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CRAYOLAFISHES (1997) running time: 63 minutes (NB7) click here for cover
Side One: 1. Let Down 2. Giant Babysitter 3. Planting Grandma Page 4. South in the Fall 5. Writing on the Wall 6. Partially Hydrogenated Reggae Vegetables 7. New Age Breakdown 8. Manthem 9. Sad Symphony 10. Note From Home
Side Two: 1. 50% Off Barbie 2. Relatives 3. Trudge Blue Puppy 4. John Wayne 5. Gotta Have Patience 6. When Leaves Fall Down 7. Lavapants 8. Feb. 14, 1919 9. fireeaters 10. goodbye
This is one of the latest releases from the group, finally emptying the folders, notebooks, and sock drawers of all remaining lyrics, melodies, and good old fashioned resentments............from the opening clarinet and saxaphone catfight of "gaint babysitter" to the free form jazz exasperation of goodbye, this tape is nothing if not fun food for thought....!!!!!!one lucky group member received one of those refrigerator magnet poetry kits as a gift, and yes, quite a few of those magnetic "gems" are included here for the amusement and bewilderment of all who dare to dream.........recorded in under two weeks in a frenzy of activity, the tape flaunts individualized covers, each one a totally unique spray painted eye-catcher...........
other highlights include: a punk inspired solo ukelele george jones-esque tribute to led zepplin on "planting grandma page",................ "writing on the wall", which was described by one fan as "grandmaster flash meets mississippi john hurt", the one-chord partial reggae of "partially hydrogenated reggae vegetables", which could be described as "earl the pearl monroe sings koans to peter tosh's half -sister"...............or, maybe not............in "manthem", the horn section of the band has a field day, honking mercilessly away in what has now become known as the "mort schmeilman's barmitzvah" section of the tune....a sort of jazz like ode to everyone's dad, and men everywhere......themes which are carried over into the bluesy barroom piano of "john wayne"........
the musical saw sparkles again on "heading south in the fall" and "note from home", both of which feature the groups tight vocal harmonies, and even some tiny tim-esque falsetto. ........., "new age breakdown" has been called 'the cambridge national anthem' by some, while "relatives" is embarrassingly familiar..........the tape ends with the hopeful "fireeaters", a tribute to all those who wonder..............let's see what the response has been like so far:
"even my mother likes this tape"- Lia Simpkins, President, Nobody Fanclub, Brockton Chapter
"new age breakdown should be the cambridge national anthem. i hate you guys."- Disgrunteled Poetess, Cambridge, Ma.
"i like the female vocals. the males', i could live without."- Felton Ponce, Full Time Meditator
"yes. yes. and more yes!!!"-Otis Cummings
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