& on nearly every streaming service
Lovingly assembled by Eric and carefully remastered by Steve Turnidge, it's 80 minutes and 27 tracks of the best we have.
It's in approximate chronological order, and incorporates 4 versions of the band, from beginning to end. We sourced from 4 releases on vinyl from the early 80's and dug deep into the tape for the rest.
The first single: Lies + Disco Dog + Snow
The 1980 EP: Big Cheese + Lonely Too Long + Encounter + Garbage (1980 version)
from the SEATTLE SYNDROME compilation LP: Discover Your Feet
from John's garage: Bad Gossip + Sperm Bank For The New Order + Letters + Colonies
from the single on PRAVDA RECORDS: Recht Op Staan + Electronic Pop Smash
from unreleased Triangle Studio sessions: Tough Guy In The Lab + Saigon produced by David Javelosa
more from John's Garage: 1929 + Car Crash + Garbage (1982 version) + Yow + Stihl De Nacht + Private Book + Mr & Mrs Everywhere + Helena Is a Spy + C'est Tout
Then Tom is gone, we're a 3-piece, and have 3 more tracks: Trickle Down + Oil+ X
Track listing and credits: )all songs by Helena & John Rogers unless noted)
1) Lies from the first single. Helena does all lead vocals
2) Disco Dog Bill Adams plays bass
3) Snow Bill Adams on synthesizer
4) Big Cheese from the “As Seen On TV” EP, although not in this order.
5) Lonely Too Long (originally “I've Been Lonely Too Long” by Felix Cavaliere of The Young Rascals)
6) Encounter Joe Harris: lead vocal, written by Joe & Helena
8) Discover Your Feet John on lead vocals and bongos
9) Bad Gossip Tom and Eric join the band. Tom plays acoustic guitar
10) Sperm Bank For The New Order Tom's instrumental brainchild
12) Colonies John on lead vocals, Eric flanged Helena's vocals live, Tom on toy piano
13) Recht Op Staan Helena's song. Eric on wah-wah bass, Tom on acoustic guitar & first solo
14) Electronic Pop Smash from an Eric idea, but everyone contributed mightily. Helena on ethereal voice
15) Tough Guy In The Lab Tom on acoustic guitar
16) Saigon Eric wrote the words and organized. John on lead vocal, Geoffrey Morgan on sax
17) 1929 Tom's song and vocal, with help from John
18) Car Crash Eric's song, with vocal help from Helena
19) Garbage (1982 version with Tom)
20) Private Book Eric on tambourine
21) Mr & Mrs Everywhere Eric on vocal, words by John Brunner from "Stand on Zanzibar"
22) Helena is a Spy Tom on keys
23) Yow Tom's amazing song
24) Stihl de Nacht Eric sings words from a World War Two era Polish resistance song
25) C'est Tout Tom sings and plays . The guitar is all Helena.
26) Trickle Down One of Reagan's empty promises. John & Helena did this, Eric added trumpet
27) OIl Tom is gone, it's a three piece. Helena added keys. Eric & Helena wrote this
28) X by Eric & Helena. Eric plays keys
In the eyes of the outside world, the Seattle music scene of the early 1980s had nothing going on. Ah, but that would be overlooking the innumerable smallish bands who came together, released a few tracks, then sank into oblivion. Such as Student Nurse, founded by Helena Rogers, who moved to Seattle in the late 1970s, bought a guitar, took lessons from the same man who taught Bonnie Guitar and Nancy Wilson, then joined musical forces with her then-husband, drummer John Rogers. Think For Yourself: Seattle Tour 1978-1984 (Salish Sea Records) features the handful of tracks the band released at the time, and eighteen songs that remained in the vaults until now.
It’s spirited, spiky, punky new wave, with forays into funk and ska; check out that swingable dance beat in “Discover Your Feet,” about the joys of walking once the oil reserves have dried up (though most vocals are by Helena, it’s bassist Joe Harris on this one). “Tough Guy in the Lab” has a similarly nervy energy about creepy laboratory goings on. “Bad Gossip” skips with giddy pleasure, and you sure wish “Sperm Bank for the New Order” had lyrics. Compiling the CD inspired the band to give their first show in 38 years; good to have them back, however long it lasts.
THINK FOR YOURSELF