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A Ghost for Her Gallery (1994​-​1996)

by Brian Andrew Marek

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1.
Inside 02:48
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3.
I Love You 04:01
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To Be Wanted 02:27
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Say Goodbye 04:00
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Lie to You 02:38
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Behave 05:40
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Nice Girl 03:02
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Baby Rose 02:23
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about

Well, as promised... another installment in what I hope to be the final word on my old solo 4-track demos, this time covering the years 1994 through 1996. Once again it's in loosely chronological order and more or less avoids songs I've already put out in band versions. The exceptions this time are "I Can't See Marie" (a live recording features on the This Is Not Actual Size compilation) and "Baby Rose", which is essentially Angus Tweed's "Thanks to Your Evil Ways" in a new arrangement with new lyrics.

Tracks 1-7 were recorded in my apartment in Maplewood, MO, except for the live drums which were recorded in Dan O'Connell's basement & the vocals on "To Be Wanted" which were belatedly added in South City in 2004 (as were those of "Behave" later in the proceedings). "Inside" would end up in the repertoire of both the short-lived Fuzz Sculpture (a/k/a Marek, Minnis, & Thorn) and Popcorn. "Paradise Don't Live Here" was revived by the even shorter-lived Geeks with Guns. "I Love You" is probably the oldest song here, with cruder recordings dating back to 1990. "Above Your Toes" and "Arbitrary Delta" were improvised. I had no bass guitar at the time, so I played the bass strings of my acoustic while recording at double speed!

The rest of the tracks come from the basement of a house on Sproule Ave. in Dogtown, where Popcorn would come together. "Dead Dead Dead" and "Here Comes Trouble" were in fact leftovers from an early Popcorn lineup with some new lyrics. "Nice Girl" was written during the Lemonade era with Dan & Mike. "Puppet on a String", in a different arrangement with a female vocalist, ended up in the B-Side Theatre production of Torch Song Trilogy. "Chameleon Upon a Mirror" was recorded on a cassette I found in the basement when I moved in, and kinda sounds like it. "Indian Summer", a personal favorite, rounds things out nicely with the help of some of my nearest and dearest.

Okay, I've belabored things enough for now. Enjoy, and keep your eyes peeled for the third (final? I don't even know yet) installment of this archival collection.

credits

released December 31, 1996

recorded by BaM on 4 track cassette
in Maplewood, Dogtown, and Ballwin, MO, 1994-1996
vocals on "To Be Wanted" and "Behave" recorded in 2004

some tracks have previously appeared on the
Footnotes to the Story of My Life cassette, THEN! (RSR-005),
THEN!...again Vol. 1 (RSR-038), & THEN!...again Vol. 2 (RSR-039)
(all discontinued releases)

thanks to Michael Thompson for
lead guitar on "Nice Girl" and "Indian Summer",
and to Liana Sommerhauser & Andrew Aldrich for
harmony vocals on "Indian Summer"

all other sounds, sacred or profane, produced by BaM

"Dead Dead Dead" and "Here Comes Trouble"
by Brian Andrew Marek & Michael Thompson
"Nice Girl" by Brian Andrew Marek,
Dan O'Connell, & Michael Thompson
all other tracks written by BaM, the whole BaM,
and nothing but the BaM

Rubberstamp Records RSR-068

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Rubberstamp Records is a DIY indie record label based in the Saint Louis, MO area and helmed by local music scene veteran Brian Andrew Marek.

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