Teenager of the Year

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Teenager of the Year
Teenager of the year cover.jpg
Studio album by Frank Black
Released May 23, 1994 (1994-05-23)
Recorded Calabasas, CA
Genre Alternative rock
Length 62:51
Label 4AD (UK)
Elektra (US)
Producer Eric Drew Feldman, Frank Black, Alistair Clay
Frank Black chronology
Frank Black
(1993)Frank Black1993
Teenager of the Year
(1994)
The Cult of Ray
(1996)The Cult of Ray1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[2]
Entertainment WeeklyA-[3]
NME8/10 [4]
Robert Christgau(neither)[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[6]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3.5/5 stars[7]
Select4/5 medals[8]

Teenager of the Year is Frank Black’s second solo album, released in 1994 and produced by former Pere Ubu member Eric Drew Feldman, who also played keyboards.[9] This album is often cited as the high-point of Francis' post-Pixies catalogue,[10][11][12] even being named to Pitchfork's "Top 100 Albums of the 90s".[13] Long considered a testament to Frank Black's songwriting skills as well as his virtue as a performer, Teenager also features work by several backing musicians, including Pixies guitarist Joey Santiago and guitarist Lyle Workman. Although not originally well-received, the record is now widely praised by both critics and fans.[14]

The album reached number 2 on Billboard's Heat Seekers list and 131 on The Billboard 200 list in 1994. The single "Headache" reached number 10 on Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks that year.[15]

The album is out of print in LP or CD format.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Whatever Happened to Pong?" – 1:34
  2. "Thalassocracy" – 1:33
  3. "(I Want to Live on an) Abstract Plain" – 2:17
  4. "Calistan" – 3:22
  5. "The Vanishing Spies" – 3:37
  6. "Speedy Marie" – 3:33
  7. "Headache" – 2:52
  8. "Sir Rockaby" – 2:54
  9. "Freedom Rock" – 4:16
  10. "Two Reelers" – 3:01
  11. "Fiddle Riddle" – 3:29
  12. "Olé Mulholland" – 4:41
  13. "Fazer Eyes" – 3:36
  14. "I Could Stay Here Forever" – 2:27
  15. "The Hostess with the Mostest" – 1:56
  16. "Superabound" – 3:10
  17. "Big Red" – 2:41
  18. "Space Is Gonna Do Me Good" – 2:22
  19. "White Noise Maker" – 2:42
  20. "Pure Denizen of the Citizens Band" – 2:20
  21. "Bad, Wicked World" – 1:57
  22. "Pie in the Sky" – 2:13

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Frank Black: Teenager of the Year". Allmusic. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  2. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  3. ^ Flaherty, Mike (3 June 1994). "Teenager of the Year". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  4. ^ "Frank Black: Teenager of the Year: (4AD)". NME: 34. 28 May 1994. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  5. ^ "Frank Black: Consumer Guide Reviews: Teenager of the Year [4AD/Elektra, 1994]". Robert Christgau. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  6. ^ "Frank Black: Teenager of the Year". Archived from the original on 21 August 2003. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  7. ^ Wolk, Douglas (2004). "Frank Black". The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). New York: Simon & Schuster. p. 74. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  8. ^ Wilkinson, Roy (June 1994). "Frank Black: Teenager of the Year (4AD)". Select: 87. Retrieved 5 September 2017.
  9. ^ http://www.all-reviews.com/music/teenageroftheyear.htm
  10. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/5923-top-100-albums-of-the-1990s/
  11. ^ http://www.all-reviews.com/music/teenageroftheyear.htm
  12. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/teenager-of-the-year-mw0000622668
  13. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/5923-top-100-albums-of-the-1990s/
  14. ^ http://pitchfork.com/features/staff-lists/5923-top-100-albums-of-the-1990s/
  15. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/teenager-of-the-year-mw0000622668/awards