Unwritten Law (album)

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Unwritten Law
Unwritten Law - Unwritten Law cover.jpg
Studio album by Unwritten Law
Released June 2, 1998
Recorded July–August 1997 at London Bridge Studios, Seattle
September 1997 at Studio West, San Diego
Length 44:37
Label Interscope
Producer Rick Parashar
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Professional ratings
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Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]

Unwritten Law is the third album by the San Diego-based punk rock band Unwritten Law, released in 1998 by Interscope Records. It was their first album to chart, reaching No. 16 on Billboard's Top Heatseekers chart.[2] Music videos were filmed for the songs "Teenage Suicide", "California Sky", "Holiday", "Cailin", and "Lonesome".[3][4][5][6] "Cailin" and "Lonesome" were released as singles, the former being Unwritten Law's first song to chart, reaching No. 28 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart.[7]

Micah Albao performed as a session bassist on the album, the band's original bassist John Bell having departed the group the previous year. Following the recording sessions, Pat "PK" Kim of Sprung Monkey joined Unwritten Law as their new permanent bass player. The album includes guest appearances by Brandon Boyd and Mike Einziger of Incubus on the hidden track "418".

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Scott Russo except where noted; all music composed by Unwritten Law (Scott Russo, Steve Morris, Rob Brewer, and Wade Youman).

No. Title Length
1. "Harmonic" (Russo, Brewer) 3:42
2. "Teenage Suicide" 2:50
3. "Sorry" 2:58
4. "California Sky" (Russo, Youman) 3:00
5. "Cailin" 3:56
6. "Lonesome" 3:24
7. "Coffin Text" 2:59
8. "Holiday" 2:56
9. "Underground" (Russo, Youman, Brewer) 3:10
10. "Close Your Eyes" 2:41
11. "Before I Go" (Russo, Youman, Morris) 4:25
12. "Genocide"
"418" (Russo, Brandon Boyd; hidden track)
Total length: 44:37



Additional musicians[edit]


  • Rick Parashar – producer, engineer, mixing
  • Andy Wallace – mixing of "Sorry"
  • Jon Plum – assistant producer, engineer, and mixing
  • Geoff Ott – second engineer
  • Kelly Gray – additional mixing on "Underground" and "418"
  • Jon Mathias – engineer of "Holiday"
  • George Marino – mastering


  • Lorna Turner – graphic design
  • Craig Tomkinson and Dave Morris – photography

In Other Media[edit]

  • "Cailin" Appeared in the 1999 horror-comedy movie and soundtrack "Idle Hands"


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ "Unwritten Law: Charts & Awards". Allmusic. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Video". unwrittenlaw.com. Unwritten Law. Archived from the original on May 16, 2010. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  4. ^ "Unwritten Law - 'California Sky'". Universal Music Group. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  5. ^ "Unwritten Law - 'Holiday'". Universal Music Group. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  6. ^ "Unwritten Law - 'Lonesome'". Universal Music Group. Retrieved 2010-06-12. 
  7. ^ "Unwritten Law Album & Song Chart History: Alternative Songs". Billboard charts. Retrieved 2010-06-12.