The Quickening

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The Quickening
The Vandals - The Quickening cover.jpg
Studio album by The Vandals
Released July 15, 1996 (July 15, 1996)
Recorded 1996 at Front Page Studios, Paramount Studios, Formula One Studios, and Planet of the Tapes Studios
Genre Pop punk, punk rock, skate punk, melodic hardcore
Length 28:36
Label Nitro
Producer Warren Fitzgerald
The Vandals chronology
Live Fast, Diarrhea
The Quickening
Oi to the World!: Christmas With the Vandals

The Quickening is the fifth studio album by the southern California punk rock band The Vandals, released in 1996 by Nitro Records. Much of the album is characterized by themes of nihilism and anarchism, but presented with the tongue-in-cheek humor for which the band is known.

Both the band and the album attracted increased attention due to their involvement with the film Glory Daze. The Vandals recorded several songs for the film's soundtrack, including the main theme, and the soundtrack album was released on their Kung Fu Records label that had been started by guitarist Warren Fitzgerald and bassist Joe Escalante earlier that year. An independent music video was filmed for the song "It's a Fact" and two versions were released: one with clips from the movie and one without. Because drummer Josh Freese was not available due to other commitments, regular substitute Brooks Wackerman appears in the video as the band's drummer.


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Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Warren Fitzgerald, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Stop Smiling"   1:42
2. "It's a Fact"   2:05
3. "Marry Me" Josh Freese, Dave Quackenbush 2:17
4. "Allah" Fitzgerald, Quackenbush 1:28
5. "Tastes Like Chicken" Fitzgerald, Quackenbush 2:03
6. "(But Then) She Spoke"   1:56
7. "How (Did This Loser Get This Job?)" Fitzgerald, Joe Escalante 1:38
8. "Hungry for You" Quackenbush, Chris Lagerborg 2:16
9. "Failure Is the Best Revenge"   1:58
10. "Aging Orange" Fitzgerald, Escalante 1:59
11. "Canine Euthanasia"   1:53
12. "Moving Up"   1:59
13. "(I'll Make You) Love Me"   1:47
14. "Choosing Your Masters" Escalante 1:38
15. "I Believe" Fitzgerald, Quackenbush 1:48
Total length: 28:27


Album information[edit]

  • Record label: Nitro Records
  • Recorded winter of 1996 at Front Page Studios, Paramount Studios, Formula One Studios, and Planet of the Tapes Studios.
  • All songs copyright and published 1996 by Puppety Frenchman Music, BMI.
  • Engineered by Warren Fitzgerald and Mon Agronot.
  • Mastered at Futuredisc by Tom Baker.
  • Produced by Warren Fitzgerald
  • Graphics by Mackie Osborne.
  • Cover photo by Joe Escalante.