Thanks for the Ether

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Thanks for the Ether
Thanks for the Ether.jpg
Studio album by Rasputina
ReleasedAugust 6, 1996
RecordedSear Sound recording studio, (New York), Jimmy Boyle's House (Los Angeles, California)[1]
GenreAlternative rock, cello rock
ProducerJimmy Boyle, Melora Creager
Rasputina chronology
Three (3)
Thanks for the Ether
Three Lil' Nothin's
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[2]

Thanks for the Ether is the debut studio album of Rasputina, released on August 6, 1996, on Columbia Records. Recording sessions took place at Sear Sound Recording Studio as well as Jimmy Boyle's House. Production was handled by Jimmy Boyle and Melora Creager. The album did not chart in any country and it did not sell many copies. It contains a quirky and eclectic collection of songs and spoken-word narration. It is also known for introducing the band's pioneering use of distortion effects pedals on their cellos, single-handedly launching the underground genre known as cello rock. Upon its release, Thanks for the Ether has received very high ratings, including a four and a half out of five star rating from Allmusic.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Melora Creager (except where noted).

1."My Little Shirtwaist Fire"2:30
4."Transylvanian Concubine"2:47
5."Why Don't You Do Right?" (McCoy/Morand)2:21
6."Mr. E. Leon Rauis"3:26
7."The Donner Party"2:01
9."Brand New Key" (Melanie Safka cover)2:13
11."Howard Hughes"3:14
12."Sister Sleep"2:59
13."Five Fleas"1:06
14."Any Old Actress"3:54
15."Dig Ophelia"2:59
16."Kate Moss"1:33
17."Rusty the Skatemaker"3:36
18."Trust All-Stars"9:09


  • Melora Creager – Cello, Vocals, Producer, Art Direction
  • Julia Kent – Cello
  • Carpella Parvo – Cello
  • Norm Block – Drums
  • Tracy Boychuk – Art Direction
  • Jimmy Boyle – Executive Producer, Producer
  • Michael Brauer – Mixing
  • Greg Calbi – Mastering
  • Greg Gordon – Engineer
  • Melanie Safka – Composer
  • Dave Shiffman – Engineer

Sleeve art[edit]

The art in the sleeve of the album is by Melora Creager, the main singer and cellist of Rasputina.


  1. ^ "Rasputina - Thanks For The Ether CD Album". CD Universe.
  2. ^ "Thanks for the Ether - Rasputina". Allmusic.