Nu-Clear Sounds

Released:

Tracks

  1. Projects
  2. Low Ebb
  3. Jesus Says
  4. Wild Surf
  5. Death Trip 21
  6. Folk Song
  7. Numbskull
  8. Burn Out
  9. Aphrodite
  10. Fortune Teller
  11. I’m Gonna Fall

Alternative Versions

Australian Edition

The Australian version was released in 1998 through Mushroom records, it includes the original eleven tracks and two bonus tracks.

German Edition

Japanese Edition

US Edition

The US version of the album was released on September 28, 1999 through DreamWorks SKG. It includes the same eleven tracks as the original and one bonus track, the 1997 single “A Life Less Ordinary”. However, it features a completely different track listing to the original version. While the tracks “Folk Song”, “Jesus Says”, and “Wild Surf” were remixed by Garbage drummer and Nirvana producer Butch Vig.

  1. Jesus Says (Butch Vig Mix)
  2. Wild Surf (Butch Vig Mix)
  3. Folk Song (Butch Vig Mix)
  4. Numbskull
  5. Burn Out
  6. Aphrodite
  7. Death Trip 21
  8. Low Ebb
  9. Fortune Teller
  10. Projects
  11. I’m Gonna Fall
  12. A Life Less Ordinary

Release details

  • Label: Infectious Records
  • Catalogue number: INFECT60
  • Formats: CD. 12” vinyl. Cassette.
  • Charts: UK: 7.
  • Producer: Owen Morris & Chris Kimsey
  • Recorded: Rockfield & Astoria

Info

“Nu-Clear Sounds” was the first Ash album to feature new guitarist Charlotte Hatherley. The album has won praise from many critics, as well as from Garbage drummer and producer Butch Vig. The album was however a commercial disappointment in relation to the success of “1977”, but remains a fans favourite and still entered the top ten, it was certified Gold by the BPI.

Tim came up with the title “Nu-Clear Sounds” from the name of a laundrette in the States that was called Nu-Clear Suds.

The early recording sessions for the album were pretty fraught with the band unhappy at the results. In the end most of the recordings from these sessions were scrapped and Owen Morris was brought in to produce the album.

Quotes

Speaking to Kerrang! in 2008, Tim said remembered:

It was hell trying to make this. I was trying to write and it wasn’t quite happening. We all got pretty burned out from the touring, so it was a bit of a dark record. We were also reacting to the pop expectations that were put on us. We just wanted to do something a bit more reactionary and darker to reflect what we’ve been gone through. I went off the rails a bit. But one good thing was Charlotte [Hatherley] came along. I was living in an apartment with her boyfriend. She was really young, she was kind of shy and awkward, but she was also a great guitarist.

I wish we could have taken a bit of breathing space before making it. We were all a bit psychologically damaged from the 1977 time. Maybe this album was the catharsis and the thing that got us through it, but it was a tough few years.

Speaking to Mosh Cam in 2016 Tim Wheeler reflected on trying to finish Nu-Clear Sounds:

“That was a hard record to write after just a year and a half of success that we’d had. We forgot how important song-writing was. No-one seemed to factor in any song-writing time for us, it was just nonstop interviews and touring. So yeah, trying to write the record under a lot of pressure at the age of 19 was pretty challenging.