92404-2 Betty
Produced by T-Ray and Helmet (track 4 by Butch Vig)
Released on June 21, 1994
US CHART POSITION #45
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92404-2 cover
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B etty rocks and Betty rumbles. Betty, betty good, she tumbles out of the speakers like fourteen boulders. Man, in the meantime, not just older, Helmet has gotten their head around the heart of the metal on which they’re founded. The trouble is most of the metal children who rose in the ‘90s were cartoon villains. The Peppers and Primus, Limp Bizkit and Korn, were all lumped together as lurid porn for the sexed-up, west coast, latchkey kids from the neighborhoods where the neighbors hid. But Helmet was built for the heads in New York, who banged to a drum of a different sort; Anthrax and Type O Negative types, who weren’t tuned in to the video hype. Seattle metal was too self-loathing, Texas toasted from too much smoking, New York played it straight and true, speed metalmaking sore-fingered gurus who worshipped Hendrix more than horse and marched in line on a temperate course to a place where metal and intellect and art’s barbarity intersect. Helmet has had me hunkered down; fourteen few-minute explosions of sound that rock the foundations surrounding me ‘til I learned to ride on its silver waves. At last I’m free: I’m Betty’s slave.

92404-2 back sleeve
92404-2 back sleeve

TRACK LISTING

  1. WILMA'S RAINBOW    3:54
  2. I KNOW    3:40
  3. BISCUITS FOR SMUT    2:53
  4. MILQUETOAST    3:53
  5. TIC    3:40
  6. ROLLO    (Henry Bogdan/Page Hamilton)    2:38
  7. STREET CRAB    3:31
  8. CLEAN    2:25
  9. VACCINATION    3:04
  10. BEAUTIFUL LOVE    (Victor Young/Wayne King/Egbert Van Alstyne/Haven Gillespie)    2:02
  11. SPEECHLESS    2:59
  12. THE SILVER HAWAIIAN    (Henry Bogdan/Page Hamilton)    2:08
  13. OVERRATED    2:36
  14. SAM HELL    2:09

    Double 10-inch elpee track listing
  15. WILMA'S RAINBOW
  16. I KNOW
  17. BISCUITS FOR SMUT
  18. MILQUETOAST
  19. TIC
  20. ROLLO
  21. STREET CRAB
  22. FLUSHINGS
  23. CLEAN
  24. VACCINATION
  25. THICK
  26. BEAUTIFUL LOVE
  27. SPEECHLESS
  28. PARIAH
  29. THE SILVER HAWAIIAN
  30. OVERRATED

    All songs written by Page Hamilton unless noted

CREDITS

HENRY BOGDAN -- bass
ROB ECHEVERRIA -- guitar
PAGE HAMILTON -- vocals, guitar
JOHN STANIER -- drums
Andy Wallace -- mixing
Anton Pukshansky -- engineer
Martin Bisi -- engineer
John Siket -- engineer (4)
Reiner -- design

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
US 1994 Amphetamine Reptile 2-10X AMREP-907 gatefold cover w. bonus tracks
US/UK/GER June 21, 1994 Interscope CD/CS 92404  
JPN 1994 Atlantic CD AMCY-723  

 

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