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Whale Music (album)

Whale Music is a 1992 studio album by Canadian rock band Rheostatics. It should not be confused with the soundtrack to the film Whale Music, which was also composed by the band and released in 1994.

Whale Music
Whale music album cover.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedMay 22, 1992
RecordedFebruary-March 1992
Reaction Studios, Toronto, Ontario
GenreIndie rock
ProducerMatt DeMatteo, James Stewart
Rheostatics chronology
Whale Music
Music from The Motion Picture Whale Music
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

A performance from their concert tour to support this album was released in 2005 as The Whale Music Concert, 1992, a download-only album from Zunior Records.

The album cover is part of a painting by guitarist Martin Tielli.


In 1996, the Canadian music magazine Chart conducted a reader poll to determine the greatest Canadian albums of all time. Whale Music placed fifth in that poll, behind only Sloan, Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and The Tragically Hip. When the magazine conducted a follow-up poll in 2000, Whale Music placed fourth behind Mitchell, Young and Sloan, and was followed in fifth by the band's 1991 album Melville. In the magazine's third poll in 2005, Whale Music placed tenth. It is one of six albums to have ranked in the top ten in all three polls.

It was ranked 19th in Bob Mersereau's 2007 book The Top 100 Canadian Albums.


Barenaked Ladies, who had been guest musicians on the album, also covered "Legal Age Life at Variety Store" on the 2007 Rheostatics tribute album The Secret Sessions. Their version also included guest performers Jason Plumb and Tim Mech. On the same album, The Inbreds covered "Dope Fiends and Boozehounds" and By Divine Right covered "Shaved Head".

Track listingEdit

  1. "Self Serve Gas Station" (Martin Tielli) – 4:51
  2. "California Dreamline" (Tielli) – 4:21
  3. "Rain, Rain, Rain" (Tielli) – 4:20
  4. "Queer" (Dave Bidini, Dave Clark) – 5:30
  5. "King of the Past" (Bidini, Tim Vesely) – 4:51
  6. "R.D.A. (Rock Death America)" (Bidini, Clark) – 2:32
  7. "The Headless One" (Vesely) – 3:27
  8. "Legal Age Life at Variety Store" (Bidini) – 2:33
  9. "What's Going on Around Here?" (Tielli) – 4:13
  10. "Shaved Head" (Tielli, Bidini) – 5:06
  11. "Palomar" (Vesely) – 4:20
  12. "Guns" (Clark) – 1:49
  13. "Sickening Song" (Tielli) – 2:54
  14. "Soul Glue" (Vesely) – 3:44
  15. "Beerbash" (Bidini) – 3:50
  16. "Who?" (Vesely) – 3:02
  17. "Dope Fiends and Boozehounds" (Tielli, Bidini, Janet Morassutti) – 6:33