- Released: February 1, 1994
- Label: RCA
- 1.My Sharona - The Knack
- 2.Spin the Bottle - Juliana Hatfield Three
- 3.Bed of Roses - The Indians
- 4.When You Come Back to Me - World Party
- 5.Going, Going, Gone - World Party
- 6.Stay - Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories
- 7.All I Want Is You - U2
- 8.Locked Out - Crowded House
- 9.Spinning Around over You - Lenny Kravitz
- 10.I'm Nuthin' - Ethan Hawke
- 11.Turnip Farm - Dinosaur Jr.
- 12.Revival! - Me Phi Me
- 13.Tempted '94 - Squeeze
- 14.Baby I Love Your Way - Big Mountain
"Stay" was nominated for Best Pop Performance By A Duo Or Group With Vocal in the 37th Annual Grammy Awards.
Personnel: J Mascis (vocals, guitar, drums); Neil Finn (vocals, guitar, background vocals); Chris Difford, Doug Fieger, Glenn Tilbrook, Jon Auer, Juliana Hatfield, Berton Averre (vocals, guitar); Lisa Loeb (vocals, acoustic guitar); Lenny Kravitz (vocals, electric guitar, drums, background vocals); Paul Carrack (vocals, piano, organ); Karl Wallinger (vocals, keyboards, drums); Quino (vocals, background vocals); Ethan Hawke, Angie Bianca, Bono (vocals); Me Phi Me (rap vocals, Jew's harp); John Goux (guitar, acoustic guitar); Mark Hart (guitar, keyboards, background vocals); Ron Fair (guitar, keyboards); Ken Stringfellow, Elvis Costello (guitar, background vocals); Kurt Fedora, The Edge, Nathan Aibinder, Tony Chin, Zeb (guitar); Craig Ross, Dan Littleton, Tim Bright (electric guitar); John Michael Falasz III (12-string guitar); Larry Williams (flute, tenor saxophone); Rags Murtaugh (harmonica); Simon Clarke (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Warren Hill (alto saxophone); Jerry Hey (trumpet); Chris Cuben Tatum (piano, organ, drums, background vocals); John Brian (harmonium, Mellotron); Aaron Zigman, Peter Holsapple (keyboards); Jon Feinberg (drums, percussion); Paul Hester (drums, background vocals); Curt Bisquera, Chris Sharrock , John "J.R." Robinson , Gilson Lavis, Jack Irons , Abe Laboriel, Jr., Larry Mullen, Jr., Mike Musburger, Todd Philips , Bruce Gary (drums); Denny Fongheiser, Steve Forman (percussion); Blizz (scratches); Nick Seymour, James McWhinney, John Bentley, Julie Christensen, Michael Bohannon, Tessa Niles (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: David Bianco.
For this comedy about the 20-something generation, the producers of REALITY BITES put together a provocative mix of today's most potent power pop, and fashionably retro rock, a generation removed. It's a kick to hear The Knack's mega-hit "My Sharona" outside the context of its time, and funny to contemplate how "provocative" and "controversial" this sexist ode to young lust was back in less jaded times.
The generational struggle of the characters in REALITY BITES is echoed in the mix of alterna-pop vanguard artists (such as World Party, Lenny Kravitz and Dinosaur Jr.), and re-mixed hits from the late '70s and early '80s (The Knack and Squeeze, functioning metaphorically as the adolescence of the film's characters). Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories offer an earnest, folkie ballad ("Stay") which has become a surprise hit, projecting the ambivalent infatuation of the film's emotional slackers. Juliana Hatfield's "Spin The Bottle" portrays generation X's version of unabashed lust (sounding for all the world like the illegitimate spawn of Keith Richards and Leslie Gore). In short, REALITY BITES is an apt metaphor for the emerging cultural ennui of power pop, circa 1994.