Spilt Milk

Spilt Milk is an album released on February 9 1993 (see 1993 in music) by Jellyfish, a band that combined Queen-like glam rock with Beach Boys-like vocal harmonies. The song "Russian Hill," is said to be reminiscent of folksinger Nick Drake's "River Man."

The album was recorded after frustrated guitarist Jason Falkner and bassist Chris Manning had left the band. The subject matter on this disc is very diverse: from unhealthy relationships ("All is Forgiven" and "New Mistake") to joining the circus ("Brighter Day") to masturbation ("He's My Best Friend.") It has been noted that the album seems to be a rock opera, following the fall of a rock star.

Though Andy Sturmer was raised Jewish, Christian themes can be found in the lyrics, most notably in the songs "Joining a Fan Club" and "New Mistake."

The album contained the singles "The Ghost at Number One" (reached No. 9 on Billboard's Modern Rock Chart), "New Mistake" (which yielded a Japanese-only ten-song E.P.), "Joining a Fan Club" (covered ten years later by Puffy AmiYumi) and "Bye, Bye, Bye" (which almost appeared on Bellybutton). "He's My Best Friend" later appeared in the 1994 comedy Threesome and on its soundtrack. There were promotional videos for "The Ghost at Number One" and "New Mistake."

Outtakes and B-Sides included "Family Tree", "Worthless Heart", and "Watchin' The Rain". The latter two are covers of Jellyfish's forerunners Beatnik Beatch's songs.

Track listing

  1. "Hush" – 2:10
  2. "Joining a Fan Club" – 4:03
  3. "Sebrina, Paste, and Plato" – 2:23
  4. "New Mistake" – 4:03
  5. "Glutton of Sympathy" – 3:49
  6. "The Ghost at Number One" – 3:37
  7. "Bye, Bye, Bye" – 4:02
  8. "All Is Forgiven" – 4:10
  9. "Russian Hill" – 4:45
  10. "He's My Best Friend" – 3:44
  11. "Too Much, Too Little, Too Late" – 3:15
  12. "Brighter Day" – 6:12


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