The Jennifers breakthrough CD, an instant classic. Recorded in full glorious hi-fidelity sound at Invisible Sound Studios with master guitar-pop producer, Dave Nachodsky. All songs by John Irvine, c. 2006, Instant Tunes, except "Queen of Eyes" by Robyn Hitchcock, Complete Music. All rights reserved. Gumdrops by Skizz.
We emailed these out to our fan list once a month while we worked on finishing our Colors From the Future CD. Most were done using Apple's GarageBand software.
Fake-hippy anthem from "Hair". There are certain songs that become tattooed on your subconscious, not because they are great songs, but because they were played a lot when you were a kid. When your parents had the soundtrack to the musical "Hair" featuring this slice of post-summer-of-love commercialism, it becomes lodged in your brain stem, (along with equally timeless classics from The Carpenters and Rolf Harris.) The melody and some of the words were vaguely and somewhat fondly remembered until Skizz dredged up an actual copy of the original - good lord! We decided to leave out the "Glibby Glop Gloopy" parts and add a riff we stole from Stereolab. We hope it will now become tattood on your subconscious. Play it at your kids.
This song from Television's utterly great 1978 debut Marquee Moon album has been a live favorite for us. This is recorded ive-in-the-studio direct to Skizz's 8 track quarter-inch reel to reel. Yes Joe Stone played all those cool guitar licks (right channel) in one take. That's how the snake got out of its skin.
An unjustifiably obscure pean to 60's obscure pop culture icons, this tune was originally concocted on a "mud-cooled" home tape machine somewhere in England in the early '80's by the Cleaners from Venus. Led by Martin Newell, the Cleaners were making DIY pop gems waaaay back before there were laptop computers or digital mixing programs. Rumor has it that Captain Sensible had a hand in writing this one. After dozens of Cleaners cassettes, Newell went on to make a swell record with Andy Partidge of XTC, and is now poet laureate of Wivenhoe. Illya Kuryakin is still, however, a man of mystery.
Years ago we wrote a song called "Pretty Things", and hip fans were always asking if we were referring to the 60's British group the Pretty Things. We weren't. And we weren't cool enough back then to know how great that band was. To make amends, this month we bring you our version of this great psych-pop song, which we like a lot. Hope you do too.
Bring your sello-tape. The pinnacle of Echo and the Bunnyism - a loopy classic. Concocted October, 2005 in the basement using Mac's spiffy Garageband software. Yes the horns are real - no canned loops here.
We started off our covers project with this Robyn Hitchcock-penned Soft Boys song. The world needs more songs about queens and pigs. Recorded in 2002 in John's basement on 1/4" analog 8-track reel-to-reel. We later re-recorded it for the CD.
The Great Lost Jennifers Record. 1997 Jennifers Recordings, RM01. Recorded 1996 in Richmond and Baltimore, just before the band broke up for a while. It languished in the vaults until the band re-formed. It was re-mastered by Dave Nachodsky at Invisible Sound Studio, and released 2002. All songs c. 2002 by John Irvine, BMI, Instant Tunes, except (3) by Joe Tropea, Red Monkey Music, and (6) by Will Wall, 889 to Central Music. All rights reserved.
1995 You Say When Records, YSWCD6. The Jennifers first CD. Recorded with Tony French at Half alf Studios. Mixed and Mastered at Blue House productions. All songs by John Irvine except as noted. We're down to the last few copies of this one. All rights reserved.
The Jennifers Christmas single. MP3 only, with limited edition radio promo CR-R's made. December 2007.
1. Christmas In Reverse
2. Starfleet Academy
3. Oh Caroline
The Jennifers share a single with the fabulous Mommyheads (go find their records and buy them now.) You Say When Records 7", YSW003, 1995
1. The Television
2. Day Job (the Mommyheads)
The Jennifers first cassette. Recorded with Chris Plummer when the band was still called "The Bigsbys." Schwartzgerat Records, 1994.All songs by John Irvine except as noted. Currently out of print
1. I Hear Angels
2. Little Brick City
3. Now That It's November
4. The Sun is in the Sky
5. Pretty Things
6. People Looking Up
7. The Television
8. Shakespeare Machine
9. Love Song For Valerie
Cool indie Baltimore compilation cassette. You Say When Records, 1997
>> You Say When
25 Bands. 25 songs. All songs are three minutes or less. No fat. No fluff. Just Power Pop in its essential form. Welcome to the revolution. RPM USA Records, 1996
14. You're My Star
Hat Factory Records, 1995
>> Pretty Things
Compilation of bands Paul Collins (Beat) took with him on tour in 1995. Wagon Wheel Records, 1995
>> Keep It Up