Atlanta’s The Swimming Pool Q’s have launched a Kickstarter project to fund deluxe CD reissues of their albums The Swimming Pool Q’s (1984) and Blue Tomorrow (1986).Originally released on A&M Records, they’ll be available again for the first time since their first release on vinyl and cassette.
“They’ve never been offered on CD in America,” says Q’s singer Jeff Calder. “It’s interesting that Blue Tomorrow was the first-ever digitally mastered album, and that it’s finally seeing the light of day in digital format.”
Included among the rewards packages are bonus CDs, a DVD, and an essay written by Calder. “The historical notes cover The Swimming Pool Q’s from 1983-1987,” Calder says, “but they’ll also address the larger issue of the Southern creative pop scene in the 80s.There will be a lot of never-before-seen photos from The Q’s archives. And we recently located a large cache of pictures that had been stored for years in the photographer’sopen-air barn in Tennessee. Somehow they were in excellent condition.”
A bonus CD features demos, outtakes, alternate versions and remixes from the period, including a country version of “The Bells Ring.” And backers will be the first to get a listen to the band’s newest material, an EP containingunyet released tracks “System of Love” and “Science Moon.”
A DVD, created by Q’s drummer Bill Burton, captures the group in a variety of compromising situations: The 9:30 Club in Washington D.C. in 1985; performances on various cable television shows; a clip of The Q’s psych-folk interpretation of “Little Drummer Boy”; a promotional video created for A&M Records’ 1984 annual meeting plus a visit by the band to the record company’s legendary Hollywood lot; and more:
- Signed photographs from sessions surrounding both albums, plus reproductions of the luxurious 24″ x 36″posters that accompanied the reissue of The Deep End (1981/2001) and Royal Academy of Reality (2003).
- Two CDs from The Swimming Pool Q’s catalog, The Deep End and Royal Academy of Reality, along with their original debut 7″ single from 1979 “Rat Bait” b/w “The A-Woke Woke Me Up” (Chlorinated Records).
- Archival flyers from Swimming Pool Q’s performances reproduced on original Xerox machines, when possible.
- A full-course dinner at your nearest Olive Garden, hosted by the group.
- Even the opportunity to book the band live at the regional venue of your choice.
The Swimming Pool Q’s formed in 1978 and were pioneers of the Georgia New Wave that produced The B-52’s, Pylon, and R.E.M. Their releases included The Deep End (DB Recs, 1981/2001), The Swimming Pool Q’s (A&M, 1984), Blue Tomorrow (A&M, 1986), World War Two Point Five (Capitol, 1990), and Royal Academy of Reality (Bar/None, 2003). The Q’s will celebrate their Jade Anniversary (35 years) in 2013.
Official website: http://www.swimmingpoolqs.com/