Throwing Copper

Throwing Copper is the third studio release by American alternative rock band Live, released on April 26, 1994 on former MCA Records subsidiary Radioactive Records. It was produced by Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads[9] and was recorded at Pachyderm Recording Studio.[10] Throwing Copper has sold over 8 million copies and was certified 8x platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America and was well received by music critics.[11]

Throwing Copper
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Studio album by
ReleasedApril 26, 1994 (1994-04-26)[1]
RecordedJuly–September 1993 at Pachyderm Studio, Cannon Falls, Minnesota
GenreAlternative rock[2]
Length59:32
LabelRadioactive
ProducerJerry Harrison, Live
Live chronology
Mental Jewelry
(1991)
Throwing Copper
(1994)
Secret Samadhi
(1997)
Singles from Throwing Copper
  1. "Selling the Drama"
    Released: February 1994
  2. "I Alone"
    Released: May 22, 1994
  3. "Lightning Crashes"
    Released: September 24, 1994
  4. "All Over You"
    Released: December 5, 1994
  5. "White, Discussion"
    Released: April 1, 1995
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[3]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music4/5 stars[4]
Q4/5 stars[5]
Rolling Stone4/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide4/5 stars[6]
Spin Alternative Record Guide7/10[7]
The Village VoiceC+[8]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Ed Kowalczyk; all music is composed by Live.

No.TitleLength
1."The Dam at Otter Creek"4:43
2."Selling the Drama"3:26
3."I Alone"3:50
4."Iris"3:59
5."Lightning Crashes"5:25
6."Top"2:42
7."All Over You"3:59
8."Shit Towne"3:48
9."T.B.D."4:28
10."Stage"3:08
11."Waitress"2:49
12."Pillar of Davidson"6:46
13."White, Discussion"6:08
14."Horse" (Hidden track)4:16
25th Anniversary Bonus Tracks
No.TitleLength
15."Hold Me Up" (from the film Zack and Miri Make a Porno, previously unreleased) 
16."We Deal in Dreams" (previously released on Awake: The Best of Live) 
17."Susquehanna" (previously unreleased) 
Live at Woodstock '94
No.TitleLength
1."Iris" 
2."Top" 
3."The Beauty of Gray" 
4."Selling the Drama" 
5."Shit Towne" 
6."Lightning Crashes" 
7."I Alone" 
8."Operation Spirit (The Tyranny of Tradition)" 
9."White, Discussion" 

The tracks "Pillar of Davidson" and "Horse" were not included on the original 1994 vinyl version.[12] They were, however, included on the 2012 vinyl reissue on Music on Vinyl, which also added "Horse" to the track listing. The 2019 vinyl re-release will be a double album, featuring the bonus tracks and "Horse" on the D-side.

25th Anniversary reissueEdit

In May 2019, the band announced a 25th-anniversary reissue, which was released on July 19.[13]The album contains three bonus tracks: "Hold Me Up", which was recorded during the original Throwing Copper sessions and later heard in the 2008 comedy Zack and Miri Make a Porno but wasn't officially released[14]; "We Deal in Dreams", which had been released as a single off the band's 2004 compilation album Awake: The Best of Live; and "Susquehanna", another previously unreleased track originally recorded in 1993, though it had been written during recording sessions for the band's second studio album, Mental Jewelry.

Cover artEdit

The cover art is a painting by Scottish artist Peter Howson titled Sisters of Mercy. On September 23, 2005 it was sold for $186,000 by Christie's in New York. The painting is oil on canvas and measures 243 × 182 centimeters.[15] It has been suggested that the painting explores the themes of betrayal, revenge, and fear and that it shows a group of prostitutes urging a man holding a bible to throw himself off a cliff.[16]

PersonnelEdit

Adapted credits from the liner notes of Throwing Copper.[17]

Live
Technical personnel

ChartsEdit

AlbumEdit

Chart Peak
Australian Albums Chart[18] 1
Austrian Albums Chart[18] 11
Belgian (Flanders) Albums Chart[18] 8
Belgian (Wallonia) Albums Chart[18] 38
RPM Canadian Albums Chart[19] 1
Dutch Albums Chart[18] 5
Finnish Albums Chart[18] 38
German Albums Chart[20] 28
Norwegian Albums Chart[18] 24
New Zealand Albums Chart[18] 1
Swedish Albums Chart[18] 11
UK Albums Chart 37
US Billboard 200[21] 1

Decade-end chartsEdit

Chart (1990–1999) Position
US Billboard 200[22] 60

SinglesEdit

Song Peak chart positions
US US (M.R.) Australia Ned UK Ger
"Selling the Drama"[23][24][25] 43 1 49 15 30 89
"I Alone"[24][26] 38 6  — 20 48  —
"Lightning Crashes"[24][27] 12 1 13  — 33  —
"All Over You"[24] 33 4  —  — 48  —
"White, Discussion"[24] 71 15  —  —  —  —
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

CertificationsEdit

Region Certification Certified units/sales
Australia (ARIA)[28] 10× Platinum 700,000^
Belgium (BEA)[29] Gold 25,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[30] 7× Platinum 700,000^
Netherlands (NVPI)[31] 2× Platinum 200,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[32] 6× Platinum 90,000^
Sweden (GLF)[33] Gold 50,000^
United Kingdom (BPI)[34] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[35] 8× Platinum 8,000,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Billboard Top 200". Billboard Magazine. May 14, 1994. Retrieved April 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b Evans, Paul (August 11, 1994). "Live: Throwing Copper". Rolling Stone: 70. Archived from the original on November 13, 2008. Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  3. ^ Boldman, Gina. "Throwing Copper – Live". AllMusic. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  4. ^ Larkin, Colin (2011). The Encyclopedia of Popular Music (5th concise ed.). Omnibus Press. ISBN 0-85712-595-8.
  5. ^ "Live: Throwing Copper". Q (98): 115. November 1994.
  6. ^ Moon, Tom (2004). "Live". In Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian (eds.). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th ed.). Simon & Schuster. pp. 490–91. ISBN 0-7432-0169-8.
  7. ^ Weisbard, Eric; Marks, Craig, eds. (1995). Spin Alternative Record Guide. Vintage Books. ISBN 9780679755746.
  8. ^ Christgau, Robert (November 28, 1995). "Turkey Shoot". The Village Voice. Retrieved August 30, 2015.
  9. ^ "Throwing Copper – Credits" AllMusic
  10. ^ "Pachyderm Recording Studio" pachydermstudio.com
  11. ^ "RIAA (Gold and Platinum)" RIAA
  12. ^ "Live - Throwing Copper, Label:Radioactive (RAR10997) Format: Vinyl, LP, Album" Discogs
  13. ^ https://shop.freaks4live.com/collections/pre-order/products/super-deluxe-25th-anniversary-edition-2lp-2cd
  14. ^ "Hear Live Rip Through Previously Unreleased Track 'Hold Me Up'". rollingstone.com. May 30, 2019. Retrieved December 31, 2019.
  15. ^ "Peter Howson (b. 1958) – Sisters of Mercy" Christie's
  16. ^ "Peter Howson" Barton Laboratory, Dept of Chemistry, Imperial College of Science Technology and Medicine
  17. ^ Throwing Copper (liner notes). Live. Radioactive. 1994. RARD-10997.CS1 maint: others (link)
  18. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Ultratop entry for Throwing Copper" Ultratop
  19. ^ "RPM – Top Albums/CDs – Volume 61, No. 14, May 08 1995" Archived October 21, 2012, at the Wayback Machine RPM Magazine via Library and Archives Canada (retrieved March 1, 2011)
  20. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LIVE / Longplay" Archived September 27, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Musicline.de
  21. ^ "Throwing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" AllMusic
  22. ^ Mayfield, Geoff "Totally '90s: Diary of a Decade > Top Pop Albums of the '90s" Billboard – December 25, 1999 (retrieved October 15, 2010)
  23. ^ "Ultratop entry for Selling the Drama" Ultratop
  24. ^ a b c d e "Throwing Copper > Charts & Awards > Billboard Singles" AllMusic
  25. ^ "Chartverfolgung / LIVE / Single " Archived August 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine Musicline.de
  26. ^ "Ultratop entry for I Alone" Ultratop
  27. ^ "Ultratop entry for Lightning Crashes" Ultratop
  28. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2019 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  29. ^ "Ultratop − Goud en Platina – albums 1995". Ultratop. Hung Medien. Retrieved February 9, 2019.
  30. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Live – Throwing Cooper". Music Canada. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  31. ^ "Dutch album certifications – Live – Throwing Cooper" (in Dutch). Nederlandse Vereniging van Producenten en Importeurs van beeld- en geluidsdragers. Retrieved September 20, 2019. Enter Throwing Cooper in the "Artiest of titel" box.
  32. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Live – Throwing Cooper". Recorded Music NZ. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  33. ^ "Guld- och Platinacertifikat − År 1987−1998" (PDF) (in Swedish). IFPI Sweden. Retrieved September 20, 2019.
  34. ^ "British album certifications – Live – Throwing Cooper". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved September 20, 2019. Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Type Throwing Cooper in the "Search BPI Awards" field and then press Enter.
  35. ^ "American album certifications – Live – Throwing Cooper". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved September 20, 2019. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH.