Wednesday, January 25, 2012

QUADRILLION BABES - "Breast Friends" - Tape - 2008

   I was living in Bloomington, IN for a few years and found myself in a bit of a depression, not knowing what to do with myself in the last year before I finally moved away. I kept seeing this teenage girl at parties who wore her hair in two braids that went past her waist. She was always standing in the corner, looking eager to join in at dance parties, but seeming too shy to do so. I started talking to her whenever I saw her (I was usually drunk), whether or not she talked back to me. Our conversations were brief and noncommittal. Like, once I found out her name was Marilyn. I know it sounds creepy, but I honestly just wanted to be her friend. She was painfully shy and I was horrendously overbearing, but we slowly became something more than acquaintances, but not quite friends yet.
   There was a "Band in a Hat" drawing (where people put their names in a hat and someone draws out names in groups of four and...voila, you have a band) and fate put Marilyn and I in a band together with a friend named "Myke with a Y" (our 4th guy showed up once with no equipment, watched us silently and left....we never heard from him again). Marilyn had only played solo before and this was her first band. She brought a few songs to practice that were simple and catchy. Myke wanted to play the state anthem of Indiana for some reason. I came up with a hundred or so band names by thumbing through the dictionary and grouping two random words together without looking at them first...like "Stopped Venue", "Burning Month" or "Nothing Clubs". I read the list aloud to Marilyn and "Quadrillion Babes" made her laugh the hardest, so we agreed that it should be the name of the band. After the Band in a Hat show, Myke left the country, my friendship with Marilyn solidified and we decided to keep playing music together.
QUADRILLION BABES at Guilty Pleasures "Band in a Hat" show. Photo by Ginger Alford.

   Our friend, Leah played bass with us for the equivalent of about 5 and a half minutes. We decided to ask our friend, Chiara to play bass, even though she had two children, school and artistic commitments. She was stoked to do it and we continued on until I moved away to San Francisco.
      JRD recorded this tape in his basement on a four-track and I feel like we did the whole thing in 2-3 hours...maybe less. Chiara and I kept foolishly convincing Marilyn to leave in any screw-ups because it would make it more interesting. JRD laughed at us..or with us....take your pick. (by the way, you can also record with him in Bloomington at Vegas Hotel.). It sounds a little rushed and flubbed, but that's our fault. We were having a lot of fun and that's the important part.
QUADRILLION BABES at Sweet Hickory in Bloomington. Photo by Joe McCann

   Like I said, I moved away to SF and I'm still there. I do this writing and I play in NEON PISS. I'm also a social worker, but this is about music, I think. Chiara ended up in Chicago, working on her art and great writing about disabilities, sickness and life.. She also wants to play music, so if you're looking to start an awesome band in Chicago and you need a bass player, get in touch with her. She's a lot of fun to play music with.  Marilyn started a band called AYE NAKO while she was still in Bloomington and they were much better than QUADRILLION BABES. Then, she moved out to Oakland and played in FLEABAG (with Joe from AYE NAKO) and DIRTY MARQUEE (with me, again). Not content to stay in one place, she moved again to Brooklyn (and now goes by Mars) and started a new version of AYE NAKO (with Joe again!) that rules harder than everything she's done musically thus far. I'm proud and honored to have played in this short-lived band with these two great people. 


More live photos by Joe. Thanks!
Chiara with a very large cat. Bad kitty.

13 comments:

Joe said...

Greg!

I scanned these photos so there is one of Chiara playing with you all. Sorry you aren't really visible, but we know you were there:

http://ayenako.org/joem/qb.jpg

Also I took that 3rd photo!

<3 always joe

Anonymous said...

are the 1st two songs on this tape supposed to be real short? 6-10 seconds long? i didn't know if it was accidentally cut off or supposed to be that way. good tape none the less. thanks!

Anonymous said...

yes..insanely short....
--Greg

Harvester said...

That was me posing as me...Joe, thanks! I will add that photo when I'm not at work. Also, you took the photo of the cat or the one at Sweet Hickory? Also, I miss you!

Joe said...

The one at Sweet Hickory. Miss you too!! Stuck living vicariously through the "blogosphere" for now.

Anandi said...

cat? There was a cat? Bring it back!

Harvester said...

cat is back by popular demand!!

Anandi said...

I mean, this is a pretty good blog and all, but until now it was totally cute animal free-- what's up with that?! This is the internet, you know...

twoholesarebetterthanone said...

just downloaded this...
recognized Waterbabies, guess it went on to become a Leg song.

sweet blog for sure!

Harvester said...

It was already a Leg song. We covered it for a radio show about local bands and then decided to record it.

twoholesarebetterthanone said...

awesome...well then i like your cover of it!

jean hannah said...

i dont know if you care but the link to download quadrillion babes isnt working anymore. i care cuz fleabag was my favorite band for like 2 years after i first heard them and aye nako rules too, so i care. my love for fleabag is actually how i landed here on yer blog which i am so incredibly grateful for. thank you

ok now i've been listening to quadrillion babes from that radio link and damnit, i really care.

Harvester said...

Ha! If you read this, send an email to remoteoutpostsATgmailDOTcom and ?I will send you the tracks and tape cover. I'm not interested in re-uploading this one, but I'm glad you care.