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The Olympic Death Squad

Blue

SIDE ONE

This Is Riot Gear
Maple Leaf
Show Your Age
Newfoundland
Sometimes I Can Breathe


SIDE TWO

Ski Jump
Wakefield Street
Short Sleeve
The Anti-Kidnapping Song
Yeah, Uh-Huh


Vinyl LP (LP) ($14,44)

Black vinyl,
full-colour jacket.

Compact Disc (CD) SALE ($13,33)

4-panel folder, in jewel case
with clear tray.

Purchase

Purchase

MARK ROBINSON Black Christmas album
MARK ROBINSON KingXMas album
UNREST Mark E Robinson poster
MARK E Sammy Supreme My Man 7 inch album
SUPERSTAR Mark Robinson album
MARK ROBINSON Tiger Banana album
MARK ROBINSON Taste Em Series album
MARK ROBINSON Canada's Green Highways album
MARK ROBINSON Origami and Urbanism album
MARK ROBINSON Catalog and Classify single
THE OLYMPIC DEATH SQUAD Blue vinyl LP album
THE OLYMPIC DEATH SQUAD
Blue
vinyl LP jacket
front
THE OLYMPIC DEATH SQUAD Blue vinyl LP album back
THE OLYMPIC DEATH SQUAD
Blue
vinyl LP jacket
back
THE OLYMPIC DEATH SQUAD Blue CD album
THE OLYMPIC DEATH SQUAD
Blue
compact disc
cover

LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

Mark Robinson, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, drums


RECORDED BY

Matt Letsinger,

    and Jonah Rainey,

at Letsrain, 5316 Wilson Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia, USA

January, 1996


MIXED BY

Mark Robinson,

    and Ian Jones,

at Evil Genius, Arlington, Virginia, USA


MASTERED BY

Steve Murphy,

at Avalon, in the Monacle Building, Bethesda, Maryland, USA


MUSIC COMPOSITION

Mark Robinson,

© 1996


PHOTOGRAPHY

Kurt Calloway, live performance (1994-1995)

Evelyn Hurley, Halloween (1995)

Lynn Robinson, portrait (1987)


COVER DESIGN

Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica


ET CETERA

"Dedicated to Bridget Cross, The Cold Cold Hearts, and Lois Robinson."


Tim Moran was going to show up for the recording session and perform additional guitar parts, but didn't make it because of the 12 inches of snow in Arlington, Virginia that morning.


REVIEW

"Olympic Death Squad was one of many Mark Robinson projects following the breakup of Unrest and was largely eclipsed by Air Miami (which reunited Robinson with Unrest's Bridget Cross) and Flin Flon. The composition of Olympic Death Squad's Blue is pretty much as one would expect from Robinson, and this is a very good thing -- while the album opener "This Is Riot Gear" is in the exact angular rock style of Flin Flon's debut, much of the album is laid-back and jangling, both recalling late-period Unrest and falling in line with Air Miami (minus the polished production and use of electronics.) Blue's sound is rawer and more low-fi than any of Robinson's projects (excepting early Unrest), and not as focused as Air Miami's slick pop or Flin Flon's scratchy rock, but Robinson's skill as a songwriter and his usually on-target musical aesthetics make it just as worthwhile as his other work."
- Nitsuh Abebe, The All-Music Guide


"I got nothing to say really...except I just listened to my LP of this and thought, man, it's too bad this is such an unknown gem, so I should go write a review of appreciation on Amazon. If you like Unrest, this is probably the best offshoot, and I'm including Grenadine and Air Miami, which are better known, but not as simple and perfect. This was a great live show, too. Wish I had an Olympic Death Squad t-shirt."
- Andy Davis, Amazon


Mark Robinson, Halloween, Mount Pleasant, Washington, DC

RELEASE DATE

May 7, 1996


FORMAT

compact disc
vinyl L.P.


LENGTH


CD:
27 minutes, 6 seconds

10 tracks


LP:
27 minutes, 6 seconds

10 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 200


DETAILS


LP

1,500 pressed on black vinyl.


JACKET:
full-colour on coated stock.


LABEL:
pink ink on white paper.


CATALOGUE:
1996 Teen-Beat catalogue included. Pale metallic blue ink on white paper. 11" x 17".


Mastered by
Trutone, Hackensack, New Jersey.


Printed and pressed by
Specialty, Olyphant, Pennsylvania.


CD

4,000 pressed.


INSERT:
8-page booklet and tray card (one side colour and one side black and white).


JEWEL CASE:
with clear transparent tray.


LABEL:
black and yellow inks.


Printed and pressed by
Specialty, Olyphant, Pennsylvania.


Distributed by
Matador Records,
New York, New York.


DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

Em: Taste
Em: Proposal
Em: Presentation
Em: Performance
Babe Rainbow
Catalog & Classify


ALBUMS

Black Christmas
KingXmas
Sammy Supreme My Man [Mark E. Superstar]
Superstar [as Superstar]
Blue [as Olympic Death Squad]
Tiger Banana
Canada's Green Highways
Em: Template
Origami & Urbanism
An Architectural Classic


COMPILATIONS

Extremism...
Teen-Beat Fifty
1999 Teenbeat Sampler
2000 Teenbeat Sampler
2001 Teenbeat Sampler
2002 Teenbeat Sampler
2003 Teenbeat Sampler
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2003
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2004
2004 Teenbeat Sampler
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2005
Teen-Beat Subscribers' CD, 2006
Teen-Beat No.1 Record Label
2010 Teen-Beat / Other Music Sampler


ALSO

Eggs, A Pit with Spikes (Ruined by Robinson)
Tuscadero, The Mark Robinson Re-Mixes
Teen-Beat Circus Tour No.2
Teen-Beat 15th Anniversary Celebrations
The Mark Robinson tee-shirt
Teen-Beat's Sweet 16th Anniversary
Mark Robinson poster
Teen-Beat's 17th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 18th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 19th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 20th Anniversary Commemorative
Mmm Pop Muzik radio programme
Teen-Beat's 21st Anniversary
Mmarkk
Teen-Beat Graphica Exhibition


RELATED

Air Miami
Clarence
Cotton Candy
Flin Flon
Fred & Ginger
Grenadine
Rhonda Harris
Unrest
William & Vivian


SONGS

Almond Dainties
Aluminum
Angels in Waiting
The Anti-Kidnapping Song
Arlington Station
Astro
Auld Lang Syne
Babe Rainbow
Between
Blinking Lights
Broken Christmas I
Broken Christmas II
Bye-Bye Bunny Smith Sqare
Caitlin
Can't You Wait?
Catalog & Classify
ChDemo
Chimney Head
Christmas on 'S' Street
The Christmas Song
Deck the Halls
Difficult Situations
Dilated Pupils
Do You Hear What I Hear?
The Dorothy "Dottie" Doyle Shortcut
Empire
Eyeball
Fantastic and Spectacular
French Good Looks
Full-length Taffeta Gown
F.U.S.A.
Goodbye Bunny Smith Sqare
Greg Hershey Where are You?
Hair Messer-Upper
Hospital Bruiser
Hustler
I'm Still Breathing
I Am the King of Prussia
It Came Upon a Midnight Clear
Jingle Bells
Lake District
Leo, Lord
Lost Innocence
Maple Leaf
Meet
Merry Christmas
Merry Little Christmas
Misplaced on the Kitchen Floor
Mmm Pop Musik theme
Neues Forum
Newfoundland
New Teen-Beat Theme
New York License Plate
Nineties Go Time Salsation
Nkd Santa
O Come All Ye Faithful
O Little Town of Bethlehem
100% Guaranteed
Origami
Peanuts & Cracker Jack
Perks and Presents
Putting Up Good Numbers
Rain
Rewind, Welcome Back
Rip Off
Rindge & Latin Scuffle
Ruggles Muggle Toodle-Loo
Rudolph
'S' St. Intro
Sammy's Mean Mustard
Santi Bomb
Sashimi Sashay
Saturday Nite Xmas
She Makes Me Free to Be Me
She Was Precise
Shut My Mouth
Short Sleeve
Show Your Age
Shut My Mouth
{Silence!}
Silent Night
Ski Jump
Sskii Jjumpp
So Movie Star
Sometimes I Can Breathe
Spalding
Spoo-kay
Spray on the Fixative
Starfighter
Stuttgart Please Please
Syvain Cote
Taste
Tasty Black Licorice
Teen-Beat Theme
Telephone Diary Talker
This Is Riot Gear
The Time of Our Lives
To the Ocean
Two-Wheeled Love Machine
Up On a High-Winded Creature
Urbanism
Vive la France
Volunteers Conquering Fires
Wakefield Street
Water Crashing In
(We Don't Need No) Fascist Groove Thang
Welcome Back, Eject
When You Swim
The Whippany Elks
Whippany Parsippany
White Christmas
White X-Mas
Why Hello, Dali!
W.N.Y.U.
Wonderful
Xmastoyou
Yeah, Uh-Huh