You'd Prefer an Astronaut
|You'd Prefer an Astronaut|
|Studio album by Hum|
|Released||April 11, 1995|
|Recorded||1994–1995, Chicago (Track 5 recorded at Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota)|
|Genre||Post-hardcore, space rock, alternative rock, shoegazing|
|Producer||Keith Cleversley, Hum|
|Singles from You'd Prefer an Astronaut|
You'd Prefer an Astronaut is the third studio album by the American alternative rock band Hum, released on April 11, 1995 by RCA Records as their major label debut. The title of the album is a lyric lifted from the song "I'd Like Your Hair Long".
The album has sold over 250,000 copies since its release, mostly due to the second single from the album, "Stars". It became Hum's highest charting song, reaching 11 on Hot Modern Rock Tracks and 28 on Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks; it regained popularity a decade later after being featured in a Cadillac commercial with actress Kate Walsh. The song and its video were also featured on the television show Beavis and Butt-Head.
The album spawned two other singles, "The Pod" and "I'd Like Your Hair Long", although neither received the commercial success that "Stars" did.
Deftones frontman Chino Moreno declared this album a "big part of where [Deftones] get a big part of [their] influence from, tone-wise", and the album cover of the band's third album White Pony pays tribute to the You'd Prefer an Astronaut cover.
- "Little Dipper" – 4:45
- "The Pod" – 4:38
- "Stars" – 5:09
- "Suicide Machine" – 5:58
- "The Very Old Man" – 2:45
- "Why I Like the Robins" – 4:58
- "I'd Like Your Hair Long" – 5:25
- "I Hate It Too" – 5:59
- "Songs of Farewell and Departure" – 6:16
- Jeff Dimpsey – bass guitar
- Tim Lash – guitar
- Bryan St. Pere – drums
- Matt Talbott – guitar and vocals
- Keith Cleversley – production
- Allmusic review
- Turner, Luke (2010-11-23). "Bakers Dozen: Deftones' Chino Moreno Chooses His Top 13 Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 25 November 2010.