THE SLICKEE BOYS - Cybernetic Dreams Of Pi

THE SLICKEE BOYS  Cybernetic Dreams Of Pi  CD  2005
Escalator 66 / You’ve Got What It Takes / Life of the Party / When I Go To The Beach / Pushin' My Luck / Invisible People / Nagasaki Neuter / Say Goodbye / Time Spent Waiting / The Crawling Hand / Pictures of Matchstick Men / Marble Orchard / Gotta Tell Me Why* / Glendora* / Golden Love* / Forbidden Alliance* / Question Of Temperature° / Reverse Psychiatry° / Without A Word Of Warning° / Misunderstood°.
CD Bonus tracks: *Third Slickee Boys EP / °Found in the Truck of Kim's Orange Fury.
Produced by John Chumbris and the Slickee Boys.
Digitally remastered At Hit & Run Recording by Steve Carr.
The Slickee Boys: Mark Noone: lead vocals / Marshall Keith: lead guitar, keyboards, vocals / Kim Kane: rhythm guitar, organ / Dan Palenski: drums, vocals / John Chumbris: bass guitar / Emery Olexa: bass guitar.

"...While continuing to play in the DC area, the band began to gain notice outside of the area as well. The sold out shows and wild, almost rabid fans at each concert was well known here, but in 1983 Minneapolis, Minnesota's Twin Tone Records caught wind of The Slickee Boys. Twin Tone records was a daring indie label which was responsible for putting out the early records of The Replacements and Soul Asylum, among many others. A 7 inch single-"When I Go To The Beach" b/w "Invisible People" was released in 1983. 5000 copies were pressed and a respectable 2,221 were sold by Twin Tone. (This was actually a re-release of a Dacoit Records single of which 3000 were pressed in DC). The song was a good time party record-Noone sings about "drinking beer for breakfast" and partying all afternoon. A favorite at many a beach throwdown! The B-side is a spooky organ driven song that offers an interesting contrast to the usual Slickee fare.

These songs were brought along for the ride on The Slickee Boys first "proper" record-1983's Cybernetic Dreams Of Pi. This record showed that The Slickee Boys had emerged out of The Cramps/Yardbirds garage and instead offered smartly crafted intelligent guitar pop with loads of hooks, careening guitar solos and good humor to boot. The record starts off with the bouncy "Escalator 66". Co-written by Marshall Keith and Mark Noone, drummer Dan Palenski later described the song as "Marshall's answer to 'Highway To Hell'. He must have figured if the other bands were taking the highway, the dumbass Slickees would be on the Escalator." Other stand-out tracks included "You've Got What It Takes" with one of the coolest instrumental "intros" of any song-period and "Time Spent Waiting". Pi is a superb debut that smashed any conceptions of what psychedelic or garage rock should sound like. This record ended up selling close to 7,000 copies. The line-up at this point consisted of Kane, Keith, Noone, Palenski and John Chumbris on bass, who also helped produce the record. For many fans this is considered the definitive line-up-but of course I'm sure there are some naysayers who may squabble on that point..." Source

"Cybernetic Dreams of Pi", released in 1983, is The Slickee Boys second "proper" album (third, if you count the compilation album "Here to Stay"), and the first to be recorded all in one place at the same time. It was released on LP by the Minneapolis record label Twin/Tone (TTR 8337). Along with songs penned by the band, there are cover versions of songs by Hamilton Streetcar and the Status Quo. To support the album, the band shot music videos for "Life of the Party" and "When I Go to the Beach", the latter video receiving semi-regular airplay on MTV, thanks to a second place finish on that channel's Basement Tapes show.
The LP was also released by the German Line label (1000 copies on white vinyl with significantly different cover artwork and on New Rose, too (with the Twin/Tone cover art).
An expanded CD version was released on Dacoit in 2005 (catalog number 2005-3). The CD includes eight additional songs: all four songs from 1979's 3rd EP ("Gotta Tell Me Why", "Glendora", "Golden Love", "Forbidden Alliance") plus four songs "found in the trunk of Kim Kane's orange Fury" ("A Question of Temperature", "Reverse Psychiatry", "Without a Word of Warning", "(I'm) Misunderstood"). The cover art was slightly altered. Wikipedia
Thanks To JPaul!

8 commentaires:


THE SLICKEE BOYS: Cybernetic Dreams Of Pi CD 2005

On Cybernetic Dreams of Pi the Slickee Boys play brawny, good-natured power pop. Songs like "When I Go to the Beach" (jolly surf parody), "Pushin' My Luck" and a breezy version of Status Quo's ancient "Pictures of Matchstick Men" may be a bit glib, but are loads of fun nonetheless.

Anonyme a dit…

GIFT FROM HEAVEN. Mr. MIDNIGHT RAMBLER as an angel you fullfill an old and big wish. THANK YOU.Keep on keeping on.

Anonyme a dit…

DARK ANGEL !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
for sure

THX 2 JP !!


Tom a dit…

Thanks for posting - I enjoyed the last one and was looking for more

ozrock a dit…

Great post, one of the greatest album of the 80's! I have the vinyl from 1983 and I am proud of this pleasure! This post deserves a sequel as The Last - Painting Smiles On A Dead Man. Thanks for the appreciation of this great group!


Anonyme a dit…

Thanks for this one, I have had it on vinyl for about 30 years but its great ot have a ripp for the car

lmelis a dit…


So glad that you started to go all the way with the Slickees's.

Next stop : Uh Oh...No Breaks!

Oh Glendora, I wanna see more of you!!

Honquijote a dit…

Thanks a lot for sharing... =)