Debut album, released by Fortune Records
Fortune picked this up--like a penny on the sidewalk crusted with hardened chewing gum--long after we had our official release; in fact, I think it was when we were recording Decline of Day that Jim became interested. This was the beginning of a beautiful relationship with Jim Greer. No one had to sleep with him (even though he's a hottie)--it was great. He just liked what he heard and decided to help us. This happens, like, never (in the voice of Tori Spelling).
The mysterious "Cannonball" helped us lay out the design of this album, patched together from laminated airline emergency cards I acquired from my brother's future husband (yay, California!), who, at the time, worked for a commercial airline. I also have a small collection of airline disaster books, and some of the chart imagery comes from the technical art in those books, manipulated enough to avoid copyright infringement (we hope). Because airline disasters are a slightly curious motif for an album cover, we tried to approach the sensitive subject from the vaguely anxious, oddly sterile side as opposed to the graphic grisly side that would offend virtually everyone who has ever found themselves in slight turbulence at cruising altitude. But, as I say in my notes to "Aeroflot," I can't deny my fascination. Now Kelly says disdainfully, "I'm so over the plane crash thing." I love that as a non sequitur; so much so, that I put her protest on a show flyer: at the top, "Is a Starry Plough an airplane?"; at the bottom, "Kelly says: 'I'm so over the plane crash thing.'" Well... I'm sorry to report: I'm not over the plane crash thing. Or the fruit bat thing. Or the Universal horror movie thing.
(The Starry Plough is a club in Berkeley, by the way.)
So, returning to my favorite subject, Judah Nagler (see notes to Decline of Day) designed a beautiful vertically oriented sticker of a stylized commercial jumbo jet plummeting to earth, but we had these printed just before 9/11. They're my favorite 20ML stickers, but they went over like a turd in the punch bowl at the time. I think "sick fucker" is what comes to most people's minds when I allude to my interest. But I also enjoy reading George Eliot novels! And I like swimming naked in mountain lakes!
released August 21, 1999
Greg Giles- Vocals and Acoustic Guitar
Kelly Atkins- Vocals and Keyboard
Joe Ostrowski- Electric Guitar
James Costello Kingsbury- Bass
Tai Kenning- Drums and Percussion
Engineered, Mixed and Produced by Chris Manning
Recorded and Mixed at Owl Mountain Recoding in Inverness, California
Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios in Berkeley, California
CD Design and Layout: Cannonball
Dedicated to George and Ilda Giles
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