Throwing Copper – Live

The MARK’S VINTAGE VINYL page features something from Mark’s collection of recordings from over the years. Most of it is on vinyl – hence the name – though there will be a few entries from his CDs (remember those?).

Throwing Copper, by Live

  • Second studio album by progressive hard rock band Live, released in 1994.
  • In the mid-90s, I was ready get back into music, after taking off 5+ years to start a family. Ready to move on from music by Raffi and Barney, I turned first to alternative music, since that has always been my preference. Even with the recent onslaught of kiddie music, I knew about Nirvana and grunge, and I wasn’t ready to tackle that genre yet (that finally happened to me in the early 00s).
  • Somehow I stumbled upon the song I Alone by the band named Live when they performed on Saturday Night Live, and I was intrigued. I bought the Throwing Copper CD soon after. It wasn’t art rock progressive (always my most preferred), but it had an energy that I had been missing, frankly, since the 70s.
  • Apparently, I wasn’t the only person to discover them. The album sold over 8 million copies in the U.S., and it topped the album chart 52 weeks after it was released – only 2 other albums took longer to top the album chart (Fleetwood Mac’s self titled album from 1976 needed 58 weeks, and Paula Abdul’s Forever Your Girl from 1989 needed 64 weeks).
  • Two singles reached #1 on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart – Selling the Drama and Lightning Crashes. Selling the Drama also charted on the Hot 100 at #43. My fave, I Alone, peaked at #6 on the Alternative Songs chart. Here’s the video – it starts slow, but hold on….it rocks!


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