The Wolf (Andrew W.K. album)

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The Wolf
Studio album by Andrew W.K.
Released September 9, 2003
Recorded 2001-2003
Genre Alternative metal, hard rock
Length 43:23
Label Island
Producer Andrew W.K., John Fields, Scott Humphrey,
Andrew W.K. chronology
I Get Wet
The Wolf
Close Calls with Brick Walls
Singles from The Wolf
  1. "Tear it Up"
    Released: July 2003
  2. "Never Let Down"
    Released: September 2003
  3. "Long Live The Party"
    Released: 2003 (Japanese-only release)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (78/100) link
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars link
The A.V. Club (favorable) link
Blender 4/5 stars link[dead link]
Drowned in Sound (9/10) Archived November 12, 2003 at the Wayback Machine
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
Playlouder 4/5 stars Archived October 3, 2003 at the Wayback Machine
PopMatters (favorable) link
Robert Christgau C+ link
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars Archived March 12, 2007 at the Wayback Machine
Stylus Magazine B link

The Wolf is the second major-label album by hard rock solo artist Andrew W.K., released on Island Records.


In spite of Andrew's party-oriented debut, The Wolf was a more elaborate and ornate effort, with insightful lyrics and a more melodic sound. This did not stop it from being successful. The album also found Andrew playing all of the instruments on the album, whereas on I Get Wet he split the chore with studio musicians. The Wolf spawned the singles "Never Let Down" and "Tear It Up".

This album was originally titled "Blow Your Bone", but the title was deemed "Too offensive" by Island Records, so Andrew opted to use the name "The Wolf". Cover art was even made with the original title, but it differed from the cover art of "The Wolf". It is not known whether the album had different material on it, as the only actual thing referencing the title was an ad made just before the album's release. The release date on the ad for "Blow Your Bone" did not change from the date that The Wolf was actually released.

The Japan release of this album came with a bonus DVD, with behind the scenes footage (mainly shot in Japan) that cannot be found on any other release.

DualDisc version[edit]

This album was included among a group of 15 DualDisc releases that were test marketed in two cities: Boston and Seattle. The DualDisc has the standard album on one side, and bonus material on the second side.

The DualDisc version was never reissued after the very limited test market run.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Victory Strikes Again" – 2:09
  2. "Long Live the Party" – 4:00
  3. "Tear It Up" – 3:55
  4. "Free Jumps" – 3:33
  5. "Never Let Down" – 3:58
  6. "Your Rules" – 2:27
  7. "The Song" – 4:17
  8. "Make Sex" – 0:44
  9. "Totally Stupid" – 4:30
  10. "Really in Love" – 4:42
  11. "The End of Our Lives" – 4:49
  12. "I Love Music" – 4:19

The Japan import has two extra tracks:

  1. "Party Hard" (live)
  2. "She Is Beautiful" (live)


  • Backing Vocals [Additional] - Billy Trudel (tracks: 1, 5, 10, 11)
  • Edited By - Roger Lian
  • Engineer - Ryan Boesch
  • Mastered By - Howie Weinberg
  • Mixed By - Dave Way
  • Mixed By [Additional] - Lior Goldenberg
  • Producer - Andrew W.K.
  • Recorded By - Ryan Boesch
  • Recorded By [Additional] - Lior Goldenberg

In popular culture[edit]

  • Track 9, "Totally Stupid," was the theme song for Andrew's short-lived MTV reality show, Your Friend, Andrew W.K.
  • Track 6, "Your Rules" was briefly played during a segment involving a motorbike, a golf ball, or a firework to see which was faster during the British TV science programme Brainiac: Science Abuse.
  • Track 3, "Tear It Up" is used as a soundtrack for the video game, NASCAR Thunder 2004.

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