- Tom Dyer Talks TWENTYFIVE
The facts on: Twentyfive by Jeff Kelly, 1991. A long time ago Jeff used to record his music onto cassettes. Tons of them. Some were fun. Some were sad. Some were noisy. Some rocked. Some were Lover’s Rock. Five years before this very private release, Jeff got married. To Susanne. I was there. Some of the songs he wrote were now about Susanne. Sometimes they were recorded with Susanne, like their unreleased L7 project, or Coffee In Nepal, which I released on cassette and which has been release on CD and vinyl. They laid the ground for their 2014 beautiful By Reckless Moonlight album back then.
This is a little different. Twentyfive is twenty-two songs written and recorded about/for Susanne (plus 3 poems) in the ensuing five years of nuptial bliss, all assembled onto one cassette and given to her on her twenty-fifth birthday. Some had been released on other releases, some not. “Oh How I Love You” from Coffee In Nepal is one of Jeff's best songs of any period. Jeff made a few copies and gave them to a few people. I was one of them.
Original fold-out cassette cover
Jeff was not doing a lot musically at that point, it was a bit of a fallow period in his otherwise prolific career. I listed Twentyfive out on some Jeff Kelly Discography to make it look like Jeff was still keeping his hand in, true, if a little fluffy. Like the Green Pajamas’ Happy Halloween (which had about 10 copies made when it was originally released), its legend grew over time.
At some point around 2003/4 I was living out in Rhode Island, had acquired some digital audio tools and digitized my copy for no particular reason I can remember other than I could. I was able to get rid of some of the cassette's tape hiss (so thrilling) and burnt it to CDR. Scanned the cassette cover and made it into a CD cover. Made two copies. Sent one to Jeff. Still have my copy.
So there you have it. A nice snapshot of the beginning of true love.
Can’t wait until Susanne turns 50!
Tom Dyer, Seattle, June 2015
- TWENTYFIVE On Bandcamp!
TWENTYFIVE, perhaps the most elusive Green Pajamas related album, is to be released digitally via Bandcamp. It has never been officially released in any form before.
Photo by Susanne, 1991
On her 25th birthday, Jeff Kelly surprised his wife with a very personal gift: a cassette tape compilation of songs, all inspired by Susanne. Often created quickly, to surprise her at the end of her day, much like love notes, most of the songs were private and never intended for public consumption. The songs were recorded on Jeff’s Tascam 4-track cassette Portastudio between December 1985 and December 1990 and most all come from the same sonic territory as COFFEE IN NEPAL and PORTUGAL, two early cassette releases later reissued on the four CD, MELANCHOLY SUN, box set.
There are no plans for a CD version of this album.
- What In The Hell Is FUR FOR FAIRIES?
- New On Bandcamp
Available now on The Green Pajamas Official Bootleg Page is RADIO REMIXES. It's just what it says: remixed tracks from a KEXP broadcast in December, 2013. The PJs play four songs live - The Lonesome End of the Lake, The Queen's Last Tango, Why Good Men Go Bad and The Red, Red Rose. Jeff wanted to feature the accordion, cello and percussion a bit more and you can now hear the vocals clearly!
You can stream it or own all four for 4 bucks HERE.
- STRUNG OUT On Bandcamp!
You can now, for the first time, stream or download the 1998 E.P. STRUNG OUT on Bandcamp. Originaly co-released on CD by Joe Ross' Endgame Records and Tony Dale's Camera Obscura Records, STRUNG OUT consists of outtakes from 1997's STRUNG BEHIND THE SUN album.
Non E Gran Causa
Lavender Tin Voices
Song For Tess (Orig. Version)
We're Flying (Alt. Mix)
Scarlet Song (Strung Out Version)
My Dark Hour
You can hear it all right HERE.
- New Bootlegs!
2015 will see several updates to the Green Pajamas "official bootleg" discography, available on their Bandcamp website, starting with, LIVE '99 and LIVE '04, released today, and both available for $5.00.
LIVE '99 LIVE '04
LIVE '99 is a boombox recording from a Friday night at Seattle's Sit And Spin tavern. The edited performance is loud and raw and features rare live recordings of PJ's standards at the time, "Rattlesnake Kiss" and "Queen Of Sunshine," both of which have not been performed by the Pajamas for many years now. There is also a stunning, "Any Time Of Day," clocking in at about 9 minutes. But, be forewarned, sound quality is strictly for fans! LIVE '04, is a subtler set, featuring the lesser performed, "Secret Circle," "Christine Crystaline," and "When You're Good To Me." This recording is probably from a board/audience mix and sounds pretty great loud in headphones - Jeff says it's "a little bit like being up on stage with the band when you turn it up." Both recordings feature his CDR cover art, originally printed only for the five Green Pajamas members.
You can stream or buy these recordings at the their website here: Green Pajamas Official Bootleg Page.
- Coffee By Reckless Moonlight (Get out your Greek dictionaries)
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