Well, kiddies, my first album has come back into print, thanks to John Lebhar, a/k/a Johnny Tomorrow, my old co-conspirator in the '80s neo-garage band the Malarians.
In the Cool Room was the Malarians' first album, released on LP in August of 1986, recorded at Trod Nossel Studios in Wallingford, Connecticut. The original mixes and mastering left much to be desired, leading to a bad review in my own memoir, "The Chunk Records Story" (Part One).
Now, Johnny has worked a sonic miracle, addressing the production deficiencies of the original pressing to create a new and improved, remixed and remastered edition of In the Cool Room. It's available for the first time on CD in a limited run, and I've got a few of these rare items for sale at $17 postage paid, via PayPal HERE.
In any case, it's a pleasant surprise to the ears that my playing and singing aren't as horrible as I remembered, and a joy to rediscover the playing of my brothers in arms, Johnny, Lime, Bobby, Jimm, and the late, great Slater Awn. Of the 12 tracks here, there a number of standouts: "Tuesday's Child, " our twisted ode to Aimee Mann, the frantic Diddley basher "Gilligans Wake," a nice cover of Donovan's "Superlungs My Supergirl," and one, "The Lone Star Surfer," that's going to be on the pilot episode of Texas Tyme Machine.
And how could we have dropped "Where You Gonna Go" from the original running order?
There's a nice arrangement of Jimm Chanson's "Old Enough to Know," sung by the composer himself, which is from one of his rock operas, but I'm not sure if it's from 2520 Metonymy Street or No Sky at Lunchtime. Special props to Johnny for adding the Leo Gorcey samples to "Up to No Good," which totally make the tune, and for making "Mopar" and "Deep Inside" sound as good as they do.
Click HERE if you would like to purchase this delightful curio of the Paisley Underground.
Tuesday's Child / Gilligan's Wake / Where You Gonna Go / One Time Only / The Lone Star Surfer / Super Lungs (My Super Girl) / Old Enough to Know / Up to No Good / Little Girls Cry / Mopar / Deep Inside / Brightness
If you dig the Malarians, you should also dig The Mal Thursday Show #9: Sons of the Stage, featuring a lengthy set of songs we used to cover, and the band's 1988 recording of "What's New, Pussycat?"