When We Were the New Boys

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

When We Were the New Boys
When We Were The New Boys.jpg
Studio album by
Released29 May 1998
GenreRock, pop rock
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerRod Stewart and Kevin Savigar
Rod Stewart chronology
If We Fall in Love Tonight
When We Were the New Boys
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyC[2]
The Hartford Courant(mixed)[3]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[5]

When We Were the New Boys is a studio album released by Rod Stewart on 29 May 1998 (see 1998 in music). It was Stewart's eighteenth studio album and was released on Warner Bros. Records (WEA 9362-46792-2). It produced the singles "Ooh La La", "Rocks", and "When We Were the New Boys".

Album information[edit]

When We Were the New Boys was the first album by Rod Stewart to not be released on vinyl. The album was recorded at Ollywood Studios (Hollywood, CA), Royaltone Studios (Burbank, CA), Ocean Way Recording (Hollywood, CA), Le Mobile (Carlsbad, CA), Beverly Park (Los Angeles), Satinwood Studios, and Record One (Sherman Oaks, CA).

The tracks are mostly covers, such as "Cigarettes & Alcohol" by Oasis, "Rocks" by Primal Scream, "Hotel Chambermaid" by Graham Parker, and "Superstar" by the band Superstar. Two ballads were included that were suggested by Elvis Costello: Ron Sexmith's "Secret Heart" and Nick Lowe's "Shelly My Love".

The album also includes "Ooh La La", a song recorded by Stewart's previous band the Faces. The Faces' version of the song was originally sung by the band's guitarist Ronnie Wood; Stewart recorded the song for When We Were the New Boys as a tribute to the song's co-author, Faces bassist Ronnie Lane, who had died in 1997 shortly before the album's release.


When We Were the New Boys rallied to #2 in the UK where it went gold on 15 June 1998. In the US the album would reach #44 on the charts.

Year Song Rank
1998 "When We Were the New Boys" 75 (GER)
1998 "Rocks" 55 (UK)
1998 "Ooh La La" 16 (UK) 39 (US) 73 (GER)

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Cigarettes and Alcohol" (Noel Gallagher) – 4:03
  2. "Ooh La La" (Ron Wood, Ronnie Lane) – 4:15
  3. "Rocks" (Bobby Gillespie, Andrew Innes, Robert Young) – 4:45
  4. "Superstar" (Joseph McAlinden) – 4:21
  5. "Secret Heart" (Ron Sexsmith) – 4:07
  6. "Hotel Chambermaid" (Graham Parker) – 3:49
  7. "Shelly My Love" (Nick Lowe) – 3:38
  8. "When We Were the New Boys" (Rod Stewart, Kevin Savigar) – 4:39
  9. "Weak" (Deborah Dyer, Martin Kent, Robbie France, Richard Lewis) – 4:38
  10. "What Do You Want Me to Do?" (Mike Scott) – 3:36
  11. "Careless With Our Love" (Rod Stewart) (bonus track on Japanese release)



  • Producer – Rod Stewart
  • Co-Producer – Kevin Savigar
  • Additional Production – Chris Lord-Alge
  • Executive Producer and Liner Notes – Rob Dickins
  • Engineers – Barry Rudolph (Tracks 1 & 3-10); Steve Harrison (Tracks 2, 9 & 10); Charlie Bouis (Track 4).
  • Assistant Engineers – Greg Collins, Jim Horetski, Allan Sanderson, Rafa Sardina and Jeff Thomas.
  • Mixed by Chris Lord-Alge at Image Recording Studios (Los Angeles, CA), assisted by Michael Dy.
  • Mastered by Doug Sax at The Mastering Lab (Hollywood, CA).
  • Artwork – Ed Fotheringham
  • Art Direction and Design – Lawrence Azerrad
  • Photography – Ken Sharp
  • Management – Annie Challis and Arnold Stiefel at Stiefel Entertainment.

Certifications and sales[edit]

Region Certification Certified units/sales
United Kingdom (BPI)[6] Gold 100,000^
United States 285,000[7]

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone


  1. ^ When We Were the New Boys at AllMusic
  2. ^ Browne, David (5 June 1998). "When We Were the New Boys Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  3. ^ Catlin, Roger (4 June 1998). "When We Were The New Boys -- Rod Stewart". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  4. ^ Dougherty, Steve; Novak, Ralph; Wolmuth, Roger (8 June 1998). "Picks and Pans Review: When We Were the New Boys". People. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  5. ^ Wild, David (4 June 1998). "When We Were The New Boys". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 24 November 2012.
  6. ^ "British album certifications – Rod Stewart – When We Were". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 28 October 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type When We Were in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  7. ^ "On The Road In America" (PDF). Billboard. 9 September 2000. p. 100. Retrieved 28 October 2019.


External links[edit]