1. HOLE IN THE SKY (Wax)

2. THE IDIOT TRAIL (R.S.M.)
The Vienna Sausage Boys Choir: backing vocals (Cranky J, Higgs & Mo). Recorded by Chris Gefken at The Think Tank, Hoboken. Claudia Chopek (yeah!): Concertmaster & String Wrangler (and composer of the tag at the fadeout). 1st violins: Claudia Chopek, Diana Smith Barker, Sharon Gunderson, Branislav Svitek. 2nd violins: Deni Bonet, Matthew Lehmann, Susan Mitchell, Amy Hamilton-Soto. Recorded at Dubway, NYC by Al Houghton (with Dawn Landes assisting).

3. THE MAN IN THE RAZOR SUIT (Wire)

4. HEARTWELD (R.S.M.)
Carla Murray: backing vocals, Andy Burton: keyboards. Final mix and tweakage by Raeann Zschokke

5. SWAMP BOY (Vintage tape)
R. Stevie Moore: bass, Dave Dunton: piano, Irwin Chusid: drums. Rescued by Adrian Carr at Music Designs Mastering, NYC.

6. BAD MOON OVER MEL BAY (J-37/Ampex A300)
(Butler, Teagle) c & p 2002 Chris Butler/John Teagle and Future Fossil Music (BMI)/John Teagle. Initial recordings by Chris Gefken (with help from Scott Anthony) at The Think Tank. Dave Amels: Hammond organ, Peter Stuart: Fender Bass 6, Baker Rorick: bass, CB: drums, Johnny Teagle: rhythm guitar, Ted Lawrence: lead guitar, Debbie Schwartz & Carla Murray: banshee wails, Julian Maile: theremin. Mixing and transfers by Dave Domanich at Jolly Roger, Hoboken, using a mid-'60's Studer J-37 four-track with 1-inch tape running @ 15 ips. Final mix slammed onto an early 1950's Ampex A300 (mono) tape recorder.

7. DAVEY'S SISTER'S HOME FROM COLLEGE (Wax)

8. POWER (4-track cassette)
(Butler, Tomney) c & p 2002 Chris Butler/Ed Tomney and Future Fossil Music (BMI)/Carpet Shock Music (BMI). Recorded using a TASCAM 244 Porta-Studio. Ed Tomney: synths, manipulations & encouraging vibes.

9. WORKINGMAN'S BEER (Wire)

10. PAINTED RAIN (R.S.M.)
Dave Amels: Hammond organ, "R & R" (Rachel Fishman & Regan Solmo): backing vocals.

11. STARVED FOR SUMMER (Vinyl 45rpm record)
Elizabeth McCullough: vocals & harmonic direction, Carla Murray: additional vocals. Mixed at Dubway by Al Houghton (with Dawn Landes assisting).

12. THINKING ABOUT THEM GIRLS (Mixed media)
CB: 12-string & vocals recorded on an Edison wax cylinder. Transferred to an 8-track ADAT upon which were captured for all eternity: Buddy Woodward: jug, Peter Stuart: tenor banjo & kazoo, Will Dial: guitar-banjo & slide whistle, CB: spoons and everybody plus Chris Breetveld singing.

BONUS TRACKS (WARNING: NOT FCC KOSHER!)

NOTE: The talking bits are from a used spool of wire I found at a flea market. I think it dates from the Korean War era, when a NE Ohio family sat down at a kitchen table to play cards on a Saturday night... and pop pushed “record”. Neighbors stroll in to play a few hands, a serviceman son home on leave describes his un-MASH-like tour of duty, kids sing hymns and C & W songs, and everyone tries to get the baby to say “ma-ma” into the mic. It’s fascinating ‘found sound’, and if anyone wants to hear the whole thing, send me a C-90 w/return postage and I’ll dub you a copy. Also, WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE? Any leads would be appreciated.

13) “...that goddam thing on!”
14) Starved For Summer - 45rpm/single edit version, w/no drums.
15) Starved For Summer - original version
16) “gooks”
17) Bad Moon Over Mel Bay - since the J-37 is the same model 4-track The Beatles used on “Sgt. Peppers”, here’s an Abbey Road-style split bus stereo mix.
18) “... they marry young down there.”
19) Them Girls - original Edison wax version.
20) Them Girls - I try just my part...
21) Them Girls - just my part before editing and overdubs.
22) The Idiot Trail - Claudia Chopek’s tag
23) “...radio announcers...”

 











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