Rockin' the Suburbs

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Rockin' the Suburbs
Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 11, 2001
GenreAlternative rock
ProducerBen Folds, Ben Grosse
Ben Folds chronology
Rockin' the Suburbs
Ben Folds Live
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press8/10[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
The Guardian3/5 stars[5]
Los Angeles Times3/4 stars[6]
Q4/5 stars[8]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[9]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[10]

Rockin' the Suburbs is the debut studio album by American alternative rock singer-songwriter Ben Folds. His first solo album after leaving his band Ben Folds Five, Rockin' the Suburbs was recorded in Adelaide, Australia, where Folds was living at the time.

"Rockin' the Suburbs" is Folds' only single to make Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, peaking there at number 28. The album peaked at number 42 on the Billboard 200 chart, and at number 11 on the Top Internet Albums chart. A remake of the title track featuring William Shatner appeared in the soundtrack for the 2006 film Over the Hedge, which stars Shatner as an opossum named Ozzie.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Ben Folds, except where noted..

1."Annie Waits" 4:17
2."Zak and Sara" 3:11
3."Still Fighting It" 4:25
4."Gone" 3:22
5."Fred Jones Part 2" 3:45
6."The Ascent of Stan" 4:14
7."Losing Lisa"Folds, Frally Hynes4:10
8."Carrying Cathy" 3:49
9."Not the Same" 4:17
10."Rockin' the Suburbs" 5:00
11."Fired" 3:49
12."The Luckiest" 4:44
13."Hiro's Song" (Bonus track on Japanese CD and US vinyl releases.) 4:23

Track notes[edit]

According to Folds, "Not the Same" is based on a true story of a person he knew who, under the influence of LSD, climbed a tree at a party hosted by Darren Jessee (not Robert Sledge, as the song states), stayed in the tree overnight, and when he came down the next morning was a born-again Christian. As for why he chose Robert's name to be used, instead of Darren's, he stated "it sounded better".[12]

Folds performed "Gone" with Street Corner Symphony on the finale of Season 2 of The Sing-Off and performed "Not the Same" with the Dartmouth Aires on the finale of Season 3.


  • Ben Folds – piano, vocals, keyboards, guitars, bass guitar, drums
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • DJ Swamp – beats
  • Richard Fortus – guitar
  • John McCrea – vocals (on "Fred Jones Part 2")
  • Frally Hynes – vocals (on "Gone" and "The Luckiest")
  • John Mark Painter – conductor
  • Andrew R. Wallace – engineer
  • Cameron Webb - assistant engineer
  • Vincent Palmeri - vocals


  • Producers: Ben Folds, Ben Grosse
  • Recorded By: Andrew R. Wallace, Ben Grosse
  • Engineer: Andrew R. Wallace
  • Assistant Engineers: Blumpy, Ben Grosse, Cameron Webb
  • Mixing: Ben Grosse
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • Assistants: Chuck Bailey, Rick Behrens, Aaron Lepley, Ulysses Noriega, Justin Pynes
  • Programming: Andrew R. Wallace, Ben Grosse, Blumpy, Cameron Webb, John Vitale
  • Arranger: John Mark Painter
  • Package design: Ben Folds



Year Chart Position
2001 The Billboard 200 42
2001 Top Internet Albums 11


Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Rockin' the Suburbs" Modern Rock Tracks 28


  1. ^ "Reviews for Rockin' The Suburbs by Ben Folds". Metacritic. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Rockin' the Suburbs – Ben Folds". AllMusic. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  3. ^ "Ben Folds: Rockin' the Suburbs". Alternative Press (159): 79. October 2001.
  4. ^ Weingarten, Marc (September 14, 2001). "Rockin' the Suburbs". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  5. ^ Clarke, Betty (September 7, 2001). "Ben Folds: Rockin' the Suburbs (EMI)". The Guardian. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  6. ^ Appleford, Steve (September 16, 2001). "Ben Folds 'Rockin' the Suburbs' Epic". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on November 12, 2013. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  7. ^ Tangari, Joe (September 16, 2001). "Ben Folds Five: Rockin' the Suburbs". Pitchfork. Retrieved March 7, 2012.
  8. ^ "Ben Folds: Rockin' the Suburbs". Q (182): 119. October 2001.
  9. ^ Kot, Greg (September 4, 2001). "Ben Folds: Rockin' The Suburbs". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on November 15, 2007. Retrieved April 5, 2013.
  10. ^ Sarig, Roni (2004). "Ben Folds Five". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 61–62. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  11. ^ Berrett, Jesse (September 2001). "Ben Folds: Rockin' the Suburbs". Spin. 17 (9): 160–62. Retrieved May 3, 2016.
  12. ^ R. Pally (2003). "The Ben Folds Interview". Archived from the original on October 28, 2004. Retrieved October 16, 2004.

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