Check out this COOL little shockwave cartoon-video thingy that Jonathan Rosenbaum mad for our song “Remo”!!! We couldn’t have done a better job ourselves!!!.
A few years back, shortly after I got my first Optigan, I immediately began thinking of how I could use it in a band/live context. My first idea was to simply get someone to sing and we’d do cheesy cover songs at the local bars. The first taker was my friend Rob Crow, the singer/songwriter for such bands as Heavy Vegetable, Thingy, Pinback, etc. So we got together one night and started goofing around with some ideas, and Rob got quickly bored with the whole “cover song” concept. He thought it would be much more interesting to write new songs with the Optigan, and a few hours later (with the help of my four track) we had completed the first four Optiganally Yours songs: “You’re In My Heart,” “Mr. Wilson,” “Dr. Smooth” and “Nighters.” It seems to me that we played our first live show soon after that at a Christmas party at my house. It was a short set- we only had four songs!!
Anyway whatever happened next is kinda fuzzy, but we wrote and recorded some more songs and Rob slipped a copy of our demo tape to Eric Goodis, head of Cargo Records. Oddly enough, Eric actually liked the material and signed us on for a single album deal. So after stepping up my equipment arsenal to 16 tracks of ADAT and computer editing software, we wrote/recorded the rest of the songs and beefed up the vocals on the original four track recordings. Because I was going for a very “stylized” lo-fi effect, it took me a long time to mix the album, but Spotlight On Optiganally Yours was finally finished in late 1996. We got our friend Josh Mintz to do the artwork for us (basically we stole a couple cool old record covers and had Josh edit them in Photoshop) and the album came out in March of 1997.
Optiganally Yours: De-Composed is a CD EP of remixes of some of your favorite OY tracks by a variety of Japanese and American artists! Featured remixers include: Lesser, Plus-Tech Squeeze Box, Brian Kehew (of Moog Cookbook fame),
Press Release: Volume One in Animal World’s tribute series which aims to give more exposure to groups from the 60s/70s/80s that we like and wish more people liked. The Shaggs tops our list in this category, making them the subject of our first tribute CD. The line-up on this one is amazing, with Shaggs cover songs performed by: Optiganally Yours, Thinking Fellers Union Local 282, Alva, the Double U, R. Stevie Moore, Ida, and the Furtips. If you don’t own any Shaggs records, then what are you waiting for? Buy Philosophy of the World or the complete Shaggs CD on Rounder as soon as humanly possible!
release date: TBA
An Optiganally Yours remix of the song “Cold Fever” by Japanese electro-lounge group Eureka has just been finished and will be released on the Cardium label in Japan in the near future.
The reviews and other good press really surprised me! We got our name on the cover of CMJ and were in their top 5 of the month along with Foo Fighters. We also got good reviews in NME and Melody Maker. In fact, I don’t remember the album getting any “bad” reviews at all. We continued to play shows and later on I did radio interviews with Irwin Chusid on WFMU and Brave New Waves on CBC. We also played a live set on KXLU in LA and were featured on their annual “live on KXLU” comp. Dave Sheridan directed a video for “Mr. Wilson,” which was shot at a porno studio in the San Fernando Valley! (Though there’s no actual porno in the video itself… unless you want to count Rob running around in a bikini as porno… but I certainly don’t!) More bigtime press followed, with an article about OY in Mojo Magazine and a blurb about this web site in WIRED Magazine. Anyway, the point is that OY got a lot more attention than I ever thought it would.
Absolutely Kosher/Vroom Sound, released April 2000
Headhunter, March 1997 – Our first full length!
2001 features Optiganally Yours remix of “Pygmalism”
March Records Compilation, 2000 features: “Empire State Human”
Idols of the Marketplace compilation, 1999 features: “midori2tree”
Vroom Sound (Japan) compilation, October 1999 features: “midori2tree”
Yakuza Magazine compilation, 1998 features: “Genetic Engineering”
Bliss & Fetish compilation, 1997 features: “Genetic Engineering”