Throwing Copper

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Throwing Copper
Studio album by Live
ReleasedApril 19, 1994
RecordedJuly–September 1993 at Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
GenrePost-grunge, hard rock
Length59:25
LabelRadioactive
ProducerJerry Harrison, Live
Live chronology
Mental Jewelry
(1991)
Throwing Copper
(1994)
Secret Samadhi
(1997)
Singles from Throwing Copper
  1. "Selling the Drama"
    Released: February 1994
  2. "I Alone"
    Released: August 22, 1994
  3. "Lightning Crashes"
    Released: February 24, 1995
  4. "All Over You"
    Released: March 14, 1995
  5. "White, Discussion"
    Released: December 1, 1995
 
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Throwing Copper
Studio album by Live
ReleasedApril 19, 1994
RecordedJuly–September 1993 at Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
GenrePost-grunge, hard rock
Length59:25
LabelRadioactive
ProducerJerry Harrison, Live
Live chronology
Mental Jewelry
(1991)
Throwing Copper
(1994)
Secret Samadhi
(1997)
Singles from Throwing Copper
  1. "Selling the Drama"
    Released: February 1994
  2. "I Alone"
    Released: August 22, 1994
  3. "Lightning Crashes"
    Released: February 24, 1995
  4. "All Over You"
    Released: March 14, 1995
  5. "White, Discussion"
    Released: December 1, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars [1]
Robert ChristgauC+ [2]
Q4/5 stars [3]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars [4]

Throwing Copper is the second album by American alternative rock band Live, released on April 19, 1994 on former MCA Records subsidiary Radioactive Records. It was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads[5] and was recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studio.[6] To date, the album has sold over eight million copies in the United States.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All lyrics written by Ed Kowalczyk, all music composed by Live.

No.TitleLength
1."The Dam at Otter Creek"  4:43
2."Selling the Drama"  3:26
3."I Alone"  3:50
4."Iris"  3:59
5."Lightning Crashes"  5:25
6."Top"  2:42
7."All Over You"  3:59
8."Shit Towne"  3:48
9."T.B.D."  4:28
10."Stage"  3:08
11."Waitress"  2:49
12."Pillar of Davidson"  6:46
13."White, Discussion"  6:08
14."Horse"  4:16

"Horse" is a hidden track and is not mentioned on the album cover. The tracks "Pillar of Davidson" and "Horse" were not included on the vinyl version.[8]

Cover Art[edit]

The cover art is a painting by Scottish artist Peter Howson titled Sisters of Mercy. On September 23, 2005 it was sold for $186,000 by Christie's in New York. The painting is oil on canvas and measures 243 x 182 centimeters.[9] It has been suggested that the painting explores the themes of betrayal, revenge, and fear and that it shows a group of prostitutes urging a man holding a bible to throw himself off a cliff.[10]

Chart positions[edit]

Album[edit]

ChartPeak
U.S. Billboard 2001[11]
UK Albums Chart37[12]
Australian Albums Chart1[13]
Austrian Albums Chart11[13]
RPM Canadian Albums Chart1[14]
Dutch Albums Chart5[13]
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart8[13]
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart38[13]
Swedish Albums Chart11[13]
Finnish Albums Chart38[13]
Norwegian Albums Chart24[13]
New Zealand Albums Chart1[13]
German Albums Chart28[15]

End-of-decade charts[edit]

Chart (1990–1999)Position
U.S. Billboard 200[16]60

Singles[edit]

SongRefsPeak chart positions
USUS (M.R.)AustraliaNedUKGer
"Selling the Drama"[17][18][19][20]43149153089
"I Alone"[17][21][19]62048
"Lightning Crashes"[17][22][19]11333
"All Over You"[17][19]448
"White, Discussion"[19]15
"—" denotes releases that did not chart
Preceded by
The Lion King (soundtrack) by Various artists
Billboard 200 number-one album
May 6 – May 12, 1995
Succeeded by
Friday (soundtrack) by Various artists
Preceded by
The Colour of My Love by Celine Dion
The Memory of Trees by Enya
Australian ARIA Albums Chart number-one album
August 13 – September 9, 1995
January 14 – February 3, 1996
Succeeded by
The Colour of My Love by Celine Dion
(What's the Story) Morning Glory? by Oasis
Preceded by
Greatest Hits by Bruce Springsteen
RPM Canadian Albums Chart number-one album
May 8 – June 18, 1995 (6 weeks)
Succeeded by
Pulse by Pink floyd

Personnel[edit]

Album credits[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 28, 1995). "Robert Christgau: Consumer Guide Nov. 28, 1995: Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved on 2011-05-07.
  3. ^ Q Magazine – Nov 1994 (p.115)
  4. ^ Evans, Paul (1994-08-11). "Live: Throwing Copper : Music Reviews". Rolling Stone: 70. Archived from the original on 2008-11-13. Retrieved 2013-01-14. 
  5. ^ "Throwing Copper – Credits" Allmusic
  6. ^ "Pachyderm Recording Studio" pachydermstudio.com
  7. ^ "RIAA (Gold and Platinum)" RIAA
  8. ^ "Live - Throwing Copper, Label:Radioactive (RAR10997) Format: Vinyl, LP, Album" Discogs
  9. ^ "Peter Howson (b. 1958) – Sisters of Mercy" Christie's
  10. ^ "Peter Howson" Barton Laboratory, Dept of Chemistry, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  11. ^ "Throwing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic
  12. ^ "Chart Stats entry for Throwing Copper" chartstats.com
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ultratop entry for Throwing Copper" Ultratop
  14. ^ "RPM – Top Albums/CDs – Volume 61, No. 14, May 08 1995" RPM Magazine via Library and Archives Canada (retrieved March 1, 2011)
  15. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LIVE / Longplay" Musicline.de
  16. ^ Mayfield, Geoff "Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade > Top Pop Albums of the '90s" Billboard – December 25, 1999 (retrieved October 15, 2010)
  17. ^ a b c d "Chart Stats page for Live" Chart Stats
  18. ^ "Ultratop entry for Selling the Drama" Ultratop
  19. ^ a b c d e "Throwing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" Allmusic
  20. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LIVE / Single " Musicline.de
  21. ^ "Ultratop entry for I Alone" Ultratop
  22. ^ "Ultratop entry for Lightning Crashes" Ultratop