Mark Krischak – Tape Nos 21, 22, 30

Mark Krischak
Tape Nos 21, 22, 30
19?? Heath Dog Violet Records
Nagoya, Japan

Side 1:

Red Christmas – Live (tape #21)

  1. Heal the Girl
  2. My Rhapsody
  3. Close to Me
  4. Back in the Fight
  5. They’ll Never Know
  6. Thief in the Night
  7. Good Boy
  8. Everlasting Love

Red Christmas – Practice Volume 1 (tape #22)

  1. 10,00 Bands
  2. My Rhapsody
  3. Thief in the Night
  4. Special
  5. Forgive and Forget
  6. Tomorrow
  7. New Kid
  8. Dance With Me (cut in the middle)

Side 2:

  1. Dance With Me (second half)
  2. Christmas is Over
  3. It’s for You
  4. Simply
  5. Not Before
  6. When I’m With You
  7. Alien
  8. Back in the Fight
  9. They’ll Never Know

The Coolers – 14 Song Demo

  1. 7-11
  2. Can You Feel It Coming Down on You?
  3. Simply
  4. Susie Blue
  5. Dance With Me
  6. Cry Myself to Sleep
  7. Drink
  8. Tamecula
  9. 10,000 Bands
  10. Dead (beginning only)

Mark Krischak is most well-known as the leader of The Lifesavors before Michael Knott took over. However, he had a large number of other bands before and after The Lifesavors. He had well over 120 tapes of the various bands, from formal demos to bootleg live recordings to jam box recordings of practice sessions. He would list these 120+ for sale in large magazine ads. The process apparently was that people would order a few of the tapes by number, and then he would fit as many of those on to one long blank cassette (or more if needed) and send them to you often with minimal packaging. This was one such tape, where someone had ordered #21 (Red Christmas – Live), #22 (Red Christmas – Practice Volume 1), and #30 (The Coolers – 14 Song Demo). Both Red Christmas and The Coolers were power pop bands not too far removed from The Lifesavors. The quality of the tapes were not that bad, but obviously spliced together at the source and then dubbed quickly on this tape (one song carries over from side 1 to side 2, and The Coolers is missing the last 3-4 songs). The practice demo contains a lot of improvisation, starts and stops, working out the chords and parts, and so on. Also, The Coolers songs are the exact same versions as the ones on their 10,000 Bands demo, but that one only has 12 songs. So I am not sure what the two extra songs are, since they are cut off here. Just an interesting look into the way the tape trading underground was. I wonder if anyone ever got to hear all 120+ tapes? Jeani Bond maybe? Also note that this compilation was sent after Krischak moved to japan.

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Mark Krischak & Friends – Volume 1

Mark Krischak & Friends
Volume 1
1988 Key Records (KEY 4)
Fullerton, California, USA

Side 1:

  1. Louvre – Another Time, Another Place
  2. Louvre – I’m with You
  3. Vacation in Heaven – In His Scene (live)
  4. Vacation in Heaven – I Take a Walk (live)
  5. Vacation in Heaven – Automatic News (live)
  6. Vacation in Heaven – The Kingdom (live)
  7. Mark & Kirk – Watch Nowhere

Side 2:

  1. Lifesavors – Passin’ Trends (live)
  2. Lifesavors – Voices (aka “Lost in the Darkness”)
  3. Lifesavors – I’ve Got To
  4. Labor of Love – Message to the Bands
  5. Labor of Love – All My Love
  6. Labor of Love – It’s So Simple
  7. Labor of Love – Modern World

This is basically a compilation of various Mark Krischak bands – kind of a “best of” in many ways. Some of these songs can be found on other demos. The two songs from Louvre were on their 6 Song Demo. All four of the songs by Labor of Love are from their Message for the Bands demo. However, the Lifesavors songs are from different sources – one from The Lost Nashville Demo (“Voices” is the same song as “Lost in the Darkness”), one from 3-14-81 Live (“I’ve Got To”), and one (“Passin’ Trends”) that in only available here. The Vacation in Heaven are live songs only on this collection, even though two of them (“I Take a Walk” and “Automatic News”) are on the Vacation in Heaven demo. Then there is Mark & Kirk covering “Watch Nowhere” by Lifesavers – a song written by Michael Knott after Krischak left The Lifesavors and they changed names to Lifesavers. Interesting choice, especially since that song was written by Knott. So are there any differences between these bands? Well, yes and no. They all have distinct differences, but Krischak kind of connects them all with his garage pop sound as well. You can still get this album through Jeani Bond at http://jeanibond.com/catalog.html

The Popsicles – Songs from “Kim Fowley’s Hollywood Confidential”

The Popsicles
Songs from “Kim Fowley’s Hollywood Confidential”
1980 GNP Crescendo ‎(GNPS 2132)
Orange County, California, USA

Mark Krischak – Lead guitar, lead vocals
Anthony Mario Denuccio – Guitar,vocals
Tristen Beamon – Bass guitar, vocals
Eric Watson – Drums, vocals
Scott Sneller – Keyboards, vocals

  1. Secret Rendezvous
  2. Endless Teen Party

This is not really a release per se as much as a focused look at two songs on the Kim Fowley’s Hollywood Confidential compilation. You can buy these songs on iTunes and other digital outlets. Who are The Popsicles you may ask? They were a power pop band fronted by Mark Krischak of The Lifesavors fame before he converted to Christianity. They recorded a 7-inch single and rose to local fame on the Sunset Strip Club scene in L.A. They came to the attention of Kim Fowley, who had them record three songs (“Let’s Kiss” being the third one that was not released here). The two songs on this compilation are catchy power pop – even though “Endless Teen Party” has a noticeable disco influence. This is definitely music from a band that could have been huge, but it seems that bad management and religious conversions got in the way. There is a very interesting documentary about the band, as well as how Krischak became involved in the Lifesavors, on YouTube. I will add that to the The Popsicles band page when I get that up. I just bought these two songs from iTunes and decided to add them here. You can also find their single and a full bootleg concert on YouTube – I will add posts for those when I get a chance.

Jeani Bond / Key Records

If there was an epicenter of the Christian Tape Underground, it would be Jeani Bond and Key Records. I wasn’t part of the actual scene back in the 80s and 90s, but from what I understand, she was one of the “key” people in promoting so many obscure tapes with her Regeneration Radio tape show and distribution efforts. She continues to promote this music to this day. If you are not familiar with her, you can get a good overview with this podcast interview she did recently with The Antidote:

http://www.theantidoteradio.com/interview/interview-with-jeani-bond-of-key-records

Then, of course, there is her website – which still has a lot of rare music for sale:

http://jeanibond.com

She also keeps a large archive of tape and zine and related miscellany on her Flicker account:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/keyrecordsarchive/albums

Last, but not least, there is her radio show archives (with tons of rare songs):

http://jeanibond.com/radioshows.html

and her current playlist on SoundCloud with even more music: