verse. Miller re-recorded "Question" and "Singular Girl" with a full band for his 2006 solo album, The Believer.

"Satellite Rides" is also a pseudonym under which the band plays, including a show at the Tractor Tavern in Seattle, Washington on August 31, 2008.

Soundtrack appearances[edit]

"Question" was used in a commercial for Fuse TV network in the United States. It featured sock puppets. "Question" was also used in the season 2 episode 15, "His Story" of Scrubs, when Turk proposes to Carla, originally broadcast on January 16, 2003. "Question" was used in the season 1 episode 19, "Young Hearts Spark Fire" of Scorpion, originally broadcast on March 23, 2015.

"King of All the World" was used in the film Out Cold.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "King of All the World" - 2:52
  2. "Rollerskate Skinny" - 3:52
  3. "Buick City Complex" - 3:39
  4. "Bird in a Cage" - 3:48
  5. "Up the Devil's Pay" (vocals by Murry Hammond) - 3:49
  6. "What I Wouldn't Do" - 3:47
  7. "Question" - 2:15
  8. "Am I Too Late" - 2:32
  9. "Weightless" - 3:45
  10. "Can't Get a Line" (vocals by Murry Hammond) - 2:52
  11. "Designs on You" - 3:49
  12. "Book of Poems" - 3:32
  13. "Nervous Guy" - 3:56

Early pressings of the album included an EP of five songs recorded live at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California on September 25, 1999 for local radio station, KFOG, and one leftover studio track:

  1. "Barrier Reef" (Live) - 3:47
  2. "Victoria" (Live) - 4:02
  3. "Nineteen" (Live) - 3:27
  4. "Timebomb" (Live) - 3:37
  5. "Valentine" (Live) - 3:18
  6. "Singular Girl" - 4:15



  1. ^ Horowitz, Hal. "Satellite Rides – Old 97's". AllMusic. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "Consumer Guide Drafts for Rhapsody, 2007". Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  3. ^ Sullivan, James (March 23, 2001). "Satellite Rides". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Appleford, Steve (March 18, 2001). "Old 97's 'Satellite Rides,' Elektra". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  5. ^ Sheffield, Rob (March 5, 2001). "Old 97's: Satellite Rides". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on October 2, 2007. Retrieved April 28, 2016. 
  6. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian, eds. (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide. Simon & Schuster. pp. 602–03. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8. 
  7. ^ Gundersen, Edna (March 27, 2001). "Old 97's, Satellite Rides". USA Today. Retrieved October 3, 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  8. ^ Hepola, Sarah (March 16, 2006). "After Last Call". Nerve.