Strung Out in Heaven

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Strung Out in Heaven
Album Cover Strung Out In Heaven.jpg
Studio album by The Brian Jonestown Massacre
Released June 23, 1998
Recorded Early 1998
Length 47:12
Label TVT
The Brian Jonestown Massacre chronology
Give It Back!
(1997)Give It Back!1997
Strung Out in Heaven
Bringing It All Back Home – Again
(1999)Bringing It All Back Home – Again1999

Strung Out in Heaven is the seventh full-length album by American psychedelic rock band The Brian Jonestown Massacre. It was released in June 1998 and was the band's first and only recording with the large independent label, TVT Records.


After releasing a number of well-received recordings on the smaller psychedelia-focused Bomp! Records label, The Brian Jonestown Massacre were signed to a multi-record deal with TVT.

Recording and content[edit]

Matt Hollywood contributed more to this record due to Anton Newcombe being incapable of writing as many songs as he was addicted to heroin at the time.[citation needed]

The album is named after a lyric from the David Bowie song "Ashes to Ashes".

"Wisdom" is a re-recording of the same song that originally appeared on the band's second album, Methodrone. "Dawn" is also a re-recording, with the original version appearing on Take It from the Man!. "Spun" is also a re-recording of the same song that appears on the band's album Thank God for Mental Illness.

Musical style[edit]

AllMusic's Jason Ankeny writes, "Settling into a blissfully psychedelic drift, the album opts not for the Stones-inspired raunch of before but for Byrds-like guitars, muffled drums and pulsating Hammond organ lines, all topped off by Anton Newcombe's half-stoned, half-shamanic vocals".[1]


The recording didn't sell as many records as TVT had hoped, and they later mutually dissolved their remaining contractual obligations.[citation needed]

"Love" was released as a CD single, with a demo of "Wasting Away" as a B-side on TVT Records in 1998. "Love" and "Nothing to Lose" was also released as a double A-side single independently in 1997. The release featured "Let's Pretend It's Summer", "I've Been Waiting", "The Devil May Care (Mom & Dad Don't)" and an alternate version of "I've Been Waiting" as B-sides.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Head Heritagefavorable[2]

AllMusic praised the album, calling it "their least immediate, most restrained record to date [...] Strung Out in Heaven proves as engaging as their past efforts, with a focus and cohesiveness often lacking from their more visceral work", also calling it "the BJM's most mature outing yet".[1] Head Heritage described it as "BJM's most easily accessible and truly genius album thus far."[2]


The song Going to Hell is featured in the "Faith, Hope & Trick" episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by The Brian Jonestown Massacre.

1."Going to Hell" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe)2:59
2."Let's Pretend It's Summer" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe)3:37
3."Wasting Away" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe)3:14
4."Jennifer" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe)3:32
5."Got My Eye on You" (lyrics Hollywood/vocals Hollywood/Gion)3:11
6."Nothing to Lose" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe)2:52
7."Love" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe)3:54
8."Maybe Tomorrow" (lyrics Hollywood,Taylor/vocals Hollywood)4:13
9."Spun" (lyrics/vocals Hollywood (re-recording))4:15
10."I've Been Waiting" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe)4:25
11."Dawn" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe) (re-recording)2:13
12."Lantern" (lyrics/vocals Newcombe)3:27
13."Wisdom" (lyrics/Newcombe/vocals Newcombe/Richards) (re-recording)5:29
Total length:47:12



  1. ^ a b c Ankeny, Jason. "Strung Out in Heaven – The Brian Jonestown Massacre | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved January 16, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b "Julian Cope Presents Head Heritage | Unsung | Reviews | Brian Jonestown Massacre – Strung Out in Heaven". Head Heritage. June 1, 2015. Retrieved August 15, 2016. 
  3. ^ Paul Gregory Attinello, Janet K. Halfyard, Vanessa Knights Music, Sound and Silence in Buffy the Vampire Slayer 2010 Page 171-172 "The infamous independent band Brian Jonestown Massacre, a band known for its references to the psychedelic rhythm ... sound opening of their song "Going to Hell" evokes emotional reminiscences of the liberated 1960s, specifically the Rickenbacker sound associated with the Byrds and the Beatles."