Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Abecedarians: Smiling Monarchs 12" / Eureka / Resin (320kbps)

Hailing from Newport Beach, CA, Abecedarians formed in 1983 by Chris Manecke, Kevin Dolan and John Blake.  The trio's first release, Smiling Monarchs, was released on Factory Records and was produced by none other than Bernard Sumner from Joy Division and New Order and is instantly likable.  The band then put out Eureka, a self produced, 6 track MLP which was eventually picked up and redistributed by Caroline Records in 1986-7.  The Resin LP followed in 1988.  Their sound has been compared to that of Chameleons UK, but I find them far more sprawling and ambient than that; more like Joy Division or Red Lorry Yellow Lorry- but still unique.  They rank right up there as one of the most underrated acts of all time in my opinion.  A lot has been posted on the web about the band in the last few years and their are a number unofficial CD-R releases floating out there, but the fact still stands that Abecedarians' music is damn hard to find- and if you can find it, it commands outrageous prices, (first pressings in good condition are worth several hundred dollars- check this out: Eureka on Ebay ).  I have several other releases by the band if anyone's interested, but what I'm really looking for are the Tragic Symphony tracks that Chris Manecke recorded with Adam Elesh from Drowning Pool... until then, leave some comments and enjoy Abecedarians!


Smiling Monarchs 12" Tracklisting:

1. Smiling Monarchs
2. Benway's Carnival

Eureka Tracklisting:

1. Ghosts
2. Soil
3. The Other Side Of The Fence
4. I Glide
5. Mice & Coconut Tree
6. The Misery Of Cities

Resin Tracklisting:

1. Dinner
2. Spaghetti Western
3. Where Whitie Ain't Allowed
4. Wild Flowers Grow From The Trash
5. No Escape
6. Laugh At Yourself
7. Sufferin' Tarnation
8. Panic In Needle Park

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

I've read some good stuff here. Definitely worth bookmarking for revisiting.

Sheerinertia said...

Thanks, anon!!

lookart said...

many many many many many thx

Anonymous said...

thansk man from argentina!