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Swimming with the Sharks is the debut studio album by American hard rock band Bulla, released in 1996 by MCA/Trauma Records. This is the only album with drummer Matt Price and the first with guitarist Doug Lawrence (brother of current guitarist Bill). The album contains their big hits such as "Let It Die", "Lithium", "Real World", "Sandbox" and "Suit".

Songs

Original version
No. Title Words Music Lead Vocal Length
1 "BND" Doug Lawrence, John Langley 1:30
2 "Who Wants to Live Forever?" Langley, Stanley Miller Lawrence Miller 3:56
3 "665" Langley Lawrence 1:37
4 "Insignificant Man" Langley Lawrence, Miller, Price 4:40
5 "667" Langley Lawrence Michael Sullivan 0:56
6 "The Knife" Langley Sullivan 8:55
7 "Let It Die" Patrick Johnson, Langley Langley, Lawrence, Price, Sullivan Miller 6:03
8 "Suit" Langley, Sullivan Lawrence, Langley 3:55
9 "Lithium" Langley Langley, Sullivan 2:38
10 "The Silent Sun" Miller Langley, Miller, Sullivan 2:13
11 "Sandbox" Langley Sullivan Langley, Sullivan 3:23
12 "Real World" Michael Sullivan 5:32
13 "Deuce Bag" Langley Lawrence, Miller, Price Sullivan 3:29
14 "Bad Company" Langley Lawrence Miller 3:33
15 "Me Against the World" Langley Price, Sullivan Sullivan 3:51
16 "Here" Michael Sullivan 3:10
Remastered version
  • Disc one contains the original album except the interludes, "Deuce Bag" and "Bad Company"

Disc two (demos and outtakes):

  1. "Big Devil" (John, Michael Philip Wojewoda) (included as a B-side for "Suit" single)
  2. "Pentagram" (Mike Sullivan) (included as a B-side for "Real World" single)
  3. "Liquid Guy" (John, S. Miller) (included as a B-side for "Lithium" single)
  4. "Lonely Avenue" (M. Price, M. Sullivan) (included as a B-side for "Let It Die" single)
  5. "Big Devil" (demo version, with Doug on lead vocals)
  6. "Suit" (demo version, with Mike on lead vocals)
  7. "Real World" (demo version, with Stanley on lead vocals)
  8. "Sandbox" (dubstep version)
  9. "Sandbox" (demo version, with John on lead vocals)
  10. "Let It Die" (demo version)
  11. "Down" (John)
  12. "Psycho Killer" (Chris Frantz, David Byrne, Tina Weymouth)
  13. "Suit" (1995 demo)
  14. "Stewardess" (John, Mike Sullivan)

Credits

Bulla
  • Stanley Miller - lead (2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14) and background vocals, acoustic guitar (on "Let It Die", "Me Against the World" and "Here"), electric guitar (1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14), flute (on "The Knife" and "Silent Sun"), percussion (5, 6, 10, 13, 15)
  • Matt Price - drums, caxixi, djembe, reco-reco, background vocals (5, 6, 11, 12, 14)
  • Doug Lawrence - electric guitar, mandola, background vocals (4, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 12, "Lonely Avenue")
  • John Langley - bass, background vocals (2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 11, 15, "Pentagram" and "Lonely Avenue"), lead vocal on "Big Devil"
  • Michael Sullivan - lead vocals (5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 15, 16), keyboards, harmonium on "Let It Die (outro)", piano, samplers
Additional musicians
  • Brendan O'Brien - additional vocals on "Bad Company" and "Stewardess", Hammond organ and handclaps on "Let It Die", piano
  • Mark Gordon, Mauro Refosco - percussion
  • Kevin Sullivan - accordion and handclaps on "Let It Die" and additional vocals on "Let It Die", "Suit" and "Sandbox"
  • Michael Phillip Wojewoda - additional vocals on interlude 2, "Let It Die", "Sandbox", "Here" and "Big Devil", handclaps on "Let It Die", shaker, sound effects, synth
Productionna
  • Michael Phillip Wojewoda - production, engineering
  • Brendan O'Brien - engineering, mixing
  • George Marino - mastering
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