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Once Upon Too Long a Time (1989​-​1993)

by Brian Andrew Marek

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Expatriate 03:45
Mystery Girl 02:28
Grey Sun 02:18
Sylvia Pure 03:40
Barbie Doll 03:38


I've made several previous attempts at compiling my older solo recordings, but I was never too satisfied with them. With this release, I am starting from scratch with a projected series of chronological anthologies that cover tighter periods of time. This necessitated being less fussy and self-conscious about the deficiencies of the songs, performances, and recordings, but I think the result paints a clearer picture of where I was at.

The first five tracks are the most familiar as they were released and reissued under the Angus Tweed monicker as Accept No Imitations. As I was the only musician on it, and Angus Tweed never played any of its tracks as a band, I consider it a solo EP that got mislabeled (by me). However, Bob Shirley wrote the majority of the lyrics on "Expatriate". "Acid Trip Odometer" would later mutate into "Through the Eyes of a Child", and here it is accompanied by layers of simulated percussion in tribute to Tyrannosaurus Rex. "Reginald at the Beach" was vaguely inspired by "Third Stone from the Sun", while "Dirty Little..." was one of my early attempts at a more complex song structure.

"Apologies for the Inconvenience" (which would go through many permutations over many years) and "Autumn/Lucifer's Carousel" are from sessions in November 1989. The former was inspired by my first exposure to David Bowie's "Width of a Circle". A practice piano at Meramec Community College appears on the latter. Though I have tried to avoid repeating songs that had been done to death by my various bands, I have a soft spot for this primitive version of "Autumn", and "Lucifer's Carousel" would never reappear. (Though the eagle-eared might hear its echoes in the Vertigo Swirl's "Satisfied Rainbows"...)

"Grey Sun" and "You Were Never in My Plan" were not multitrack recordings. The 1st utilized one mono tape recorder, the 2nd, two (for primitive overdubbing). "Broken Prototype II" (instrumental here, but I believe there may have been unrecorded lyrics) and "Break Down at the Slightest Provocation" were among the first recordings I made on my own 1st Tascam in 1991. "Love Was Worth the Pain" and "Dance, Dance, Dance" were a couple of the new recordings for my This Is Your Brain on Drugs tape, the latter utilizing a sequenced backing track I made on a roommate's Amiga computer in the summer of 1990.

"Barbie Doll" is hard to date, but its use of real drums suggests late 1991 or early 1992. "Sylvia Pure" and "Cab Fare to the Moon" were part of an attempt to cleanly record my (then) entire repertoire in 1993, though the latter only received its vocal overdubs in 2004. Both songs are a little preachy, but "Cab Fare" is perhaps more clever.

I don't recall a great deal about the recording of "A Death in the Family" (another instrumental that had lyrics), "Nightmares Form", "Strike It Down", or "Once Upon Too Long a Time" except that they were recorded in my apartment in Maplewood in 1993. There existed an alternate mix of "A Death in the Family" with spoken word overdubs (but still no singing), but it is most likely lost forever. I believe they were all written for the same woman, as was my custom in those days.

Well, that's it for now. Stay tuned for the next anthology covering the years 1994 through...?


released December 31, 1993

recorded by BaM on a rented 4-track, two ordinary mono tape recorders, a roommate's Amiga computer,
and his own 4-track, 1989-1993
vocals on "Cab Fare to the Moon" recorded in 2004

tracks 1-5 recorded in June 1989, originally released as Angus Tweed cassette Accept No Imitations, reissued on
'Til the Cows Come Home (RSR-026)
tracks 8 & 11 recorded 1990-1991, originally released on Brian Andrew Marek cassette This Is Your Brain on Drugs, reissued as RSR-059

thanks to Trish Welch for joining in on the "Reginald at the Beach" madness ("Snausages!"), Wayne William Marek for his appearance at the very beginning of "Apologies for the Inconvenience", and Meramec Community College for the use of their piano on "Autumn/Lucifer's Carousel"

all other sounds, pleasant or otherwise, produced by BaM

"Expatriate" by Brian Andrew Marek & Bob Shirley, "Apologies for the Inconvenience" by Brian Andrew Marek & Tim Bess, all other tracks by Brian Andrew Marek on his lonesome

Rubberstamp Records RSR-064


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