Artist: Cracker

Low – Cracker

Cracker is an American alternative rock band featuring singer David Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman.

Shortly after Lowery’s former group Camper Van Beethoven called it quits in 1990, he began demoing material along with guitarist Johnny Hickman and bassist Davey Faragher, eventually going by the name Cracker. A brief tour with Virginia drummer Greg Weatherford followed. The band recorded a demo tape, later nicknamed Dirty Yellow Demos by the group’s fan base, which included early versions of songs that would appear on later albums.

By 1991, the newly formed band had signed a recording contract with Virgin Records and enlisted the help of several drummers/percussionists (Jim Keltner, Michael Urbano and Phil Jones), issuing their self-titled debut in 1992. The album featured the radio hit “Teen Angst”, which peaked at #1 on Modern Rock Tracks, and a second single entitled “Happy Birthday to Me”.

A year later, Cracker issued their best-selling album, Kerosene Hat, which featured the hits “Low” and “Get Off This”, as well as a cover of the Grateful Dead’s “Loser”. The album sold close to half a million copies.  Urbano performed on Kerosene Hat and toured with Cracker before leaving the band, along with Faragher. After a short stint with Bruce Hughes, the group added Bob Rupe as bassist. In 1993, Cracker contributed the song “Good Times Bad Times” to the Encomium tribute album to Led Zeppelin (which was recorded after their rendition of “When the Levee Breaks” was deemed “too weird”).

Three years later, The Golden Age was released, with “I Hate My Generation” as the lead single. However, the music scene was shifting away from guitar-driven alternative rock, and the single and album did poorly. Following the long-term additions of drummer Frank Funaro and keyboardist Kenny Margolis, the band tried again in 1998 with Gentleman’s Blues, featuring “The Good Life” as the lead single, to a lukewarm critical response and further poor sales.

Camper Van Beethoven unexpectedly re-formed in 1999. Since that time, Lowery has performed in both bands.

Low

Low” is a song by American alternative rock band Cracker. It appears on their 1993 album Kerosene Hat.

A number 64 hit on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart in May 1994, its biggest success was on the rock charts, where the song reached number three on the Modern Rock Tracks chart in November 1993 and number five on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart in March 1994. The music video portrayed lead singer David Lowery badly losing a boxing match with actress/comedienne Sandra Bernhard.

In 2012, the song was featured in the film The Perks of Being a Wallflower and its accompanying soundtrack.

Sometimes I wanna take you down.
Sometimes I wanna get you low.
Brush your hair back from your eyes.
Take you down let the river flow.

Sometimes I go and walk the street
Behind the green sheet of glass.
A million miles below their feet
A million miles, a million miles

I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.
I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.

A million poppies gonna make me sleep.
Just one rose and knows your name
The fruit is rusting on the vine
The fruit is calling from the trees

Hey don’t you wanna go down
Like some junkie cosmonaut
A million miles below their feet
A million miles a million miles

I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.
I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.

Blue blue is the sun.
Brown brown is the sky.
Green green of her eyes.
A million miles a million miles

Hey hey don’t you wanna go down
Like some disgraced cosmonaut
A million miles below their feet
A million miles a million miles

I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.
I’ll be with you girl
Like being low
Hey hey hey like being stone.

  • Audio from the 1993 album, Kerosene Hat:
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