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Grassroots is a critically acclaimed album by 311, released on July 12, 1994 (see 1994 in music). The album was certified Gold in 1999, having sold over 500,000 copies.[82311]

Track listing

  1. "Homebrew" (Hexum, Mahoney, Martinez, Sexton, Wills) – 3:04
  2. "Lucky" (Hexum, Martinez, Sexton) – 2:50
  3. "Nutsymtom" (Hexum, Mahoney, Martinez, Sexton, Wills) – 3:02
  4. "8:16 A.M." (Hexum) – 3:43
  5. "Omaha Stylee" (Hexum, Martinez) – 4:15
  6. "Applied Science" (Hexum, Martinez, Sexton) – 2:44
  7. "Taiyed" (Mahoney, Martinez, Wills) – 1:50
  8. "Silver" (Hexum, Mahoney, Martinez, Sexton) – 2:47
  9. "Grassroots" (Hexum, Sexton) – 4:13
  10. "Salsa" (Hexum, Mahoney, Martinez, Sexton) – 2:28
  11. "Lose" (Hexum) – 4:17
  12. "Six" (Hexum, Martinez, Sexton) – 3:16
  13. "Offbeat Bare Ass" (Hexum, Martinez, Sexton, Wills) – 3:44
  14. "1, 2, 3" (Hexum, Sexton) – 2:59


  • In the opening of "Silver" Nick Hexum can be heard asking his German Shepherd Bobby to stop barking.

  • The phrase "stranger flowers" in "8:16AM" is a reference to the Jack Kerouac book On the Road.

  • The French lyrics in "Salsa", 'Je vais à la plage parce que la guignol est chouette!', translates to 'I go to the beach because the puppet show is cool!'

  • The track "Applied Science" is, perhaps, the most publicly appreciated song on this album. During every major live performance from the band, this track is played as the centerpiece of the entire performance and features an extended version of the original recorded drum solo, which also includes a joint-percussion section with the rest of the band. The individual drum solo has been changed every year for the band's tours. Lead singer Nick Hexum introduces the song during the show with "Now, it's time to get this whole (Mother Fucking) joint just jumpin' up to the beat!" before singing the first lyrics.

  • Capricorn did not like the original album cover with the band's logo and album title placed at the bottom of the cover art. It was their opinion that people flipping through CD-store racks would not see the logo and title, and potential sales would therefore be lost. A second version of the cover placed an oversized logo and title in the middle of the picture. A third version was eventually released with the logo and title returning to their original size and placed at the top of the cover art.

  • This album Music, and also the Blue Album were the only three albums recorded live as a band, rather than the traditional studio recording technique of tracking each instrument separately, one at a time.



  • Producers: Eddie Offord, 311
  • Engineers: Eddie Offord, Scott Ralston, 311
  • Mixing: Chris Offord
  • Mastering: Chris Bellman
  • Programming: Nick Hexum, Chad Sexton
  • Photography: Darin Back


Album - Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position
1994 Heatseekers 8
1994 The Billboard 200 193

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