It is taking longer than expected to fetch the next song to play. The music should be playing soon. If you get tired of waiting, you can try reloading your browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.

Please ensure you are using the latest Flash Player.


If you are unable or do not wish to upgrade your Flash Player,
please try a different browser.


Please check our Help page for information about troubleshooting Pandora on your browser.
Your Pandora One subscription will expire shortly.
More Info
No Thanks
Your Pandora One trial will expire shortly.
Restore
Close
close
Your Pandora One trial subscription will expire shortly. Upgrade to continue unlimited, ad-free listening.
Upgrade Now
You've listened to hours of Pandora this month. Consider upgrading to Pandora One.
More Info
No Thanks
Close
Hi . Pandora is using Facebook to personalize your experience. Learn MoreNo Thanks
 Upgrade  sign up   |   help   |  
-0:00
0:00
Change Skin

Free personalized radio that
plays the music you love

Now Playing
Music Feed
My Profile
Create a Station
People who also like this

Cracker

During Cracker's heyday in the 1990s, the Virginia-based band molded elements of alternative pop/rock and country into several irreverent, buzzworthy anthems. Singer/guitarist David Lowery made no attempt to mask his affinity for traditional roots music, but his own background was far from traditional, as he spent the '80s fronting the quirky alternative outfit Camper Van Beethoven. Shortly after Camper Van Beethoven embarked on a long hiatus in 1990, Lowery began demoing new material with guitarist Johnny Hickman and bassist Davey Faragher. The three musicians named the project Cracker (although several of those early demos would later surface under the title David Lowery Demo Mixes) and set up their headquarters in Richmond, Virginia. By 1991, the band had signed a recording contract with Virgin Records and enlisted the help of several drummers (Jim Keltner, Rick Jaeger, and Phil Jones), all of whom helped shape the sound of Cracker's debut album.

Cracker released their self-titled debut in 1992. Filled with guitar-driven rock songs and gravelly vocals, the album established Cracker's presence in the rock arena, and "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)" became a number one modern rock single. A year later, the sophomore effort Kerosene Hat spawned another popular MTV/radio hit with "Low," which charted in the U.K. and also cracked the pop charts in America. The album went platinum as a result. By the time Golden Age arrived in 1996, however, the band's hitmaking lineup had begun to splinter. Bassist Faragher was replaced by Bob Rupe, while the drum spot was occupied by a trio of players: Charlie Quintana, Eddie Bayers, and Johnny Hott.

Golden Age spun off another hit with "I Hate My Generation," and the band toured in support of its release. After returning home from the road, Lowery began focusing on his Richmond-based recording studio, Sound of Music, where he produced such artists as Joan Osborne, Lauren Hoffman, Magnet, Fighting Gravity, and Sparklehorse. He also co-produced the Counting Crows along with former Camper Van Beethoven producer Dennis Herring. Lowery's work wasn't limited to the music world, however, as he co-starred in director Eric Drilling's independent film River Red (also composing the film's score) and appeared in another film, director Matt Leutwyler's This Space Between Us.

By the end of the decade, Cracker seemed to have settled on a somewhat permanent lineup comprised of drummer Frank Funaro, keyboardist/accordion player Kenny Margolis, and the preexisting core of Lowery, Hickman, and Rupe. This version of the band issued 1998's Gentleman's Blues, a more reflective album that saw the musicians paying homage to Southern rock and blues. Camper Van Beethoven unexpectedly re-formed shortly thereafter, and Lowery began splitting his time between both bands, whose other members frequently joined whichever group was on the road.

Cracker (along with select musicians from CVB) issued a live album, 2001's Traveling Apothecary Show & Revue, and Cracker followed its release with Forever (2002) and a rowdy set of country covers called Countrysides in 2003. The latter album also marked Cracker's first effort as an independent band, as they had recently left the Virgin roster. Three years later, Cracker returned (this time via the U.K.-based indie label Cooking Vinyl) with Greenland, which featured help from guest artists David Immerglück and Mark Linkous. Another concert release, Live in Berlin, December 2006, arrived in 2008, and the studio effort Sunrise in the Land of Milk and Honey, which cracked Billboard's Top 200 chart, followed one year later. That same year the band went on a tour of Iraq, playing for U.S. troops while working on the "Yalla Yalla" video, which was produced by compiling YouTube videos of American soldiers stationed overseas. Public radio network NPR profiled the tour on their weekly series The Show. A year later, the band played a series of sold-out shows with Camper Van Beethoven dubbed the 2010 Traveling Apothecary Tour.

In 2014, the core Cracker trio of Lowery, Hickman, and Faragher returned to the recording studio, joined by drummer Michael Urbano and keyboardist Thayer Sarrano. By the year's end, the group had released an ambitious two-disc set, Berkeley to Bakersfield, with the "Berkeley" disc devoted to Cracker's trademark brand of alternative rock and the "Bakersfield" chapter finding the band once again digging into their country influences with the help of a handful of guest musicians. ~ Andrew Leahey & Greg Prato
full bio

Selected Discography

x

Track List: Berkeley To Bakersfield

1. Torches And Pitchforks

2. California Country Boy

3. March Of The Billionaires

4. Almond Grove

5. Beautiful

6. King Of Bakersfield

7. El Comandante

8. Tonight I Cross The Border

9. El Cerrito

10. Get On Down The Road

11. Reaction

12. I'm Sorry Baby

13. You Got Yourself Into This

14. The San Bernardino Boy

15. Life In The Big City

16. When You Come Down

17. Waited My Whole Life

18. Where Have Those Days Gone

x

Track List: Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey

1. Yalla Yalla (Let's Go)

2. Show Me How This Thing Works

3. Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out With Me

5. Hand Me My Inhaler

7. I Could Be Wrong, I Could Be Right

8. Time Machine

9. Hey Bret (You Know What Time It Is)

11. Sunrise In The Land Of Milk And Honey

x

Track List: Greenland

1. Something You Ain't Got

2. Maggie

3. Where Have Those Days Gone

4. Fluffy Lucy

5. The Riverside

6. Gimme One More Chance

7. I'm So Glad She Ain't Never Coming Back

8. Sidi Ifui

9. I Need Better Friends

10. Minotaur

11. Night Falls

12. Better Times Are Coming Our Way

13. Everybody Gets One For Free

14. Darling We're Out Of Time

x

Track List: Get On With It: The Best Of Cracker

1. Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)

2. This Is Cracker Soul

3. Mr. Wrong

4. Low

5. Get Off This

6. Lonesome Johnny Blues

8. Shake Some Action

9. I Hate My Generation

10. Big Dipper

11. Sweet Thistle Pie

12. The World Is Mine

13. The Good Life

14. Shine

15. Guarded By Monkeys

x

Track List: Countrysides

1. Truckload Of Art

2. Duty Free

3. Up Against The Wall Redneck Mothers

4. Sinaloa Cowboys

5. Family Tradition

6. The Bottle Let Me Down

7. Reasons To Quit

8. Buenas Noches From A Lonely Room

9. Ain't Gonna Suck Itself

x

Track List: Forever

1. Brides Of Neptune

2. Shine

3. Don't Bring Us Down

4. Guarded By Monkeys

5. Ain't That Strange

6. Miss Santa Cruz County

7. Superfan

8. Sweet Magdalena Of My Misfortune

9. Merry Christmas Emily

10. Forever

11. Shameless

12. One Fine Day

13. What You're Missing

x

Track List: Garage D'Or

Disc 1

1. Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)

2. This Is Cracker Soul

3. I See The Light

4. Low

5. Get Off This

6. Sweet Potato

7. Euro-Trash Girl

8. Shake Some Action

9. Sweet Thistle Pie

10. I'm A Little Rocket Ship

11. Big Dipper

12. Seven Days

13. Been Around The World

14. Be My Love

15. Heaven Knows I'm Lonely Now

16. Eyes Of Mary

Disc 2

1. Surfbilly

2. The Golden Age (Live)

3. You Ain't Going Nowhere (Live)

4. Hollywood Cemetary

5. Whole Lotta Trouble

6. I Want Out Of The Circus (Live)

7. Steve's Hornpipe

8. Mr. Wrong (Live)

9. Sunday Train

10. Lonesome Johnny Blues (Live)

11. Rainy Days And Mondays

12. China

x

Track List: The Golden Age

1. I Hate My Generation

2. I'm A Little Rocket Ship

3. Big Dipper

4. Nothing To Believe In

5. The Golden Age

6. 100 Flower Power Maximum

7. Dixie Babylon

8. I Can't Forget You

9. Sweet Thistle Pie

10. Useless Stuff

11. How Can I Live Without You

12. Bicycle Spaniard

x

Track List: Kerosene Hat

1. Low

2. Movie Star

3. Get Off This

4. Kerosene Hat

5. Take Me Down To The Infirmary

6. Nostalgia

7. Sweet Potato

8. Sick Of Goodbyes

9. I Want Everything

10. Lonesome Johnny Blues

11. Let's Go For A Ride

12. Loser

15. Hi-Desert Biker Meth Lab

69. Euro-Trash Girl

88. I Ride My Bike

x

Track List: Cracker

1. Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now)

2. Happy Birthday To Me

3. This Is Cracker Soul

4. I See The Light

5. St. Cajetan

6. Mr. Wrong

7. Someday

8. Can I Take My Gun To Heaven?

9. Satisfy You

10. Another Song About The Rain

11. Don't F**k Me Up (With Peace And Love)

12. Dr. Bernice

x

Track List: Waited My Whole Life (Single)

1. Waited My Whole Life

Comments

Report as inappropriate
They bite. Thumbs down for 90's gimmick bands
Report as inappropriate
Never stopped loving Cracker, esp. Low, Teen Angst (What The World Needs Now), Get Off This...remai n s in CD rotation. Tom Petty...what craziness... m u s t be stoned! hahah!
Report as inappropriate
O
Report as inappropriate
Who the hell is Palm Titty? ? ! ?
Report as inappropriate
Shut up!
Report as inappropriate
Funniest thing I've read all week bwwaaaaahaaa h a a h a a h a h a h a a h a
Report as inappropriate
Tom Petty!!?
Report as inappropriate
I love Low, whoever that idiot that thought it was Tom Petty probably listens to techno, they don't sound anything like the great Tom Petty. Go back to class.
Report as inappropriate
forgot about them poppies
Report as inappropriate
want ta get you low
Report as inappropriate
thought this was Tom Petty for a minute
Report as inappropriate
jbarclay12
just saw them at slobrew. still amazing live. great energy. c'mon pistol!
Report as inappropriate
one of the most original bands out there, love them!
Report as inappropriate
I never heard CRACKER before, I like em' makes me get some pent up anxiety out!!
Report as inappropriate
great band, great music!!!
Report as inappropriate
Saw them a few weeks ago at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa, FL. They are amazing. They are touring. It would be a mistake to not go and see them if you can make it to see them when they come to a venue near you.
Report as inappropriate
stephaniehol l y w o o d b l u e
LOW
Report as inappropriate
Haven't heard 'Low' in ages! Thank you, Pandora!
Report as inappropriate
Hey Pandora. Parasites ultimately kill their host and thus themselves. Pay the artists.
Report as inappropriate
Cracker's non hits were their best!
Report as inappropriate
Never heard this, without Cracker alt rock would've died in 99, for the most part, or at least went in a even stranger direction. I have a new found respect for the song, and its not New Found Glory.
Report as inappropriate
karlburke181
When will they come back to the Cats Cradle
Report as inappropriate
They played How Can I Live Without You for a special CD from a local radio station, and it's now one of my favorite songs.
Report as inappropriate
One of a kind guitar!
Report as inappropriate
FELL IN LOVE WITH CRACKER AFTER EPISODE 2 OR 3 OF RECTIFY
Report as inappropriate
Story of a chapter of my life! Lol. Definitely gonna check out more of their songs.
Report as inappropriate
danzigirwin
Definitely an underappreci a t e d band. Great live shows.
Report as inappropriate
I saw them at a small club in Charlottesvi l l e , Va some years back. The bass player was late to the gig. She was in a wedding in Richmond, Va. One of the roadies sat in until she got there. She still wearing her wedding gown when she arrived. She was the best dressed person on stage.
Report as inappropriate
Favorite song Another Song About The Rain :) Better live though. Went to the best of their concerts, but very low-profile. It was "Live At The Crossroads/R o c k p a l a s t Festival" Check it out sometime :)
Report as inappropriate
My fav band, and im old (56) loved them since early 90s. Best live!!!
Report as inappropriate
kvons1
Always liked this group's stuff for the most part.
Report as inappropriate
scottfry16
Son, please remove your skirt...
Report as inappropriate
Don't you want to go down?
Report as inappropriate
Great band, underrated.
Report as inappropriate
What the world needs now is another folk singer like I need a hole in my head.
Report as inappropriate
brandonmlemo n
I had Kerosene Hat when I was a youngster, Low was one of least favorite songs. Good album.....
Report as inappropriate
How about the hidden tracks on Kerosine Hat? Lets hear it.
Report as inappropriate
Cracker live is always a treat. Saw them last week with Bare Naked Ladies. Wish they could have played more than the opening 5 songs - but they have a loyal following, and we'll go see them anytime.
Report as inappropriate
kvons1
Kerosene Hat---great album. You Bring Us Down---take your sorry a** back to Florida!
Report as inappropriate
Who, in your opinion, is the best band that no one listens to (since Cracker is #2) Mr. McGurk? My two are Fountains Of Wayne and Cowboy Mouth....
Report as inappropriate
jring289
Cracker is the best band ever, They reinvent their style somewhat every album but it's always great. Someone said earlier their records don't do them justice and even though I love them all I have to agree. I thought One Fine Day was just OK until I saw it live and it's a powerhouse. Go see them live, again, and again, and again. You'll never be disappointed .
Report as inappropriate
Kerosene Hat is an unbelievable album! Love every song on it.
Report as inappropriate
The lyrics to Movie Star crack me up :)
Report as inappropriate
awsome band go see them live!!
Report as inappropriate
Low by far is my favorite
Report as inappropriate
skyetaylor10 2
COOL SHHHTUFF! I LIKE'M!
Report as inappropriate
what are your favorite cracker songs guys?
Report as inappropriate
Cracker is addictive... a n d y ears need more!
Report as inappropriate
cracker is the second best band on the planet... that no one lstens to. but that is because te stations wont play them, the only place I hear them ,other than my collection is pandora. so thank you pandora
Report as inappropriate
This bands recordings do no justice for them. They're one of the best live acts i've ever seen.
Show more

Don't have a Pandora account? Sign up

We're sorry, but a browser plugin or firewall may be preventing Pandora from loading.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser.

Please check our Help page for more information.

It looks like your browser does not support modern SSL/TLS. Please upgrade your browser.

If you need help, please email: pandora-support@pandora.com.

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please upgrade to a more current browser
or install a newer version of Flash (v.10 or later).

In order to use Pandora internet radio, please install Adobe Flash (v.10 or later).

[85, 123, 120, 106, 107, 99, 97, 102, 97, 66, 122, 101, 106, 78, 115, 110, 117, 67, 109, 115, 118, 80, 98, 68, 68, 81, 77, 109, 112, 127, 70, 71, 66, 85, 112, 107, 77, 78, 126, 107, 72, 116, 78, 111, 74, 89, 92, 117, 89, 98, 117, 75, 75, 115, 127, 97, 68, 74, 66, 81, 122, 103, 116, 73, 75, 107, 74, 103, 77, 82, 81, 87, 74, 124, 103, 97, 76, 115, 82, 77, 107, 98, 111, 82, 92, 126, 66, 107, 122, 97, 126, 125, 64, 104, 68, 126, 80, 68, 65, 101, 92, 87, 94, 99, 83, 90, 95, 90, 71, 123, 75, 65, 86, 114, 78, 69, 74, 74, 93, 97, 117, 109, 94, 117, 91, 77, 105, 107, 115, 69, 112, 102, 76, 109, 70, 76, 101, 105, 78, 107, 72, 105, 125, 74, 106, 74, 103, 119, 91, 112, 96, 70, 97, 126, 116, 99, 100, 124, 84, 112, 73, 108, 120, 122, 79, 112, 64, 99, 124, 99, 97, 92, 98, 64, 117, 77, 67, 113, 91, 83, 66, 74, 91, 125, 110, 109, 102, 115, 91, 78, 110, 117, 92, 101, 100, 126, 116, 91, 87, 72, 104, 64, 102, 91, 97, 76, 86, 70, 125, 111, 86, 81, 118, 104, 99, 97, 66, 92, 126, 97, 76, 114, 81, 94, 73, 94, 100, 85, 125, 122, 95, 94, 114, 90, 69, 117, 66, 65, 124, 68, 110, 125, 114, 127, 112, 70, 88, 106, 124, 120, 71, 94, 65, 78, 109, 80, 109, 98, 126, 127, 116, 88, 108, 107, 110, 100, 104, 115, 76, 87, 71, 74, 109, 97, 97, 116, 120, 119, 65, 75, 125, 124, 94, 110, 107, 102, 112, 123, 117, 121, 99, 119, 84, 69, 66, 64, 101, 108, 97, 65, 112, 80, 72, 64, 80, 77, 72, 88, 95, 77, 108, 98, 85, 111, 84, 102, 94, 127, 84, 122, 119, 82, 108, 107, 119, 84, 71, 118, 98, 116, 110, 127, 69, 119, 86, 80, 73, 105, 92, 91, 124, 126, 101, 94, 99, 96, 127, 83, 126, 81, 108, 117, 114, 110, 68, 122, 85, 124, 107, 66, 88, 69, 65, 89, 80, 78, 67, 81, 116, 91, 107, 122, 96, 122, 108, 120, 96, 99, 97, 74, 127, 100, 100, 90, 85, 88, 123, 75, 73, 100, 89, 96, 119, 110, 105, 70, 105, 110, 66, 90, 125, 64, 110, 121, 73, 71, 79, 95, 102, 76, 124, 98, 93, 79, 116, 86, 110, 90, 123, 106, 101, 91, 86, 70, 71, 114, 124, 80, 104, 89, 95, 102, 125, 96, 68, 105, 75, 78, 119, 123, 79, 100, 118, 80, 100, 90, 77, 103, 93, 66, 115, 69, 78, 127, 107, 64, 123, 96, 101, 70, 110, 68, 117, 96, 116, 81, 119, 93, 124, 103, 88, 98, 94, 97, 118, 120, 102, 120, 117, 110, 119, 102, 95, 102, 105, 124, 68, 69, 84, 97, 105, 117, 123, 68, 110, 124, 110, 92, 108, 120, 81, 94, 94, 102, 64, 92, 75, 82, 80, 120, 93, 91]