Pussy Galore – Oven Bait (CASSETTE, US)

August 1986 Adult Contemporary Recordings ACR007
Side A
01. Spit and Shit
02. Kill Yourself

Side B
03. Fuck You, Ian Mackaye
04. Fuck You, Man

NOTES:
Bootleg cassette sold through the fanzine Forced Exposure in an edition of “less than 15 copies” and half of the copies had hand written sleeves.

This recording was reissued in 2003 on CD and in 2008 a 19 track download titled Oven Bait (Original Version) has appeared on the toliveandshaveinla blog.

“As to the Oven Bait boot, it was an attempt to flesh out ideas that Jon and I had tossed around during the “Fuck Sky Bear” trek. PG’s rehearsals were brutal affairs, with songs played for hours on end. Julie was relatively new at her instrument, and all of us were prone to miscues – we worked at the set with demonic fervor. I thought it would be cool to release an album that would document the process – one song per side, from Jon’s initial excited, shouted instructions, through the various, inevitable breakdowns, to the first successful run-through. I combed through the rehearsal tapes I’d managed to hold on to after I left the group, and put the album together in the summer of ’86. The production run was very small – less than 15 copies. Jon later told me that he quite enjoyed it – he included an excerpt from it on the Corpse Love compilation.” – toliveandshaveinla.com/omwireiv1.htm

“Ignore the eBay iterations, as they’re rife with error, choked in catarrh. This very limited release was never known as Unauthorized Oven Bait; rather, that was a corruption of an Adult Contemporary Recordings ad which alluded to a new sub-label christened “Adult Contemporary Unauthorized.”

As might be expected, the sound quality of the 5th-to-50th generation re-boots offered therein is usually well south of dire. Here’s the actual release version, transferred from the master metal bias cassette to laptop at 96,000 Hz/24 bit, then ripped to mp3 at 320 kbps. The original j-card artwork is rescanned above. (Half of the ten copies distributed were shipped with handwritten covers, as was the producer’s mid-80s wont…)” – toliveandshaveinla.blogspot.com

Corpse Love featured the Oven Bait recording of Fuck You, Man.

SONG CREDITS:
Recorded on December 6, 1985 at Westminster Basement, Washington, DC,
Mixed on October 15, 1986 at Ginsberg Basement, Silver Spring, MD, by Tom Smith.
Personnel: Jon Spencer, Julie Cafritz, John Hammill, Dave Hair, Peter Hayes, and Tom Smith.
c+p Spencer/PG

Side A:
01. Spit and Shit
Run Time: 17:34

02. Kill Yourself
Run Time: 12:47

Side B:
03. Fuck You, Ian Mackaye
Run Time: 12:47

04. Fuck You, Man
Run Time: 17:41

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION:
CD PRESS RELEASE: “Savage! Young! Wild! JON SPENCER, JULIA CAFRITZ, and the rest in all their snarling, sneering, spoiled-rotten-Ivy-Leaguer glory, recorded live in the mid-’80s. Extremely lo-fi to begin with and made even more unlistenable after the fact by disgruntled percussionist TOM SMITH, who originally released the tapes in an act of revenge after the band gave him the boot. He thought Oven Bait would embarrass them, but it has gone on to achieve near-mythical status as one of the rawest, most insanely (un)produced recordings you’re likely to hear. Good luck sitting through all 55 minutes.”

FROM TOM SMITH INTERVIEW IN WIRE MAGAZINE (AUGUST.2002): “As to the Oven Bait boot, it was an attempt to flesh out ideas that Jon and I had tossed around during the “Fuck Sky Bear” trek. PG’s rehearsals were brutal affairs, with songs played for hours on end. Julie was relatively new at her instrument, and all of us were prone to miscues – we worked at the set with demonic fervor. I thought it would be cool to release an album that would document the process – one song per side, from Jon’s initial excited, shouted instructions, through the various, inevitable breakdowns, to the first successful run-through. I combed through the rehearsal tapes I’d managed to hold on to after I left the group, and put the album together in the summer of ’86. The production run was very small – less than 15 copies. Jon later told me that he quite enjoyed it – he included an excerpt from it on the Corpse Love compilation. Were Pussy Galore inept? Hardly. PG were a pioneering band; its music, as snarling and skewed as it must have seemed to most, struck me as being nothing less than majestic.”

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