Third Rock from the Sun

Third Rock from the Sun is the fourth studio album by American country music artist Joe Diffie. Diffie's breakthrough album, the first five tracks were all released as singles, and all charted on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts. Of these five singles, "Pickup Man"[3] and the title track[4] were both Number One hits, "So Help Me Girl"[5] reached #2, "I'm in Love with a Capital 'U'"[6] reached #21, and "That Road Not Taken" peaked at #40.[7] "Pickup Man" was also Diffie's longest-lasting number one, having held that position for four weeks.

Third Rock from the Sun
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Studio album by
ReleasedJuly 26, 1994
StudioSoundShop Recording Studios
GenreCountry
Length37:26
LabelEpic
ProducerJoe Diffie
Johnny Slate
Joe Diffie chronology
Honky Tonk Attitude
(1993)
Third Rock from the Sun
(1994)
Mr. Christmas
(1995)
Singles from Third Rock from the Sun
  1. "Third Rock from the Sun"
    Released: July 4, 1994
  2. "Pickup Man"
    Released: October 17, 1994
  3. "So Help Me Girl"
    Released: January 30, 1995
  4. "I'm in Love with a Capital "U""
    Released: May 27, 1995
  5. "That Road Not Taken"
    Released: August 12, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Entertainment WeeklyA[2]

Track listingEdit

  1. "Third Rock from the Sun" (Sterling Whipple, Tony Martin, John Greenebaum) – 3:04
  2. "I'm in Love with a Capital "U"" (Paul Nelson, Craig Wiseman) – 3:17
  3. "That Road Not Taken" (Casey Kelly, Deborah Beasley) – 4:17
  4. "Pickup Man" (Howard Perdew, Kerry Kurt Phillips) – 3:36
  5. "So Help Me Girl" (Howard Perdew, Andy Spooner) – 3:29
  6. "Wild Blue Yonder" (Stacey Slate, Michael Higgins) – 3:53
  7. "I'd Like to Have a Problem Like That" (Whipple, Martin, Greenebaum) – 3:20
  8. "Junior's in Love" (Dennis Linde) – 3:09
  9. "From Here on Out" (Howard Perdew, Carol Perdew, Monica Stiles) – 3:24
  10. "Good Brown Gravy" (Billy Dean, Verlon Thompson, Bill Kenner) – 3:02
  11. "The Cows Came Home" (Joe Diffie, Lonnie Wilson, Lee Bogan) – 2:55

PersonnelEdit

  • Lee Bogan - background vocals (1, 11)
  • Walt Cunningham - electric keyboards (1, 3, 5, 6, 9), synthesizer strings (3, 5, 9), special effects (6)
  • Billy Dean – background vocals (10)
  • John Dickson - cow sounds (11)
  • Joe Diffie - lead vocals (all tracks), background vocals (all tracks), cow sounds (11)
  • Stuart Duncan - fiddle (4, 6, 7, 9, 10)
  • Craig "Flash" Fletcher - background vocals (1, 11)
  • Paul Franklin - steel guitar (1-7, 9)
  • Clay Keith - background vocals (5, 6)
  • Larry Keith - background vocals (5, 6)
  • Terry McMillan - harmonica (8, 10)
  • Brent Mason - electric guitar (all tracks)
  • Tim Mensy - acoustic guitar (5, 8)
  • Larry Paxton - bass guitar (3-6, 8-11)
  • Matt Rollings - piano (all tracks)
  • Johnny Slate - cow sounds (11)
  • Billy Joe Walker Jr. - acoustic guitar (all tracks)
  • Lonnie Wilson - drums (all tracks), percussion (1, 2, 8, 10, 11)
  • Glenn Worf - bass guitar (1, 2, 7)

Track information and credits adapted from Discogs[8] and AllMusic,[9] then verified from the album's liner notes.[10]

ChartsEdit

SinglesEdit

Title Date Chart Peak
position
"Pickup Man" December 16, 1994 US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[3] 1
"Third Rock from the Sun" September 23, 1994 US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[4] 1
"So Help Me Girl" April 7, 1995 US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[5] 2
"I'm in Love with a Capital "U"" July 7, 1995 US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[6] 21
"That Road Not Taken" October 6, 1995 US Hot Country Songs (Billboard)[7] 40

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Canada (Music Canada)[16] Platinum 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[17] Platinum 1,000,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Third Rock from the Sun at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Third Rock from the Sun". EW.com. Retrieved October 16, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  5. ^ a b "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  6. ^ a b "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Joe Diffie Chart History (Hot Country Songs)". Billboard. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  8. ^ "Joe Diffie – Third Rock From The Sun (Discogs)". Discogs. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  9. ^ "Joe Diffie – Third Rock From The Sun (AllMusic)". AllMusic. Retrieved February 26, 2021.
  10. ^ Third Rock From The Sun (liner notes). Joe Diffie. Epic. 1994. EK 64357.CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  11. ^ "Joe Diffie Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  12. ^ "Joe Diffie Chart History (Top Country Albums)". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  13. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1994". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  14. ^ "Top Billboard 200 Albums – Year-End 1995". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  15. ^ "Top Country Albums – Year-End 1995". Billboard. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  16. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Joe Diffie – Third Rock from the Sun". Music Canada. Retrieved February 27, 2021.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – Joe Diffie – Third Rock from the Sun". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved February 27, 2021.