Monday, September 21, 2009
10 Years Ago Today: The Get Up Kids release "Something To Write Home About"...
Something to Write Home About is an emo-indie album by The Get Up Kids, released on September 21, 1999. The album was a financial success, peaking at #31 on Billboards Heatseekers 200 albums chart in North America, and gathered a great amount of critical acclaim. Something to Write Home About is the first Get Up Kids album to include James Dewees playing keyboards.
After The Get Up Kids' previous album, Four Minute Mile brought major label offers, the band decided to stick with an indie label and sign with Vagrant Records for their next album after a short and unproductive time with Mojo Records. Something to Write Home About is, however, slightly more radio-oriented, with catchy choruses and hooks.
At the time the band signed onto Vagrant Records, the label was still primarily a much smaller independent label. Before the album went into production, the label's co-owner John Cohen had to borrow money from his parents, who mortgaged their house in order to fund the production of the album. At least one of the songs were inspired by the band's tumultuous split with Doghouse Records.
The album was recorded over the course of two months at the Mad Hatter Recording Studios in Silverlake, California. It was produced by Chad Blinman and Kansas City musician and producer Alex Brahl, who would later go onto co-found Curb Appeal Records with Get Up Kids guitarist Jim Suptic.
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