High Flier 2020 EP

by Tadpoles

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1.
Once I saw a cat fall down All the way down to the ground It rose to climb the building side The boat pulled out An old man cried Full moon sound will fill your ears The boat sails on And disappears
2.
Old dirty mushrooms tend to make you feel 
A whole lot better than a box of pills (like Gerald mouse on a spinning wheel) Pull the bright red wagon 
Drop by the fire dragon 
Feel your body warning 
God your hair is burning Old dirty mushrooms tend to make you feel Like a bunch of raisins on a banana peel (like Gerald mouse on a spinning wheel) Pull the bright red wagon 
Drop by the fire dragon 
Feel your body warning 
God your hair is burning
3.
I hear you scream you dream obscene taking these trips and visits and the fear is gone i'll visit your mother i'll visit your brother but i won't visit you at the funny farm i hear you scream lets go over next to my place taking these trips and visits then the fear is gone come on along now and bring your dolls taking these trips and visits then the fear is gone i'll visit your mother i'll visit your brother but i won't visit you at the funny farm i hear you scream
4.
discover your mind's eye rip the window blind pull the shade and let the stars shine in beats like the sweating sun beating on the wicked drum your eyes your face your hands your mouth crinkle up on the cereal box superwhip leave your house open the car door alison gets hit by the silver ball that's just flown out of your mouth she's down for good kids gather around call the clown its time to play superwhip ride your bike pull the sled back up on the hill again when noone's looking noone's around put it on the ground and slide back down superwhip

about

Tadpoles' "lost" EP from 1991, Previously unreleased. It includes an updated version of High Flier with new vocals and percussion from 2020 and remastered versions of the 3 additional tracks.

This recording started out as the followup to Tadpoles' 1990 album, William's Doll. Mike and I booked studio time at local 24-track 2-inch tape studios using every extra bit of money we had, while barely supporting ourselves, living in Manhattan's East Village in the summer of 1991.

The songs that were attempted were Snapper, Ride The Soul, Tammy's Secret Wish, Old Dirty Mushrooms, High Flier, Trips and Visits, and Superwhip.

However, with money so tight, we did not have the means to perfect most of the the recordings as we desired. So, we ended up scrapping most of this album and went on to find our additional members, David Max, Nick Kramer and Andrew Jackson Shapiro to focus on live performances. With the extra members, we remade some of the tracks on our trusty cassette 4-track and released that set of songs as "Superwhip" in 1992, which served as both a new Tadpoles album and our demo tape, designed to get gigs and to present to interested labels.

A couple of these 1991 did serve a purpose in the 90's for Tadpoles. The recording of "Snapper" was used for a professionally filmed music video with the 5 member version of Tadpoles in 1992. The video wasn't finished, however until 1997, long after some of the members had changed. Tadpoles put out the video and included that version of Snapper on the "Know Your Ghosts" EP in 1997 as "Snapper (Video Version.). Old Dirty Mushrooms was added as hidden bonus track to the CD version of Tadpoles' second proper studio album, "Far Out' in 1996. (It did not appear on the cassette version of "Far Out."

The songs "Ride The Soul" and "Tammy's Secret Wish" were both scrapped prior to completion in 1991.

In 1998, we remixed Superwhip, High Flier, Trips and Visits from these 1991 sessions at Pete Drivere's Ampreon Recorder Studio in Youngstown, Ohio for future use. Tadpoles ended up using Ampreon Recorder to record and mix the bulk of their last official studio album "Whirlaway" in 1998 and 1999.

Now, 29 years after the songs were first recorded, we are releasing the set of songs finished at those 1991 sessions (except Snapper (video version) as it was already released on the Know Your Ghosts EP) as "High Flier 2020 EP". I added brand new vocals to High Flier, and Mike enhanced the percussion in the spring of 2020, created brand new cover art, and we now present to you one missing chapter of the Tadpoles' story - the High Flier EP.

Enjoy!

~ Todd Parker, June 2020

credits

released August 7, 2020

Produced by Todd Parker and Michael Kite Audino

Recorded at No Mystery Studio and Smash Studio, NYC in 1991
Additional overdubs recorded at Starlight Blanket Studio in Sacramento, CA and Churchy Studio in New Castle, PA in 2020


Basic tracks mixed by Pete Drivere at Ampreon Recorder, Youngstown, OH, 1998.
Remastered by Todd Parker at Starlight Blanket Studio, Sacramento, CA 2020

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Tadpoles Hoboken, New Jersey

Tadpoles, based in Hoboken, NJ, disbanded in 2000 after releasing 4 critically acclaimed studio albums, 1 live album and 1 E.P. all on their own Bakery Records label (except for their last studio album, Whirlaway, which was released on Australia's Camera Obscura Records.) The group was formed by vocalist/guitarist, Todd Parker and original drummer, Michael Kite Audino in New York City in 1990. ... more

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