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
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[3]
Q4/5 stars[4]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[7]
The Village VoiceC+[8]

Throwing Copper is the second studio album by American alternative rock band Live, released on April 26, 1994 on former MCA Records subsidiary Radioactive Records.[9] It was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads and was recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studio.[10] Throwing Copper has sold over 8 million copies and was certified 8× platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America.[11]

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 × 182 centimeters.[12] It has been suggested that the painting explores the themes of betrayal, revenge, and fear and that it shows a group of prostitutes urging a man holding a bible to throw himself off a cliff.[13]

25th anniversary reissue[edit]

In May 2019, the band announced a 25th-anniversary reissue of Throwing Copper, which was released on July 19.[14] 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;[15] "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.

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.[16] 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.[10]

Live
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Album[edit]

Sales chart performance for Throwing Copper
Chart (1994–97) Peak position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[17] 1
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[18] 11
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[19] 8
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[20] 38
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[21] 1
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 5
Finnish Albums (Suomen virallinen lista)[23] 38
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 28
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)[25] 1
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 24
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[27] 11
UK Albums (OCC)[28] 37
US Billboard 200[29] 1

Decade-end charts[edit]

Decade-end chart performance for Throwing Copper
Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[30] 60

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"[31][32][33] 43 1 49 15 30 89
"I Alone"[32][34] 38 6  — 20 48  —
"Lightning Crashes"[32][35] 12 1 13  — 33  —
"All Over You"[32] 33 4  —  — 48  —
"White, Discussion"[32] 71 15  —  —  —  —
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Certifications[edit]

Sales certifications for Throwing Copper
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[36] 10× Platinum 700,000double-dagger
Belgium (BEA)[37] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[38] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[39] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[40] 6× Platinum 90,000^
Sweden (GLF)[41] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[42] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[11] 8× Platinum 8,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Boldman, Gina. "Throwing Copper – Live". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). "Live". The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  4. ^ "Live: Throwing Copper". Q. No. 98. November 1994. p. 115.
  5. ^ Evans, Paul (August 11, 1994). "Live: Throwing Copper". Rolling Stone. p. 70. Archived from the original on November 13, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Moon, Tom (2004). "Live". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 490–91. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Gardner, Elysa (1995). "Live". In Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig (eds.). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. p. 226. ISBN 0-679-75574-8.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 28, 1995). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "+Live+ Today Release The Super Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition Of Their Landmark 8x Multi-Platinum Sophomore Album 'Throwing Copper'". Universal Music Enterprises. July 19, 2019. Retrieved June 1, 2020.
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  12. ^ "Peter Howson (b. 1958) – Sisters of Mercy" Christie's
  13. ^ "Peter Howson" Barton Laboratory, Dept of Chemistry, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  14. ^ "Throwing Copper Super Deluxe 25th Anniversary Edition Box Set (2LP+2CD)". Friends of Live.
  15. ^ Blistein, Jon (May 30, 2019). "Hear Live Rip Through Previously Unreleased Track 'Hold Me Up'". Rolling Stone. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
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  34. ^ "Ultratop entry for I Alone" Ultratop
  35. ^ "Ultratop entry for Lightning Crashes" Ultratop
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  42. ^ "British album certifications – Live – Throwing Cooper". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 20, 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Throwing Cooper in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.