Desperate Cosmetics -1979/80
Quite a mixed bag on this record. The result of having so many songs to choose from, dating back through the earliest high school days.
A lot of songs, but really no idea as to how to make a recording, let alone how to manufacture or sell one. DC was a very DIY undertaking, made possible by private investors and "advance" sales to generous people who came out to the shows around the time.
It would have been nice if YouTube tutorials were around in '78, but instead I had to constantly pester a few folks for advice throughout the year, on and off, making the record. Some invaluable help … Bill and Lynne Powell at Creative Arts, Bob and Dan at Grant Ave and songwriter/mentors David Essig, Ian Tamblyn, and Bill Garret.
It was a little intense to suddenly be in a "professional" studio like Grant Ave and being the first time in a "real" studio, I believe I probably took for granted how special it was. I could only guess, for instance, that all engineers were probably a little like Dan - balancing the technical and inventive, always with a sense of personal involvement somehow. The atmosphere was pretty much constantly balanced and inviting. Always kind of charged too, I remember.
1000 copies of Desperate Cosmetics were pressed. I clearly recall how big that stack of boxes looked on the loading dock when I went to pick them up at the factory... and all the second thoughts I had that day, but those thoughts were outweighed by the excitement of finally holding a single copy in hand. I sold them out of my van after shows, through mail orders and on consignment to record shops around Ontario mostly.
The master tapes disappeared somewhere along the way - I have no idea how that happened and it's a drag.
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Drums - Bucky Berger and Rick Gratton
Percussion - Matt Zimbel
Bass Henry Heillig and David Woodhead
Hammond and synths - Ed Roth
Acoustic Guitar - Doug Reansbury
Gut string guitar - David Essig
Piano - Michael J Birthelmer
Clarinet - Carl Kessee
Tuba - Scott Irvine
Frog - Doug Feaver
Background Vocals - Doug Reansbury, Louri Conger, Jude Johnson, Ralph Schipper
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