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Versus

Two Cents Plus Tax

SIDE ONE:

Atomic Kid
Dumb Fun
Never Be OK
Morning Glory
Radar Follows You


SIDE TWO:

Underground
Spastic Reaction
Crazy Maker (I'm Still In Love With Your Eyes)
Jack & Jill
Mouth of Heaven


Compact Disc (CD) ($16,66)

12-page booklet,
in jewel case with black tray.

Purchase

VERSUS The Stars are Insane album
VERSUS Big Head On NITA 7 inch vinyl 45
VERSUS Dead Leaves album
VERSUS t-shirt
VERSUS Dead Leaves coffee mug
VERSUS Deep Red album
VERSUS Secret Swingers album
VERSUS Wallflower / Oriental American 7 inch vinyl 45
VERSUS Let's Electrify album
VERSUS On the Ones and the Threes album
VERSUS Two Cents Plus Tax vinyl LP album
VERSUS
Two Cents Plus Tax
LP jacket front
VERSUS Oriental American, Wallflower 7-inch vinyl 45
VERSUS
Oriental American / Wallflower
7" vinyl 45

DESCRIPTION

The third full-length album from this New York City-based band. A free 7" vinyl 45 [Teen-Beat 272] is included in the package of the first 1,000 copies of this vinyl LP and contains two songs not on the album; "Oriental American" and "Wallflower".


LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

James Baluyut, guitar

Richard Baluyut, vocals, guitar

Patrick Ramos, drums

Fontaine Toups, vocals, bass guitar


GUEST PLAYERS

Jason Frangos, cello on 2


RECORDED BY

Kurt Ralske,

at Zabriskie Point, New York, New York, USA


Nicolas Vernhes,

at Rare Book Room, Brooklyn, New York, USA


Vaughan Merrick,

at ?


MIXED BY

Vaughan Merrick


PRODUCED BY

Richard Baluyut,

and James Baluyut


MASTERED BY

Emily Lazar,

at The Lodge, New York, New York, USA


MUSIC COMPOSITION

Versus


COVER STARS

James Baluyut,

Richard Baluyut,

Patrick Ramos,

and Fontaine Toups


PHOTOGRAPHY

?


DESIGN

Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica

with Richard Baluyut


ET CETERA

The inspiration for the album cover was Talking Heads' "More Songs About Buildings & Food" album cover, designed by David Byrne.


The cover was assembled from thirty or so Polaroid instant photographs taken Temple University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania after a performance by the band.


Includes an insert with song lyrics.


REVIEW

"Versus' 1996 Secret Swingers contained an award-winning recipe of bittersweet melodies, propulsive, crunching guitars and skipping rhythms. Whereas the dark tone of Swingers made an instant impression, the band's fourth studio LP Two Cents Plus Tax requires a little more patience.

Still, after a few listens to Two Cents, the band is able to cause the same chills that resulted from Swingers tracks such as "Lose That Dress."

Versus thrive off the interplay between guitarist Richard Baluyut and bassist Fontaine Toups, who trade off singing duties and harmonize over each other's parts in nearly every song here. Thus, the repeated references to relationships gone south and soul mates who just can't cut it adorn Versus' songs with a very intimate quality. And on Two Cents Plus Tax, the diary-style lyrics are even more blunt and hard-hitting.

The slower tracks are particularly heart stopping. The Baluyut-sung "Radar Follows You" is an oh-so-sad tale of a couple who grow apart after moving in together, while Toups' absolutely gorgeous "Never Be O.K." should be a mandatory inclusion on all future break-up mix tapes.

A close second would be "Crazy-Maker," a strummy, late-night number that more than warrants the six-plus minutes (read: excellent use of open space) spent uttering "I'm in love with your eyes."

Those looking for the overflowingly hooky tracks that inhabited Secret Swingers will find solace on opener "Atomic Kid," which, in its quick chord changes and focused beat, epitomizes all that is good with the Versus sound.

"Morning Glory" gets high marks as well, downshifting from an aggressive, Pixies-style verse to Baluyut's tenderly sung chorus and Toups' teary eyed outro. There's something very familiar about the power-chord barrage at the beginning of "Mouth Of Heaven," but in Versus' hands it sounds just right.

Not content to retread, the band derives uneven results from the use of additional instrumentation and some new sonic elements. The piano at the end of "Morning Glory" works well enough, but the slide guitar twang and Baluyut's drawl ("Ca-li-for-nyah") on "Spastic Reaction" seem thoroughly out of place.

The electronic percussion on Toups' "Jack And Jill" is a novel approach, but one imagines this song as much more effective with a rock-oriented game plan. Still, it's refreshing to find the band experimenting with different ideas.

Ideal for those still baffled by love's myriad complexities or partial to the tension-filled music of Seam or Sonic Youth, Two Cents Plus Tax stands far above the vacuous sentiments expressed by much of today's modern rock fare."

- Jonathan Cohen, Nude as the News

VERSUS, Fontaine Toups, Indie Rock Flea Market, Arlington, Virginia

RELEASE DATE

June 26, 1998


FORMAT

vinyl LP


LENGTH

46 minutes, 24 seconds

10 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 242


DETAILS

1,710 pressed on black vinyl.

The first 1,000 copies also have the bonus 7" vinyl 45 [see Teen-Beat 272].


JACKET:
full-colour on matte varnished stock.


LABELS:
?


INSERT:
photocopied black ink on white 8 1/2" x 11" paper.


INNER-SLEEVES:
clear plastic square sleeve.


OUTER-SLEEVES:
4 mil polypropylene plastic sleeve.


CATALOGUE:
?


Printed by
Dorado Press, California, USA.


Pressed by
Europadisk, New York, New York, USA.


Jackets assembled and sealed at
Teen-Beat, Arlington, Virginia, USA.


DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

Astronaut
Bright Light
split single with Scrawl
Frog
Big Head On
Glitter of Love
Yeah You
Oriental American/Wallflower
split single with Unwound
Drawn and Quartered
Shangri-La


ALBUMS

Let's Electrify
The Stars are Insane
Deep Red
Secret Swingers
Two Cents Plus Tax
Afterglow
Hurrah
On the Ones and Threes No.1
On the Ones and Threes No.2


COMPILATIONS

Stars Kill Rock
Wakefield: Volume 1
A Day in the Park
Wakefield: Volume 2
Wakefield: Volume 3
Wakefield: The Teen-Beat Boxed Set
A Means to An End, The Music of Joy Division
Venue Compilation '95
Ear of the Dragon
Yoyo a Go-Go
Project Echo
How Low Can a Punk Get?
CMJ New Music Vol.36
1996 Teenbeat Sampler
1997 Teenbeat Sampler
Selector Dub Narcotic
1998 Teenbeat Sampler
More of Our Stupid Noise '98
CMJ New Music Vol.59
1999 Teenbeat Sampler
2000 Teenbeat Sampler
2001 Teenbeat Sampler
2002 Teenbeat Sampler
Old Enough 2 Know Better
Teen-Beat 20th Commemorative
Joy Division
Score! Twenty Years of Merge Records
2010 Teen-Beat / Other Music Sampler


SOUNTRACKS

Half-Cocked


ALSO

Versus tee-shirt
Teen-Beat's 10th Anniversary
Dead Leaves porcelain coffee mug
Teen-Beat's 11th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 13th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 15th Anniversary
Teen-Beat's 20th Anniversary Commemorative
Teen-Beat Graphica Exhibition
UNREST: Teen-Beat 26th Anniversary


RELATED

Containe
Flower
The Fontaine Toups (T.F.T.)
The Pacific Ocean
+/- {Plus/Minus}
Whysall Lane


SONGS

A Heart is a Diamond
All In Doubt
Angels Rush In
Another Face
Astronaut
Atomic Kid
Be-9
Big Head On
Blade Of Grass
Blue Again (F.T.)
Blue Again (Ricardo)
Bright Light
Cicada
Circle
Crashing the Afterglow
Crazy
Crazy Maker (I'm Still in Love With Your Eyes)
Cross the Street
Dead City
Death Ray
Deep Red
Deseret
Double Suicide (Mercy Killing)
Dumb Fun
Erstwhile
Eskimo
Frederick's of Hollywood
Fallow
Flax
Forest Fire
Frog
Ghost Story
Glitter Of Love
Go Tell It on the Mountain
Gone to Earth
Hacienda
I'll Be You
I Love the WB
Insomnia
Into Blue
Invincible Hero
Jack & Jill
Janet
Jealous
Knead
Know Nothing
Let's Electrify!
Linus
Lose That Dress
Lost Time
Mercury
Mermaid Legs
Merry-Go-Round
Mirror Mirror
Morning Glory
Mouth of Heaven
My Adidas
Neither Nor
Never Be OK
N.I.T.A.
Noogie
Nu Skin
Off The Hook
Office Rocker
One Million
Oriental American
The Ones and Threes
Out in the Streets
Pink Valhalla
Play Dead
Radar Follows You
Raining
Reveille
River
Said Too Much
Santa Maria
Saturday Saints
Sayonara
Scientists
Sea Girl
Seaweed Rising
Shangri-La
Shangri-La [E.L.O.]
Shangri-La [Kinks]
She's So Lost
Shooting Star
Shower Song
Silver Vein
Solar Democrat
Spastic Reaction
The Spell You're Under
Sunburned
Sunlight Flier
That Girl's Gone
Thera
Tin Foil Star
True Believer
Twenty Four Hours
Underground
Underground (Gallery Redux)
Use As Directed
Venus Victoria
Walkabout
Wallflower
We Got the Missles
White Power Porch
Wind Me Up
Yeah You
You Should Call Me
You'll Be Sorry