Telephono

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Telephono
Telephono.jpg
Studio album by Spoon
Released 1996 (Matador Records)
2006 (Merge Records)
Recorded Spring 1995
Genre
Length 34:59
Label Merge Records
Producer John Croslin
Spoon chronology
Nefarious
(1994)
Telephono
(1996)
Soft Effects
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars [2]
Pitchfork Media (7.5/10) [3]

Telephono is the first album from by the indie rock band Spoon. It was released on April 23, 1996, by Matador, then re-released in a two-disc package with the Soft Effects EP in 2006 by Merge Records.

"Idiot Driver" had previously appeared in an "alternate mix" form on the Peek-A-Boo Records November 1995 compilation album Bicycle Rodeo.

Reception[edit]

The album was produced by John Croslin, who had been one of the leaders of Austin's The Reivers, recording in Croslin's garage studio on a budget of $3,000.[4] It drew mainly positive critical attention, and in particular many comparisons to the Pixies.[5][6][7] The album sold only a few thousand copies, however.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Britt Daniel except where noted.. 

No. Title Length
1. "Don't Buy the Realistic"   3:54
2. "Not Turning Off"   3:08
3. "All the Negatives Have Been Destroyed"   2:37
4. "Cvantez"   2:45
5. "Nefarious"   2:47
6. "Claws Tracking" (Daniel, Andy Maguire) 2:32
7. "Dismember"   1:45
8. "Idiot Driver"   1:39
9. "Towner" (aMiniature) 3:05
10. "Wanted to Be Your"   1:52
11. "Theme to Wendel Stivers"   1:58
12. "Primary"   1:10
13. "The Government Darling"   2:23
14. "Plastic Mylar"   3:27
Total length:
34:59

Personnel[edit]

  • Britt Daniel - guitar, vocals
  • Andy Maguire - bass, backing vocals
  • Jim Eno - drums
  • Brad Shenfeld - dabouke

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Year Chart Position
2006 Billboard Top Independent Albums 35

References[edit]

  1. ^ Telephono at AllMusic
  2. ^ Rolling Stone review
  3. ^ Pitchfork review
  4. ^ a b Raoul Hernandez, "Drake Tungsten and His Boy Skellington", Austin Chronicle, January 22, 1999.
  5. ^ Brad Jones, "Spoon Tunes", Westword, April 25, 1996.
  6. ^ Perry Gettelman, "The Word Has Gotten Around About Spoon", Orlando Sentinel, June 7, 1996.
  7. ^ Shannon Zimmerman, "Lone Stars", Washington City Paper, February 16, 2001.

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