The Gift of Game

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The Gift of Game
Crazytown-GiftofGame.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedNovember 9, 1999 (1999-11-09) (US)
Recorded1999 at Westlake Audio, Los Angeles
Genre
Length45:17
LabelColumbia
ProducerJosh Abraham
Crazy Town chronology
The Gift of Game
(1999)
Darkhorse
(2002)
Singles from The Gift of Game
  1. "Toxic"
    Released: September 9, 1999
  2. "Darkside"
    Released: June 10, 2000
  3. "Butterfly"
    Released: November 13, 2000
  4. "Revolving Door"
    Released: August 14, 2001

The Gift of Game is the debut album by Los Angeles band Crazy Town. It was released on November 9, 1999 in the U.S. by Columbia Records. The album yielded the band its biggest hit to date with "Butterfly" which reached number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100[5] on March 24, 2001.

Worldwide the album sold more than 2.5 million units,[6] with more than 1.6 million in the US alone.[7]

The girl licking the lollipop on the cover of the album is a fictional character created by Crazy Town, known as "Little Lolita". Both the album title and the picture of Little Lolita are based on lyrics from the song "Lollipop Porn". The album cover was designed by co-lead singer Shifty Shellshock's father and uncle.[8] A song titled "Lolita" later appeared on Shellshock's solo album Happy Love Sick and her image reappears on Crazytown's third album The Brimstone Sluggers.

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[4]
NME1.5/5 stars[3]
Panorama4/6 stars[9]

Steve Huey at AllMusic described the album as "similar to many other rap-inflected alternative metal albums in that it concentrates on sound over structure, creating macho, aggressive grooves with grinding, noisily textured guitars and the underlying feel of squared-off hip-hop beats". Huey argued that despite signs of Limp Bizkit's "juvenile humor", the album "shows promise".[4] April Long of NME criticized the album for its generic guitar riffs, and containing "some of the most Neanderthal lyrics ever written".[3]

Track listing[edit]

(Tracks 15 to 31 are silence)

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Intro"Shifty Shellshock, Doug Miller0:25
2."Toxic"Shellshock, Miller, Bret Mazur2:48
3."Think Fast" (featuring Dirty Unit)Shellshock, Mazur, Miller, Rust Epique, Torshawn Roland, Percy Washington3:52
4."Darkside"Shellshock, Mazur3:52
5."Black Cloud" (featuring Jay Gordon of Orgy)Shellshock, Mazur, Miller, Epique, Gordon, Bernard Williams5:02
6."Butterfly" (sampled Red Hot Chili Peppers' "Pretty Little Ditty")Shellshock, Mazur, Anthony Kiedis, Flea, Chad Smith, John Frusciante3:36
7."Only When I'm Drunk" (Tha Alkaholiks cover)Tash, J-Ro, E-Swift2:47
8."Hollywood Babylon" (featuring Mad Lion)Shellshock, Mazur, Mad Lion4:23
9."Face the Music"Shellshock, Mazur3:24
10."Lollipop Porn"Shellshock, Mazur, Nicole Lorenzo3:54
11."Revolving Door"Shellshock, Mazur3:40
12."Players (Only Love You When They're Playing)" (featuring Jenny Sipprelle)Shellshock, Mazur, Williams, Anthony Valli4:13
13."B-Boy 2000" (featuring KRS-One)Shellshock, Mazur, KRS-One, Williams, Valli, Miller, Epique4:27
14."Outro www.crazytown.com" 1:19
15."The Gift of Game"  
32.Untitled (hidden track) 0:55

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[10] Gold 35,000^
Canada (Music Canada)[11] Platinum 100,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[12] Gold 20,933[12]
Germany (BVMI)[13] Gold 150,000^
Norway (IFPI Norway)[14] Gold 10,000*
Switzerland (IFPI Switzerland)[15] Gold 25,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[16] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,600,000[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions
US
[18]
US
Alt.

[18]
US
Main.

[18]
AUS
[19]
NLD
[20]
NZL
[21]
FIN
[22]
GER
[23]
SWI
[24]
UK
[25]
SWE
[26]
NOR
[27]
1999 "Toxic"
2000 "Darkside"
"Butterfly" 1 1 21 4 8 2 2 1 1 3 2 1
2001 "Revolving Door" 76[28] 71 19 26 43 23 46
"—" denotes a single that didn't chart

Personnel[edit]

Crazy Town

Additional personnel

  • Troy Van Leeuwen – guitars on "Darkside"
  • Jay Gordon – keyboards on "Darkside", refrain in "Black Cloud"
  • Stephen Costantino – guitars on "Revolving Door" and "Hollywood Babylon"

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Winging It: a profile on the band Crazy Town". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  2. ^ "Guitar World Presents Nu-metal". Guitar World. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c Long, April (April 13, 2001). "Crazy Town : The Gift Of Game". NME. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c The Gift of Game at AllMusic. Retrieved April 13, 2013.
  5. ^ "Crazy Town - Bio". MTV. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  6. ^ "Crazytown - Darkhorse". Melodic. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  7. ^ a b "Crazy Town Rides 'Darkhorse' On The Road". Billboard. December 20, 2002. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Edwards, Gavin (March 15, 2001). "Q&A: Shifty Shellshock of Crazy Town". Rolling Stone. No. 864. p. 35.
  9. ^ "The Gift of Game – Limp Bizkit: Se Opp!". panorama.no. Retrieved May 29, 2014.
  10. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2001 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  11. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Crazy Town – The Gift of Game". Music Canada. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  12. ^ a b "Crazy Town" (in Finnish). Musiikkituottajat – IFPI Finland. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  13. ^ "Gold-/Platin-Datenbank (Crazy Town; 'The Gift of Game')" (in German). Bundesverband Musikindustrie. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  14. ^ "Norwegian album certifications – Crazy Town – The Gift of Game" (in Norwegian). IFPI Norway. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  15. ^ "The Official Swiss Charts and Music Community: Awards (Crazy Town; 'The Gift of Game')". IFPI Switzerland. Hung Medien. Retrieved July 24, 2019.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – Crazy Town – The Gift of Game". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved July 24, 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type The Gift of Game in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Crazy Town – The Gift of Game". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 26, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH. 
  18. ^ a b c "Artist Chart History – singles". Billboard charts. Retrieved April 1, 2008.
  19. ^ Australian Singles Charting
  20. ^ Dutch Singles Charting
  21. ^ New Zealand Singles Charting
  22. ^ Finnish Singles Charting
  23. ^ "German Singles Charting". Archived from the original on September 27, 2012. Retrieved September 3, 2009.
  24. ^ Swiss Singles Charting
  25. ^ UK Charting Search for: "Crazy Town"
  26. ^ Swedish Charts – Crazy Town
  27. ^ Norway Charts – Crazy Town
  28. ^ "ARIA Report Issue 597 – Week commencing 6th August 2001" (PDF). Pandora Archive. Archived from the original on February 21, 2002. Retrieved April 13, 2013.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)