|Studio album by|
|Released||31 October 2005|
|Recorded||June–September 2005 at Sound City Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Hard rock, stoner rock, heavy metal, neo-psychedelia|
Wolfmother is the debut studio album by Australian rock band Wolfmother, originally released on 31 October 2005 in Australia. The album was later released internationally at various dates in 2006, with the addition of "Love Train" and a rearranged track listing. Wolfmother peaked at number three on the Australian ARIA Albums Chartand was certified five times platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association. Six singles were released from Wolfmother's debut album: "Mind's Eye" (with "Woman"), "White Unicorn", "Dimension", "Woman", "Love Train" and "Joker & the Thief", the latter of which charted the highest at number eight on the ARIA Singles Chart. The album cover, which is taken from The Sea Witch by Frank Frazetta, shows a nymph standing against a blue/orange sky, on a rock, though because it displays nudity the album is sold in Wal-Mart stores with an alternate cover featuring simply the band's white logo against a black background. It is the only album to feature co-founding members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett, who left the band in August 2008.
Rock music is a broad genre of popular music that originated as "rock and roll" in the United States in the early 1950s, and developed into a range of different styles in the 1960s and later, particularly in the United States and the United Kingdom. It has its roots in 1940s and 1950s rock and roll, a style which drew heavily from the genres of blues, rhythm and blues, and from country music. Rock music also drew strongly from a number of other genres such as electric blues and folk, and incorporated influences from jazz, classical and other musical styles. Musically, rock has centered on the electric guitar, usually as part of a rock group with electric bass, drums, and one or more singers. Usually, rock is song-based music usually with a 4/4 time signature using a verse–chorus form, but the genre has become extremely diverse. Like pop music, lyrics often stress romantic love but also address a wide variety of other themes that are frequently social or political.
Wolfmother are an Australian hard rock band from Sydney, New South Wales. Formed in 2004, the group is centred around vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, who is the only constant member of the lineup. The band have been through many personnel changes since their formation, with the current incarnation including drummer Hamish Rosser and bassist Brad Heald, both of whom are former members of The Vines. The original – and most commercially successful – lineup included bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett. Both Ross and Heskett left Wolfmother after four years in 2008.
"Love Train" is a song by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother, featured on the 2006 international version of their debut studio album Wolfmother. "Love Train" was released as the fifth single from Wolfmother, on 7" picture disc, CD single and as a digital download, on 18 September 2006 by Island Records. It became a minor commercial success in the United Kingdom, reaching number 62 on the UK Singles Chart.
|Rolling Stone||(favourable) link|
Wolfmother was first issued in Australia on 30 October 2005 through Modular Recordings. 6. By 2007, the album had been certified five times platinum and had peaked at No. 3.Prior to its release it was played on high rotation on radio station Triple J, and as a result was the featured album of the week starting 28 October, won both the inaugural J Award and the listener's choice Album of the Year. It also contributed a record total of six songs to the Hottest 100 chart, of which the highest was "Mind's Eye" at No.
Modular Recordings is an Australian record label founded in 1998 by Steve Pavlovic that is currently owned by Universal Music Australia. It has released music from local artists such as Eskimo Joe, Ben Lee, The Avalanches, Wolfmother, Cut Copy, The Bumblebeez, Bag Raiders, Van She, Rocket Science, Ghostwood, The Presets, Pond, and Tame Impala, and local releases of international artists including Dom, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Chromeo, Colder, Klaxons, Ladyhawke, NYPC, MSTRKRFT, and Softlightes.
Triple J is an Australian government-funded radio station. A subdivision of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, it primarily appeals to young listeners. The station specialises in alternative rock and indie pop music, with a greater emphasis on broadcasting Australian content compared to other commercial stations. Triple J has two sister stations: Triple J Unearthed is an emerging music discovery station, whilst Double J caters to older audiences.
The J Awards are an annual series of Australian music awards that were established by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's youth-focused radio station triple j and which are judged by the music and on-air teams from radio stations triple j, Triple J Unearthed and Double J As part of triple j's 30th anniversary celebrations in 2005, the station inaugurated a single "J Award" to be given for "an album of outstanding achievement as an Australian musical work of art – for its creativity, innovation, musicianship and contribution to Australian music." In 2007, a new award for "Unearthed Artist of the Year" was added and the original award was renamed as the "Australian Album of the Year" An additional category for "Australian Music Video of the Year" was added in 2008, originally with triple j tv as a co-presenter but that role is now filled by ABC TV program rage. The newest category in the J Awards is for the"Double J Australian Artist of the Year", which was introduced in 2014. The awards are given in an on-air ceremony held in November each year as part of triple j's AusMusic Month.
For the international release of the album, the track listing was tweaked slightly and "Love Train", previously released as the B-side to "White Unicorn", was added. It was not as well received in the UK and the US as in Australia, though Wolfmother still managed to reach No. 25 and No. 22 respectively. By 2007 it had also been certified gold by the British Phonographic Industry, the Recording Industry Association of America and the Canadian Recording Industry Association.
The BPI Limited, commonly known as the British Phonographic Industry or BPI, is the British recorded music industry's trade association.
The Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) is a trade organization that represents the recording industry in the United States. Its members consist of record labels and distributors, which the RIAA says "create, manufacture and/or distribute approximately 85% of all legally sold recorded music in the United States." The RIAA headquarters is in Washington, D.C.
Upon its release, Wolfmother received mainly positive reviews from critics. It was named 15th greatest album of 2006 by Rolling Stone magazine. The album's sound was compared to such 1960s and 1970s hard rock and heavy metal bands as Led Zeppelinand Black Sabbath, as well as more modern bands including Queens of the Stone Age and The White Stripes, though this led some reviewers to go as far as accusing the trio of "ripping off" such bands. Q were somewhat less critical, describing the music as "Far from rocket science, but immense fun nonetheless". Total Guitar gave the album 9/10, describing it as "ruddy marvellous", adding that it "can't fail to bowl you over". The Record Review also praised the band and its debut, remarking that if they "continue to produce such epic songs and memorable riffs, there’s no doubt they will be at the forefront of rock and roll for years to come."
Hard rock is a loosely defined subgenre of rock music that began in the mid-1960s, with the garage, psychedelic and blues rock movements. It is typified by a heavy use of aggressive vocals, distorted electric guitars, bass guitar, drums, and often accompanied with keyboards.
Heavy metal is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock, and acid rock, the bands that created heavy metal developed a thick, massive sound, characterized by highly amplified distortion, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats, and overall loudness. The genre's lyrics and performance styles are sometimes associated with aggression and machismo.
Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of vocalist Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones and drummer John Bonham. Along with Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, the band's heavy, guitar-driven sound has led them to be cited as one of the originators of heavy metal. Their style drew from a wide variety of influences, including blues, psychedelia and folk music.
Following the release of the debut, Yahoo! critic Rob O'Connor noted them as number 15 on his list of 'The Greatest Australian Acts' on his 'List of the Day' blog.Furthermore, he compared their sound to be more reminiscent of psychedelic rock bands like Blue Cheer, Toe Fat Revival, Bloodrock and Frijid Pink, rather than comparing them to straight forward hard rock bands like Black Sabbath. Lars Ulrich of Metallica fame has gone on record as a huge fan of the debut, noting their debut to be "awesome", and that following its release, he would listen to it "every day". In 2009, the song "Vagabond" was used in the movie 500 Days of Summer . The song "Apple Tree" was used in the trailer for The Hangover Part III . The song "Dimension" was used in season 3, episode 16 of House .
Psychedelic rock is a diverse style of rock music inspired, influenced, or representative of psychedelic culture, which is centred around perception-altering hallucinogenic drugs. The music is intended to replicate and enhance the mind-altering experiences of psychedelic drugs, most notably LSD. Many psychedelic groups differ in style, and the label is often applied spuriously.
Blue Cheer was an American rock band that initially performed and recorded in the late 1960s and early 1970s and was sporadically active until 2009. Based in San Francisco, Blue Cheer played in a psychedelic blues rock or acid rock style, and are also credited as being some of the earliest pioneers of heavy metal, with their cover of "Summertime Blues" sometimes cited as the first in the genre. They have also been noted as influential in the development of genres as disparate as punk rock, stoner rock, doom metal, experimental rock, and grunge.
Bloodrock was an American rock band based in Fort Worth, Texas that had considerable success in the 1970s. The band was one of the earliest of a number of noteworthy bands to emerge from the Fort Worth club and music scene during the early to mid-1970s.
The album has sold over one million copies worldwide.
All songs written and composed by Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross and Myles Heskett.
Andrew James Stockdale is an Australian rock musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and only mainstay member of the rock band Wolfmother, which formed in 2000. In 2007, alongside his Wolfmother bandmates, he won 'Songwriter of the Year' at the APRA Awards. Aside from his work with Wolfmother, Stockdale was featured on the 2010 single "By the Sword" by Slash.
Christopher James "Chris" Ross is an Australian musician. He was the founding bass guitarist and keyboardist of hard rock band, Wolfmother, from 2000 to August 2008. His trademark stage antic is playing the keyboard at a slant or vertically. At the APRA Awards of 2007 Ross and bandmates, Myles Heskett and Andrew Stockdale, won the Songwriters of the Year category. After leaving Wolfmother with Heskett, the pair worked as Doom Buggy, then they formed Palace of Fire in 2009. In 2011 Ross and Heskett formed Good Heavens with Sarah Kelly (ex-theredsunband). Ross was formerly a digital designer and has three children.
|Original Australian version|
|6.||"Joker & the Thief"||4:39|
|8.||"Where Eagles Have Been"||5:32|
|10.||"Tales from the Forest of Gnomes"||3:35|
|4.||"Where Eagles Have Been"||5:33|
|6.||"Joker & the Thief"||4:40|
|United States 14-track edition|
|14.||"Colossal" (Live at the Big Day Out)||5:52|
|United States 15-track edition|
|14.||"Woman" (MSTRKRFT remix)||3:28|
|15.||"Love Train" (Chicken Lips remix)||5:44|
|10th anniversary deluxe edition – Bonus B-Sides|
|14.||"The Earth's Rotation Around the Sun"||2:48|
|15.||"Vagabond" (Acoustic Version)||2:41|
|16.||"Joker & the Thief" (Loving Hands Remix)||9:19|
|17.||"Woman" (MSTRKRFT Remix)||3:31|
|18.||"Love Train" (Chicken Lips Malfunction Remix)||5:46|
|10th anniversary deluxe edition – CD2 – Demos, B-sides & Live Tracks|
|2.||"White Unicorn" (Demo)||8:16|
|3.||"Woman" (Early Days Demo)||2:18|
|4.||"Apple Tree" (Demo)||3:27|
|5.||"Not Goin' Home" ("Joker & the Thief" Demo)||4:46|
|7.||"Pyramid" (Early Jam Demo)||4:51|
|8.||"Witchcraft" (Rehearsal Room Demo)||4:02|
|9.||"Love Train" (Rehearsal Room Demo)||2:37|
|10.||"Vagabond" (Rehearsal Room Demo)||3:10|
|12.||"Tales from the Forest of Gnomes" (Live)||3:49|
|13.||"Mind's Eye" (Live)||5:54|
|15.||"Where Eagles Have Been" (Live)||6:05|
|Australia||31 October 2005||Modular||Compact Disc||MODCD036|
|United States (14-track version)||18 April 2006||Modular||Digital download||—|
|Europe (13-track version)||24 April 2006||Island||Compact Disc||9877684|
|United Kingdom (13-track version)||24 April 2006||Island||Double 12-inch vinyl||986 500-4|
|North America (13-track version)||2 May 2006||Modular||Compact Disc||MODCD041|
|Australia (13-track reissue)||3 June 2006||Modular||Compact Disc||MODCD043|
|Japan (13-track version)||11 July 2006||Universal||Compact Disc||9051|
|United States (15-track reissue)||2 January 2007||Modular||Digital download||—|
|Japan (13-track version)||22 January 2007||Universal||Compact Disc and DVD||9054|
Wolfmother is the debut extended play (EP) by Australian rock band Wolfmother. Recorded and mixed at Ghetto Studios in Detroit, Michigan, USA, it was released in Australia on 27 September 2004 and later in the United States and the United Kingdom. The EP was produced and mastered by Jim Diamond and mixed by bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross; the album cover was designed by drummer Myles Heskett. All four songs from Wolfmother were later re-recorded for the band's self-titled debut studio album; "Dimension", "Woman" and "White Unicorn" were also released as singles from the album.
"White Unicorn" is a song by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Written by band members Andrew Stockdale, Chris Ross and Myles Heskett, it was produced by Dave Sardy for the group's self-titled debut album in 2005. The song was also released as the second single from the album in Australia on 26 February 2006. The track reached number 33 on the Australian Singles Chart and number 29 on the US Billboard Mainstream Rock chart.
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