When We Were the New Boys

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When We Were the New Boys
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Studio album by Rod Stewart
Released 28 May 1998
Genre Rock, pop rock
Length 41:51
Label Warner Bros.
Producer Rod Stewart and Kevin Savigar
Rod Stewart chronology
If We Fall in Love Tonight
When We Were the New Boys
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Entertainment Weekly C[2]
The Hartford Courant (mixed)[3]
People (favorable)[4]
Rolling Stone 3/5 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, CA), 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)



  • Rod Stewart – producer
  • Kevin Savigar – co-producer
  • Rob Dickins – executive producer
  • Chris Lord-Alge – production and mixing
  • Barry Rudolph – engineer (except on "Ooh La La")
  • Steve Harrison – engineer on "Ooh La La"
  • Jim Horetski, Rafa Sardina, Allan Sanderson, Jeff Thomas, Greg Collins – assistant engineers
  • Ed Fotheringham – artwork
  • Lawrence Azerrad – art direction & design
  • Ken Sharp – photography


  1. ^ When We Were the New Boys at AllMusic
  2. ^ Browne, David (1998-06-05). "When We Were the New Boys Review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  3. ^ Catlin, Roger (1998-06-04). "When We Were The New Boys -- Rod Stewart". The Hartford Courant. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  4. ^ Dougherty, Steve; Novak, Ralph; Wolmuth, Roger (1998-06-08). "Picks and Pans Review: When We Were the New Boys". People. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 
  5. ^ Wild, David (1998-06-04). "When We Were The New Boys". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-11-24. 


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