Robert Christiansen, drums, guitar, vocals
Mark Robinson, vocals, 10-string guitar, drums, coconut
Jenny Toomey, vocals, guitar
RECORDED AND PRODUCED BY
in Livonia, Michigan, USA
at Southern Studios, London, England
and Jenny Toomey
(collectively known as Grenadine)
Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica
All songs written by Grenadine.
except "This Girl's in Love with You" written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David. Originally performed by Herb Alpert.
Excerpts from the song lyrics are included in the CD booklet.
"This LP was recorded in my basement sometime ago, I forget. I can't remember exactly how I got roped into engineering but the whole thing was pretty friendly
Now that I look back and can no longer remember the 'little problems' we had, the 'disagreements' over things I have long forgotten, I listen to the LP and it takes me to another place, a place where details are fuzzy,
truth becomes half-truth, facts are mixed up, and old friends are lost forever in the great memory-lapse, or whatever.
A while ago, somewhere, I don't know when, I was watching a movie with a friend, and I got tho thinking about
a few things important to me and how they related to the new Grenadine LP. Since livestock in a mixed farming community such as Livonia consisted of cattle, horses, hogs and sheep, it was done in the West. As a result, most animals were ear-marked and the marks were registered
at the clerk's office. In this manner stray cattle could be identified and the owner notified. Upon payment of a fine, the animals were returned to the owner.
Some of the marks used by owners are produced below:
Lucian's Nobel's mark is a square crop off the left ear and a slit on the same.
George Everitt's mark is a slit in the end of the right ear and a half penny on the upper side of the left.
Martin Frasier's mark is a square crop off the end of each ear.
Harvey Dufree's mark is a half-crop off the underside of the left ear.
Rifa Morden's mark is a slit in the end of each ear.
To me, Grenadine's mark would be to take a coconut, slice it in half, and use it.
One of the other things that make Grenadine great is the many qualities that they share with the original and great Amish. When an Amish man experiences the loss of a barn by fire, all of his friends, neighbors and relatives join together to rebuild the structure at a barn-raising. Although it is often reported that at such barn-raisings a barn is built from start to finish in a single day, actually much preparatory work must be
accomplished before the friends and neighbors gather together to erect the timbers, siding, flooring and roof, and much of the finish work usually remains after they leave, but it is a unique example of cooperation in our present competitive world. During the recording of this LP at my house in Michigan, one of my neighbors houses' burned down, and Grenadine led the crusade with an Amish-style house-raising.
Soon my thoughts turned to Grenadine and human anatomy. the over-secretion of the hormone epinephrine, caused by the abnormal stimulus (indirectly) from the rock and roll beat, results in a shift in the blood calcium. the calcium content decreases. This so-called ionic calcium is of the utmost importance in maintaining a smooth action of the nervous system. When it is too low we have a condition known as Tatany, in which the muscles
tend to go into spastic contractions. This leaves the body very weakened, exhausted, in a negative balance, and extremely susceptible to demons, which at that moment may take complete control. The demon may continue to demand further energy loss to manifest her/his activity and thus complete a total nutritional bankruptcy and absolute exhaustion almost to the point of physiological death.
It is difficult to analyze scientifically the psychological effect of music. What, after all, is music? Melody? Rhythm? Timbre? Overtone? It's all this and more. So are reactions to music. They must be classified quantitatively and qualitatively. But one thing is certain: the psychological reaction to rock music constitutes highly unnatural behaviour. This fact in itself implies that something is wrong. Let me therefore
relate some emotional reactions to music with which I am acquainted.
I remember one piece spoken from that platform that one day. This was by another small boy, but one for more self-contained than the other. With a rather defiant bearing he stepped to the front and delivered his piece. 'When I were a little boy, my mommy kept me in. But now I am a big boy, fit to serve a king. I can shoulder a musket, and I can smoke a pipe. And I can kiss a pretty girl at ten o'clock at night.' This is all I can remember
of the occasion except that cakes were served as refreshment, after-which the rain on such occasions beginning, all went home.
When I was a kid growing up in Ontario, I would often visit friends in Superfun, Michigan when I had a day off from working in the cornfield. One funny incident recalls me and Grenadine in the early days...
We all got out of eatables, and us boys, I, and Grenadine and the Durfee boys (all Livonians), got as hungry as wolves, and we did no know what to do, so Mark and I and Durfee thought that we would go on the double-quick, ahead and see if we could get something to eat, and we went ahead two or three miles and stopped at a house, and we saw pigs, turkeys, and lots of stuff to eat and we went to the house, and there was a
woman that came to the door, and we told her that we were very tired, hungry, and wanted something to eat, and she said that we could have nothing, for she was pooor, and she gave many other excuses...and so we went back into the woods and unslung knapsacks, and the rest of our load, and loaded our guns, and went back to the house, and the old woman came out roaring. We made for a turkey, but could not get one, so we ran back to
the hen roost, and broke the door in. Durfee went in, I held back the woman until he got two, his got away, but I held fast to mine, and I ran. We went on, and we thought that would make a small meal for so many. So we went along until we saw a nice hog, and I leveled on him, and was satisfied."
- Warren DeFever with Davin Brainard, Livonia, 1994
October 31, 1994
45 minutes, 55 seconds
45 minutes, 55 seconds
? pressed on black vinyl.
green ink on white paper.
4-page folder and tray card (one side colour and one side black and white).
with black tray.
green and gold.
Jon Loder, Southern Studios, London, England.