Is it just that I’m much too much for you? :: VOTD

Stutter :: Elastica
from the album, Elastica
directed by David Mould

Stutter is a song by the Britpop group Elastica and was written by lead singer Justine Frischmann. It was originally released as a single in 1993 and then included on the band’s 1995 self-titled debut album.

Stutter is a little over two minutes long and contains just two verses and two choruses because Frischmann thought that any more would be unnecessary. The lyrics are about “the occasional problem of drunken male impotence.”

Stutter was Elastica’s debut single and was first released in November 1993 for the independent Deceptive label. It sold out within one day.

The single was re-released the following year, and according to SoundScan, it had sold over 6,000 copies by May 1995. The song was not worked into radio until later in 1995, after which it charted in the US and Canada.

Stutter was included as the 14th track on Elastica’s 1995 self-titled debut album, and it was also included on the 2002 20th Century Masters collection, Best of Brit Pop.

In the US, Stutter stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 chart for nine weeks, peaking at # 67 on August 26, 1995. It also went to # 10 on the Billboard Alternative Songs chart on August 12, 1995. In Canada, the song peaked at # 4 on the Alternative chart on August 14, 1995.

The song’s music video (see above) aired regularly on MTV in 1995.It features shots of the band members walking down crowded streets and performing at concerts. 

Editor’s Note: Without a doubt, this song reminds me of early mornings opening the store, and stocking bins, at Tower Records in the mid-late nineties. I close my eyes and can see the rolling cart of CD’s, the black cash drawers, counted out and ready to go, and the way the early sunlight played in shadows and light between the art boards. Some days I really miss working in a record store.


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