|Studio album by American Music Club|
|Released||March 15, 1993|
|Label||Reprise Records (US) / Virgin Records (UK)|
|American Music Club chronology|
Mercury is American Music Club's sixth album, released in early 1993. It was their major label debut.
The album's title comes from a beverage featured in the lyrics of "Challenger". The inside front cover photo is Jennifer Gonsalves photographed by Robby Müller outside of Bottom of the Hill in San Francisco, California.
Singles & promotion
Keep Me Around and Johnny Mathis' Feet were released as singles on CD single and cassingle formats. A promotional version of the Johnny Mathis' Feet CD had a 10-track bonus live CD; it was recorded at Slim's in San Francisco on June 15, 1993, and is usually called Live at Slim's. A promotional single for "Over And Done" was issued to radio, but ended up without a commercial release. Additionally, there was a different promotional CD for "Over And Done" featuring interviews, demos and other unreleased tracks.
A black-and-white 11-minute promotional VHS tape, generally referred to as "1992 Press Kit," was issued in advance of the album's release. This contained interviews with each band member, live performances, studio footage, clips of Eitzel riding his bike by the ocean, etc. The band members talk at length about the origins of AMC, with two of them commenting on how scary it is to be in the band.
|New Musical Express|
"It's weird how people are starting to compare us to Springsteen. Somebody said Mercury was like Born To Run (Bruce Springsteen), although I like that album...or I guess I do. Why not? Why should I put it down? It never hurt me, never bit me in the face. Maybe it's because of my big baritone shout or my big bulging musculature," Eitzel said in a 1993 interview with Ray Gun magazine.
Spin Magazine voted Mercury the 14th best album of 1993.
The album was remastered and re-issued on 180-gram vinyl on January 21, 2014 by Plain Recordings, on license from Warner Bros. Records.
Franz Nicolay, of The Hold Steady, states that Mercury is one of his biggest musical influences.
1992 Press Kit for Mercury
- "Gratitude Walks" - 4:14
- "If I Had A Hammer" - 3:36
- "Challenger" - 2:57
- "I've Been A Mess" - 4:24
- "Hollywood 4-5-92" - 4:12
- "What Godzilla Said To God When His Name Wasn't Found In The Book Of Life" - 3:40
- "Keep Me Around" - 2:53
- "Dallas, Airports, Bodybags" - 2:00
- "Apology For An Accident" - 3:57
- "Over And Done" - 3:05
- "Johnny Mathis' Feet" - 3:40
- "The Hopes And Dreams Of Heaven's 10,000 Whores" - 4:20
- "More Hopes And Dreams" - 1:55
- "Will You Find Me?" - 4:06
- Produced by Mitchell Froom
- Engineered and mixed by Tchad Blake
- Assistant engineer (and additional engineering on "Over And Done"): John Paterno
- Recorded and mixed at Sunset Sound Factory, Hollywood, November/December 1992
- Mastered by Bob Ludwig at Gateway Mastering
- Management: Wally Brill and Ross Schwartz for Building Management
- American Music Club: Bruce Kaphan, Danny Pearson, Mark Eitzel, Tim Mooney, Vudi
- Art direction: Tom Recchion & Jeff Gold
- Design: Tom Recchion
- Cover & inlay photography: Bobby Neel Adams
- Inside cover photograph: Robby Müller
- Other photography: Ralf Strathmann
- All songs written by Mark Eitzel and published by Songs Of PolyGram International Inc./I Failed In Life Music, BMI