Rockin' the Suburbs

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Rockin’ the Suburbs
Studio album by Ben Folds
Released September 11, 2001
Genre Alternative rock
Length 48:42
Label Epic
Producer Ben Folds, Ben Grosse
Ben Folds chronology
Rockin’ the Suburbs
Ben Folds Live
(2002)Ben Folds Live2002
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic (75/100) [1]
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
Robert Christgau (dud) [3]
Entertainment Weekly A− [4]
Los Angeles Times 3/4 stars [5]
The Music Box 4/5 stars [6]
Pitchfork Media 6.3/10 [7]
PopMatters 6/10 stars (Thompson) [1][8]
(average) (Gilstrap) [9]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [10]
Spin (7/10) [1]
Stylus Magazine C− [11]
Yahoo! Music UK 8/10 stars [12]

Rockin’ the Suburbs is an alternative rock 2001 album by singer/songwriter Ben Folds. His first solo album after leaving his band Ben Folds Five, Rockin’ the Suburbs was recorded in Adelaide, Australia where Folds was living at the time.

"Rockin’ the Suburbs" is Folds' only single to make Billboard's Modern Rock Tracks chart, peaking there at #28. The album peaked at #42 on the Billboard 200 chart, and at #11 on the Top Internet Albums chart. A remake of the title track featuring William Shatner appeared in the soundtrack for the 2006 film Over the Hedge, which stars Shatner as an opossum named Ozzie.

Track listing

All songs written and composed by Ben Folds, except where noted.. 

No. Title Lyrics Length
1. "Annie Waits"     4:17
2. "Zak and Sara"     3:11
3. "Still Fighting It"     4:25
4. "Gone"     3:22
5. "Fred Jones Part 2"     3:45
6. "The Ascent of Stan"     4:14
7. "Losing Lisa"   Folds, Frally Hynes 4:10
8. "Carrying Cathy"     3:49
9. "Not the Same"     4:17
10. "Rockin’ the Suburbs"     5:00
11. "Fired"     3:49
12. "The Luckiest"     4:44
13. "Hiro's Song" (Bonus track on Japanese CD and US vinyl releases.)   -

Track notes

According to Folds, "Not the Same" is based on a true story of a person he knew who, under the influence of LSD, climbed a tree at a party hosted by Darren Jessee (not Robert Sledge, as the song states), stayed in the tree overnight, and when he came down the next morning was a born-again Christian. As for why he chose Robert's name to be used, instead of Darren's, he stated "it sounded better".[13]

Folds performed "Gone" with Street Corner Symphony on the finale of Season 2 of The Sing-Off and performed "Not the Same" with the Dartmouth Aires on the finale of Season 3.


  • Ben Folds – piano, vocals, keyboards, drums, guitar, bass guitar
  • Larry Corbett – cello
  • DJ Swamp – beats
  • Richard Fortus – guitar
  • John McCrea – vocals (on "Fred Jones Part 2")
  • Frally Hynes – vocals (on "Gone" and "The Luckiest)
  • John Mark Painter – conductor
  • Andrew R. Wallace – engineer
  • Cameron Webb - assistant engineer
  • Vincent Palmeri - vocals


  • Producers: Ben Folds, Ben Grosse
  • Recorded By: Andrew R. Wallace, Ben Grosse
  • Engineer: Andrew R. Wallace
  • Assistant Engineers: Blumpy, Ben Grosse, Cameron Webb
  • Mixing: Ben Grosse
  • Mastering: Ted Jensen
  • Assistants: Chuck Bailey, Rick Behrens, Aaron Lepley, Ulysses Noriega, Justin Pynes
  • Programming: Andrew R. Wallace, Ben Grosse, Blumpy, Cameron Webb, John Vitale
  • Arranger: John Mark Painter
  • Package design: Ben Folds



Year Chart Position
2001 The Billboard 200 42
2001 Top Internet Albums 11


Year Single Chart Position
2001 "Rockin’ the Suburbs" Modern Rock Tracks 28


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