Fromohio (stylized as fROMOHIO) is the third album by the American alternative rock band Firehose, released in 1989.[7][8] The album maintained the acoustic and folky sound of If'n.[9]

Studio album by
Recorded17–20 October 1988; Suma, Painesville, Ohio
GenreAlternative rock
LabelSST (235)[1]
ProducerEd Crawford, Mike Watt
Firehose chronology
Flyin' the Flannel
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[2]
The Encyclopedia of Popular Music3/5 stars[3]
Los Angeles Times3.5/4 stars[4]
MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide3/5 stars[5]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[6]


The album was recorded in singer-guitarist Ed Crawford's home state of Ohio.[10]

Critical receptionEdit

The Los Angeles Times wrote that the band "balance their familiar dice 'n' slice, genre-leapin' riffin' with more straightforward song structures."[4] The Chicago Tribune thought that "Crawford's guitar-playing is becoming a more integral part of the band's three-pronged attack. [Mike] Watt's bass and [George] Hurley's drums remain at the core of the band's sound, a dynamic synthesis of punk, funk and free jazz that was pioneered by the Minutemen."[11] The Ottawa Citizen wrote: "Imagine a technically imperfect band that has the art of free-form fusion mastered."[12]

Trouser Press called the album Firehose's "best, most accessible work," writing that Crawford "has absorbed a bit of his bandmates’ eccentricities, and his voice has lost some of its shriller edges."[13] The Rough Guide to Rock thought that, "in the best possible way, it was a very American record, rich in tradition and innovation."[8]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Riddle of the Eighties" - 2:00
  2. "In My Mind" - 2:16
  3. "Whisperin' While Hollerin'" - 2:04
  4. "Vastopol" - 1:24
  5. "Más Cojones" - 2:02
  6. "What Gets Heard" - 2:19
  7. "Let the Drummer Have Some" - 0:59
  8. "Liberty for Our Friend" - 2:06
  9. "Time With You" - 3:13
  10. "If’n" - 3:14
  11. "Some Things" - 2:43
  12. "Understanding" - 3:12
  13. "'Nuf That Shit, George" - 0:46
  14. "The Softest Hammer" - 3:03



  1. ^ "fIREHOSE - Fromohio - 12" inch vinyl record". SST Superstore.
  2. ^ Fromohio at AllMusic
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (2006). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music. Volume 3: MUZE. p. 463.CS1 maint: location (link)
  4. ^ a b Waller, Don (14 May 1989). "FIREHOSE 'fROMOHIO.' SST". Los Angeles Times: 86.
  5. ^ MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Visible Ink Press. 1999. p. 425.
  6. ^ The Rolling Stone Album Guide. Random House. 1992. p. 244.
  7. ^ "fIREHOSE's Ed Crawford". MTV News.
  8. ^ a b Buckley, Peter (April 17, 2003). "The Rough Guide to Rock". Rough Guides – via Google Books.
  9. ^ Earles, Andrew (September 15, 2014). "Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981-1996". Voyageur Press – via Google Books.
  10. ^ Heim, Chris (11 May 1990). "2 bands with an Ohio connection at Cabaret Metro". Chicago Tribune: A.
  11. ^ Kot, Greg (23 Apr 1989). "Loyal listener: Tragedy broke a great band, but a fan put it back together". Chicago Tribune: C3.
  12. ^ Barr, Greg (27 Apr 1990). "Fuel the fire". Ottawa Citizen: C3.
  13. ^ "fIREHOSE". Trouser Press. Retrieved 17 April 2021.

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