Unit (album)

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Unit is the second studio album by Australian rock band Regurgitator, released in November 1997. Unit (album)_sentence_0

Its style is a mixture of 1980s style synthesised pop music and alternative rock, with some hip hop influences.. Unit (album)_sentence_1

The album debuted and peaked at number 4 on the ARIA Charts. Unit (album)_sentence_2

At the ARIA Music Awards of 1998, the album won five ARIA Music Awards; including ARIA Award for Album of the Year. Unit (album)_sentence_3

In October 1998, the album was re-released as Unit Re-Booted, which included the album's five video clips. Unit (album)_sentence_4

The album was re-issued on vinyl by Valve in October 2013. Unit (album)_sentence_5

Prior to recording Unit (album)_section_0

Regurgitator had just completed their eleventh extensive Australian tour (with The Fauves and Tomorrow People), when they planned to start recording a follow-up to their first album, Tu-Plang. Unit (album)_sentence_6

This was delayed when the band decided to make their third trip to America to do a tour with bands Helmet and The Melvins. Unit (album)_sentence_7

Yeomans said of the tour, "I remember being completely frightened the whole time. Unit (album)_sentence_8

They were real hard-arses. Unit (album)_sentence_9

Helmet were a little army unit, and their fans were fucking really intense, really aggressive guys. Unit (album)_sentence_10

Yeah, really full-on. Unit (album)_sentence_11

So maybe it did have an effect." Unit (album)_sentence_12

In 2008, manager Paul Curtis recalled that Yeomans had also stated "thank god Grinspoon came along because they took all the male angst away from our shows". Unit (album)_sentence_13

The Dirty Room Unit (album)_section_1

Upon return, the group rented a condemned warehouse in Brisbane's Fortitude Valley to write and record Unit. Unit (album)_sentence_14

They affectionately named this studio "The Dirty Room". Unit (album)_sentence_15

Yeomans said, "Martin did a lot of the set up – Magoo as well – and they put in carpet underlay that they'd found somewhere that was just filthy. Unit (album)_sentence_16

Ergh! Unit (album)_sentence_17

It had this real soporific effect as soon as you walked in and you just wanted to fall asleep. Unit (album)_sentence_18

One of the funny stories is Rob Cavallo coming in to have a listen to one of the tracks, and he just fell asleep on this piss-stained mattress we had lying on the ground. Unit (album)_sentence_19

It was a really dingy vibe." Unit (album)_sentence_20

Writing and recording Unit (album)_section_2

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Professional ratingsUnit (album)_table_caption_0
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SourceUnit (album)_header_cell_0_1_0 RatingUnit (album)_header_cell_0_1_1
AllMusicUnit (album)_cell_0_2_0 Unit (album)_cell_0_2_1

Regurgitator had begun experimenting with drum machines and synthesizers on their first album, Tu-Plang. Unit (album)_sentence_21

Amongst the gear that Yeomans and Ely were using at the time was the Clavia Nord Lead, the Akai S3000XL, the Farfisa Super Bravo Organ and the newly released Roland MC-303 "Groovebox, which featured on a number of tracks including "Unit" and "Polyester Girl". Unit (album)_sentence_22

Ely stated that the track that ultimately helped the band decide the change in musical direction was the ironically-titled "I Like Your Old Stuff Better Than Your New Stuff", which began as a punk rock track with some keyboard but gradually "breaking it down with a more minimal keyboard heavy sound, leaving off most of the distorted guitar attack, and adding a vocoder gave the song something we were excited and terrified by at the same". Unit (album)_sentence_23

After 6 weeks of recording, the album was completed on 2 August 1997. Unit (album)_sentence_24

Cover art Unit (album)_section_3

The cover is a large, plain yellow circle centred on a plain silver background. Unit (album)_sentence_25

On the outside surface of the jewel CD case is a transparent sticker with the words "REGURGITATOR" and "UNIT" printed in black for identification in stores. Unit (album)_sentence_26

This minimalist design, credited to "The Shits" (Quan Yeomans and Janet English) and Ben Ely, won the 1998 ARIA award for best cover art. Unit (album)_sentence_27

Unit Re-Booted has very similar cover art, and came in four bright colour variations – lime green, purple, royal blue and peach-orange. Unit (album)_sentence_28

On the re-releases, the title text was printed directly onto the paper. Unit (album)_sentence_29

Track listing Unit (album)_section_4

Charts Unit (album)_section_5

Weekly charts Unit (album)_section_6

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Chart (1997/99)Unit (album)_header_cell_1_0_0 Peak

positionUnit (album)_header_cell_1_0_1

Australian Albums (ARIA)Unit (album)_header_cell_1_1_0 4Unit (album)_cell_1_1_1
New Zealand Albums (RMNZ)Unit (album)_header_cell_1_2_0 7Unit (album)_cell_1_2_1

Year-end charts Unit (album)_section_7

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Chart (1997)Unit (album)_header_cell_2_0_0 PositionUnit (album)_header_cell_2_0_1
Australian Albums ChartUnit (album)_cell_2_1_0 93Unit (album)_cell_2_1_1
Chart (1998)Unit (album)_header_cell_2_2_0 PositionUnit (album)_header_cell_2_2_1
Australian Albums ChartUnit (album)_cell_2_3_0 20Unit (album)_cell_2_3_1

Certifications Unit (album)_section_8

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RegionUnit (album)_header_cell_3_0_0 CertificationUnit (album)_header_cell_3_0_1 Certified units/salesUnit (album)_header_cell_3_0_2
Australia (ARIA)Unit (album)_header_cell_3_1_0 3× PlatinumUnit (album)_cell_3_1_1 210,000Unit (album)_cell_3_1_2
shipments figures based on certification aloneUnit (album)_cell_3_2_0

Legacy Unit (album)_section_9

"Everyday Formula" was featured on The Wildhearts covers album Stop Us If You've Heard This One Before, Vol 1. Unit (album)_sentence_30

In October 2010, the album was listed in the top 30 in the book, 100 Best Australian Albums. Unit (album)_sentence_31

In July 2011, the album was voted 10th in Triple J's Hottest 100 Australian Albums of All Time. Unit (album)_sentence_32

Release history Unit (album)_section_10

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RegionUnit (album)_header_cell_4_0_0 DateUnit (album)_header_cell_4_0_1 FormatUnit (album)_header_cell_4_0_2 LabelUnit (album)_header_cell_4_0_3 CatalogueUnit (album)_header_cell_4_0_4
AustraliaUnit (album)_header_cell_4_1_0 November 1997Unit (album)_cell_4_1_1 Unit (album)_cell_4_1_2 EastWest RecordsUnit (album)_cell_4_1_3 3984212761Unit (album)_cell_4_1_4
United KingdomUnit (album)_header_cell_4_2_0 1998Unit (album)_cell_4_2_1 Unit (album)_cell_4_2_2 CoalitionUnit (album)_cell_4_2_3 Unit (album)_cell_4_2_4
AustraliaUnit (album)_header_cell_4_3_0 October 1998Unit (album)_cell_4_3_1 Unit (album)_cell_4_3_2 EastWest RecordsUnit (album)_cell_4_3_3 3984252602Unit (album)_cell_4_3_4
AustraliaUnit (album)_header_cell_4_4_0 October 2013Unit (album)_cell_4_4_1 Unit (album)_cell_4_4_2 Valve RecordsUnit (album)_cell_4_4_3 V131VUnit (album)_cell_4_4_4


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