Thriller (Lambchop album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedSeptember 23, 1997
Genre Rock
Label Merge
Producer Robb Earls & Kurt Wagner
Lambchop chronology
How I Quit Smoking
What Another Man Spills
Professional ratings
Review scores
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Pitchfork Media (8.0/10) [2]

Thriller is the third full-length album by Lambchop, released in 1997.

The album title was chosen as a reference to the Michael Jackson album of the same name, one of the biggest-selling albums of all time, as an in-joke by frontman Kurt Wagner regarding the low sales of the first two Lambchop albums.

The track "Your Fucking Sunny Day" was released as a single from the album in a re-recorded "clean" version, under the title "Your Sucking Funny Day".

Three of the songs, "Hey Where's Your Girl", "Crawl Away" and "Superstar in France" are cover versions of songs from the album Poor Fricky by East River Pipe also released on Merge Records. [3] [4] [5]

The sleeve is a painting by Wayne White, a childhood friend of Wagner who also provided cover art for Nixon , Aw Cmon and No You Cmon by the band.

Track listing

  1. "My Face Your Ass"
  2. "Your Fucking Sunny Day"
  3. "Hey Where's Your Girl"
  4. "Crawl Away"
  5. "Gloria Leonard"
  6. "Thriller"
  7. "The Old Fat Robin"
  8. "Superstar in France"

Related Research Articles


  1. Thriller at AllMusic
  2. Pitchfork Media review
  3. All Music Guide to Country: The Definitive Guide to Country Music Vladimir Bogdanov, Chris Woodstra, Stephen Thomas Erlewine - 2003 p426 "Thriller is dark and dissonant, with an edgy, menacing lyrical slant to match. Not everything here works, but the album's sheer audacity alone makes it well worth a listen, again confirming Lambchop's status among the most consistently weird ..."
  4. Peter Buckley - The Rough Guide to Rock 2003 p1987 "There's a limit to how much Nashville Country pap even the most tongue-in-cheek bands can take, however, as evidenced by Lambchop's third fulllength outing. THRILLER (I997) is a far more rock-influenced and wilfully obscure album "
  5. Steve Taylor The A to X of Alternative Music 2006- p139 "Eventually, it was a band from Tennessee, Lambchop, who realized the full potential of the old styles, authentic enough ... The 1997 album Thriller kicks off with two surefire hit singles although the titles suggest that chart success isn't high on ..."