Blowback



 

    release dates    
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click to go to the discography  Japan:
 June 20, 2001
 Europe:
 June 25, 2001
 USA: 
 June 26, 2001
Tricky: "It's definitely the most ear-friendly of all my albums. I feel like I've been sitting around for a couple of years complaining about what's on MTV and the radio. You can only do that for so long. If you want to hear good music on the radio, you need to make an album." (MTV)
 
   
 

 
 
    tracklisting    
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When you click on the titles you will see videos (please note: mostly these are not the official music videos, go to the videography for that). Sometimes I could only find a live version:
01. Excess  (with Stephanie McKay and Alanis Morissette)
02. Evolution Revolution Love  (with Ed Kowalczyk and Hawkman) -- official video
03. Over Me  (with Ambersunshower and Hawkman)
04. Girls  (with Anthony Kiedis and John Frusciante) -- already played live in 1999 ('Bad Boy')
05. You Don't Wanna  (with Ambersunshower)  -- official video
06. Wonder Woman  (with John Frusciante and Flea) -- cover song
07. Your Name  (with Ambersunshower) -- cover song
08. Diss Never (Dig Up We History)  (with Hawkman)
09. Bury The Evidence  (with Hawkman) -- already played live in 1998 and onwards ('Movies don't move me')
10. Something In The Way  (with Hawkman) -- cover song
11. Five Days  (with Cyndi Lauper)
12. Give It To Em  (with Hawkman)
13. A Song For Yukiko  (with John Suzuki and Yukiko Takahashi) -- already played on Tricky Radio ('Yukiko')

Blowback was released as a limited digipak in Europe with two bonus tracks:
14. The Hawkman Is Coming
15. Evolution Revolution Love Remix
Also the Japanese version has these two bonus tracks, just in opposite order. The remix is done by Marlon (Tricky's brother) and Mad Dog, although they are not mentioned. But the same remix turned up on a promo 12".

It was re-released in France in 2002 as a limited edition with a bonus CD with seven unreleased tracks:
01. Excess (radio edit) 
02. My Head (written and performed by Costanza Francavilla)
03. Five Days (instrumental) 
04. Suffocating (demo)
05. Divine Comedy 
06. Your Name (instrumental) 
07. Unofficial

Also check out the FNAC website for sounds of the French bonus tracks!
 

   
 

 
 
    musicians and producers    
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musicians:
Mark Thwaite - guitar
Marty Rifkin - guitar
Wayne Nunes - bass
Tim Pierce - guitar and bass 
Gareth Bowen - keyboards
Perry Melius - drums
Josh Klinghoffer - drums 
Mikio Endo - piano 

producer:
Tricky

co-producer:
Rob Cavallo (on 'Bury The Evidence')

executive producer and arranger:
Rob Cavallo (on 'Excess' and 'Girls')

guest vocalists:
Stephanie McKay - Excess
Alanis Morissette - Excess
John Frusciante - Girls, Wonder Woman
Anthody Kiedis - Girls
Flea - Wonder Woman
Ed Kowalczyk - Evolution Revolution Love
Hawkman - Evolution Revolution Love, Over Me, Diss Never, Bury The Evidence, Something In The Way, Give It To 'Em
Cyndi Lauder - Five Days
Ambersunshower - Over Me, Don't You Wanna, Your Name
John Suzuki - A Song For Yukiko
Yukiko Takahashi - A Song For Yukiko
 
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    singles    
   
Evolution Revolution Love:
click to go to the discography The single was announced for June 18, but delayed until August 20 - promos were sent to radio stations in May, see promo discography

1. Evolution Revolution Love (Radio Edit)
2. The Hawk Is Coming
3. Bury The Evidence (Don't Watch My Face Mix)_


For more details go to the discography, see the video on You Tube or Dailymotion.

Tricky: "It's a song about different people from different planets and how they all feel the same thing. Me and Hawk and me and Ed are very different, but we come from the same experiences. Everyone's alike in some way." (MTV)
 

You Don't Wanna:

click to go to the mini site
The single was announced for June 24, but was delayed and then released on July 1:

1. Tricky - You Don't Wanna (Radio Edit) 
2. Ko-La - What's It Gonna Be
3. Tricky - Intro Outro
 

An instrumental version of 'You Don't Wanna' is often used as an intro for live shows, for example here. Go here to the You Don't Wanna mini site.
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    videos    
   
Evolution Revolution Love:
You can watch it on You Tube or Dailymotion.

The video was directed by Jake Scott.


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You Don't Wanna:
You can watch it on You Tube or Dailymotion.

I don't know who the director of this video is. There's also a longer version with the video for 'Unofficial' in the middle.
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Unofficial:
You can watch it on You Tube.

The video was directed by Bas Vink.

Although this is "only" a bonus track on the French double CD version, it has a video! It was filmed in Madonna's club in London. 
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Intro, Outro:
You can watch it on You Tube or Dailymotion.  

This song is a b-side on 'You Don't Wanna', the video is a "behind-the-scenes" video for 'Unofficial'. 

   
 





 
 
    Steve Mc Queen    
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British video artist and film director Steve McQueen did a very long and intense interview with Tricky, you can read the transcript here (taken from Showstudio). There's also a short video of it, you can watch it here. Originally the audio interview (over 100 min.) was also for download from Showstudio, but I can't find it anymore...

Already in 2000 Steve McQueen has filmed the recording sessions for Blowback and turned the rehearsal of the song "Girls" into a short film (14 min, 47 sec long). You can watch parts of it on You Tube here or here.

The film is called "Girls, Tricky" and it was shown at various exhibitions and museums. These are the exhibitions I know of:
1) Kunsthalle Wien, Vienna (May 9 - August 19, 2001)   link
2) Marian Goodman Gallery, New York (January 14 - February 19, 2005)  link
3) La Cigale, Paris - during "Nuit Blanche" event (September 1, 2011)  link, link
4) Art Institute, Chicago (October 21, 2012 - January 16, 2013)   link
5) Schaulager, Basel (March 16 - September 1, 2013)  link, link, video



Art Institute, Chicago
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    lyrics    
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read all the lyrics here, or chose one song:

Excess
Evolution Revolution Love
Over Me
Girls
You Don't Wanna
Wonder Woman
Your Name
Diss Never (Dig Up We History)
Bury The Evidence
Something In The Way
Five Days
Give It To 'Em
A Song For Yukiko
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    cover songs    
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Wonder Woman (TV Theme, written by Charles Fox & Norman Gimble)
Something in the way (written and performed by Nirvana)
Your Name = Under The Bamboo Tree (written by Rob Cole, performed by J. Garland & M. O'Brien)

Details can be found at the cover me page. 

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    samples    
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Squeeze - Tempted (Evolution Revolution Love)
Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (You Don't Wanna)
Notorious BIG - What's Beef (Bury The Evidence) - who references Richard Evans: Close to You

Details can be found at the they ask my origin
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    articles, interviews, specials    
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As the articles are really old (from 2001), you can only read most of them through the Way Back Machine:
  • NME: TRICKY SITUATION FOR ALANIS (12.02.)
  • Showstudio: AUDIO INTERVIEW WITH STEVE McQUEEN (12.04.) [or read the transcript here]
  • NME:TRICKY CONFIRMS DETAILS OF NEW ALBUM (18.04.)
  • MTV: TRICKY WORKS WITH CHILI PEPPERS... (06.06)
  • NME: MORE TRICKY BUSINESS FOR ALANIS? (06.06)
  • NME: BLOW FOR 'BLOWBACK' SINGLE (18.06.)
  • NME: POSTPONED TRICKY SINGLE GETS NEW RELEASE DATE (19.06.)
  • CMJ: TRICKY, LOOKING FOR PAYBACK (??.06.)
  • Laut: DIE LEUTE SOLLEN ETWAS NEUES HÖREN (in German!) (20.06.)
  • Daily Telegraph: I'M REAL COOL WITH MYSELF (23.06.)
  • Les Inrockuptibles: TRICKY SPECIAL (with video documentary) (26.06.)
  • Jam: TRICKY ACCUSES STP OF MUSICAL RIP-OFF (26.06.)
  • Dotmusic: VIDEO INTERVIEW (27.06.)
  • Billboard: TRICKY CONTINUES EVOLUTION ON 'BLOWBACK' (29.06.)
  • Alternative Press: REWRITING POP HISTORY (June)
  • Tip: NO MORE NOSTRADAMUS? (in German!) (June/July)
  • NME: TRICKY TALKS TO NME (06.07.)
  • Virginmega: TRICK OF THE TRADE (12.07.) 
  • Chartattack: TRICKY WOULD NEVER DISS ALANIS (13.07.) 
  • Exclaim: RADIO FRIENDLY (27.07.) 
  • Visions: ZURÜCK IM LEBEN (in German!) (July)
  • FHM: TRICKY (in German!) (July)
  • WOM: WIEDERERÖFFNUNG (in German!) (July)
  • Intro: LEKTIONEN IN WEHMUT (in German!) (July/August)
  • Spex: TRICKY (TRIGGER) HAPPY (in German!) (July/August)
  • Visions: BIG NEW TRICKY (in German!) (August)

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        reviews    
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  • Visions review (in German!)
  • Tonspion review (in German!)
  • NME review
  • Intro review (in German!)
  • Rolling Stone review (in German!)
  • Laut (in German!)
  • Prinz (in German!)
  • Independent On Sun
  • The Independent
  • Time Out
  • Sunday Telegraph

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        press info    
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    from the promo CD:

    >>Tricky, the genre bending UK native, is gearing up to release the record of his career entitled "Blowback". He first hit the scene with the Wild Bunch, the English collective that went on to become Massive Attack, prior to launching his solo career in 1994 with the epic release "Maxinquaye," an album which Rolling Stone named one of the "essential recordings of the 90s." Since then, this prolific artist has followed up with such criticially acclaimed albums as "Pre-Millenium Tension," "Angels With Dirty Faces" and "Juxtapose" collaborating with artists as diverse as Bjork, Garbage, Bush, PJ Harvey, Elvis Costello and Portishead. On his provocative new offering "Blowback", this master of ceremonies who consistently dogdes musical convention has truly outdone himself, sculpting a collection of songs that are distinctive, beautiful, moody and explosive all at once. Tricky is again surrounded by amazing artists such as Ed Kowalczyk from Live, members of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Alanis Morissette, Cyndi Lauper, Ambersunshower, Hawkman, and more. "Blowback" arrives in stores this summer.<<

    presskits:

    german press sheet:


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