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Diary is the first studio album from the emo band Sunny Day Real Estate. The album is considered by many to be a defining emo album of the second wave. The song "Seven" was played live on the Jon Stewart Show.

Diary was remastered and reissued in 2009, with bonus tracks "8" and "9" from their 1993 7-inch Thief, Steal Me A Peach and newly written liner notes.


The artwork of the album was almost entirely done by Chris Thompson. However, the "butterfly" drawing on the album's booklet was created by Nate Mendel's father. The album cover features the popular children's toy Little People.

Diary is the seventh best selling album released on Sub Pop, having sold more than 231,000 copies.

The album was released on CD, vinyl and cassette. The vinyl has been released in three limited edition pressings, all of which are out of print. The first was a multi-colored splatter vinyl, released on "Glitterhouse Records" in Germanymarker. The second was a black vinyl pressing on Sub Pop. A repress followed on green vinyl (and possibly a second black pressing), but the label for this second pressing states "Edition II" under the Sub Pop logo. All three vinyl pressings are missing 3 songs that are present on the CD, possibly due to the time constraints of vinyl (the album clocks in at 53 minutes). The missing songs are "Round", "48" and "Grendel".

Track listing

  1. "Seven" – 4:45
  2. "In Circles" – 4:58
  3. "Song About an Angel" – 6:14
  4. "Round" – 4:09
  5. "47" – 4:34
  6. "The Blankets Were the Stairs" – 5:27
  7. "Pheurton Skeurto" – 2:33
  8. "Shadows" – 4:46
  9. "48" – 4:46
  10. "Grendel" – 4:53
  11. "Sometimes" – 5:42
  12. "8" – 5:15 (re-release bonus track)
  13. "9" – 6:03 (re-release bonus track)


There are three circulating demos from Diary recording sessions, which took place at Idful Studios, in Chicagomarker.
  • "In Circles"
  • "Rodeo Jones"
  • "Song About an Angel"



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