Clutch (Clutch album)

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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 9, 1995
RecordedDecember 1994 - January 1995
StudioUncle Punchy Studios, Silver Spring, MD
LabelEast West Records
ProducerClutch and Larry Packer
Clutch chronology
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Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

Clutch is the (self titled) second full-length album by the band Clutch which was released in May 1995; the second and last for East West Records, a now defunct sub-label of Warner Bros. Records.[2]

Recording and release[edit]

It saw the return of "Uncle Punchy" Lawrence Packer to the production of the album and a return to Uncle Punchy Studios in Silver Spring, MD. It is the band's best-selling album in the US, at over 200,000 copies,[3] to date. The album gets regular live coverage still, with at least half the track list making their live performances on a regular basis, well over 20 years later.[4]


This album captures the band's MO of trying out new styles and genres, with a definable mix of funk metal in the songs this time around. The album is considered to be the point where the band had begun to evolve their stoner and blues rock know-how. With that said, the record also keeps with their punk metal credentials, containing some heavier tracks.[5][6] The album is considered a staple of the 1990s stoner rock genre.[7] The album features some of their more 'spacey' pieces such as "Big News," "Escape from the Prison Planet," "I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth," and "Spacegrass".

Track listing[edit]

All music and lyrics written by Clutch

1."Big News I"5:13
2."Big News II"2:23
3."Rock n' Roll Outlaw"2:59
4."Texan Book of the Dead"2:57
5."Escape from the Prison Planet"4:53
7."I Have the Body of John Wilkes Booth"4:27
8."Tight Like That"4:49
9."Animal Farm"2:01
11."The House That Peterbilt"3:32
12."7 Jam"6:18
13."Tim Sult vs. The Greys"4:11
Total length:55:05

The Japanese release of the album contains an extra track, "Apache", which was initially released on the radio only promotional EP 'Big News', along with a demo version of "Spacegrass", which has never been reissued to date.[8] It would appear on the bootleg 'Clutch: Rarities and B-Side' some years later.




  • Production & Engineering by Larry "Uncle Punchy" Packer at Uncle Punchy Studios in Silver Spring, MD
  • Mixing by Steve Thompson, Michael Barbiero & Jay Ryan - "Uncle Punchy" on tracks 3 and 8
  • Assistant Engineering by Mike Hamady & Jay Ryan
  • Digital Engineering by Danio Saratak
  • Mastered by Greg Calbi
  • A and R representation by Wendy Berry
  • Management by Jon Goldwater
  • Photography by Dan Winters
  • Design by Jennifer Roddie
  • 3-D Typography by Rob Eberhardt

Charting positions[edit]


Year Chart Position
1995 Top heatseekers 33[citation needed]


  1. ^ Clutch at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Clutch". Retrieved 2016-02-19.
  3. ^ "MusicMight: Artists: Clutch". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  4. ^ "Clutch - Clutch (album review ) | Sputnikmusic". Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  5. ^ "Clutch". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. April 2001. p. 68. ISSN 1074-6978. Retrieved 2013-07-03.
  6. ^ "Clutch - Clutch | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  7. ^ "20 Years Ago: Clutch's Second Album Highlights a New Rock Revival". Ultimate Classic Rock. Retrieved 2016-02-20.
  8. ^ "Big News Promo CD". Retrieved 2016-02-19.