Chris Yambar – Weird Outtakes Volume One

Chris Yambar
Weird Outtakes Volume One
1989 The Furnace Room

Chris Yambar – Words, teachings, concepts, background vocals on “Newave”
Marc Plainguet – Electronic/industrial music/sounds

Terry McCabe – Vocals, background vocals on “Newave”
Joe Hudek – Lead guitar on “Newave”
Mike Talanca – Bass on “Newave”
Jim Toti – Drums, keyboards on “Newave”
Lori McCabe – Background vocals on “Newave”
Tom Eich – Background vocals on “Newave”

Side 1:

  1. Introductions
  2. 3 Piece Suit
  3. Newave
  4. Consecration & Holiness
  5. I surrender 95%

Side 2:

  1. Phone Tag (Acid House Dance Mix)
  2. Easter Eggs
  3. Abyss of Tears
  4. Building Houses

This appears to be the first version of this tape (it was re-released on Corpqii Music in 1991 with two new tracks added to each side). The sound here is an eclectic mix of music, spoken word, found samples, sermon outtakes, and other assorted weirdness. This ranges from “Newave” (a full-on song by Terry) McCabe), to songs like “Phone Tag (Acid House Dance Mix)” (a collection of phone messages played over an electronic/industrial/new wave music scape), to songs like “Easter Eggs” (an excerpt of a sermon with no music). The packaging for this version is also much more extensive than the re-issue – the cover is a full page of paper folded down to a j-card, with a lot of liner notes and a full drawing on the back. There is also a signed insert and business card packed in there as well. As far as the songs, it seems that these versions are mostly the same as the ones on the 1991 version, except those versions sounds a bit remastered.

Spike – Save the Children

Save the Children
1989 The Furnace Room
East Canton, Ohio, USA

Terry McCabe – Vocals, guitars

Side 1:

  1. Intro by Chris Yambar
  2. Sanctuary
  3. Writer and Singer
  4. Old or New
  5. Always by My Side
  6. Newave

Side 2:

  1. Sodom and Gomorrah
  2. Celebration Day
  3. The Song That is Never Heard

So this is the last Spike demo (that I know of) to cover for this blog. This tape is actually a live recording of an acoustic concert that Spike (aka Terry McCabe) did for the Birthright organization. It contains a spoken word intro by Chris Yambar that tells all about McCabe. There is also an insert with the tape that tells his history. This concert was recorded in 1981 but released in 1989. So it seems that all of these Furnace Room tapes were meant to get older music by Terry released to a wider audience. This concert was just McCabe and guitar, so it is interesting to hear acoustic / unplugged versions of songs like “Newave.”