So at this point we’re through the end of 1993 in the story, and I thought I’d dig out some of the visuals that go with the story at this point.  So here goes.

kenny-young  Here’s the letter I got from Kenny Young that accompanied his very quirky, very cool tape back in 1992 or early 1993.  Kenny read this post and felt compelled to reach out – it was great to hear from him.  I also noticed that he became a fan of our Facebook page.  Kenny, I owe you an email – I’d love to hear the new stuff.

Kenny’s demo was one of many that came during 1993 that were simply of a higher quality than the ones we had received early in Dromedary’s life.  The best ones we heard in 1993, though, came as a result of Rich’s fanzine Indier Than Thou!.  Indier published it’s debut issue at the end of 1993, and wound up being ranked #2 in the 1993 CMJ reader’s poll for Best Fanzine.  What started out as a joke ultimately wound up being a great little zine – and as a direct result, we received demo tapes from the NYC indie pop band Jenifer Convertible, as well as the NYC by way of San Diego math rock band Gapeseed.

The cover of Indier Than Thou!:


The virgin issue of Indier!

The virgin issue of Indier!



The cuppa joe "busy work" ad from Indier Than Thou!

The cuppa joe "busy work" ad from Indier Than Thou!












Here’s the ad we ran on the back cover of Indier, primarily for the cuppa joe busy work e.p.. This ad obviously ran after we had been “fired” by Twin City Imports, but before we had things firmed with with Surefire, because the ad states that “we deal direct, or through Dutch East or Performance.”  What’s interesting to me about this is two things: first, we never dealt direct with anybody except for Aquarius Records in San Francisco, very briefly.  Second, I had forgotten all about Performance Distributors – I have no records of them at all, no recollection of who I dealt with there, where they were located, or how much of our records (if any) they actually sold.  Absolutely no memory of them whatsoever.  I can recall the most ridiculous conversations I had with Wretched Soul in 1992, but can’t remember this company that actually distributed our records.


hi.  it's doug.

hi. it's doug.

This is one of the two remaining autographed coffee packs that we sent out to VIPs with the cuppa joe busy work e.p.  These were vacuum-sealed coffee packages, but the vacuum seal on this one seems to have broken – the package is soft and squishy, so I’m sure the coffee inside is nasty.  The three members of the band signed these packs in silver marker, which I described in this post.  Thankfully the single-serving Tasters Choice packs that we sent to college radio stations all got used up.







elizabeth-adThis is the ad that we ran for our compilation Nothing Smells Quite Like Elizabeth.  A variation of this ad was the “Tip Book” ad that we ran with TCI, but this one came later, as evidenced by the “Suck My Heart” ad that’s tagged at the bottom.  I suspect that this ad never actually ran anywhere, because I mention dealing direct, and also mention that Elizabeth was not available from Dutch East but was still available from TCI and Performance.  TCI sent back all the copies of Elizabeth, and Dutch East held it, as described in this post.  So this ad doesn’t match up with the way things actually happened.  That’s why I suspect this ad never ran.




war-tips-1 This ad was the first ad we did with 1940s/50s clips in it.  The headline was an idea we had when we were reading an article from the 1940s on how to survive a nuclear blast.  “A good scrubbing after an atom bomb blast will remove radioactive particles clinging to the skin” was the headline.

This ad ran in Flipside – you can tell because of the “Dept. F” in the address.  We liked to track the source of any correspondence we received – hence you can see the other pieces that I scotch taped over the address for various publications – Dept. G for Jim Testa’s 7″ zine Glut, Dept GD for the San Diego zine Genetic Disorder, Dept JB for Jim’s Jersey Beat, and Dept FB for I have no fucking idea.  I can’t remember everything.  This ad actually ran later in 2004, as evidenced by the new address.

war-tips-2 Here’s a later copy of the War Tips ad that we ran in Flipside.  This ad also ran in 2004, probably in the spring, as evidenced by two things: 1) it’s a quarter-page ad, and 2) it foreshadows the release of a title that didn’t come out on Dromedary until later in the year.

I mentioned our crude method of constructing ads in this post – essentially, we took images, typefaces, and concepts from 1940s and 50s magazines, and then used Xerox machines and scotch tape to piece the ads together.  The final Xerox would be the “stat sheet” that we sent to each publication.  The ads I’m posting here are higher-resolution scans of the original sheets, so you can see the layers and layers of scotch tape in each ad.



insertThis is the catalog insert that we dropped into our 7″s.  We printed two of these on an 8 1/2 x 11″ sheet, sliced it in half, and then dropped it inside the sleeve.

This one was post-Wobbles, and as you can see, what took me three or four blog posts to explain was laid out in just one paragraph in the catalog.  I’m getting even more verbose as I get older.

I also refer to “bottlerocket” as “the best song ever written,” and continue my longstanding use of the word “drippy” to describe something; this time the red vinyl the cuppa joe record used.




Yabba Dabba Doo!

Yabba Dabba Doo!

Here’s the original sheet I made up with the clipping of Charles Aaron’s Best Singles of 1993 Column in SPIN.  Check us out, right between Veruca Salt and Dawn Penn.

At the time, we made fun of Veruca Salt, and spent a lot of time dwelling on the fact that they were a knockoff band (we’d sing the “can’t fight the Seether” lyric as “sounds like the Breeders” instead).  In hindsight, Veruca Salt rocked much harder than Melting Hopefuls.






footstone-ad  Here’s the ad we did for Footstone’s Wobbles From Side To Side.  This ad was done using art we stole from a science magazine I bought at Archie’s Resale Shop.  The copy would indicate that I wrote this ad in early 1994, after my trip to San Diego but before we moved from Lodi.  The blue-collar language (“more fun than a truck pull”) is something I picked up after visiting San Diego and realizing that Footstone was the best San Diego band in the world – their heavy guitars, propulsive rhythms and melodic vocals had more in common with the San Diego sound than anything coming out of New Jersey.

~ by Al on March 15, 2009.

4 Responses to “reminiscing.”

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  3. I’m pretty sure you shipped Doug the coffee for us to sign on our own, because I remember signing a bunch of them at a show – maybe at the Rat at our old school, where we were playing.

    Pretty clever idea on the Department letters thing – sounds very Rich-inspired.

  4. […] A package of coffee, autographed by Doug Larkin.  It said, in silver marker, “hi.  It’s doug.” […]

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