Recording and releaseEdit
It saw the return of "Uncle Punchy" Lawrence Packer to the production of the album and a return to Uncle Punchy Studios in Silver Spring, MD. It is the band's best-selling album in the US, at over 200,000 copies, to date. The album gets regular live coverage still, with at least half the track list making their live performances on a regular basis, well over 20 years later.
This album captures the band's MO of trying out new styles and genres, with a definable mix of funk metal in the songs this time around. The album is considered to be the point where the band had begun to evolve their stoner and blues rock know-how. With that said, the record also keeps with their punk metal credentials, containing some heavier tracks. The album is considered a staple of the 1990s stoner rock genre. The album features some of their more 'spacey' pieces such as "Big News," "Escape from the Prison Planet," "I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth," and "Spacegrass".
All music and lyrics written by Clutch
|1.||"Big News I"||5:13|
|2.||"Big News II"||2:23|
|3.||"Rock n' Roll Outlaw"||2:59|
|4.||"Texan Book of the Dead"||2:57|
|5.||"Escape from the Prison Planet"||4:53|
|7.||"I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth"||4:27|
|8.||"Tight Like That"||4:49|
|11.||"The House That Peterbilt"||3:32|
|13.||"Tim Sult vs. The Greys"||4:11|
The Japanese release of the album contains an extra track, "Apache", which was initially released on the radio only promotional EP 'Big News', along with a demo version of "Spacegrass", which has never been reissued to date. It would appear on the bootleg 'Clutch: Rarities and B-Side' some years later.
- Production & Engineering by Larry "Uncle Punchy" Packer at Uncle Punchy Studios in Silver Spring, MD
- Mixing by Steve Thompson, Michael Barbiero & Jay Ryan - "Uncle Punchy" on tracks 3 and 8
- Assistant Engineering by Mike Hamady & Jay Ryan
- Digital Engineering by Danio Saratak
- Mastered by Greg Calbi
- A and R representation by Wendy Berry
- Management by Jon Goldwater
- Photography by Dan Winters
- Design by Jennifer Roddie
- 3-D Typography by Rob Eberhardt