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Merkinmania!

by THE PURPLE MERKINS

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about

The Purple Merkins (named in honor of a pubic toupee Timothy Gassen saw in Canada during an Overcoat tour) would use essentially the same line-up as the well known garage maestros Marshmallow Overcoat, and managed to spit out four seven-inch vinyl releases and two compilation appearances from 1992-1998.

Producer Gassen finally dug out the master tapes in 2005 and re-mastered and edited them for a CD, and with some minor additional edits in 2013 for this digital download edition.

Most of The Purple Merkins’ tracks (songs #1-2) were recorded at a band member’s house on a ¼” tape machine with three or four microphones and a plethora of cheap beer. These tracks are remarkably vibrant considering the crude recording environment and lack of equipment — and capture the band’s desire for an authentic ’66 sound with plenty of spittle and mood.

It’s easy now to consider “Merkinmania!” only as a phantom album from the Marshmallow Overcoat, filling in the parent group’s musical gaps. But The Purple Merkins stand on their own fuzz guitar feet, Farfisa organ pumping away, empty beer cans piled in the corner.

So get going, kids — start your own ’66 garage band!
(from the bonus download album liner notes)

credits

released August 8, 2013

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THE PURPLE MERKINS
Timothy Gassen: vocals, congas, keyboards and tambourine
Debra Dickey: Vox & Farfisa keyboards
Alan Ostreicher: DanElectro & Rickenbacker guitars
Sean Randel: Fender bass

with guests:
drums: Dylan Smith (#1,2) Howie Salmon (#3-11),
Bryan “Itchy” Merkin (#12-19)
guitar: Al Perry (#1,2), Randy McReynolds (#11-19)

Engineered by Randy McReynolds, T.G. and Jim Waters

Special thanks to What Wave, Rockadelic, Dionysus,
Dr. Vinyl/Zebra, and Psych-Out!

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THE PURPLE MERKINS Tucson, Arizona

Producer Timothy Gassen is known as "The Guru of Garage" for his work in the garage-psych underground -- and this "lost" album is a 1990s garage classic!

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