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Cotton Candy

Top-Notch & First-Rate

SIDE ONE

The Battle of the Bands
Top-Notch & First-Rate
Carnation Instant Breakfast
That Was Swedish
The Country Continentals
Mark Robinson
Citizens' Bank of Maryland
Imagine That!
Clap On, Clap Off


Whatever Hartford
Al's Sound Center
Star Wars Main Title
Charlie by Revlon
The Windsor Tap Recap
The End of the Beginning


SIDE TWO

A Pleasant Tomorrow
Beef, It's What's for Dinner


Hot Wieners (All the Way)
Ourisman Chevrolet
Ritter Sport
Thompson's Clam Bar
Fanci Pantz
Jhoon Rhee Self Defense
Sincere Pretension
A Brand New Group
Pickwick
This is the End


Vinyl LP (LP) ($16.66)

Transparent "electric blue" vinyl,
full-colour jacket and labels.

Album Cover Pin (BADGE) ($1,23)

A glossy 1½" square pin with the beautiful cover art.

Purchase

Purchase

COTTON CANDY A Souvenir Album album
COTTON CANDY poster
COTTON CANDY badge pin
COTTON CANDY Fantastic and Spectacular 7 inch vinyl 45
COTTON CANDY Off-the-Hook and Out-of-Control cassette album
COTTON CANDY Short Film Series
BLAST OFF COUNTRY STYLE C'mon and Blast Off Country Style album
AIR MIAMI Me Me Me album
HOT PURSUIT The Thrill Department album
FANG WIZARD Pure Hex album
COTTON CANDY Top-Notch and First-Rate vinyl LP album b-side
COTTON CANDY
"Top-Notch & First-Rate"
LP jacket
B-side showing through hole


COTTON CANDY Top-Notch and First-Rate vinyl LP album a-side
COTTON CANDY
"Top-Notch & First-Rate"
LP jacket
A-side showing through hole


COTTON CANDY Top-Notch and First-Rate vinyl LP album back
COTTON CANDY
"Top-Notch & First-Rate"
LP jacket, back


DESCRIPTION

The debut album from group Cotton Candy. Features songs written by the band and songs written by others as well.


LINER NOTES


PLAYERS

Evelyn Hurley, vocals

Cardinal Robinson, synthesizer

Mark Robinson, vocals, guitar, bass guitar, synthesizers


GUEST PLAYERS

Lisa Goldstein, narration

Robert Schipul, piano

Juliet Swango, "Mark Robinson" voice


RECORDED, MIXED, PRODUCED BY

Mark Robinson,

on McCann Corner/Teen-Beat 347
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

and
on Long's Lane, South Chatham, Massachusetts USA


PIANO RECORDED BY

Mark Robinson,

at Schipul Manor, North Scituate, Massachusetts, USA


ACAPELLA SONGS RECORDED BY

Andy Hong,

at Kimchee, Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA

June 13, 2009

(a radio session for WMBR's Subject to Change program)


PHOTOGRAPHY

Mark Robinson,

and Evelyn Hurley


COVER DESIGN

Mark Robinson, Teen-Beat Graphica


AUDIO/VIDEO COMMERCIAL


STARRING

Evelyn Hurley,

Cardinal Robinson,

Dutch Robinson,

Mark Robinson


DIRECTED BY

Mark Robinson,

on McCann Corner/Teen-Beat 347
Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA




ET CETERA

Portions of the album contain audio samples from the 1978 film "Cotton Candy".


The title track was written and recorded as a 15-second song for a Radio Shack commercial entitled "Doodle" which aired on television in the fall of 2009. An expanded fleshed-out two minute version is here on the album.


The jacket has a die-cut hole on the front cover, a window to see the label inside. Half of the copies have the A-side showing and the other the B-side.


Nine additional instrumental "Karaoke" versions of nine tracks, plus the audio commercial for the album were made available on download stores for individual purchase, and were also included on the Teen-Beat Originals compact disc edition.
These songs are:

Top-Notch & First-Rate (Karaoke Version)
That Was Swedish (Karaoke Version)
Imagine That! (Karaoke Version)
Whatever Hartford (Karaoke Version)
The Windsor Tap Recap (Karaoke Version)
Hot Wieners (N.Y. System)
Ritter Sport (Karaoke Version)
Fanci Pantz (Karaoke Version)
Sincere Pretension (Karaoke Version)
Pickwick (Karaoke Version)
Teen-Beat 457 [the audio commercial]


REVIEWS

"Mark Robinson's current band is this deeply odd duo with his wife Evelyn Hurley (who was also in Teenbeat bands Hot Pursuit and Blast Off Country Style). Their debut LP alternates brisk, trebly rock songs - the best is "Hot Weiners (All the Way)," which can only be described as a glam-rock sendup of "Blue Monday" - with faithful covers of vintage advertising jingles for the likes of Citizens' Bank of Maryland and a local Chevy dealer. Then there are the sound collages, the found tape of a radio announcer talking about (somebody else named) Mark Robinson, the halting synthesizer rendition of the theme from Star Wars . . . The download version also includes instrumental versions of the actual songs and a "radio ad" for the album itself."

- Douglas Wolk, eMusic.



"There has always been a Pop-Art quality to the work of MARK ROBINSON, from his label Teenbeat's design sense to his Sammy Davis, Jr. obsession, etc. Cotton Candy, the duo of Robinson and EVELYN HURLEY (from the cheeky Blast Off Country Style), takes that and runs with it, in a bright, fluffy direction. The pace of the album, which veers constantly among pop songs, clips from what seem like 50s radio or TV broadcasts, and the band's renditions of ad jingles, resembles a sugar high from eating too much cotton candy.

The consumerist slant is also nostalgic; if cotton candy itself is the stuff of memories, the band is too. Throughout the album they sing jingles: "Charlie by Revlon", "Beef, It's What's for Dinner", "Clap On, Clap Off". Some work as segues, some become more than that, standing right there with their own songs. There's also the "Star Wars Main Title", not an ad jingle but might as well be. Sometimes it's hard to tell if the track are genuine artifacts from television culture or something similar that the band wrote themselves. Their lyrics in general have the confidence and distance of slogans. Their guitars and synths are played for their infectious qualities.

The whole thing is dreamy and fun. Cotton Candy works their pop-culture collage together with smart, bouncy little pop come-ons like "Top-Notch and First-Rate"; "Imagine That!", which has tuneful guitar, Vegas pizzazz and intimate whispers; and "Fanci Pantz", which boasts the lyric, "I have seen you there / I recognize you from your hair".

The album is pretty, stylish, and at the same time one big joke. The download version ends with an ad for itself, for the LP you're listening to, which is longer than most of the proper songs. Called "Teenbeat 457", it strings together song clips with an announcer saying things like, "From dance music to heavy metal, it's all here", in his best announcer voice."

- Dave Heaton, The Big Takeover.


COTTON CANDY, Mark Robinson, Evelyn Hurley

RELEASE DATE

February 23, 2010


FORMAT

vinyl L.P.

(also in limited quantities as a Teen-Beat Originals CD-R)


LENGTH

31 minutes, 3 seconds

27 tracks


CATALOGUE No.

Teen-Beat 457


DETAILS

524 pressed on transparent 180 gram "electric blue" vinyl.


JACKET:
Full-colour on heavy board and shrink-wrapped.


LABELS:
Full-colour printing.


DOWNLOAD CARD:
Full-colour printing on two sides.


No test pressings made.


Pressed and printed at Gramofonove Zavody in Lodenice, Czech Republic
coordinated by Pirates Press, San Francisco, California.


CD version manufactured on deluxe Archival Teenbeat CD-Rs and packaged into high quality Teenbeat Originals digipaks. Includes an 11"x17" poster.

DISCOGRAPHY


SINGLES

Fantastic & Spectacular
split single with American Hearts


ALBUMS

A Souvenir Album
Top-Notch & First-Rate
Off-the-Hook & Out-of-Control


COMPILATIONS

Worried Noodles
Teen-Beat No.1 Record Label
The Believer Music Issue 2009
2010 Teen-Beat / Other Music Sampler
Teen-Beat Holiday Card 2010/2011


ALSO

Cotton Candy poster
Cotton Candy badges
UNREST: Teen-Beat 26th Anniversary
Teen-Beat Checklist Cards [set of five] Cotton Candy Short Film Series


RELATED

Air Miami
Blast Off Country Style
Fang Wizard
Flin Flon
Hot Pursuit
Unrest


SONGS

A Better Way
A Brand New Group
A Pleasant Tomorrow
A Sentimental Song
Al's Sound Center
Anderson McQuaid
Aristophanes
The Battle of the Bands
Beef, It's What's for Dinner
Bickford's
Brylcreem
Bumblebee Tuna
Bumblebee Tuna {Version}
Canobie Lake Again
Canobie Lake Park
Carnation Instant Breakfast
Charlie by Revlon
Chiffon Margarine
Citizens' Bank of Maryland
Clap On, Clap Off
Come to Chevy City
Compulsory & Auditory
Cosmetic Center
Cotton Candy Teen-Beat 494 Off-the-Hook
& Out-of-Control Let's Go!

The Country Continentals
Donnagel
Doodle
The End of the Beginning
Fanci Pantz
Fanci Pantz (Karaoke Version)
Fantastic & Spectacular
Grey Poupon
Gulden Draak Mock
Hot Wieners (All the Way)
Hot Wieners (N.Y. System)
I Can't Believe it's Not Butter
The Ideal Manufacturing Company
Imagine That!
Imagine That! (Karaoke Version)
Invisible Kisses
It Can Only Be Jared
Jerry's Ford
Jhoon Rhee Self Defense
Kentucky Fried Chicken
Let it Be Lowenbrau
Lite-Brite
Lite-Brite {Reprise}
Mark Robinson
Meow Mix
The Mount Vernon Restaurant
Off-the-Hook
Ourisman Chevrolet
Out-of-Control
Pickwick
Pickwick (Karaoke Version)
Pregnant Beekeeper
Ritter Sport
Ritter Sport (Karaoke Version)
Rolo
Roxy Music Beehive
Salad Shooter
Saturn's Rings
Sincere Pretension
Sincere Pretension (Karaoke Version)
The Spirit of Massachusetts
Star Wars Main Title
Strudel Zum Toast-It
Sugar in Their Vitamins?!
Teen-Beat 457 [the audio commercial]
That Was Swedish
That Was Swedish (Karaoke Version)
This is the End
Thompson's Clam Bar
Tint Control & Fine Tuning
Top-Notch & First-Rate
Top-Notch & First-Rate (Karaoke Version)
Traniwreck
Under the Command
The Union Square Round Table
Water Country
Weirdo Records
Whatever Hartford
Whatever Hartford (Karaoke Version)
WJIB AM 740
WJIB AM 740 (Good Music)
The Windsor Tap Recap
The Windsor Tap Recap (Karaoke Version)
Woodward's
You Are Creepy