Villains (The Verve Pipe album)

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Studio album by The Verve Pipe
Released March 26, 1996
Recorded 1995-1996 at Studio D and The Plant, Sausalito, CA, Ocean Way Recording, Hollywood, CA.
Genre Alternative rock
Length 53:40
Label RCA
Producer Jerry Harrison
The Verve Pipe chronology
Pop Smear
(1993)Pop Smear1993
The Verve Pipe
(1999)The Verve Pipe1999
Singles from Villains
  1. "Photograph"
    Released: 1996
  2. "Cup Of Tea"
    Released: 1996
  3. "The Freshmen"
    Released: January 27, 1997
  4. "Villains"
    Released: 1997
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau (C)[2]

Villains is the first major label release by The Verve Pipe. It was released in March 1996. The band received its first hit in "Photograph", which peaked in the top 10 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks. A year after the release of the album, a reformatted version of "The Freshmen" peaked at number 1 on the Modern Rock Tracks chart. The single was also the band's sole appearance on the Billboard Hot 100, where it peaked at number 5. The success of the song helped this album go platinum. To date, it is The Verve Pipe's best selling album.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Brian Vander Ark, unless noted.

No. Title Length
1. "Barely (If at All)" 3:45
2. "Drive You Mild" 3:02
3. "Villains" 4:42
4. "Reverend Girl" 4:27
5. "Cup of Tea" 4:26
6. "Myself" 4:47
7. "The Freshmen" 4:29
8. "Photograph" 4:55
9. "Ominous Man" 4:20
10. "Real" 1:51
11. "Penny Is Poison" (A.J. Dunning, Brian Vander Ark) 3:30
12. "Cattle" 3:42
13. "Veneer" 5:32
Total length: 53:40


Adapted from the Villains booklet and inlay notes.[3]