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Four years have passed since Spoon released a record, a gap much longer than we’ve seen from them in the past. But while Spoon might have been quiet, these were not four years of silence for its members. Frontman Britt Daniel formed the supergroup Divine Fits who made their way up the CMJ charts, peaking at No. 5, and drummer Jim Eno spent these years recording and producing bands at his Austin studio Public Hi-Fi. But now they’re back, and stronger than ever with a new label, a new band member, and a new album. College radio has long been a supporter of Spoon and that has not seemed to change for the slightest.
 
Spoon is sitting on the top of the CMJ Top 200 charts right now for a third week in the No. 1 spot with their new album, They Want My Soul. The top spot is not an unfamiliar one for these boys, as over the past 12 years, all five of their full length albums—Kill The Moonlight, Gimme Fiction, Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, Transference and now They Want My Soul—have reached No. 1 on the CMJ charts. Let’s take a look back at their chart topping success.
 
Next week happens to mark the anniversary of Spoon’s first appearance at No. 1, when Kill The Moonlight reached this position on the charts on September 3, 2002. Kill the Moonlight only held this position for one week before Sleater-Kinney’s One Beat knocked it down to No. 2.

CMJ Chart For The Week Of September 3, 2002


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ARTIST & TITLE
LABEL
1 2 SPOON Kill The Moonlight Merge
2 5 SLEATER-KINNEY One Beat Kill Rock Stars
3 1 FLAMING LIPS Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots Warner Brothers-Warner Bros.
4 3 SONIC YOUTH Murray Street DGC-Interscope
5 8 INTERPOL Turn On The Bright Lights Matador

Coincidentally, a similar pattern would occur in 2005 when Gimme Fiction would hold down the No.1 spot for three weeks, before, once again, being beat out by Sleater-Kinney.

CMJ Chart For The Week Of May 31, 2005


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ARTIST & TITLE
LABEL
1 3 SLEATER-KINNEY The Woods Sub Pop
2 1 SPOON Gimme Fiction Merge

Now, with three weeks at the top of the chart, They Want My Soul has held the position as long as Gimme Fiction did in May 2005. As Spoon currently works towards a fourth week at the top of the charts, the question is whether they can hold the spot even longer now than they did with Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. Their longest run to date at the top of the charts was with 2007’s Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, which held the No. 1 position for five consecutive weeks. Taking a look at the chart below, the album was up against some tough contenders, although luckily for Spoon, there was no Sleater-Kinney album in sight.

CMJ Chart For The Week Of July 31, 2007


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ARTIST & TITLE
LABEL
1 1 SPOON Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga Merge
2 3 INTERPOL Our Love To Admire Capitol
3 2 WHITE STRIPES Icky Thump Warner Bros.
4 4 POLYPHONIC SPREE The Fragile Army TVT
5 15 JUSTICE Cross (†) Vice-Ed Banger-Downtown
6 16 YEAH YEAH YEAHS Is Is [EP] Interscope
7 9 GOGOL BORDELLO Super Taranta! Side One Dummy
8 7 METRIC Grow Up And Blow Away Last Gang
9 6 RYAN ADAMS Easy Tiger Lost Highway-Lost Highway
10 5 BEASTIE BOYS The Mix-Up Capitol
11 17 1990S Cookies Rough Trade
12 18 IRON AND WINE Boy With A Coin [EP] Sub Pop
13 - TEGAN AND SARA The Con Sire
14 12 BAD RELIGION New Maps Of Hell Epitaph
15 13 SMASHING PUMPKINS Zeitgeist Reprise
16 24 CHEMICAL BROTHERS We Are The Night Astralwerks
17 19 AGAINST ME! New Wave Sire
18 27 EDITORS An End Has A Start Epic-Fader
19 14 NATIONAL Boxer Beggars Banquet
20 23 MARK RONSON Version RCA

 


Their remarkable history of reaching the top spot on the CMJ charts brings to question if this success is truly warranted, or if their name alone can carry them to that No. 1 position time and time again. On They Want My Soul, Spoon has managed to build on their classic sound through creating a more layered sound with the addition of synths—a move that can be risky and does not work out well for many who try it. This gamble has proven to be successful for Spoon, who have created quite a fantastic record well deserving of the chart success it has seen these past few weeks.