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The first full-length studio album by El Paso, TX-based / band At the Drive-In, first released on February 18, 1997, by Flipside. It has been reissued multiple times since then on different labels. It was recorded in Los Angeles for $600 during a time of great turmoil for the band. Many of the songs on the album were inspired by the suicide of Julio Venegas, a close friend of singer Cedric Bixler Zavala and guitarist Omar Rodriguez-Lopez; Venegas' suicide would later also be addressed in the song "Concertina" and album De-Loused in the Comatorium by The Mars Volta, a band formed by Bixler Zavala and Rodriguez-Lopez after At the Drive-In's (ultimately temporary) split in 2001.

Two songs on the album have two different spellings: the first song is spelt as "Star Slight" on the album tray liner and the CD itself, while it is "Starslight" in the album booklet; similarly, track three is "Embroglio" in the album booklet and "Ebroglio" in the other two listings. The final song is listed as "Porfirio Diaz" in all three locations, though the correct spelling of the historical figure that inspired its name is "Porfirio Díaz".

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