Music

Album Cover
Narcotic Kisses
The Green Pajamas
CAM052CD / SB03D
Released: Nov 3, 2000
Label: Camera Obscura / St. Brigid
Track Listing
1 I've Got A Crush On You
2 These Are The Best Times
3 Song For Christina / A Nightmare
4 The Demon Lover
5 The Fall
6 Vampire Crush
7 If Tomorrow Comes
8 Ballerina
9 The Ravenna Witch No. 1
10 Drowning
11 Dim Phantoms Of An Unknown Ill
12 Deadly Nightshade
13 If He Should Go Away
14 The Night WInd
15 Highgate
16 Just Another Perfect Day

Liner Notes

"...an essential rarities collection for long-time fans and is bound to enchant new converts to the unique magic of the Green Pajamas." - Nick Bensen, freecitymedia.com


From the Camera Obscura website...

We think you can get the measure of a band by what doesn't make it on to their primary singles and LPs for whatever reason, and this release is a good indication of the depth of material available to the Green Pajamas at the moment. "Narcotic Kisses" is an "Odds'n'Sods" style selection of 12 rare and unreleased tracks from the vaults of these Seattle-based pop masters. Two tracks "The are the Best Times" and "Vampire Crush" were released on a very limited lathe- cut Camera Obscura single in January 1999 - it sold out on release and we still get requests for it. "Song for Christina/A Nightmare" was given away as an MP3 single-of-the-month, and is an awe-inspiringly Gothic reworking of an earlier single. "The Fall" was on our 1998 compilation "Serotonin Ronin" as a bonus track. The other six tracks are previously unreleased. Some are outtakes from the sessions for the recent albums "All Clues Lead To Meagan's Bed" and "Seven Fathoms Down and Falling", and some were just sitting around looking for a project like this to bring them into the light.

Far from being second rate or disposable, this is material right up with the Pajamas' best recent work, and will have their legion of fans astonished all over again. The opener "I've Got a Crush on You" is Jeff Kelly in sublime West Coast folk-rock mode washing the record in on tides of accordion. "Demon Lover" (unaccountably left off the Woronzow release "Seven Fathoms Down and Falling") and "The Ravenna Witch" effortlessly mix misty gothic progressive touches with trademark power pop, the latter containing some of Kelly's noisiest ever blasts of guitar mayhem - a salute perhaps to the grunge tide that came and went in the blink of an eye in Pajamas terms. "If Tomorrow Comes" would be a top ten hit in a sane world, timeless riff an melody spelling out another chapter in the Pajamas' thematic espionage chic obsession. An "Ballerina" is prime Euro café psychedelia, lounge stylings offset by lysergic concluding instrumental break.

The band was didn't want to release these tracks with any fanfare, so we took the opportunity to do a very limited 220g audiophile vinyl pressing as the only format in which this record will be available for the time being.

And about the 2002 CD re-issue...

In November 2000, Camera Obscura released an LP of Green Pajamas rarities in a tiny pressing of 300 that sold out on pre-order. We promised the band's many fans that a redux version on CD would come eventually, and here it is. The original was an "Odds'n'Sods" style selection of rare and unreleased tracks from the PJ's vaults. "These are the Best Times" and "Vampire Crush" were released on a limited lathe- cut Camera Obscura single in January 1999. "Song for Christina/A Nightmare" was given away as an MP3 single-of-the-month; "The Fall" was on our 1998 compilation "Serotonin Ronin". The other tracks were previously unreleased. This CD version adds six more tracks - more than 30 minutes - of equal coolness and rarity. "Dim Phantoms of an Unknown Ill" only previous appeared on the cover CD for an issue of UK freakzine Ptolemaic Terrascope, and is a Cohenesque early template for the sound that would later evolve into the well-received Goblin Market project. "Deadly Nightshade" appeared on the Terrascope benefit CD "Succour", and is much revered among fans as possibly the finest Green Pajamas track ever. "If He Should Go Away" is a fine album session outtake that appeared first on a Chunklet magazine CD. "The Night Wind" and "Highgate" are outtakes that were later reworked as Goblin Market tracks. "Just Another Perfect Day" is another previously unreleased recording, made for a film but not used, and is a perfect closer.

Far from being second rate or disposable, this is material right up with the Pajamas' best work, and will have their legion of fans astonished all over again.