The Burdens of Being Upright

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The Burdens of Being Upright
Tracy Bonham - The Burdens of Being Upright.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 19, 1996
GenreAlternative rock, post-grunge
ProducerPaul Q. Kolderie,
Sean Slade
Tracy Bonham chronology
Liverpool Sessions EP
The Burdens of Being Upright
Down Here
Singles from The Burdens of Being Upright
  1. "Mother Mother"
    Released: 1996
  2. "The One"
    Released: 1996
  3. "Sharks Can't Sleep"
    Released: 1996
  4. "Navy Bean"
    Released: 1996
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

The Burdens of Being Upright is the first album by American singer-songwriter Tracy Bonham. It was released on March 19, 1996 by Island Records, with distribution by Polygram and it was her major label debut. The album cover (a reference to German photographer August Sander's work "The Bricklayer") was photographed by George DuBose, who was the in-house photographer at the hip hop label Cold Chillin' Records.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Tracy Bonham.

1."Mother Mother"3:00
2."Navy Bean"2:49
3."Tell It to the Sky"4:05
5."Brain Crack"1:05
6."The One"3:26
7."One Hit Wonder"3:01
8."Sharks Can't Sleep"4:33
10."Every Breath"2:33
11."30 Seconds"3:14
12."The Real"3:16


  • Tracy Bonham – guitar, violin, vocals
  • Ed Ackerson – guitar
  • Fred Eltringham – drums
  • Josh Freese – drums
  • Drew Parsons – bass guitar
  • Eric Paul – drums
  • Sean Slade – organ
  • Paul Q. Kolderie – production, engineer
  • Sean Slade – production, engineer


Weekly charts[edit]

Year Chart Position
1996 Heatseekers 9
1996 The Billboard 200 54


Year Single Chart Position
1996 "Mother Mother" Mainstream Rock Tracks 18
1996 "Mother Mother" Modern Rock Tracks 1
1996 "The One" Modern Rock Tracks 23


Grammy Award Nominations

Year Nominee Category
1996 "Mother Mother" Best Female Rock Vocal Performance
1996 The Burdens of Being Upright Best Alternative Album


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