Martinis & Bikinis

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Martinis & Bikinis
Studio album by
ReleasedMarch 8, 1994 (1994-03-08)
Genre Rock, alternative rock
Label Virgin
Producer T Bone Burnett
Sam Phillips chronology
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Martinis & Bikinis
Omnipop (It's Only a Flesh Wound Lambchop)
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Christgau's Consumer Guide Five Pointed Star Solid.svg [4]
Entertainment Weekly A [5]
Los Angeles Times Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar half.svg [6]
Mojo Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [7]
PopMatters 8/10 [8]
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The Rolling Stone Album Guide Star full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar full.svgStar empty.svg [10]

Martinis & Bikinis is the seventh studio album by American singer and songwriter Sam Phillips. It was released on March 8, 1994 and re-released on July 17, 2012. [8] "Circle of Fire" was nominated for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards. [11]


The photographs included in this album's artwork reportedly led to Phillips' role as a mute terrorist in the film Die Hard with a Vengeance . [12]

Track listing

All tracks are written by Sam Phillips except where noted.

1."Love and Kisses" 0:56
2."Signposts" 2:19
3."Same Rain"Sam Phillips, T Bone Burnett 4:11
4."Baby, I Can't Please You" 3:30
5."Circle of Fire" 3:12
6."Strawberry Road" 4:05
7."When I Fall" 5:07
8."Same Changes"Sam Phillips, T Bone Burnett4:44
9."Black Sky" 4:03
10."Fighting with Fire" 3:00
11."I Need Love" 3:39
12."Wheel of the Broken Voice" 4:00
13."Gimme Some Truth" John Lennon 3:27


Guests [13]


New Zealand Albums (RMNZ) [14] 30
US Billboard 200 [15] 182
US Heatseekers Albums (Billboard) [16] 9

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