Madder Rose/Lights Go Down - released by Rockville. A-side rerecorded for first album under the title Swim. This single also used a drum machine, as we were still searching for our musical motor, Johnny Kick. Both versions came out poppier than expected. My demo was much darker, but that might be because I cannot sing. Cover drawing and lettering by Nib Geebles.
I Wanna Sleep in Your Arms/Nicky Hoeky - released by Seed, Atlantic's faux indie label. Two covers: the A-side is a Jonathan Richman song. Mary found Nicky Hoeky on a Bobbi Gentry record. This is one of my favorite MRose recordings, as it's loose, we did it quick, and we only had one argument. If you look closely at the cover you will notice that Matt and I wrote a message to Axl Rose. It was immediately redacted, due to the delicate temperaments of a few individuals involved. People funny boy.
Car Song EP - Atlantic. UK only EP that I forgot about. I don't think I have a copy myself. I know it has a song on it called Why I Married The Widow - I'd love to hear it sometime. I remember the chorus was good, but I wonder what kind of lyric I wrote for such an affecting title. Cover assemblage by me (I was really happy when Matt told me he liked it. Then we didn't speak for 4 years. But now we hang out when I'm in the city!)
The Love You Save EP - released by Atlantic. This came out the year after Panic On. A cover of a Jackson 5 song, my favorite song of all time. Turned out pretty well, but thank god it's not a competition. Also had a cover of Ruler of My Heart, a song made popular by Irma Thomas, written by Alan Toussaint. Cover painting by me.
Tragic Magic - released by Atlantic. I wanted to make a different sort of record, a dub-based one. I was also, obviously, very into Tricky at the time. Not our forte, I guess, as was pointed out to us unanimously by both critics and fans alike. I take responsibility, of course, but will say that our intentions, as always, were excellent. Some nice songs, though, like Delight's Pool, My Star, (She's a) Satelite, Don Greene. After this one, Atlantic released us back into the wild. Cooking Vinyl released a UK version that included two new songs, Narco and Jailbird, which strengthened the thing considerably. This is around the time that the universe told us to "cut it out." So we did. Photo on cover is by Anne Arden McDonald.