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Mark Robinson

Tiger Banana

French Good Looks
Volunteers Conquering Fires
Catalog & Classify
Difficult Situations
Water Crashing In
I Am the King of Prussia


Starfighter
Full-length Taffeta Gown
The Time of Our Lives
Putting Up Good Numbers
To the Ocean


Compact Disc (CD) ($14,44)

In Warm Series® digipak,
with wrap-card.

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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
OLYMPIC DEATH SQUAD Blue 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
MARK ROBINSON, Tiger Banana, Warm Series, CD album
THE WARM SERIES
digipak front cover
THE WARM SERIES digipak
THE WARM SERIES
digipak front cover
THE WARM SERIES logo
THE WARM SERIES
logo

LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

Mark Robinson, vocals, guitar


GUEST PLAYERS

James Baluyut, synthesizers, drum machines

Richard Baluyut, vocals on 8, lead guitar on 10

Fontaine Toups, vocals on 2, 7, 11


PRODUCED AND RECORDED BY

James Baluyut

on Beverly Road, Brooklyn, New York, USA

July, 2000


MUSIC COMPOSITION

Mark Robinson,

© 2000

(BMI)


COVER STAR

Evelyn Hurley


COVER PHOTOGRAPHY

Mark Robinson


ARTIST PHOTOGRAPHY

Evelyn Hurley


COVER DESIGN

Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica


ET CETERA

From the back cover of the PACKAGE:
"Mark Robinson presents us with a brand new collection of songs made with 2 guitars and his very own human voice, entitled Tiger Banana. This is his first proper solo album. His name may sound familiar. Mark has performed with musical troupes such as Unrest, Air Miami, & Flin Flon. With Tiger Banana, he has pulled a veritable rabbit out of his so-called size 8 and 1/2 hat. Voila!"

Thank you
Ian James,
Pat "Patrick Riley" Ramos


This album is numbered 307 and was released 9 months before number 297 (Mark Robinson's Canada's Green Highways album). This was deliberate (Canada's Green Highways had not yet been planned or recorded at the time of 307's recording).


REVIEW

"Mark Robinson's last band, Flin Flon, was his first major stylistic change in about 8 or 9 years, trying a more bass-centric, post-punk sound. While both of Flin Flon's records were quite good, Robinson was underused in that band, serving mainly as frontman, his guitar work (by design) never fully utilized. His new solo album, Tiger Banana, fills that void quite nicely as most of the music here is just electric guitar and Robinson's smooth, buttery vocals.

Any of Robinson's fans who were put off by Flin Flon will adore Tiger Banana. However, the record is not a true return to form for Robinson as the music here is somewhat straightforward and quite a bit more subdued than his previous bands. This is not infectious pop that hooks the listener during his first listen to the song; these are delicate, soft melodies that need time in order to ingrain themselves into the subconscious.

This album is the first in Teenbeat's Warm Series, a series of limited edition CDs that doesn't seem to have any point or theme to it other than being limited edition and having the artwork be a tribute to Teenbeat's back catalog. Or perhaps the series does have a "point," as its title, "Warm," is a good description of the music here as the main components to the sound have all edges neatly rounded off for utmost ease of listening. If items other than guitar and voice are used, they are done so sparingly--a simple conga beat, a few organ whole notes, etc.

While most of the album is simple, warm pop music, Robinson does include two rockers. The first doesn't start off that way, using guests Versus who appear several times on the album to add vocal harmony. "Starfighter" starts off sounding like much of the rest of Tiger Banana with Robinson and Versus' Fontaine Toups singing over quiet guitars. After Richard Balayut adds a spoken vocal portion, the song gets a bit more aggressive, turning the song into something much like a Versus song. "Putting Up Good Numbers," on the other hand, is a chugging anthem from start to finish.

Tiger Banana is far from Robinson's best work. The sound is bare but warm, and the music is straightforward. His lyrics are interesting but not outstanding, the veiled sexual references either more thickly veiled or totally not about sex at all. Still, as most pop seems to get more grating with each listen, this is decent pop music. It seems to only become more endearing."
- Jim Steed, Fake Jazz


"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, Washington, DC

RELEASE DATE

October 9, 2000


FORMAT

compact disc


LENGTH

38 minutes, 31 seconds

11 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 307


THE WARM SERIES

Teen-Beat 300

This is the first release
in Teen-Beat's The WARM Series.


DETAILS

2,491 pressed.


Digipak:
6-panel WARM Series digipak with clear transparent tray.


LABEL:
yellow and blue.


Wrap card:
4.25" x 6" postcard scored twice (one side colour and one side black and white).


Wrap card printed by
Modern Postcard, California.


Digipak printed
and CD pressed by
Failsafe, Illinois.


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