JERRY’S KIDZ “COUNTING CALORIES” 18-SONG CASSETTE (ALBUQUERQUE, NM- 1983)
I don’t have a picture of the cassette artwork, but here are some old flyers from some Jerry’s Kidz shows
This cassette is another one of those instances where I put something on my want list but then realize that it’s actually been in my collection for years- doh! About 13 years ago, trusty tape trader J.T. dubbed me a tape, part of which just said “Jerry’s Kidz (NM)- Live and Demo”. There were no song titles, nothin. I’ve always really liked their only vinyl release, the great “Well Fed Society” 5-song EP– the leadoff track, “Marionettes”, even made my Top 250 Song posting from a year ago. Now let’s go back about two years- I heard that Jerry’s Kidz “officially” released a cassette back in 1983- before the EP came out- entitled “Counting Calories”. I immediately thought, “I have to find this thing!” so I added it to my want list that you will see on the left sidebar. [As a sidenote, if you have mp3’s of anything on my want list, let me know.]
About a month ago I happened to stumble upon a blog that posted the “Counting Calories” cassette. Very exciting. I listen to the thing and then realize “Doh! This is the same as the stuff someone taped for me back in ‘96!”. I had digitized the tracks a few years back so I’ve gotten the sound quality as good as I can (the other blog’s posting of the cassette had pretty rough, muddy sound quality).
If you are a fan of the Jerry’s Kidz EP then I you’ll probably enjoy most of these raw tracks. There is lots of fast, urgent-sounding teen HC that is still hummable and melodic at times and it has lots of the lead warbler’s great style of singing (good, well-delivered, passionate vocals are always a plus for me). But they refined their approach by the time the EP came out, and I think that disc still stands as their best playing and delivery.
Um, now I still don’t have a track listing for this cassette so I totally guessed at most of the song titles and probably got some totally wrong. My track record of mishearing lyrics and song titles is rather spotty (more on that at another time!). If you have the actual track listing, PLEASE leave it in your comments. Or if you have an original copy of this cassette, let me know that too.
1. (Title Completely Unknown, No Guesses)
2. Beat My Head (?)
3-4. Officer Bill / Stereo Turns On (?)
5. Pork Chop (???)
6. Are You Afraid (?)
7. Social Drinker (?)
8. Reagan (?)
9. I Wanna Bong (??)
10. (Title Completely Unknown, No Guesses)
11. Mass Destruction (?)
12. If Your Number’s Up (?)
13. Breakout (?)
14. (Title Completely Unknown, No Guesses)
15. Bright Light (?)
16. (Title Completely Unknown, No Guesses)
17. Blood and Honor (?)
18. Sick (?)
KAB EV-1 cleaning machine), but the record will play and you can continue to blow out your already-fragile, aging, abused eardrums.