Paper Bag's 3rd release is probably its most definitive. The only one of the four that was ever available on CD, it gave us an unprecedented opportunity to show the full range of the band. Paper Bag always improvised in a very wide range of styles and almost all of them are represented here over the course of 25 pieces.
There seems to be an underlying theme of mortality and loss scattered throughout the album. It was not planned that way but it's almost difficult not to notice it.
Los Angeles residents may recognize the opening track , "The Fat Lady Sings", as the theme for KROQ DJ Swedish Eagle's "Comedy Minute". (He also played a lot of these tracks during his show.)
PAPER BAG IS THE SOUNDTRACK TO THE MOVIE VERSION OF LIFE. YOU CAN'T BE SURE WHAT'S HAPENING UNTIL IT'S ALREADY HAPPENED. INTO EVERY LIFE DRAPES OF RAIN MUST FALL. AT THE HEART OF THE MATTER IS THE FACT THAT THESE GUYS NEVER SIT STILL. THEY JUMP FROM PLACE TO PLACE TRYING TO ANTICIPATE WHAT THE NEXT PERFECT SOUND WILL BE. IMAGINE IF YOU WILL A HYPERACTIVE CHILD WITH RHYTHM. ON STAGE THEY DEMAND YOUR ATTENTION EVEN IF YOU DON'T UNDERSTAND WHAT THEY'RE DOING. THEY WON'T SETTLE FOR PREACHING TO THE PERVERTED ....UH, CONVERTED. IN THE STUDIO THE WALLS ARE CLOSER TOGETHER AND THE ENERGY BOUNCES THAT MUCH FASTER AND CHARGES THE FRANTIC, DESTRUCTIVE, PASSIVE, EXCITED, DEMENTED, DELIGHTFUL, ILLUMINATING, CONFUSING, DANCEABLE, HEAD-BANGING, ABSTRACT, BOP-TILL-YA-DROP, SOCK HOP OF HUMAN DESPARATION. (HEY GUYS, LET'S GO OUT IN THE ALLEY AND BREAK SOME GLASS!) CAN YOU TAKE IT? ARE YOU READY TO PURCHASE YOUR TICKET TO TRAUMA? YOUR TICKET TO THE LAND WITHOUT FENCES? WELCOME TO THE INSIDE OF YOUR BRAIN. MR. SLEEP WILL BE YOUR GUIDE. PHIL'S AT THE CONTROLS WHILE THE LOVELY AND TALENTED BAG LADIES (BRIGID, MARY, CHRIS) SERVE REFRESHMENTS. LURKING IN THE OUTFIELD ARE NUBS AND TOM DOUBLE CHECKING ON THE ICE PICK. WE PROVIDE A FULL SERVICE INSOMNIA. SIT BACK. RELAX. LET YOUR MIND EXPAND. LET YOUR MIND EXPLODE. THIS MUSIC IS NOT FOR THE QUEASY. THIS MUSIC DIDN'T COME EASY. THEY HAD ONE CHANCE ONLY. THEY TOOK IT. SO BEFORE YOU TRASH THIS MUSIC BE SURE YOU USE A PAPER BAG.
- DAVE McINTIRE
The P.B. Crew: Nubs, Dave McIntire, Mary Keith, Brigid Crawford, Chris Gruenwedel, Tom Shannon
Recorded at Spin Head Studios, North Hollywood, CA. Engineer: Phil Newman
Produced by Paper Bag and Phil Newman
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