Totally Crushed Out!

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Totally Crushed Out!
Cover for "Totally Crushed Out!" by that dog. Cover belongs to artist.jpg
Studio album by That Dog
Released July 18, 1995
Recorded May 1994 – January 1995
Studio
Genre
Length 38:32
Label DGC
Producer
That Dog chronology
That Dog
(1994)That Dog1994
Totally Crushed Out!
(1995)
Retreat from the Sun
(1997)Retreat from the Sun1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
The Village Voice A−[2]

Totally Crushed Out! is the second studio album by American alternative rock band That Dog. It was released on July 18, 1995 on DGC Records.

The album would spawn the single "He's Kissing Christian", with a music video by Frank Sacramento, who also directed videos for The Breeders and Redd Kross.[2] Totally Crushed Out! also includes the band's longest song, "Rockstar", clocking it at well over seven minutes.

Background[edit]

The recording is a loosely based concept album about love and crushes, featuring an album cover that resembles artwork from the Sweet Valley High young adult book series.[1] This theme is further demonstrated within the rest of the albums' layout. The tracks are listed as a table of contents with song lyrics broken up into chapters, while photos of the band appear under a "About the Authors" section, with a short biography on each member. The albums' back cover features a brief synopsis of a fictitious story, that includes the song titles in their playing order within the text:

She's feeling like a Ms. Wrong again. Silently she pursues him even though something doesn't feel right. Telling herself, "in the back of my mind, I have a crush again." Either he's kissing Christian or he's being shy. Anymore of this will put her over the edge. She wants to say, "to keep me, things are going to have to change because I keep putting on lip gloss and you won't kiss me," but she's too crushed out to talk to him. It seems like everyone is saying "she doesn't know how to handle another crush."

The holidays are coming and she's getting depressed. But she knows that babe with the side part will show up one summer night and be her Mr. Right. It's time for her to say no to the boys who give up like Michael Jordan, so she can find her very own rockstar... or is it?

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Anna Waronker, except where noted.

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Ms. Wrong"
  • Waronker
  • Jennifer Konner
2:26
2. "Silently"   2:29
3. "In the Back of My Mind"   2:04
4. "He's Kissing Christian"   3:31
5. "Anymore"   2:42
6. "To Keep Me"   2:21
7. "Lip Gloss"   2:58
8. "She Doesn't Know How"   2:26
9. "Holidays"   2:30
10. "Side Part"   2:01
11. "One Summer Night"   2:10
12. "Michael Jordan"   3:27
13. "Rockstar"   7:37

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ All Music Guide to Rock (2002) pg. 1130
  2. ^ Frank Sacramento Videography
Notes
  1. ^ a b Phares, Heather. "Totally Crushed Out! – that dog". AllMusic. Retrieved May 18, 2018. 
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (May 21, 1996). "Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. Retrieved May 18, 2018.