Retreat from the Sun

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Retreat from the Sun
Retreat from the Sun cover
Studio album by That Dog
Released April 8, 1997
Recorded unknown
Genre Alternative rock
Label DGC
Producer(s) Brad Wood and That Dog
That Dog chronology
Totally Crushed Out!
Retreat from the Sun
Old LP

Retreat from the Sun is the third album by That Dog.


That Dog's previous disc, 1995's Totally Crushed Out!, failed to make much of a dent in the music industry, despite being somewhat promoted by DGC, and toured behind heavily by the band. Along with this, the band had felt bitter about the sudden and rapid success of friends and labelmates Weezer.

These factors left de facto leader Anna Waronker disillusioned with the industry, and she contemplated her future. Additionally, tensions had grown between Waronker and other members of the band, which only exacerbated the situation.

Waronker began writing songs, intending them for a solo project. However, upon hearing some demos, Geffen insisted she put them to use within the band structure, and steered the project toward a third That Dog album. Reluctantly, she agreed, and Retreat from the Sun was released in 1997.

The Japanese pressing of the album features an exclusive bonus track, "Fuck You", a lo-fi punk rocker in the tradition of the band's earlier material.

The band marked the 20th anniversary of the album's release on April 8, 2017 with a concert at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles, CA.


The album did marginally better than its predecessor, with "Never Say Never" gaining slight attention at radio and MTV, but inner-band tensions only increased, and the band's breakup seemed imminent. In September 1997, after a summer tour that had culminated in the tribute concert for Mykel and Carli Allan in Hollywood on August 15th, the band issued a statement announcing their split.

Track listing

Original album track listing
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "I'm Gonna See You"  Anna Waronker 4:15
2. "Never Say Never"  Waronker 3:16
3. "Being with You"  Waronker 3:47
4. "Gagged and Tied"  Steven McDonald, That Dog 3:16
5. "Retreat from the Sun"  Waronker 3:39
6. "Minneapolis"  Waronker 3:50
7. "Annie"  Waronker 3:40
8. "Every Time I Try"  Waronker 4:28
9. "Long Island"  Waronker 2:36
10. "Hawthorne"  Waronker 2:35
11. "Did You Ever"  Waronker, John Goldman 3:06
12. "Cowboy Hat"  Waronker 3:50
13. "Until the Day I Die"  Waronker 4:17
Japanese edition bonus track
No. TitleWriter(s) Length
1. "Fuck You"  Waronker, Maxwell 2:51


  • Anna Waronker - lead vocals, guitars, piano
  • Petra Haden - violin, vocals
  • Rachel Haden - bass, vocals
  • Tony Maxwell - drums, vocals, surf guitar on 5
  • Brad Wood - producer
  • Tanya Haden - cello on 2, 8, & 13
  • Charlotte Caffey - synthesizer on 2, ryhthm guitar on 6
  • Alix Fournier - French horns on 13
  • Chick Wolverton - shakers and additional guitar on 12

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