Under the Western Freeway

Under the Western Freeway
Under the Western Freeway
Studio album by Grandaddy
Released October 21, 1997
Genre Indie rock
Space rock
Length 46:47
Label Will
Producer Jason Lytle
Grandaddy chronology
Live at the Art Factory
Under the Western Freeway
Machines Are Not She

Under the Western Freeway is the debut studio album by American indie rock band Grandaddy, released in October 1997 on Will Records.[1] The album was released in the UK in April 1998 by Big Cat Records, and later reissued in the US by Big Cat's parent company V2 Records.[1][2]

The track titled "A.M. 180" was used in the film 28 Days Later,[3] and the 2000 movie American Virgin.[4] It was also used as the theme tune for the British TV show Charlie Brooker's Screenwipe.


Track listing

All songs written and composed by Jason Lytle

No. Title Length
1. "Nonphenomenal Lineage"   3:11
2. "A.M. 180"   3:20
3. "Collective Dreamwish of Upperclass Elegance"   5:26
4. "Summer Here Kids"   3:35
5. "Laughing Stock"   5:59
6. "Under the Western Freeway"   3:01
7. "Everything Beautiful Is Far Away"   5:13
8. "Poisoned at Hartsy Thai Food"   1:13
9. "Go Progress Chrome"   2:31
10. "Why Took Your Advice"   4:07
11. "Lawn and So On"   9:04


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[5]
The Independent (favorable)[6]
Piero Scaruffi 7/10 stars[7]

Allmusic gave the album a four star rating, noting similarities to Pavement and Weezer, and described it as "a fairly brilliant album, combining a warm, earnest, and rustic feel with sometimes goofy experimentation".[5] CMJ New Music Monthly described it as "an eccentric psych-pop collection".[2] Andy Gill, writing for The Independent called it "one of the most beguiling debuts of the year...a fortuitous collision of Brian Wilson, Neil Young and the Pixies which throws out a stream of understated pop gems".[6]


  • Recorded and mixed at Floater and Headcorders in Modesto and Coulterville, California.


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