Smile and Wave

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Smile and Wave
Headstones Smile & Wave.jpg
Studio album by Headstones
Released 1996
Recorded at Metalworks Studios, Mississauga, ON
Genre Alternative rock, hard rock
Length 60:57
Label MCA
Producer Brad "Merlin" Nelson, Headstones
Headstones chronology
Teeth and Tissue
(1995)Teeth and Tissue1995
Smile and Wave
Nickels for Your Nightmares
(2000)Nickels for Your Nightmares2000

Smile and Wave is the third album by Canadian rock band Headstones.

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Length
1. "Reno" 3:24
2. "Smile and Wave" 4:08
3. "And" 4:06
4. "Picture Frame of Rage" 2:38
5. "Cubically Contained" 4:36
6. "Cut Me Up" 2:44
7. "Digits" 3:28
8. "Do That Thing" 2:57
9. "Pretty Little Death Song" 3:30
10. "Supersmart" 3:15
11. "Without a Sound" 3:51
12. "Nerve" 3:23
13. "Physics" 18:57
Total length: 60:57

There are several hidden tracks following "Physics", including "Anything" as well as some recorded antics.

Awards and Certifications[edit]

In 1997, Smile and Wave was certified gold by Music Canada.[1] The following year, the album was nominated for Blockbuster Rock Album of the Year at the Juno Awards of 1998.[2]

Chart Performance[edit]

Chart (1998) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[3] 36


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Calgary Herald 4.5/5[4]
Edmonton Journal 3/5 stars[5]

Critics gave differing opinions on the music and lyrics of Smile and Wave. When reviewing the album's music, the Calgary Herald said the album went for the "rock jugular from start to finish",[4] though the Toronto Star called the Headstones' work "a murky, steaming cauldron of pungent rock 'n' roll".[6]

Alternatively, reviewers gave mixed reviews for Hugh Dillon's performance. The Edmonton Journal said Dillon's personality was better than his singing,[5] while the Ottawa Journal felt that Dillion's sarcastic lyrics were almost too much for the album.[7]


  1. ^ "Gold/Platinum". Music Canada. Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  2. ^ "1998 Blockbuster Rock Album of the Year". Retrieved 31 May 2017. 
  3. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 8283." RPM. Library and Archives Canada.
  4. ^ a b Muretich, James (11 May 1997). "New Releases". Calgary Herald. p. C2. 
  5. ^ a b Ohler, Shawn (10 May 1997). "Treble Charger's juice precious and powerful; Toronto band cops its cues from sundry popsters; QUICK CUTS". Edmonton Journal. p. D3. 
  6. ^ Punter, Jennie (3 May 1997). "Treble charger takes off on its own tracks". Toronto Star. p. K2. 
  7. ^ Blanchfield, Mike (17 May 1997). "Soundtracks". The Ottawa Citizen. p. 7.