Speedball Baby – Uptight! (LP, US)

12 September 2000 In The Red Recordings ITR 072
A1. I’m Addictive
A2. Dangerous Top
A3. The Al Green Shuffle
A4. December?
A5. Mekong Sue
A6. Hot Boxin’ Baby

B1. Tappin’ My Neighbah!
B2. Numb
B3. Pocket Fulla Fish
B4. The Crybabies (Otis)
B5. 8 Ft. Cigaret
B6. Wobbly Organ

VIEW:
NOTES:
Uptight! by Speedball Baby issued on black vinyl edition with printed inner sleeve, features Judah Bauer on Pocket Fulla Fish, also released on CD.

Sleeve features a line of text under each song title (as detailed in song credits). And the sleeve includes all members of the Blues Explosion in the ‘Thanks’ list.

Speedball Baby guitarist Matt Verta-Ray would go on to form Heavy Trash with Jon Spencer and work on records by numerous other artists including Five Dollar Priest, Lost Crusaders, Rob K, Micragirls, The King Brothers, Edison Rocket Train, Puffy AmiYumi and many more.

SONG CREDITS:
A1. I’m Addictive
“Poet angered at Coty of Boston. Pledges sexual congress and co-dependence.”
Writers: Smith/Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: What’s An Oubliette?/Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums: Martin Owens
Bass/Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray
Piano: Ali Smith
Vox: Ron Ward & Mick Collins
Vibes: Brooke Williams

A2. Dangerous Top
“Leathboy seeks transcendence with psychotic S&M partner. Serious calls only”
Writers: Smith/Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: What’s An Oubliette?/Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums: Martin Owens
Bass: Ali Smith
Guitar/Organ: Matt Verta-Ray
Vox: Ron Ward
Percussion: Rick Lee

A3. The Al Green Shuffle
“Wherein a surralist morphine dream produced a slat & pepper team, conjures spectre of the great Al Green”
Writers: Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced: Kolderie/Slade/Verta-Ray at NY Hed and Fort Apache, Boston
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums: Martin Owens
Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray
Bass: Ali Smith
Vox: Ron Ward
Organ: Sean Slade

A4. December?
“Two midgets bemoan their own unceremonious death in sinking rowboat, drunk on whiskey”
Writers: Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums: Martin Owens
Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray
Bass: Ali Smith
Vox: Ron Ward & Ali Smith
Piano: Lily Wolf
Organ: Jim Duffy

A5. Mekong Sue
“Bosom of Abraham invoked. Kennedy clan, bondage, a blackish man, skip the noose, paralyzed!”
Writers: Smith/Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: What’s An Oubliette?/Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums: Parker Kindred
Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray
Bass: Ali Smith
Vox: Ron Ward & Ali Smith
Piano: Lilli Wolf
Organ: Daniel Collas
Drum Arrangement: Martin Owens

A6. Hot Boxin’ Baby
“Strip club patron love struck by smoking woman on subway platform, face bathed in cigaret’s light”
Writers: Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums/Trombone: Dave Varenka
Guitar/Bass/Sax/B Vox: Matt Verta-Ray
Vox: Ron Ward
Harmonica: Marcellus Hall
B3/Vibes: Daniel Collas
B Vox: Ali Smith

B1. Tappin’ My Neighbah!
“Amorous laborer beds and taps downstairs neighbor despite risk of HIV infection”
Writers: Collins/Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: South Of Eight Mile Music/Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums: Tony Corsano
Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray
Bass/B Vox: Ali Smith
Vox (duet): Ron Ward & Mick Collins
Choral Vox/Organ: Christina Campanella

B2. Numb
“In a dream I saw her down on Mott Street. (I’m like the pimp, the hustler, the whore…)”
Writers: Smith/Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: What’s An Oubliette?/Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums: Parker Kindred
Bass (elec): Ali Smith
Bass (stand up): Andrew Hall
B3: Daniel Collas
Guitar/Pedal Steel: Matt Verta-Ray
Vox: Ron Ward & Ali Smith
Tenor Sax: Ori Kaplan
Pocket Trumpet: Zomo
Phone Call: Dicko Wathers
Horn Arrangement

B3. Pocket Fulla Fish
“Singer reactivates monkey for joyride to the crowd’s dismay. “Sun ain’t gonna shine. Drink wine!”
Writers: Smith/Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: What’s An Oubliette?/Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Drums: Martin Owens
Bass: Ali Smith
Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray & Judah Bauer
Sax: Ori Kaplan
Organ: Daniel Collas
Percussion: Rick Lee
Vox: Ron Ward

B4. The Crybabies (Otis)
“A killer’s nostalgia for happier times. Mamma was a ugly as a bulldog chewin’ a wasp!”
Writers: Verta-Ray/Ward
(interpolation: “Ne Me Quitte Pas” by Jacques Brel, Edward B. Marks Music Corp., BMI)
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
B3: Daniel Collas
Bass: Ali Smith
Acetone Organ/B Vox@ Christina Campanella
B Vox: Mick Collins
Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray
Drums: Dave Varenka
Vox: Ron Ward

B5. 8 Ft. Cigaret
“The long, tall man with the famous three foot finger. Don’t get too close.”
Writers: Collas/Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Organ: Daniel Collas
Vox: Ron Ward
Bass/Banjo: Matt Verta-Ray
Clarinet: Ori Kaplan

B6. Wobbly Organ
“She: Is yours raisin too?
He: No, but it’s waverin’!”
Writers: Smith/Verta-Ray/Ward
Published: What’s An Oubliette?/Alive, He Said/Marsupial Parley-Vous, BMI
Produced/Recorded: Matt Verta-Ray at NY Hed Studio, NYC
Mixed: Matt Verta-Ray & Ali Smith
Vox/Drums: Ron Ward
Vibes: Ali Smith
Wurlitzer Piano: Nick Balaban
Guitar: Matt Verta-Ray
Tenor Sax: Parker Noon
Horn Arrangement: Wolf/Noon

SLEEVE NOTES:
“Thanks to: Paul kolderie, Sean Slade, Larry Hardy, Mick Collins, Dee Pop (for Blitzkrieg Bop), Subsonics, Lily Wolf (for piano on “I’m Gonna Stomp Mr. Harry Lee”), Judah Bauer, Parker Noon, Jim Duffy (for organ on “Don’t Turn Blue”), Lisa Wisely, Christina Campanella, Jay Braum, Puss Cat, Madder Rose, Ori Kaplan, Elysian Fields, Oren Kaplan, Dave Varenka, 20 Miles, JSBX, Joyce and Mel Ward, P.K., Long Gone John, Kid Congo Powers, Rick Lee, Tom Sileghem, Lesie Day, Zomo, REV, Dylan Ray Salvatori, Daniel Collas, Candy Pitman, Calla, Six, Shannon O’Kelly, Dylan Haley, Tara Goss, Nick Balalban, Martin Owens (for years of beautiful drumming), Cristina Martinez, Jon Spencer, Hollis Queens, Bruce Bennett, Parker Kindred, Brooke Williams, High Maintenance Records, Russell Simins, Russell Simmons, Bruce Milne, Fionna at Au Go Go, Man’s Ruin, Carmine Coppola, Dicko Mathers, LoHi, LoLite, The Gunga Din, Bob Ross, Mojo Guitars, White Hassle, Marce Hall, Alec, Tony Lee From Avenue “B”, Andrew Hall, Johnny McNabb, Evert Nijkamp, Suzy Creamcheese and Mitch, David Whitehead, Andy Hiermans, Johan Rutgens, Ruud Berends (Paperclip), Bob Log III, Blackie Pagano, Tubesville, Social “D”, Generation “D” and the boys from Avenue “D”, Pseudo.com, Annette Planck, Dave Richman, Toby Amies, Gigi Elmes, Gene Kliot, Andre & Mary Smith, E.C. (for inspiration), Courtney Morberg.
For ACV.”
DETAILS:
ARTWORK:
Front Cover Photo: Peter Agliata from a film by Bruce Bennett
Back Cover Photo: Parker Noon
Ali’s Photo: Tanjya Holland
Other Photos: Ali Smith
Drawings: Brian Dewan/Ali Smith
Layout/Graphics: Dave Richman

BARCODE: 7 59718 50721 5

RUN-OUT GROOVE ENGRAVING:
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