LP - Marlon Cherry - Pete - Original Pressing
Marlon Cherrys second self-released LP from 1990 begins as a much smoother affair. The first song Consitution although its not the best on the album name-drops Jello Biafra and further investigation will find the Dead Kennedy thanked on the back of the jacket (alongside Mike Watt Adam (Leonards son?) Cohen Chris Piegler (Antiseen) and a bunch of other slightly lesser known independent musicians. The second song Amethyst has a very 80s R&B vibe to it it easily coulda been a top 40 hit alongside Culture Club and Hall & Oates but deep within the song a scorchingly Funkadelic guitar solo rears its overdriven head. Life After Theatre II is one of the albums weirdest tracks. Its an experimental track that consists a super wonky synth drone fighting against some heavily affected electric guitar work that sounds like nothing Ive ever heard before. Nothing like anything on the Life After Theater LP. Side two begins with another couldve been a hit if it werent so weird track called Yesterday. Theres something about this track (and the rest of the record) that is subtly off - in that idiosyncratically private press way. Im not exactly sure what the deal is with the short songs Stars and Stars (REM Version). These two tracks come and go before you know it and Michael Stipe is credited in the liners for lyrics...call me confounded. The best track on the album is the album closer entitled Arthur Lee. Im assuming this is Marlons homage to the legendary Love but the track sounds a bit like the intro to a song or two off Queens News Of The World but it doesnt go any further than that. It works on its own but its also a little puzzling that it doesnt go on any longer. Again mystery reigns supreme here.Marlon plays all the instruments and does all the singing on Pete and hes an incredibly talented musician. His songwriting style is unique and his passion and drive show through as do his eclectic tastes. The jacket layout is simply minimalistic in the usual private press style. No color printing just Marlons name the album title and a crude painting done by one of Marlons relatives. This record of the three Marlon Cherry LPs weve dug up will probably be the toughest for Permanent regulars to get into but fans of fey airy pop music of the late-80s and early-90s will probably find something here to dig - and guitar aficionados will definitely be impressed by Marlons playing. Who knows this record may end up in a future edition of the Acid Archives. Its just as good if not better than a good portion of the records featured in the book (but full disclosure no where near as amazing as the best obviously). If you collect private press records consider this one a worthy investment. You certainly dont come across records like this everyday.