SAN FRANCISCO SUSPENSION BRITCHES (Audio Diary Entries 1990​-​95)

by Johnny J Blair "Singer at Large"

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This is a collection of mastered recordings braced with lo-fi demos and rehearsals from my "San Francisco canon." This set is representative of a floating group of musicians called The Rover Boys. At any given gig, Richard Chase, John Stuart, Chris von Sneidern (all of Flying Color), Michael Miller, Bennett Green, or Adam Savetsky would show up and do a set. It was like a virtual band.

This set tends toward the urban and hard-edged. For comic relief, I added "Dancing With the Possums." Date range of all these recordings are 1990-95, though "Fascist Architecture" was made in 1984 and re-released in the 90s. Several of these songs were remixed &/or redubbed and issued in 2007 on the album GRATEFUL, making their CD debut. Most of the songs are originals, spiked with cover versions of songs by Bruce Cockburn, Donovan, Bob Dylan, Scott MacKenzie, and Neil Young.

The fidelity isn't optimal on the demos and rehearsals, but there was charm in the performances--they're part of my history now. Some tracks were made in full scale studios (Cove, Tom Mallon's) while others made on a 4-track machine at home, in lofts, a old brewery, and a former rug factory (no lack of soundproofing there). Please enjoy these recordings for what they are.

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released April 26, 2011

Cover art by Michael Miller.
Music produced by Johnny J Blair. Engineered by JJB, Jonny V, and the late Aaron Gregory.

Johnny J Blair: All bass, drums, drum programs, guitars, keyboards, percussion, violin, & vocals EXCEPT:
Bennett Green: drums "The Brakeman's Dead" and all rehearsal takes.
Michael Miller: lead guitar "The Brakeman's Dead"
Adam Savetsky: bass & vocals "The Brakeman's Dead" and all rehearsal takes.
Chris Von Sneidern: surf guitar "The Brakeman's Dead"
Jason Souza: drums "(Don't Let Them) Changes"
Jonny V: drums & lead guitar "Fascist Architecture"

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Johnny J Blair "Singer at Large" San Francisco, California

"Singer at Large" Johnny J. Blair is known for his innovative brand of “pop music with a twist,” a fast-paced mix of old school soul/rhythm and blues, psychedelia, punk/new wave, and a melodicism breathed by classical, gospel, jazz, and world beat. Goldmine Magazine said his music is “pop music with a conscience,” while Spotlight Magazine dubbed Blair “the Harry Houdini of rock and roll.” ... more

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Track Name: Dancing With the Possums (4-track demo)
DANCING WITH THE POSSUMS
Music & Lyrics copyright 1990 by Johnny J Blair. Published by Word2Soul BMI.

Dancing with the possums, dancing with the possums
It’s the latest and it’s cool
To dance with a marsupi-al
Dancing with the possums, dancing with the possums
Being hip is being slow
Down at the opossum show

When the moon is shining down
You will find them rousted
See the ladies hanging ‘round
Admiring their pouches
All the boys make quite a sound
So no one thinks they’re mouses
(“Darling you look ravishingly pale”
“Oh ah thank you…”)

Dancing with the possums, man it’s really awesome
It’s the latest and it’s cool
To dance with a marsupi-al
Dancing with the possums, dancing with the possums
Being hip is being slow
Down at the opossum show

“Good evening, and welcome to Club Copa Opossum. I’m your host, Prez Prez Possom. Tonight’s performance features Xavier Xaraguaya and His Play Dead Combo. Swing it boys…”

Dancing with the possums, dancing with the possums
You can make a happy sound
If you tango upside down
Dancing with the possums, dancing with the possums
If you want to make the grade
Do the Possum Promenade

Ohohohohpossum

Dancing with the possums, you can really blossom
Alleman left and dosey do
At the possom rodeo
Dancing with the possums, you can’t really stop ‘em
They don’t leave much of a trail
They just like to twist…their…tails

“Yeah it’s a lot easier than dancing with porcupines…”
“Wanna go hang out somewhere else now?”