The Harsh Light of Day

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The Harsh Light of Day
Studio album by Fastball
Released September 19, 2000
Recorded A&M Studios, Hollywood
Genre Rock, pop, power pop
Length 42:21
Label Hollywood Records
Producer Julian Raymond, Fastball
Fastball chronology
All the Pain Money Can Buy
(1998)All the Pain Money Can Buy1998
The Harsh Light of Day
Painting the Corners: The Best of Fastball
(2002)Painting the Corners: The Best of Fastball2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (64/100)[1]
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[2]
Entertainment Weekly B−[3]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars[4]
Spin (6/10)[1]
Wall of Sound (68/100)[5]

The Harsh Light of Day is the third album by pop-rock band Fastball, released in September 2000 by Hollywood Records. It contained the single release, "You're an Ocean," which spent eight weeks on the Billboard Bubbling Under chart and peaked at #101 during the fall of 2000.

The album had a distinctly more layered and glossier sound than past albums, and featured an impressive roster of guest stars, including The Beatles contemporary Billy Preston, Stray Cats frontman Brian Setzer and former Wallflowers guitarist Michael Ward. However, despite positive reviews and extensive touring and promotional activity, the album failed to match the success of its predecessor, and would be the band's last studio effort for Hollywood Records.

Miles Zuniga left the band briefly following the completion of promotional duties for The Harsh Light of Day, and moved to Nashville, Tennessee, but re-joined the band soon afterwards.[6]

There is an episode of the television show Buffy the Vampire Slayer called "The Harsh Light of Day." Coincidentally, Fastball's song "Fire Escape" from their previous album was featured on the show.

Fastball appeared on an episode of Charmed and played "You're an Ocean" at Piper's night club.

As of January 2004 sales for this album were at 85,000.[7]

The song "Morning Star" is played in the title sequence of the video game Triple Play 2001.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "This Is Not My Life" (Miles Zuniga) - 3:00
  2. "You're an Ocean" (Tony Scalzo) - 3:17
  3. "Goodbye" (Zuniga) - 3:13
  4. "Love Is Expensive and Free" (Scalzo) - 3:02
  5. "Vampires" (Zuniga) - 3:10
  6. "Wind Me Up" (Scalzo) - 3:59
  7. "Morning Star" (Scalzo) - 3:59
  8. "Time" (Zuniga) - 3:16
  9. "Dark Street" (Zuniga) - 3:28
  10. "Funny How It Fades Away" (Scalzo) - 4:08
  11. "Don't Give Up On Me" (Zuniga) - 3:33
  12. "Whatever Gets You On" (Zuniga, Jeff Groves) - 4:06

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "The Way" (Scalzo)(live)
  2. "Emotional"(Zuniga)
  3. "Love Doesn’t Kill You" (demo)(Scalzo)



  1. ^ a b Critic Reviews on Metacritic
  2. ^ Allmusic review
  3. ^ Entertainment Weekly review
  4. ^ Rolling Stone review
  5. ^ Wall of Sound review
  6. ^ Matt Dentler (June 13, 2003). "Another Way: Fastball's third act". Austin Chronicle. Archived from the original on 2003-07-08. Retrieved 2006-10-22. 
  7. ^ Billboard Bits "Billboard Bits" Check |url= value (help). Retrieved November 3, 2007. 

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