The Joke's on You

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The Joke's on You
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Studio album by Excel
ReleasedJune 20, 1989
RecordedApril 1988-March 1989 at Music Grinder Studio, Hollywood, California and EQ Sound, Hollywood, California
GenreCrossover thrash, thrash metal
LengthVinyl version: 39:49
CD version: 43:13
2001 re-release: 63:10
LabelCaroline
ProducerRandy Burns
Excel chronology
Split Image
(1987)
The Joke's on You
(1989)
Seeking Refuge
(1995)

The Joke's on You is the second album by Excel, released in 1989. The song "The Joke's on You" was already released on the previous album, Split Image.

Although The Joke's on You never reached any major charts, it is often considered Excel's best release, and it features their live staples "Fired (You're)", "Tapping into the Emotional Void", "Seeing Insane" and "My Thoughts".

The Joke's on You is also the last Excel album recorded with the "classic" line-up members Adam Siegel (guitar) and Greg Saenz (drums). Following their departure, Excel's music would take a different direction on their next album, 1995's Seeking Refuge.

Availability[edit]

Two different covers of The Joke's on You exist: the original version featured a white cover and the 2001 re-release featured a black cover. Like many Excel albums, the recording is out of print, but this album, along with the band's others, can readily be found for sale on Chinese, Ukrainian, and Russian mp3 websites.

Album Track listing(s)[edit]

All songs by Excel, except "Message in a Bottle", originally by The Police.

Original release[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Drive" (2:27)
  2. "Shadow Winds" (4:17)
  3. "Fired (You're)" (3:16)
  4. "Tapping into the Emotional Void" (4:20)
  5. "Affection Blends with Resentment" (3:56)
  6. "Seaing Insane" (3:18)

Side two[edit]

  1. "My Thoughts" (3:19)
  2. "I Never Denied" (5:19)
  3. "Message in a Bottle" (2:51)
  4. "Given Question" (3:53)
  5. "The Stranger" (2:53)

CD version[edit]

  1. "Drive" (2:27)
  2. "Shadow Winds" (4:17)
  3. "Fired (You're)" (3:16)
  4. "Tapping into the Emotional Void" (4:20)
  5. "Affection Blends with Resentment" (3:56)
  6. "Seaing Insane" (3:18)
  7. "My Thoughts" (3:19)
  8. "I Never Denied" (5:19)
  9. "Message in a Bottle" (2:51)
  10. "Given Question" (3:53)
  11. "The Stranger" (2:53)
  12. "Blaze Some Hate" (3:24)

Track notes: The last track, "Blaze Some Hate", appears only on the original CD version as a bonus track.

2001 re-issue[edit]

  1. "Drive" (2:27)
  2. "Shadow Winds" (4:17)
  3. "Fired (You're)" (3:16)
  4. "Tapping into the Emotional Void" (4:20)
  5. "Affection Blends with Resentment" (3:56)
  6. "Seaing Insane" (3:18)
  7. "My Thoughts" (3:19)
  8. "I Never Denied" (5:19)
  9. "Message in a Bottle" (2:51)
  10. "Given Question" (3:53)
  11. "The Stranger" (2:53)
  12. "Blaze Some Hate" (3:24)
  13. "Cultured" (4:42)
  14. "More Than You'd Ever Know" (3:49)
  15. "Soul Sick" (3:46)
  16. "Withdrawal" (3:58)
  17. "Priorities Astray" (3:42)

Track notes: The last five unreleased tracks are demo tracks of later material. They were originally recorded in 1991 while Excel was planning their follow-up to this album.

Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine has said that the intro of "Enter Sandman" recalls the intro of "Tapping Into The Emotional Void"

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