Urban Chipmunk

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Urban Chipmunk
Urban Chipmunk Cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 4, 1981 (US)
RecordedDecember 1980-January 1981
GenreCountry, Children's music
Length45:23
LabelRCA Nashville
ProducerLarry Butler
Janice Karman
Ross Bagdasarian Jr.
The Chipmunks chronology
Chipmunk Punk
(1980)
Urban Chipmunk
(1981)
A Chipmunk Christmas
(1981)
Alternate cover
1993 Remaster cover art
1993 Remaster cover art
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic2.5/5 stars link

Urban Chipmunk was the first country album by Alvin and the Chipmunks, released on February 4, 1981. The title parodies the 1980 movie Urban Cowboy.

Track listing[edit]

Original 1981 release[edit]

Side one
No.TitleOriginal ArtistLength
1."Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (John Denver)John Denver1:43
2."The Gambler" (Don Schlitz)Kenny Rogers3:13
3."Lunchbox (feat. Jerry Reed)" (Albert Bouchard, Mike Diamond Sr.)Jerry Reed3:10
4."Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" (Chips Moman, Bobby Emmons)Waylon Jennings3:05
5."(Hey Won't You Play) Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song (feat. Larry Butler)" (Larry Butler, Chips Moman)B. J. Thomas4:48
Side two
No.TitleOriginal ArtistLength
1."I Love a Rainy Night" (David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt, Even Stevens)Eddie Rabbitt3:06
2."Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys Chipmunks" (Ed Bruce, Patsy Bruce)Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson3:15
3."Coward of the County" (Roger BowlingBilly Edd Wheeler)Kenny Rogers3:57
4."Made For Each Other (feat. Brenda Lee)" (Ross Bagdasarian Jr.Janice Karman, Larry Butler, Bruce Pinkard)original song5:28
5."On the Road Again" (Willie Nelson)Willie Nelson2:30

Urban Chipmunk was released on CD in 1993. For this release, the songs "Luckenbach, Texas (Back to the Basics of Love)" and "Made For Each Other" were deleted and replaced with new songs "The Devil Went Down to Georgia" and "Boot Scootin' Boogie". In addition, "I Love a Rainy Night" was retitled "I Love a Rainy Night (Saturday Morning Remix)" with new dialogue added. The cover art was also modified to feature the current character redesign.

1993 CD remaster[edit]

No.TitleOriginal ArtistLength
1."The Devil Went Down to Georgia" (Charlie Daniels, Tom Crain, "Taz" DiGregorio, Fred Edwards, Charles Hayward, James W. Marshall)The Charlie Daniels Band4:05
2."Mammas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys Chipmunks" (Ed Bruce, Patsy Bruce)Waylon Jennings with Willie Nelson3:15
3."The Gambler" (Don Schlitz)Kenny Rogers3:13
4."Lunchbox (feat. Jerry Reed)" (Albert Bouchard, Mike Diamond Sr.)Jerry Reed3:10
5."Another Somebody Done Somebody Wrong Song" (Larry Butler, Chips Moman)B. J. Thomas4:48
6."Boot Scootin' Boogie" (Ronnie Dunn)Brooks & Dunn3:11
7."I Love a Rainy Night (Saturday Morning Remix)" (David Malloy, Eddie Rabbitt, Even Stevens)Eddie Rabbitt3:45
8."Coward of the County" (Roger Bowling, Billy Edd Wheeler)Kenny Rogers3:57
9."Thank God I'm a Country Boy" (John Denver)John Denver1:43
10."On the Road Again" (Willie Nelson)Willie Nelson2:30

Chart/Sales performance[edit]

Despite receiving mixed reviews, the album ended up being a surprise success for the group and going Gold. It would become the second Gold album for the Chipmunks, their first being 1980's Chipmunk Punk.

The album managed to chart on Billboard Pop Albums Chart, peaking at No. 56. The album also managed to chart on Billboard's Country Albums, peaking at No. 23, becoming the group's first album to chart on the country charts.

Chart (1981) Peak
position
U.S. Billboard Top Country Albums 23
U.S. Billboard 200 56

Personnel[edit]

Production crew[edit]

  • Ross Bagdasarian Jr — producer
  • Janice Karman — producer
  • Larry Butler — producer
  • Billy Sherill — engineer
  • Dain & DeJoy — album coordination
  • Rick Detorie — art direction and illustrations
  • David Foster — project consultant
  • John Boylan — project consultant