Ultimate Alternative Wavers

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Ultimate Alternative Wavers
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1, 1993[1]
GenreIndie rock
LabelC/Z Records
ProducerBuilt to Spill and Todd Dunnigan
Built to Spill chronology
Ultimate Alternative Wavers
There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3.5/5 stars[2]
Christgau's Consumer Guide(1-star Honorable Mention)[3]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[4]

Ultimate Alternative Wavers is the first full-length album released by indie rock band Built to Spill. The line-up consisted of Doug Martsch on guitar and vocals, Brett Netson on guitar and bass, and Ralf Youtz on drums, although there was some variation in instrumentation on a few tracks. The album was recorded at Audio Lab in Boise, Idaho in the fall of 1992, and released in 1993 on the C/Z Records label. It eventually went out-of-print, but was re-released in late 2006. The song title "Nowhere Nothin' Fuckup" is the title of a song by the main character, Jason Taverner, in Philip K. Dick's Flow My Tears, the Policeman Said. The song's lyrics, also, are in large part borrowed from The Velvet Underground's "Oh! Sweet Nuthin'".

The song "Shameful Dread" features a sample of Simpsons character Nelson Muntz saying his catchphrase, "Ha-ha!" This sound effect is featured in the episode "Marge Gets a Job".

Additional musicians[edit]

  • Todd Dunnigan - keyboards on "The First Song," "Shameful Dread," "Hazy," and "Built Too Long."
  • James Dillon - piano on "Lie for a Lie"
  • Jake Carpenter - violin on "Built Too Long, pt. 2"

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Built To Spill.

  1. "The First Song" (4:02)
  2. "Three Years Ago Today" (3:56)
  3. "Revolution" (4:25)
  4. "Shameful Dread" (8:29)
  5. "Nowhere Nothin' Fuckup" (6:34)
  6. "Get a Life" (5:53)
  7. "Built to Spill" (5:52)
  8. "Lie for a Lie" (3:16)
  9. "Hazy" (6:42)
  10. "Built Too Long Parts 1, 2 & 3" (9:24)


  1. ^ http://www.builttospill.com/discography/album/ultimate-alternative-wavers
  2. ^ DaRonco, Mike. "Ultimate Alternative Wavers - Built to Spill". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-05-14.
  3. ^ Christgau, Robert (2000-10-15). "Ultimate Alternative Wavers". Christgau's Consumer Guide: Albums of the '90s. Macmillan Publishing. ISBN 9780312245603.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Omnibus Press. ISBN 9780857125958.