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
ReleasedApril 11, 1995 (1995-04-11)
Recorded1994–1995
StudioPlayground, Chicago (Track 5 recorded at Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota)
Genre
Length45:53
LanguageEnglish
LabelRCA
Producer
  • Keith Cleversley
  • Hum
Hum chronology
Electra 2000
(1993)
You'd Prefer an Astronaut
(1995)
Downward Is Heavenward
(1998)
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
SourceRating
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.

Legacy[edit]

Discussing You'd Prefer an Astronaut, Deftones frontman Chino Moreno said, "This is a heavy record, and it's where Deftones get a big part of our influence from, tone-wise."[2]

In 2016, Sam Blum of The A.V. Club denoted the album an overlooked masterpiece.[3]

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

Personnel[edit]

Hum
Technical

References[edit]

  1. ^ Raggett, Ned. "You'd Prefer an Astronaut - Hum". AllMusic.
  2. ^ Turner, Luke (2010-11-23). "Bakers Dozen: Deftones' Chino Moreno Chooses His Top 13 Albums". The Quietus. Retrieved 25 November 2010.
  3. ^ Blum, Sam (April 19, 2016). "Hum's You'd Prefer An Astronaut is an overlooked masterpiece". The A.V. Club. Retrieved October 20, 2018.

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