Soundsystem (311 album)

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Studio album by 311
Released October 12, 1999
Recorded March - June 1999
Length 48:44
Label Capricorn Records
Producer 311
Hugh Padgham
Scotch Ralston
311 chronology
From Chaos
(2001)From Chaos2001
Singles from Soundsystem
  1. "Come Original"
    Released: 1999
  2. "Flowing"
    Released: 1999
  3. "Large in the Margin"
    Released: 2000

Soundsystem is the fifth studio album by 311, released on October 12, 1999. Soundsystem, which was certified Gold by the RIAA, was the last 311 album on Capricorn Records before the band switched to Volcano Records in 2000. Recording processes for the album began on March 11, 1999.


Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]
The A.V. ClubUnfavorable[2]
Entertainment WeeklyC[3]
Rolling Stone2.5/5 stars[4]

Rolling Stone discusses their mix of various genres, commenting "they offer their most ambitious fusion yet -- each track is a whirlwind tour of their soulful influences. Alas, the ingredients usually refuse to mix in 311's hands, resulting in disjunctions that veer between the bland and the unintentionally funny".[4]

Track listing[edit]

1."Freeze Time"Nick Hexum, SA Martinez3:21
2."Come Original"Hexum, Martinez, Aaron Wills3:42
3."Large in the Margin"Hexum, Chad Sexton3:28
5."Can't Fade Me"Hexum, Martinez2:10
6."Life's Not a Race"Hexum, Tim Mahoney, Martinez4:26
7."Strong All Along"Hexum, Martinez3:28
8."Sever"Hexum, Martinez, Wills4:42
9."Eons"Hexum, Sexton3:13
10."Evolution"Hexum, Martinez, Sexton4:17
11."Leaving Babylon" (Bad Brains cover)Earl Hudson, Paul Hudson, Daryl Jenifer, Gary Miller3:59
12."Mindspin"Hexum, Martinez, Sexton4:00
13."Livin' & Rockin'"Hexum, Mahoney, Martinez2:42
Total length:48:44


  • Nick Hexum- vocals; lead vocals on tracks 1-13, "Dancehall", "Seal the Deal"; guitar
  • Doug "S.A." Martinez- DJ; vocals; lead vocals on tracks 1-3, 5-8, 10, 12, 13, "Dancehall"
  • Tim Mahoney- lead guitar
  • Aaron "P-Nut" Wills- bass
  • Chad Sexton- drums



Chart Peak
Certification Sales
US Billboard 200 9[5] US: Gold[6]


Song Chart Peak
"Come Original" U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 6[5]
"Come Original" U.S. Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks 39[5]
"Flowing" U.S. Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 17[5]


  1. ^ "Soundsystem - 311". Allmusic. 
  2. ^ "311: Soundsystem". The A.V. Club. 
  3. ^ Weingarten, Marc (1999-10-22). "Soundsystem Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  4. ^ a b Chonin, Neva (1999-10-28). "311: Soundsystem : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2007-07-12. Retrieved 2012-05-21. 
  5. ^ a b c d 311. "311 - Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-07-09. 
  6. ^ "Recording Industry Association of America". RIAA. Archived from the original on 2013-02-25. Retrieved 2012-07-09.