Shame (Brad album)

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Studio album by Brad
Released April 27, 1993
Recorded October 4–21, 1992 at Avast Recording Co., Seattle, Washington
Genre Alternative rock
Length 42:35
Language English
Label Epic, Loosegroove
Producer Brad
Brad chronology
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly (B-)[2]

Shame is the debut studio album by the American rock band Brad. It was released on April 27, 1993 through Epic Records.


Brad formed officially in 1992, although the band members had been playing together for a long time before that. The band originally wanted to go by the name Shame, however the band found that the name was already taken by a band featuring musician Brad Wilson.[3] Instead, the band took the name Brad and decided to name its debut album Shame. The album was recorded in October 1992 in roughly 20 days at Avast Recording Co. in Seattle, Washington. Many tracks are taken from in-studio jam sessions. The band members produced the album themselves. The album was mixed by Brendan O'Brien. The album's cover art was provided by Seattle's Crocodile Cafe. Shame, featuring a raw sound and an eclectic mix of styles, was released to mixed reviews and moderate sales.[4] The track "20th Century" was a minor hit in the UK. The album charted at number 14 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart. Deborah Frost of Entertainment Weekly said that "Brad, a grunge-lite foursome Gossard tossed together during the odd fortnight off from his main gig, sounds as if he merely wanted to sharpen his riffing tools (and give some more locals a break) before plunging into Pearl Jam's second effort."[2] Music videos were made for the songs "Buttercup" and "20th Century". In 2014, the album placed sixth on the Alternative Nation site's "Top 10 Underrated 90’s Alternative Rock Albums" list [5]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Shawn Smith, except where noted, all music composed by Stone Gossard, Regan Hagar, Smith, and Jeremy Toback, except where noted.

No. Title Lyrics Music Length
1. "Buttercup"       4:14
2. "My Fingers"       3:19
3. "Nadine"     Gossard 3:31
4. "Screen"     Smith 5:11
5. "20th Century"       4:02
6. "Good News"     Smith 4:23
7. "Raise Love"       4:14
8. "Bad for the Soul"       1:11
9. "Down"   Toback Toback 4:17
10. "Rockstar"       2:47
11. "We"       5:26


Chart positions[edit]


Chart (1993) Peak
US Billboard Top Heatseekers[6] 14


Year Single UK peak
chart position
1993 "20th Century" 64


The information regarding accolades attributed to Shame is adapted in part from[8]

Publication Country Accolade Year Rank
Kerrang! United Kingdom "100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die"[9] 1998 88


  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "allmusic ((( Shame > Review )))". Allmusic. Retrieved May 20, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Frost, Deborah (1993-04-30). "Shame". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2008-10-28. 
  3. ^ Gumbuoy. "Hang Out In Discovery Park With Brad". September 27, 2005.
  4. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas and Torreano, Bradley. "Brad". Allmusic. Retrieved on January 31, 2009.
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Brad – Billboard Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved 2007-11-13. 
  7. ^ "UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive — Brad". Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  8. ^ "Shame accolades". Acclaimed Music. Retrieved 2008-05-06. 
  9. ^ "100 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die". Kerrang!. Retrieved 2008-05-06.