This album was recorded on a Tascam
Porta-One four track in John's parents garage (Crowtown Studios One)
and Mike's grandparent's storage shed (Crowtown Studios Two) from
November 1986 - July 1987. The album was originally released on March
9th, 1987 with a white cover and black cross. The band decided to
re-record a few of the tracks after Billy joined the band and re-released
the album with a black cover and white cross. All the cassettes,
lyric sheets, cassette labels, and j-cards were duplicated, hand
cut, and folded by Clay. John did the majority of
the duplication thus totally wearing down Robert's dubbing cassette
deck in the process. Also, each cassette was individually numbered.
The band had not performed live prior to releasing
the album. In fact, Abnormal Growth as a three piece unit performed
at the Montgomery High School Talent Show with Mike on drums, Clay
on vocals and John on guitar. The first "Official" show
occurred on 10/31/1987 at some backyard party in Healdsburg.
Note: John was a pretty good guitar player already
and had some songwriting experience under his belt when Clay met
him. Clay on the other hand had never written a song or played an
instrument in his life. Even though he still can't sing, Clay did
manage to learn guitar and drums enough to fake it. Good thing John
knew what he was doing.
Second Note: Much like "Plague
Swept Through the Commune" on "Let's
grow Some Crosses", "70's Song" was completely
improvised and recorded in one take. John was playing with a riff
and Clay noted it sounded like the 70's. That was good enough to
go with and they gathered around the mics and hit the record button.
After running out of things to say, yet still feeling the song was
not done yet, Clay noticed a harmonica on the speaker cabinet and
picked it up. He had never played a harmonica before which turned
out to be a blessing. On subsequent takes Clay's harmonica solo
just got worse and worse. Little wonder since he didn't know how
to play harmonica in the first place. Figuring they'll never top
the first improvised take, John and Clay decided to put it on the
album as is.
Title: Abnormal Growth
Released:1987 Label: Crowtown