Throwing Copper

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Throwing Copper
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 26, 1994 (1994-04-26)
RecordedJuly–September 1993
StudioPachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
GenreAlternative rock[1]
Length59:32
LabelRadioactive
ProducerJerry Harrison, Live
Live chronology
Mental Jewelry
(1991)
Throwing Copper
(1994)
Secret Samadhi
(1997)
Singles from Throwing Copper
  1. "Selling the Drama"
    Released: February 1994
  2. "I Alone"
    Released: May 22, 1994
  3. "Lightning Crashes"
    Released: September 24, 1994
  4. "All Over You"
    Released: December 5, 1994
  5. "White, Discussion"
    Released: April 1, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music[3]
Q[4]
Rolling Stone[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[7]

Throwing Copper is the third studio album by American alternative rock band Live, released on April 26, 1994, on former MCA Records subsidiary Radioactive Records.[8] It was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and was recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studio.[9] Throwing Copper has generally been regarded as Live's best album, having sold over 8 million copies and certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[10]

Cover art[edit]

The cover art is a painting by Scottish artist Peter Howson titled Sisters of Mercy. On September 23, 2005, it was sold for $186,000 by Christie's in New York. The painting is oil on canvas and measures 243 by 182 centimetres (7.97 ft × 5.97 ft).[11]

25th anniversary reissue[edit]

In May 2019, the band announced a 25th-anniversary reissue of Throwing Copper, which was released on July 19.[12] The reissue contains three bonus tracks: "Hold Me Up", which was recorded during the original Throwing Copper sessions and later heard in the 2008 comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno but was not officially released;[13] "We Deal in Dreams", which had been released as a single off the band's 2004 compilation album Awake: The Best of Live; and "Susquehanna", another previously unreleased track originally recorded in 1993, though it had been written during recording sessions for the band's first studio album, Mental Jewelry.

Critical reception[edit]

Throwing Copper has typically been regarded as Live's strongest album. A Rolling Stone review stated that the band "strive for an epic sound" and successfully execute on that goal;[5] retrospective reviews have been similarly positive, with the Jakarta Post describing the album as "a solid beast from front to back" and uDiscoverMusic characterizing it as "challenging, yet commendably powerful".[14][15] The instrumentation on the album has been generally praised: Rolling Stone considered the musicians to be "expert players [who] drop musical smart bombs with unerring precision", and the Jakarta Post referred to the music as "absolutely dynamic and catchy".[5][14] Singer Ed Kowalczyk was applauded for his vocal performance as well, with a retrospective Stereogum review noting his ability to "raise his voice from a plaintive hush to a clenched roar".[16]

The lyrics of the album received more mixed reviews. The Jakarta Post felt that Throwing Copper "managed to push earnestness and wild esotericism as far as it could go without feeling resoundingly cheesy", but Gina Boldman of AllMusic was more negative, stating that the album's "melodrama [is] a bit much".[2] Stereogum described Kowalczyk's lyrics as "mystic gibberish" that nevertheless featured "memorably inscrutable turns of phrase".[16]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics are written by Ed Kowalczyk; all music is composed by Live.

No.TitleLength
1."The Dam at Otter Creek"4:43
2."Selling the Drama"3:26
3."I Alone"3:50
4."Iris"3:59
5."Lightning Crashes"5:25
6."Top"2:42
7."All Over You"3:59
8."Shit Towne"3:48
9."T.B.D."4:28
10."Stage"3:08
11."Waitress"2:49
12."Pillar of Davidson"6:46
13."White, Discussion"6:08
14."Horse" (hidden track)4:16
25th anniversary reissue bonus tracks
No.TitleLength
15."Hold Me Up" (from the film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, previously unreleased) 
16."We Deal in Dreams" (previously released on Awake: The Best of Live) 
17."Susquehanna" (previously unreleased) 
25th anniversary reissue bonus disc: Live at Woodstock '94
No.TitleLength
1."Iris" 
2."Top" 
3."The Beauty of Gray" 
4."Selling the Drama" 
5."Shit Towne" 
6."Lightning Crashes" 
7."I Alone" 
8."Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" 
9."White, Discussion" 

The tracks "Pillar of Davidson" and "Horse" were not included on the original 1994 vinyl version.[17] They were, however, included on the 2012 vinyl reissue on Music on Vinyl, which also added "Horse" to the track listing. The 2019 vinyl re-release was a double album, featuring the bonus tracks and "Horse" on the D-side.

Personnel[edit]

Adapted credits from the liner notes of Throwing Copper.[9]

Live
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Singles[edit]

Sales chart performance for singles from Throwing Copper
Song Peak chart positions
US (Airplay) US (M.R.) Australia Ned UK Ger
"Selling the Drama"[46][47][48] 43 1 49 15 30 89
"I Alone"[47][49] 38 6  — 20 48  —
"Lightning Crashes"[47][50] 12 1 13  — 33  —
"All Over You"[47] 33 4  —  — 48  —
"White, Discussion"[47] 71 15  —  —  —  —
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Certifications[edit]

Sales certifications for Throwing Copper
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[51] 10× Platinum 700,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[52] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[53] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[54] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[55] 6× Platinum 90,000^
Sweden (GLF)[56] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[57] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[10] 8× Platinum 8,000,000^

* Sales figures based on certification alone.
^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.
double-dagger Sales+streaming figures based on certification alone.

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