Busted Stuff

Busted Stuff is the fifth studio album by Dave Matthews Band, released on July 16, 2002 by RCA Records. Produced by Stephen Harris, it was the band's second album not to feature longtime producer Steve Lillywhite.

Busted Stuff
Dave Matthews Band - Busted Stuff.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 16, 2002 (2002-07-16)
StudioRecord Plant Studios in Sausalito, California
ProducerStephen Harris
Dave Matthews Band chronology
Live in Chicago 12.19.98 at the United Center
Busted Stuff
Live at Folsom Field, Boulder, Colorado
Singles from Busted Stuff
  1. "Where Are You Going"
    Released: July 16, 2002
  2. "Grace Is Gone"
    Released: 2002
  3. "Grey Street"
    Released: 2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
Blender3/5 stars[3]
Entertainment WeeklyA−[4]
Los Angeles Times2.5/4 stars[5]
Q3/5 stars[6]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[7]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[8]
USA Today3/4 stars[10]

Nine of the album's eleven tracks are re-recorded versions of songs that first appeared on an album the band had abandoned in 2000, a project that had come to be known as The Lillywhite Sessions; "Where Are You Going"—the first single from Busted Stuff—and "You Never Know" were not from The Lillywhite Sessions.


Work on the album began in January 2002 at Record Plant Studios in Sausalito, California. The band had been road testing much of the material from the abandoned Steve Lillywhite sessions and felt that these songs deserved a spot on their followup to Everyday. Matthews reworked many of the lyrics while the rest of the band continued to evolve the arrangements. Through the recording process, two new songs were created: "Where Are You Going" and "You Never Know".

Busted Stuff is the first album the band recorded without any special guests.[11]

Commercial performanceEdit

Busted Stuff debut at No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200, selling 621,700 copies in its first week.[12] The album also debuted at No. 1 on the Canadian Albums Chart, selling 21,700 copies in the country in its first week.

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by David J. Matthews.

1."Busted Stuff"3:48
2."Grey Street"5:08
3."Where Are You Going"3:53
4."You Never Know"5:54
7."Grace Is Gone"4:38
8."Kit Kat Jam"3:35
9."Digging a Ditch"4:47
10."Big Eyed Fish"5:04
Deleted tracks

These songs were recorded during the Busted Stuff sessions but weren't included on the final cut of the album:[13]

  • "JTR" – previously recorded during the Lillywhite sessions
  • "Sweet Up and Down" – previously recorded during the Lillywhite sessions
  • "Monkey Man" – previously recorded during the Lillywhite sessions
  • "Counting the Stars" – an early version of a song that merged with another piece of music to become "You Never Know"
  • "Save Me" – later re-recorded for Dave Matthews's solo album Some Devil
  • "Gravedigger" – later re-recorded for Matthews's Some Devil
Bonus DVD

Busted Stuff came with a bonus DVD, titled Some Other Stuff, featuring two live performances from Boulder, Colorado from July 11, 2001—"When the World Ends" and "Bartender"—as well as 5.1 audio of the studio version of "Bartender."


Dave Matthews Band

Production personnel[citation needed]

  • Stephen Harris – producer
  • John Nelson – engineering
  • John Alagía – mixing
  • Ted Jensen – mastering
  • Danny Clinch – art direction, design, photography
  • Catherine Dee – art direction, design
  • Thane Kerner – art direction, design, digital collage
  • Gary Ashley – photography assistant
  • Jonathan Adler – assistant editor
  • Jared Miller – assistant engineer
  • Enrique Gonzalez Müller – 2nd engineer
  • Leff Lefferts – 2nd engineer
  • Erik Porter – bass & violin technician
  • Henry Luniewski – drum technician
  • Robert Montgomery – guitar technician
  • David Saull – horn technician

Chart performanceEdit

Busted Stuff debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 622,000 copies sold in its first week.[14] The album was certified 2x Platinum by the RIAA on August 29, 2002.[15]

Year Chart Position
2002 The Billboard 200 1[16]
2002 Top Canadian Albums 1[17]
2002 Top Internet Albums 1[17]


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