TO THE FIRST GATHERING OF THE JANDEK STUDY GROUP.
IF YOU'RE WILLING TO OPEN THE DOOR WITHOUT LOOKING THROUGH THE PEEPHOLE FIRST, THEN YOU CAN BE A JANDEK FAN - Gary Pig Gold
Shyboy Tim and I are on a bit of a Jandek bender as of late, and we are looking for an excuse to find more time to listen to his discography. While recording the Shuffle Function night show we got to chatting about the possibility of forming a "Jandek Study Group" with other like minded music geeks. At first we giggled about it, but the more we thought about it, the more we fell in love with the idea. Study Group meetings will not be on a specific day or time, and locations will vary. We may listen to Jandek on a trail with a scenic vista, riverside, or as we will on Friday - a coffee shop.
You are cordially invited to join us for our first Jandek Study Group - and we are making this one a coffee klatsch!!
WHAT: Jandek Study Group
WHEN: this Friday, June 22nd at 8:30 a.m. (after the morning
show is done)
WHERE: The Coffee Hag at 329 N. Riverfront Drive
(we are planning on sitting outside)
YOUR HOSTS: Shyboy Tim and Shelley
All that you need to bring is a natural curiosity, an open ear, and maybe a notebook for collecting random thoughts, doodles and opinions.
We will be listening to the first album in Jandek's discography, READY FOR THE HOUSE. This is where it all began for Jandek, and so this is where we will start on Friday. The great website for Jandek by Seth Tissue has quite a bit of information about this release, but as we will soon find out, it doesn't really cover everything! Here is what is listed:
(CD reissue, 1999)
SongsSide 1: Naked in the Afternoon (4:43) / First You Think Your Fortune’s Lovely (8:04) / What Can I Say What Can I Sing (4:44) / Show Me the Way, O Lord (4:10); Side 2: Know Thy Self (2:31) / They Told Me About You (4:26) / Cave In On You (4:18) / They Told Me I Was a Fool (5:04) / European Jewel (incomplete) (4:43)
CoverChair beside a window. The shade is drawn. The colors are rather garish — could the photo have been tinted after the fact? A paperback book is leaning against the shade, and there are two more books on a table. The book in the window has been identified as a Penguin edition of the complete plays of Christopher Marlowe. (More recent editions of the same book use the same picture of Marlowe, but with a different design.)
EditionsThe original LP was credited to “The Units”. The CD reissues are credited to Jandek, a change Forced Exposure has called “an epic travesty in the minds of a few hardliners.” A note from Corwood accompanying the 2005 edition said “0739 remaster, all other editions obsolete... We really believe it is much improved without compromise... Note: track 3 second 124, the word ‘do’ was recaptured from the vinyl and inserted. Somehow it got transposed to the word ‘feel’ in one of the two previous CD masters.’ I only have copies of the first and third CD editions, so I don’t know how the second edition differs from the others, but the third edition can be identified by the bar code on the back, the longer track times (4:51, 8:10, and so on), and the less intense colors on the front. The 2008 vinyl reissue on Jackpot Recordsis from the same digital master as the 2005 edition.
DataIf anyone knows of a numerological justification for starting the Corwood catalog numbers with 0739, please let me know. Note that the date is a full three years before his second LP. In the Trubee interview, Jandek says that 1000 copies of the LP were pressed.“European Jewel” is the first of Jandek’s five recorded versions of the same song. The version here is played on electric guitar (the rest of the album is acoustic). “You think you’re cool/ A European jewel...”
We hope to see you Friday morning for coffee and Jandek! Pass the word around and email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.