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Charted: September 1997

Rating: 4.250 (average of 4 ratings)

Genre: alternative rock > Britpop

Quotable: --

Album Tracks:

  1. A Thousand Trees
  2. Looks Like Chaplin
  3. More Life in a Tramp’s Vest
  4. Local Boy in the Photograph
  5. Traffic
  6. Not Up to You
  7. Check My Eyelids for Holes
  8. Same Size Feet
  9. Last of the Big Time Drinkers
  10. Goldfish Bowl
  11. Too Many Sandwiches
  12. Billy Davey’s Daughter


sales in U.S. only --
sales in U.K. only - estimated 600,000
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 600,000


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart --
peak on U.K. album chart 6

Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Local Boy in the Photograph (3/29/97) #14 UK
  • More Life in a Tramp’s Vest (5/31/97) #33 UK
  • A Thousand Trees (8/23/97) #22 UK
  • Traffic (11/8/97) #20 UK

Notes: --


Q Magazine’s Top 100 Albums

Word Gets Around
“In the late ‘90s, a rash of Welsh rock bands emerged, among them Catatonia, Super Furry Animals, 60 Ft. Dolls, and the Stereophonics. On the surface, the Stereophonics’ gritty rock & roll seems relatively uninspired, but upon close listen Word Gets Around proves to be a very accomplished debut. Vocalist/ guitarist Kelly Jones’ vocals are raw and rip the songs apart, as his loud, arena-ready guitar assault gives every track a gritty edge. Jones’ lyrics are also of note; highly poetic and meaningful, he writes about the underbelly of a small town” (Damas).

“The anthemic opener, the outrageously catchy A Thousand Trees, details how a respected high school athletic coach ruined his career through a lurid sexual encounter with a female student, and the quick, jagged More Life in a Tramp’s Vest displays the view of the world through the eyes of a supermarket bag boy” (Damas).

Word Gets Around isn’t all about hard rockers, though; the hit Traffic is a beautifully constructed ballad that works marvelously when a juxtaposition is made between the music and Jones’ rough vocal styling. While Word Gets Around occasionally suffers from blandness, it is a remarkably accomplished debut” (Damas).

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Last updated July 23, 2008.