Sunday, February 7, 2010

Album of the Week: All The Pain Money Can Buy

All The Pain Money Can Buy

All The Pain Money Can Buy is the second album by Austin, Texas band Fastball. It was released on March 10, 1998.


  1. "The Way" – 4:17
  2. "Fire Escape" – 3:21
  3. "Better Than It Was" – 2:48
  4. "Which Way to the Top?" – 3:50
  5. "Sooner or Later" – 2:39
  6. "Warm Fuzzy Feeling" – 1:55
  7. "Slow Drag" – 3:37
  8. "G.O.D. (Good Old Days)" – 3:31
  9. "Charlie, The Methadone Man" – 3:17
  10. "Out of My Head" – 2:32
  11. "Damaged Goods" – 3:02
  12. "Nowhere Road" – 3:25
  13. "Sweetwater, Texas" – 3:53

Why I chose this:

I remember my art teacher trying to warn me off drugs (and good music) by telling me that Fastball was the name of a concoction of drugs. I guess he'd never heard of reverse psychology, because all I could think was, Cool! Not only do these guys write amazing songs, but they take good drugs too!

With beautiful harmonies, great musicianship and actual songs (a rarity nowadays), it's one of those albums that is equally great with headphones laying by the pool or blasting out of the car with the windows down. 

 - Lee

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  1. Awesome - ever since you told me bout this album at Hamish's place I've been wanting to hear it. Now it's official, AotW will make me listen.

  2. This album is instantly catchy. I almost wish I had never heard 'the way' and 'out of my head' cos they are awesome songs but the sensation is dulled a little by my childhood indifference to them. Still the whole album is very complete. It is a perfect album in terms of pace and variety. Love how the singers sound completely different from eachother.

    But it must be said: that is the gayest album cover ever

  3. oh god yeh that is a really bad cover. Why the glasses Miles?

  4. One day, when I have kids and they ask me what the late 90's was like... I'll show them this album cover.

  5. you know what's funny, i think they're the same type of glasses lupe wore at the gig. Amazing how different they look on him. Need to say how good fire escape is!

  6. haha it makes Lupe look like the coolest man in the world while this guy looks like he is having a stroke.

    Yeah Fire escape and charlie the methadone man are probably my favourites