Sunday, October 21, 2012

J Church: Cat Food (1998)

Lance Hahn, who led Cringer and J Church, passed away on Sunday, October 21, 2007, due to complications from kidney disease.

I've written a long meditation on a man I knew a little bit and admired a lot and I'd be honoured if you'd give it a read over HERE.

However, for today's act of remembrance, I'd like to offer up one of the so-called British albums, for which further explanation can be read below.

Release Notes (from here):

Damaged Goods Records, LP / CD, 1998
Band members: Lance (guitar/vocals), Gardner (bass), Adam / Andee (drums), Harriet Scott / Manda Rin (additional vocals)
The Heroic Trio
Sound Guy Smiley
My Favorite Place
More Faye
All Girl Band
The Versace Killer
Asha Blake
City By The Bay
A Well Earned Reputation
Violent Motions Created
Turn To Stone

More info:
Not quite a 'proper' J Church album, this features a mixed bag of seven new tracks, four re-recorded and one - Violent Motions Created - rescued from compilation album obscurity. With a few days off around the time of their Reading Festival performance, much of the album was recorded in a single afternoon at RMS Studios in south London, where the Damned had recorded Machine Gun Ettiquette. The session produced all the originals (except Asha Blake), five Electric Light Orchestra covers, of which Turn To Stone appears here, and the re-worked, re-titled (I Want To See) Faye Wong. That song was previously on the split 7" with Discount, where it was recorded to 8-track. The new version was named 'More' simply because it is a fuller recording.

My Favorite Place gets its third re-working, this time with additional vocals from Harriet Scott. L.A. and A Well Earned Reputation are harder versions of the tracks from Travels In Hyper-Reality.

Harriet additionally sings on The Heroic Trio and Turn To Stone. Manda Rin from Bis is also on those two, as well as All Girl Band and The Versace Killer. Adam drums on Violent Motions Created and the two Travels... re-workings, Andee plays on the rest.

The title continues Lance's love affair with all things feline - see Kittums In A Coma, the My Favorite Place lyrics and much more.

Any thoughts on J Church, British albums or otherwise, can be offered in the COMMENTS section!

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Lance Hahn obit at Pop Matters


    Those are good.
    After all, I do have LOTS and LOTS more J Church if you're so inclined! Cch Ct Fd 98.rar

  2. Man, I love J Church, never saw them (although I think I only had one chance). Did see Cringer, though. I get in moods where I will only listen to J Church for days on end. RIP Lance.


  3. Vegan Boy Josh adds,

    back in the 90's when they were active, i avoided listening to two "J" bands: J Church and Jawbreaker. i think i read a review once or a band bio or something that mentioned a shared member, and then with J Church's prolificness and Jawbreaker's almost unanimous praise from everyone i knew, i couldn't tell them apart.

    stupid, i know. i'll never know how many J Church shows i've missed, but luckily (i guess) i wasn't paying attention, so maybe it was zero.

    now i'm 100% on the bandwagon, and slowly amassing some vinyl. it's a slow and steady process for sure. i'm in it for the long haul.

    thanks for posting this, Jeffen. more would definitely be appreciated.

  4. VBJ
    I'll line up some more J Church at some point!


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