Telephono

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Telephono
Telephono.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 23, 1996
RecordedSpring 1995
Genre
Length34:59
LabelMatador
ProducerJohn Croslin
Spoon chronology
Nefarious
(1994)
Telephono
(1996)
Soft Effects
(1997)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3.5/5 stars [1]
Rolling Stone2/5 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 are written by Britt Daniel except where noted.

No.TitleLength
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]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
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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