Wheatus - Wheatus

Wheatus is the self-titled debut studio album by American rock band Wheatus, released by Columbia Records on August 15, 2000. Written mostly by guitarist and vocalist Brendan B. Brown, it was recorded in the basement of Brown's mother's house, and self-produced by the band with the help of multiple mixing engineers and George Marino as master.

 

In July 2000, "Teenage Dirtbag" was released as the album's first single, and peaked at number 7 on the Billboard Alternative Airplay Chart and number 2 on the UK Singles Chart. "A Little Respect", an Erasure cover, was released as the second single in July 2001. "Wannabe Gangstar"/"Leroy", a double A-side single, was released in January 2002 as the final single.

 

"Teenage Dirtbag" reached number two on the UK Singles Chart and number seven on the US Alternative Songs chart. Wheatus charted at number 76 in the US and number seven in the UK. In February 2001, the "Teenage Dirtbag" single was certified silver in the UK and in the following month it was certified gold. The album was certified silver in the UK in April 2001. The following month, it was certified gold in the UK. "A Little Respect" peaked at number 3 in the UK. By August, the album had sold one million copies worldwide. "Wannabe Gangstar"/"Leroy" peaked at number 22 in the UK.

 

In July 2013, the album was certified platinum in the UK, as was the "Teenage Dirtbag" single. The single is also certified three times platinum in Australia. In July 2014, the "A Little Respect" single was certified silver. By August 2015, the album had sold over five million copies worldwide. Discussing the album's legacy, Brown revealed that the recognition "did not initially happen in America. At home we were a bit under the radar. Most people at the label didn't really understand how we fitted, or didn't fit, into what was happening in music at the time." The band played the album in full in the UK in September and October with support from Mike Doughty and The Hipstones.

Wheatus - Wheatus

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