The Rebels Not In

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The Rebels Not In
Studio album by
ReleasedFebruary 3, 1998
RecordedDub Narcotic[1]
GenreIndie rock
LabelK Records
ProducerPhil Ek[1]
The Halo Benders chronology
Don't Tell Me Now
The Rebels Not In
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Pitchfork Media8.8/10[3]

The Rebels Not In (1998) is the third and final album recorded by the American indie rock group The Halo Benders.[4]

The album was released on K Records on February 3, 1998, on vinyl LP and compact disc. It was the third full-length release from the Halo Benders, a side project of Calvin Johnson (of Beat Happening) and Doug Martsch (of Built to Spill). Its catalogue number is KLP81. It has a generally more polished sound than the Halo Benders' previous efforts.

The unique intro drum beat on "Bury Me" is a nod to The Wedding Present song "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah," from their 1994 album Watusi. This is further evidenced by Martsch's chorus of "Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah."

Critical reception[]

Magnet wrote that the album "merged the playful spirit of early K with higher-end production."[5] Pitchfork Media ranked "Virginia Reel Around the Fountain" at #188 on its "Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s" list.[6] CMJ New Music Monthly considered "Turn It My Way" to be the highlight of the album.[7]

Track listing[]

  1. "Virginia Reel Around the Fountain" – 6:18
  2. "Your Asterisk" – 2:50
  3. "Lonesome Sundown" – 4:43
  4. "Devil City Destiny" – 4:56
  5. "Bury Me" – 3:25
  6. "Surfers Haze" – 3:11
  7. "Do That Thing" – 3:47
  8. "Love Travels Faster" – 4:11
  9. "Turn It My Way" – 4:22
  10. "Rebels Got a Hole in It" – 6:02
  11. "Foggy Bottom" – 4:39


  1. ^ Jump up to: a b Baumgarten, Mark (July 10, 2012). Love Rock Revolution: K Records and the Rise of Independent Music. Sasquatch Books. ISBN 9781570617966 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ AllMusic
  3. ^ Pitchfork
  4. ^ "The Halo Benders | Biography & History". AllMusic.
  5. ^ "Lost Classics: Calvin Johnson". April 12, 2009.
  6. ^ "The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 200-151 - Page 2". Pitchfork.
  7. ^ "Reviews". CMJ New Music Monthly. CMJ Network, Inc. March 10, 1998 – via Google Books.
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