Throwing Muses (1986 album)

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Throwing Muses
Studio album by Throwing Muses
Released September 1986
Genre Post-punk, alternative rock
Length 37:36
Language English
Label 4AD
Producer Gil Norton
Throwing Muses chronology
The Doghouse Cassette
(1985)The Doghouse Cassette1985
Throwing Muses
Chains Changed EP
(1987)String Module Error: Match not found1987
Singles from Throwing Muses
  1. "Soul Soldier"
    Released: 1986 (promo)

Throwing Muses is the 1986 debut album of the band Throwing Muses, released on British independent label 4AD.[1] This was the first album by an American band to be released on 4AD, which had concentrated primarily on British-based acts up to this point.[2] The release marked a shift in the label's direction; a year later 4AD would sign Pixies based in part on the band's connection to the Muses, and by the mid-1990s much of the label's roster was made up of American bands.[citation needed]


All the songs on the album were written by Kristin Hersh, with the exception of "Green", written by Tanya Donelly. The album was produced by Gil Norton, who went on to produce albums for Pixies. The band considers the album to be untitled, with Throwing Muses the name they give to another album released in 2003.[citation needed]

Release history[edit]

The album was originally released in the UK by 4AD in August 1986 (CAD607) on LP, CD and cassette. Sometime around the early 1990s, the album went out of print, as plans were made by the band's American label, Sire Records to issue the album for the first time in the USA, along with 1987's Chains Changed EP, which had also never seen American release. After Throwing Muses were dropped by Sire following the disappointing sales for 1995's critical favorite University, plans for the re-issue were dropped.

The band later resurrected the re-issue project, issuing the 2-CD compilation In a Doghouse in 1998 on 4AD (DAD607CD) in the UK, and on Rykodisc in the USA. This compilation not only contained the debut LP and EP as originally planned, but also (on the second CD) the demo tape that convinced 4AD president Ivo Watts-Russell to sign the band; newly recorded versions of songs originally written in the band's early years; and the band's award-winning 1987 video for the song "Fish."


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[4]
Spin Alternative Record Guide 10/10[5]
The Village Voice C[6]

AllMusic calls the album a "powerful debut" whose "startling collision of punk energy, folky melodicism, and Kristin Hersh's mercurial voice and lyrics...puts the work of most self-consciously 'tortured' artists to shame." The review praises the record's "fluid, effortless emotional shifts"—also described as "violent, vibrant mood swings".[3] The album was also included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Kristin Hersh except "Green", written by Tanya Donelly.

  1. "Call Me" – 3:59
  2. "Green" – 3:04
  3. "Hate My Way" – 4:06
  4. "Vicky's Box" – 5:09
  5. "Rabbits Dying" – 3:49
  6. "America (She Can't Say No)" – 2:47
  7. "Fear" – 2:45
  8. "Stand Up" – 2:56
  9. "Soul Soldier" – 5:10
  10. "Delicate Cutters" – 3:53


  • Kristin Hersh – guitars, vocals, synthesizer
  • Tanya Donelly – guitars, vocals, percussion
  • Leslie Langston – bass
  • David Narcizo – drums, percussion
  • Dave Knowles – keyboards
  • Ronald Stone – additional guitar
  • Gil Norton – production
  • Richard Donelly – photography


  1. ^ All-Music Guide
  2. ^ Mudede, Charles (February 26, 2014). "Throwing Muses: American Giants of Indie". The Stranger. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Throwing Muses – Throwing Muses". AllMusic. Retrieved June 5, 2017. 
  4. ^ DeCurtis, Anthony; Henke, James; George-Warren, Holly, eds. (1992). The Rolling Stone Album Guide (3rd ed.). Random House. ISBN 0-679-73729-4. 
  5. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 0-679-75574-8. 
  6. ^ Christgau, Robert (February 24, 1987). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved September 29, 2017. 
  7. ^ Dimery, Robert, ed. (2006). 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die: Revised and Updated Edition. Universe Publishing. ISBN 0-7893-1371-5.