So Much for the Afterglow

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So Much for the Afterglow
Everclear So Much for the Afterglow.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedOctober 7, 1997
RecordedNovember 1996 – March 1997
GenreAlternative rock, power pop, post-grunge
ProducerArt Alexakis, Neal Avron, Lars Fox[1]
Everclear chronology
White Trash Hell
So Much for the Afterglow
Songs from an American Movie Vol. One: Learning How to Smile
Singles from So Much for the Afterglow
  1. "Everything to Everyone"
    Released: September 9, 1997 (airplay)
  2. "I Will Buy You a New Life"
    Released: September 27, 1997
  3. "Father of Mine"
    Released: November 17, 1998
  4. "So Much for the Afterglow"
    Released: 1998
  5. "One Hit Wonder"
    Released: 1999
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Chicago Tribune2.5/4 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyC+[4]
The Guardian4/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[6]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[8]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[9]
The Village VoiceB+[11]

So Much for the Afterglow is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Everclear, released on October 7, 1997. It contained the singles "Everything to Everyone", "I Will Buy You a New Life", "Father of Mine", "So Much For the Afterglow", and "One Hit Wonder". This album strays noticeably from the band's past work, which is much less clean and polished. While those past attempts were clear examples of post-grunge, many listeners have been more inclined to categorize So Much For The Afterglow as power pop. A number of the songs from this album, especially "Everything to Everyone", "I Will Buy You A New Life" and "Father of Mine," received heavy rotation on MTV's Total Request Live and launched Everclear into mainstream popularity briefly in the late-90s. So Much for the Afterglow provided Everclear with their only Grammy nomination to date, a Best Rock Instrumental nod in 1998 for "El Distorto de Melodica."

So Much for the Afterglow remains Everclear's best selling album with a 2x Platinum certification by the RIAA in 1998.[12]

In January 2016 independent record label Intervention Records released 20th anniversary vinyl reissue of So Much for the Afterglow. The reissue was the first time that the album was mastered using high-resolution archives and was pressed on 180-gram vinyl at record pressing plant RTI then packaged in a gate-fold jacket that was printed at the print house Stoughton.[13]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Art Alexakis; all music composed by Alexakis, Craig Montoya and Greg Eklund.

1."So Much for the Afterglow"3:53
2."Everything to Everyone"3:20
3."Ataraxia (Media Intro)" (Actually an excerpt from "The Relaxed Wife.")0:34
4."Normal Like You"3:13
5."I Will Buy You a New Life"3:58
6."Father of Mine"3:52
7."One Hit Wonder"3:28
8."El Distorto de Melodica (Instrumental)"3:07
10."White Men in Black Suits"3:32
12."Why I Don't Believe in God"4:17
13."Like a California King / Hating You for Christmas"8:08
Australian edition
13."Like a California King"3:37
14."Local God / Hating You for Christmas"8:30
Japanese edition
13."Like a California King"3:35
14."Southern Girls"2:51
15."Speed Racer / Hating You for Christmas"7:01


Additional musicians
  • Paul Cantelon - Violin
  • Derron Nuhfer - Saxophone
  • Buddy Schaub - Trombone
  • Gerri Sutyak - Cello
  • Rami Jaffee - Vox Organ
  • Neal Avron - Trumpet, Producer, Engineer, Vocal Arrangement, Horn Arrangements, Mixing
  • Tom Banghart - Assistant Engineer
  • Mike Baumgartner - Assistant Engineer
  • Steven Birch - Coordination, Art Direction, Design, Cover Art Concept, Cover Design
  • Ian Blanch - Mixing Assistant
  • Nick Brophy - Assistant Engineer
  • Lars Fox - Sampling, Loops, Assistant Producer
  • Dave Friedlander - Assistant Engineer
  • Krista Gaylor - Photography
  • Bill Jackson - Assistant Engineer
  • Bob Ludwig - Mastering
  • Frank Ockenfels - Photography, Cover Art
  • Ronnie Rivera - Assistant Engineer
  • Jim Rondinelli - Engineer, String Arrangements, Assistant Producer
  • Kenneth A. Van Druten - Assistant Engineer
  • Andy Wallace - Mixing
  • Perry Watts-Russell - Executive Producer
  • Joe Zook - Editing, Editing Assistant, Transfer Assistant


Album - Billboard (North America)

Year Chart Position
1997 The Billboard 200 33

Singles - Billboard (North America)

Year Single Chart Position
1997 "Everything to Everyone" Mainstream Rock Tracks 15
1997 "Everything to Everyone" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1998 "Father of Mine" Adult Top 40 23
1998 "Father of Mine" Mainstream Rock Tracks 29
1998 "Father of Mine" Modern Rock Tracks 4
1998 "Father of Mine" The Billboard Hot 100 70
1998 "Father of Mine" Top 40 Mainstream 24
1998 "I Will Buy You a New Life" Adult Top 40 20
1998 "I Will Buy You a New Life" Mainstream Rock Tracks 20
1998 "I Will Buy You a New Life" Modern Rock Tracks 3
1998 "I Will Buy You a New Life" Top 40 Mainstream 31
1999 "One Hit Wonder" Modern Rock Tracks 12


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  4. ^ Browne, David (October 10, 1997). "So Much for the Afterglow". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 6, 2015.
  5. ^ Sullivan, Caroline (March 6, 1998). "Everclear: So Much for the Afterglow (Capitol)". The Guardian.
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