Cat No: PRC276LP

In the 15 years since its release, American Football’s self-titled debut full-length has quietly become one of the most fiercely beloved titles in the Polyvinyl catalog. Though the trio — Mike Kinsella (Cap’n Jazz, Owen, Owls), Steve Lamos, and Steve Holmes — only played a few shows and released just one other record (a three-song EP that preceded this full-length), their influence and legacy has steadily continued to grow in the time after they disbanded.

From its now iconic artwork to the band’s unique songwriting approach (highlighted by an emphasis on shifting time signatures and sincere lyrics), American Football proves a record doesn’t become a true classic through flashiness or catering to trends, but rather the deep emotional connection it forges between the music and the listener.

After guitarist Steve Holmes discovered a set of cassette tapes containing a variety of unreleased recordings, the band curated an album’s worth of these rare live recordings, demos, and practice sessions (in which the group rehearsed material they never recorded elsewhere) to complement the original record.

Now available on 2LP, American Football (Deluxe Edition) features beautifully expanded packaging that incorporates new photographs from Chris Strong along with lyrics, detailed liner notes written by the band, and never-before-seen band pictures.

1 Never Meant
2 The Summer Ends
3 Honestly?
4 For Sure
5 You Know I Should Be Leaving Soon
6 But the Regrets Are Killing Me
7 I’ll See You When We’re Both Not So Emotional
8 Stay Home
9 The One With The Wurlitzer
10. Intro – Live at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997
11. Five Silent Miles – Live at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997
12. Untitled #1 – The One With the Trumpet – Boombox Practice Session, 1998
13. Untitled #2 – Boombox Practice Session, 1998
14. Stay Home – Boombox Practice Session, 1998
15. Untitled #3 Boombox Practice Session, 1998
16. Never Meant – 4 – Track Album Prep, 1999
17. But The Regrets Are Killing Me – 4 – Track Album Prep, 1999
18. I’ll See You When We’re Both Not So Emotional – 4-Track Album Prep, 1999
19. The 7’s – Live at the Blind Pig, Champaign, IL, 1997

American Football (Deluxe Edition)


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Format:Double LP (Red Vinyl) Genre:Indie Rock Record Label:Polyvinyl Release Date:29/09/2023
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