Stack Is the New Black

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Stack Is the New Black
Studio album by Short Stack
Released 14 August 2009
Recorded 2008
Genre Pop punk, alternative rock
Length 48:21
Label Sunday Morning Records
Producer Shaun Diviney, Trevor Steel
Short Stack chronology
Shimmy a Go Go EP
(2008)Shimmy a Go Go EP2008
Stack Is the New Black
Sweet December EP
(2009)Sweet December EP2009
Singles from Stack Is the New Black
  1. "Shimmy a Go Go"
    Released: 27 September 2008
  2. "Princess"
    Released: 27 February 2009
  3. "Sway, Sway Baby!"
    Released: 17 July 2009
  4. "Ladies & Gentlemen"
    Released: 16 October 2009

Stack Is the New Black is the debut studio album by Australian pop punk band Short Stack, released through Sunday Morning Records on 14 August 2009. It peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Charts. The "happy" skull and cross-bones on the cover is Short Stack's personal design. The boys in the band officially named the skull and cross-bones "Maurice the Pirate".


The album's track listing was announced on 12 June 2009 through the band's website. The same day the album was also made available for pre-order, with all pre-orders before 17 July receiving a personal phone call from the band, and their name printed in the album's booklet.[1] JB Hi-Fi online also offered a pre-order of a signed album with a free shirt, guitar picks, poster and stickers.

Both songs "The Back of My Head" and "Thick as Thieves" were both written in the band's early years. They were remade for the album, "Thick as Thieves" was previously named "We Breakdance, Not Hearts". It sounded very similar to "Thick as Thieves". Originally, "The Back of My Head" had Andy Clemmensen and Shaun Diviney singing in the chorus and just Andy singing the verses, but this was changed so that Andy sung the verses and Shaun sung the choruses. (Normally, Andy is the backing vocalist and Shaun in the lead vocalist, except on this song.)

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars[2]
The Australian 3/5 stars[3]
The Mercury 3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Shaun Diviney.

No. Title Length
1. "Ladies & Gentlemen" 3:27
2. "Princess" 3:18
3. "Shimmy a Go Go" 4:04
4. "Sway, Sway Baby!" 2:50
5. "In This Place" 3:30
6. "Drop Dead Gorgeous" 2:53
7. "Counting the Stars" 3:25
8. "Before Angels Fall" 3:12
9. "The Back of My Head" 4:02
10. "One Step Closer" 3:28
11. "It's4U" 3:01
12. "17" 4:13
13. "We All Know" (produced by Short Stack) 3:26
14. "Thick as Thieves" (produced by Short Stack) 5:17
15. "Darling, I'll Be Your Werewolf" (acoustic bonus track; recorded in 2007) 3:47

Chart history[edit]

Chart (2009) Peak
ARIA Albums Chart 1[5]
Preceded by
The Essential Michael Jackson by Michael Jackson
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
24 August 2009 – 30 August 2009
Succeeded by
The E.N.D. by The Black Eyed Peas


  1. ^ "Stack Is The New Black (Pre-order)". Get Music Australia. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  2. ^ Greenberg, Adam (2009-08-14). "Stack Is the New Black - Short Stack". AllMusic. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  3. ^ "This week's CD reviews". The Australian. 12 September 2009. 
  4. ^ Jarrad Bevan (2009-09-04). "Short Stack - Stack is the New Black Music Reviews - The Mercury - The Voice of Tasmania". The Mercury. Retrieved 2012-03-10. 
  5. ^ "ARIA Top 50 Singles Chart". ARIA. 24 August 2009. Retrieved 2009-08-23.