Godsmack is the debut album by the band Godsmack. The album was initially paid for by the band and released as All Wound Up, before the band was signed to Universal Records and Republic Records. It was mastered at Sterling Sound in New York City. It differs from All Wound Up by splitting the song "Get Up, Get Out!" into two tracks (the intro portion being re-titled "Someone in London"), while the song "Goin' Down" was removed. "Goin' Down" later appeared on the band's second major album Awake, along with another song left off the self-titled album, "Bad Magick" (originally titled "Bad Magik").
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|Released||August 25, 1998|
|Studio||New Alliance Studios, Boston, Massachusetts|
|Singles from Godsmack|
|The Rolling Stone Album Guide|||
After playing the Boston area over the following two years, local radio stations began playing the singles "Keep Away" and "Whatever", both of which helped the band to sell copies of their self-financed album All Wound Up. After the demand for their album became too high, Republic Records/Universal Records stepped in and signed the band to their label in 1998. The band replaced drummer Darco with Stewart and All Wound Up was remastered and released six weeks later as their self-titled debut album Godsmack.
The album caused controversy due to its profane lyrics, and liner notes containing a Wiccan pentagram and reference to "Salem witches", minus a Parental Advisory warning label. After listening to his son's copy of the album, a father in the U.S. complained to Walmart, who sold him the album, that the lyrics were offensive. Walmart and Kmart took the album off the shelves. The band and its record label later added a Parental Advisory sticker to the album, and some stores ordered amended copies of the album. Erna commented on the situation to Rolling Stone magazine, stating, "Our record has been in the marketplace for more than a year now without a parental advisory sticker and this is the one and only complaint. Stickers and lyrics are by nature subjective. We have decided to put a sticker on the record." This controversy did not hurt album sales, but according to Erna, helped, stating, "It's almost taunting kids to go out and get the record to see what we're saying on it."
|5.||"Bad Religion"||Erna, Stewart||3:14|
|6.||"Immune"||Erna, Merrill, Rombola||4:50|
|7.||"Someone in London"||Rombola||2:03|
|8.||"Get Up, Get Out!"||Erna||3:30|
|9.||"Now or Never"||Erna||5:06|
|12.||"Voodoo" (The hidden track "Witch Hunt" begins at 6:40.)||Erna, Merrill||9:03|
|12.||"Goin' Down"||Erna, Rombola, Merrill||3:27|
- The Japanese bonus tracks are situated before Voodoo as tracks 12 and 13. Track 13 is a misspelling of "Bad Magick", later released on Awake.
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|Canada (Music Canada)||Gold||50,000^|
|United States (RIAA)||4× Platinum||4,000,000^|
^shipments figures based on certification alone
|United States||August 25, 1998||Republic/Universal|
|Japan||May 30, 2000||Republic|
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