King of the Road (Fu Manchu album)

King of the Road (Fu Manchu album)

Infobox Album
Name = King of the Road
Type = studio
Artist = Fu Manchu

Released = 1999
Recorded = 1999 at Monkey Studios in Palm Desert, California
Genre = Stoner rock
Length = 46:20
Label = Mammoth
Producer = Joe Barresi & Fu Manchu
Reviews =
Last album = "Eatin' Dust" (1999)
This album = "King of the Road" (1999)
Next album = "California Crossing" (2002)

"King of the Road" is the sixth studio album from California stoner rock band Fu Manchu and was released in 1999. The Japanese and European release features the track "Breathing Fire" in replacement of "Drive". "Breathing fire" was on the demo version of the record as well, which was sent to radio stations, clubs, and fans.

Track listing

# "Hell on Wheels"
# "Over the Edge"
# "Boogie Van"
# "King of the Road"
# "No Dice"
# "Blue Tile Fever"
# "Grasschopper"
# "Weird Beard"
# "Drive"
# "Hotdoggin'"
# "Freedom of Choice"


*Scott Hill - Vocals, Guitar

*Brant Bjork - Drums

*Bob Balch - Lead Guitar

*Brad Davis - Bass

Produced, Engineered, and Mixed by Joe Barresi & Fu Manchu


The American version not only contains the song "Drive" instead of "Breathing Fire" but also has a slightly different artwork ("fisheye pic" behind the CD). Furthermore there is a special media section included for web access, albums, a short biography and videos. The two videos are for the songs "Evil eye" off The Action is Go and the title track "King of the Road".

The last track, "Freedom of Choice", is a cover of the song originally sung by proto-punk stars Devo.

"Blue Tile Fever" is a song about skateboarding in a swimming pool made famous by the Z-Boys during the water shortage in California back in the 70's. Everyone's goal was to skate up and over the blue tiles around the top of the pool. It also hints that the Z-Boys were the coolest kids around and the "crowd splits wherever they go".

The van on the cover is a 1960s Ford E-Series.

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