Words, music, vocals and all instruments except drums by Jeff Christie. Drums played by
Jesse Henderson; outro vocal by Annie McLoone.
Engineered by Jesse Henderson and Gil Markle. Co-produced by Jeff Christie and Gil Markle at Long View Farm,
This is a 1/4" 2T 15 ips tape copy of a rough mix of a 16-track demo
recording, digitized and rm-encoded 26 years later. Special thanks to Ray Chan for
the photos of Jeff Christie appearing below.
Bah, Bah, Boo, Bah! Studio musicians sometimes get a chance to
laugh at themselves. Here are the members of the Flamenco-rock group Carmen
(Paul Fenton, drums; John Glascock, bass; Angela Allen, vocals), and their
dear friend Jeff Christie (keyboards), together with engineers Jesse Henderson
and Gil Markle, having a long laugh at their then precarious situation, with
foreclosure bankers at the door, and the manager with the money nowhere in
sight. Paul Fenton composed the tune on the drums, working off energy a few
nights before the horse crushed his legs in a freak accident; Gil Markle
happened to push the record button without anybody knowing he did so; Jeff
Christie jumped on with terrific energy and wonderful keyboards; the group
helped Gil mix the song and its refrain, everybody laughing and having a great
time. Bennie Strange dedicated the song to Nancy Wilcox, laughing himself at the
world we make around ourselves.
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Nearly thirty years later, snipits of the
original production were made into an audio "bed track" for a video clip
promoting overseas travel for high school students. Giuseppe "Lupo" Lupoi
did the video edits; Gil Markle produced it.