You'd Prefer an Astronaut

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You'd Prefer an Astronaut
A zebra standing on a dark green background
Studio album by Hum
Released April 11, 1995 (1995-04-11)
Recorded 1994–1995, Chicago (Track 5 recorded at Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota)
Genre Post-hardcore, space rock, alternative rock, shoegazing
Length 45:53
Language English
Label RCA
Producer Keith Cleversley, Hum
Hum chronology
Electra 2000
(1993)Electra 20001993
You'd Prefer an Astronaut
Downward Is Heavenward
(1998)Downward Is Heavenward1998
Singles from You'd Prefer an Astronaut
  1. "Stars"
    Released: 1995
  2. "The Pod"
    Released: 1995
  3. "I'd Like Your Hair Long"
    Released: 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

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",[2] and the album cover of the band's third album White Pony pays tribute to the You'd Prefer an Astronaut cover.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Little Dipper" – 4:45
  2. "The Pod" – 4:38
  3. "Stars" – 5:09
  4. "Suicide Machine" – 5:58
  5. "The Very Old Man" – 2:45
  6. "Why I Like the Robins" – 4:58
  7. "I'd Like Your Hair Long" – 5:25
  8. "I Hate It Too" – 5:59
  9. "Songs of Farewell and Departure" – 6:16




  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Turner, Luke (2010-11-23). "Bakers Dozen: Deftones' Chino Moreno Chooses His Top 13 Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 25 November 2010.