Is No Fun
No. 6 Records, 1997
Whitten did great early-90's work with St. Johnny, and he's
at it again with Grand Mal, whose sensational Pleasure Is
No Fun CD was one of last year's best. Whitten's strengths
with his band are pretty much the same as they were in St.
Johnny: huge, bludgeoning hard-rock guitar nicely embellished
by alienated-youth lyrics and indie-styled vocals. It's a
tough combination to beat”.
York Press March 4-10, 1998
Fridmann once again was kind enough to produce/engineer a
Grand Mal record for practically nothing. The band at this
point consisted of Agitpop leader John DeVries, then of Cellophane,
on lead guitar, St. Johnny drummer Thomas P. Goss, and moonlighting
A&R guy Phil Schuster on bass. Mercury Rev’s Grasshopper
contributed guitar, back-up vocals and sound effects and Carmen
Quinones returned to sing back-ups once more and even took
the lead on one song, “Don’t Be Late”.
girlfriend left me for a stand-up comedian while we were making
the album. This added a certain frisson to the proceedings,
or more likely a death-like pall.
time we experimented with canned beats and John Devries played
dub-style bass on a couple tracks ("Whole Lotta Nothin’"
and "Blow Yer Nose").
favorite songs are “Give Yourself to the Devil”
and “Lucky Stiffs”.
I'm In Trouble
Yourself to the Devil MP3
3. Whole Lotta Nuthin'
4. Quittin' Time
6. Light As A Feather
8. Cold As A Donor
9. Blow Your Nose
10. The Thing To Do
11. Don't Be Late
DeVries : Bass, Guitar, Guitar (Rhythm), Sound Effects, Vocals
Dave Fridmann : Keyboards, Vocals (Background)
Grasshopper : Guitar, Sound Effects, Vocals (Background)
Carmen Luz Quiñones : Vocals, Vocals (Background)
Phil Schuster : Guitar (Bass)
Bill Whitten : Guitar, Vocals, Production Credits
Pete Ciccone : Artwork
Dave Fridmann : Engineer, Producer
Recorded Jul 3, 1996-Aug 1996
more about this period in Grand Mal Mythology, Part 2 (1996
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