University (album)

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Throwing Muses University.jpg
Studio album by Throwing Muses
Released January 16, 1995 (1995-01-16)
Recorded 1994, Kingsway Studio, New Orleans, LA
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:32
Label 4AD, Sire, Reprise
Producer Throwing Muses
Throwing Muses chronology
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Allmusic 4.5/5 stars link
Entertainment Weekly B+ link
Rolling Stone 4/5 stars link

University is the 1995 album by the American alternative rock band Throwing Muses, released on Sire Records and Reprise Records in the USA, and on 4AD elsewhere. It features the single "Bright Yellow Gun", the band's first national hit. The album's radio exposure led to feature articles in Rolling Stone and other major music magazines.

The album was recorded in the fall of 1993, right before lead Muse Kristin Hersh recorded her first solo album, Hips and Makers. 4AD founder and president Ivo Watts-Russell convinced Hersh to release the solo album first, in early 1994. This led to this album being delayed until 1995.

Despite all the positive notices and exposure for the album, sales were disappointingly low, and the band was dropped from Sire's roster, ending the Muses' major label years. The band has continued sporadically ever since, releasing two more albums on the independent 4AD, one in 1996 and one in 2003, before releasing 2013's Purgatory/Paradise on their own label.

Track listing[edit]

All songs by Kristin Hersh.

  1. "Bright Yellow Gun" – 3:43
  2. "Start" – 2:47
  3. "Hazing" – 3:14
  4. "Shimmer" – 3:14
  5. "Calm Down, Come Down" – 1:48
  6. "Crabtown" – 4:20
  7. "No Way in Hell" – 4:44
  8. "Surf Cowboy" – 2:45
  9. "That's All You Wanted" – 3:26
  10. "Teller" – 2:52
  11. "University" – 2:12
  12. "Snakeface" – 3:29
  13. "Flood" – 3:14
  14. "Fever Few" – 6:44