Did you all vote today. I went with my wild boys who accompanied me in the booth loudly declaring, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom, Mom…. can we hit the buttons, who are you voting for, what are we doing. If I could vote surrounded by my redheaded whirlwind then you can vote. That’s if you live in Pennsylvania or Delaware.
Late last night I got a message on Facebook from my old friend Lee Josephs of Dionysus Records. He contacted me to tell me that Thorazine’s first album is now available on I tunes, Amazon, and E-music a a download. Lee signed Thorazine, believe it or not, from an awful demo tape we sent to him cold in the mail as enthusiastic idealistic kids. His friend and Philly to Los Angeles transplant, Skip Heller was with him on that fateful night while Lee was opening the pile of demo tapes and said to Lee, I know those guys. The rest is history.
Lee and Hell Yeah, the harder edge of Dionysus Records, put out Thorazine’s first single, Coffee, Tea, or Thorazine. We then booked a tour off a seven inch record. I know. Booked a cross country tour to support a 7 inch. I told you we were driven. We booked the tour around a week off in LA to record our first album. I remember we were in this warehouse space somewhere in LA, we had to hang blankets on the walls to deaden the sound, so we could record. We worked for what felt like a million hours that week. On breaks I remember playing on an old sit down Pong game with my husband, who I recall was a nervous wreck the whole time. We were really far from Philly and he was not used to anyone investing in him. It was a heady time.
We recorded analog and converted to digital The vinyl was released as an unfettered analog recording for the vinyl purists.
The picture above is one I thought over and over again to share with The Blogess, but she is damm busy with a book signing and being well, the Blogess. She would geek out over the Dead Squirrel Wedding.
A dude walked up to us as a party where I was hanging with my band and says, wanna see something weird. We said, ummm yeah, then he whips out the pictures of taxidermed squirrels dressed in little dresses at a wedding. Having just returned from our tour we unanimously decided we needed to travel to the Dead Squirrel Wedding in Gettysburg PA . The dudes family were awesome. They let the city punk rockers descend on the basement. We had to prop up the bride because she has a broken leg but the rest of it was perfect. He killed the squirrels, taxidermed them, and made the church. His wife sewed the clothing by hand. The hymnals had prayers. It was all creepy, weird, cool. Uncle Paul and his wife must have been mighty bored.
I posted about the record being released on I-tunes today on Facebook and Twitter. Many friends sent good wishes and I heard from Lee. It was the perfect day for a virtual record release party 17 years in the making after the original one which was amazingly fun. I am glad to be able to try and corrupt a whole new generation with the Thorazine thing. Download it for a laugh and a slam dance down memory lane.