Ivy and the Big Apples

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Ivy and the Big Apples
Studio album by
Released14 October 1996
RecordedMarch & August 1996
Studio 301, Rockinghorse Studios
Genre Alternative rock, post-grunge, punk rock, pop punk
Label Universal/Polydor
Producer Spiderbait, Phil McKellar, Paul McKercher
Spiderbait chronology
The Unfinished Spanish Galleon of Finley Lake
Ivy and the Big Apples
Grand Slam
Singles from Ivy and the Big Apples
  1. "Buy Me a Pony"
    Released: September 1996
  2. "Hot Water & Milk"
    Released: December 1996
  3. "Calypso"
    Released: April 1997
  4. "Joyce's Hut"/"Horschack Army"
    Released: September 1997
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Ivy and the Big Apples is the third studio album by Australian rock band Spiderbait. It became a double platinum-selling record that reached the top 10 of the albums chart in Australia and won the 1997 ARIA Award for Best Alternative Release. [2] It features the single "Buy Me a Pony", which was voted in at number one on the Triple J Hottest 100, 1996. The third single "Calypso" peaked at number 13 on the Australian singles chart [3] and was notably featured in the movie 10 Things I Hate About You , despite not being featured on the soundtrack.


Track listing

1."Chest Hair"3:28
2."Hot Water & Milk"1:56
3."Buy Me a Pony"1:44
4."When Fusion Ruled the Earth"6:20
6."Goin' Off"1:02
7."Don't Kill Nipper"2:25
8."Horschack Army"3:37
10."Joyce's Hut"3:41
13."Should Have Done What My Mum Always Told Me To"3:15
15."Hawaiian Nights"2:52
16."Driving Up the Ceiling" (The song "Driving Up the Ceiling" ends at 6:45. After one minute of silence (6:45 - 7:45) there are two hidden tracks: the first hidden track begins at 7:45 and ends at 10:45; the second hidden track begins at 10:50 and ends at 13:10.)13:10


Weekly charts

Chart (1996/97)Peak
Australian Albums (ARIA) [4] 3

Year-end charts

Chart (1996)Rank
Australian Albums Chart [5] 68
Chart (1997)Rank
Australian Albums Chart [6] 37
Australian Artist Albums Chart [6] 11


RegionCertification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA) [7] 2× Platinum140,000^

^shipments figures based on certification alone

Release history

CountryRelease dateFormatLabelCatalogue
Australia14 October 1996CD, Cassette Polydor 529155-2

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