Contraband

Label
RCA Records Label
Release date
8 Jun 2004
Running length
18 tracks
Running time
77:31

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Tracklist

    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Sucker Train Blues 4:27 155,797
2 Do It For The Kids 3:55 147,512
3 Big Machine 4:25 141,491
4 Illegal i Song 4:16 113,432
5 Spectacle 3:40 113,339
6 Fall To Pieces 4:30 287,954
7 Headspace 3:42 125,620
8 Superhuman 4:15 126,078
9 Set Me Free 4:06 156,108
10 You Got No Right 5:35 110,442
11 Slither 4:08 313,468
12 Dirty Little Thing 3:56 173,705
13 Loving The Alien 5:46 110,478
14 Bodies 3:21 4,323
14 Bodies (live) 3:19 38,468
No More, No More 5:38 3,638
Fall To Pieces - Acoustic Version 4:09 49
Surrender 4:23 13,377

About this album

Contraband is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Velvet Revolver, released on June 8, 2004 by RCA Records. A commercial success, Contraband debuted at number one on the American Billboard 200 chart and was certified 2x platinum by the RIAA.

Velvet Revolver formed when three Guns N’ Roses musicians - Slash (guitar), Duff McKagan (bass) and Matt Sorum (drums) - combined to play at a benefit concert for fellow musician Randy Castillo in 2002. They decided to form another band and recruited guitarist Dave Kushner who had previously played with Suicidal Tendencies, Wasted Youth, and Dave Navarro. Kushner had gone to school with Slash and had worked with McKagan before. The quartet was known as The Project pending the selection of a permanent name.

The quartet then set about recruiting a lead singer with the recruitment process filmed by VH1. Several lead singers auditioned including Josh Todd of Buckcherry, Kelly Shaefer of Neurotica and Travis Meeks of Days of the New but they were unsuccessful. Scott Weiland had become friends with McKagan and had played on the same bill as Kushner when Stone Temple Pilots were known as Mighty Joe Young and Kushner was in the Electric Love Hogs. Weiland heard the material and offered his services as the lead singer and the band clicked. Slash suggested the name Revolver for the project and Weiland suggested the addition of Velvet to the title.

Velvet Revolver recorded its first track “Set Me Free” for The Hulk soundtrack in 2003, along with a cover of Pink Floyd’s “Money” for The Italian Job.

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