Sparkle and Fade

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Sparkle and Fade
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 23, 1995
RecordedSeptember 1994 at Smart Studios - Madison, WI
GenreAlternative rock, grunge
ProducerArt Alexakis
Everclear chronology
World of Noise
Sparkle and Fade
White Trash Hell
Singles from Sparkle and Fade
  1. "Heroin Girl"
    Released: 1995
  2. "Santa Monica"
    Released: December 5, 1995 (airplay)
  3. "Heartspark Dollarsign"
    Released: 1996
  4. "You Make Me Feel Like a Whore"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[3]
The Village VoiceA−[4]

Sparkle and Fade is the second album by Everclear, released on May 23, 1995. It was their first album to be released exclusively on Capitol Records; their previous effort, World of Noise, was re-released on Capitol after its introduction through the Portland, Oregon based label, Tim/Kerr Records. The album produced the singles "Heroin Girl," "Santa Monica," "Heartspark Dollarsign" and "You Make Me Feel Like a Whore". Ostensibly, the album's music follows themes like addiction and romance through a loosely defined narrative similar to Art Alexakis' own troubled life when he was in his twenties.[5]

The album's cover features childhood pictures of the three members of the band. It is Everclear's third-best-selling album to date.[6] It climbed to the top of the Heatseekers Chart in January 1996[7] and was certified Platinum by the RIAA in May 1996.[8]

In 2016 independent vinyl reissue label Intervention Records reissued Sparkle & Fade on 180-gram vinyl.[9]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Art Alexakis, Craig Montoya, and Greg Eklund, except as noted.

1."Electra Made Me Blind" (Alexakis, Cuthbert, Montoya)3:43
2."Heroin Girl" (Alexakis, Cuthbert, Montoya)2:23
3."You Make Me Feel Like a Whore"2:47
4."Santa Monica"3:11
7."Heartspark Dollarsign"2:52
8."The Twistinside" (Alexakis, Cuthbert, Montoya)4:37
9."Her Brand New Skin"2:02
11."Queen of the Air" (Alexakis, Cuthbert, Montoya)2:59
12."Pale Green Stars"4:17
13."Chemical Smile"1:49
14."My Sexual Life" (Alexakis, Cuthbert, Montoya)3:51



  1. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Sparkle & Fade – Everclear". AllMusic. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. p. 1016. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Harris, Keith (2004). "Everclear". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 285–86. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 14, 1995). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved December 5, 2015.
  5. ^ Colburn, Randall (September 15, 2015). "On Sparkle And Fade, Everclear found universality in drug-addled intimacy". The A.V. Club.
  6. ^ Phalen, Tom (December 1, 1997). "Everclear, Electric And Acoustic, Shows Sparkle, No Fade". Seattle Times. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  7. ^ Borzillo, Carrie (February 3, 1996). "Everclear Won't "Sparkle and Fade"". Billboard. Retrieved August 13, 2014.
  8. ^ "Gold & Platinum - RIAA". RIAA. Retrieved December 27, 2016.
  9. ^ "Sparkle and Fade – Intervention Records". Retrieved March 20, 2018.