Andrew WK producer Don Fleming re-issues Velvet Monkeys

By on April 8, 2011

This reissue of the Velvet Monkeys debut 1982 release, Everything is
Right, features Don Fleming (later of Gumball and producer of Sonic Youth,
Teenage Fanclub, Screaming Trees, Hole, Alice Cooper, Joan Jett, Andrew
W.K.) on vocals and guitar, Elaine Barnes on vocals and keyboards, Stephen
Soles on bass and Jay Spiegel (Half Japanese, Gumball, Dinosaur Jr.,
Lookies) on drums. Coming out June 7 on Instant Mayhem distributed by IODA

Skip Groff, producer of many notable Washington, D.C. bands, first
recorded the Velvet Monkeys in 1981 at Don Zientara’s Inner Ear Studio.
“Drive In “ and “Shadow Box,” were featured on Groff’s Connected LP, a
sampler of D.C bands released in 1981 on Limp Records. The band followed
with the 10 song cassette-only Everything is Right, released on their own
Monkey Business label in July 1982. Three additional live songs from a
show at the Chancery in D.C. on New Year’s Eve 1981 have been added to the
original release for this reissue.

The Velvet Monkeys were formed in Washington, D.C. in 1981 and found many
like-minded bands in the mushrooming local scene including Half Japanese
(with whom Fleming, Barnes and Spiegel also played), Tiny Desk Unit, The
Nurses, and Chalk Circle. The band was originally a three-piece combo that
included prominent use of a Dr. Rhythm drum machine. By late 1981, drummer
Jay Spiegel, a.k.a. the Rummager, joined the line-up and the band began
their move from minimalist art-rock toward an increasingly heavier sound.

The digital reissue of Everything is Right is the first release on Don
Fleming’s Instant Mayhem label since partnering with digital distributor
IODA. The audio was restored from the original analog tapes and
remastered by Fleming. Instant Mayhem will release reissues of Fleming’s
older catalog (w/Velvet Monkeys and Gumball) as well as new projects. The
next two releases for the label are a new solo EP titled Don Fleming 4,
and a new album by To Live and Shave in L.A. called The Cortège.


Author: DaveHHM

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