Stripsearch - Jesus Over New York 45 (1981)

The Stripsearch
Jesus Over New York / Galileo

Label: Vinyl Repellant (811216)
Recorded: August 1981, The Outlook - Bethel, ME
Released: Circa January 1982 (matrix indicates December 1981 pressing)

Lineup: Emily XYZ (vocals), GG Allin (drums), Alan Chapple (bass), Michael Yelle (guitar)

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Back in the 1979, poet/performer Emily XYZ, then a college student in Buffalo, NY, received a copy of GG’s “Bored To Death” EP for review in the debut — and only — issue of her new zine, 019890. (Emily: "GG was a good self-promoter, he worked hard at it, and if he found a zine he thought would write up his band, however lame it might be, he would send material.") The two corresponded and soon became good friends, staying in sporadic contact until the end. In fact, the third-ever Jabbers gig (Friday, Feb. 8, 1980) was in Buffalo with the debut of Emily's band Stripsearch. GG returned the favor by booking Stripsearch at Cantone's in Boston four days later.

In August 1981, GG and Al Chapple headed up to Outlook Studios in Maine to play drums and bass, respectively, on Stripsearch's posthumous single (the band dissolved in 1980). "How GG and Al got involved in that recording is basically I didn't know any other punk musicians! And they were in NH, which was close to Boston and close to Maine, where the studio was/is." Emily was living in Boston at the time, split up from her boyfriend / Stripsearch guitarist Vincent Fogerty, and wanted to record two Stripsearch songs as a documentation of the band. "The guy who plays guitar on those tracks is a high school friend of mine, Mike Yelle. He was a very good guitar player and open to doing the project. I just really wanted to get the songs recorded because I thought they were good." The two tracks, produced by Willie Alexander, are catchy female vocals punk-wave (no keyboards), a bit of a departure from what you’d expect to hear the boys playing. The record was not issued with a picture sleeve, only an oversized folded double-sided insert with lyrics, credits and bits of collage artwork. Emily elaborates: “The cut-and-paste insert was not included in all the original copies — I think I put it into maybe 200. Probably didn't think I would sell more than that, and actually, didn't — not back then, anyway.”

In the late-1980s, Newbury Comics in Boston stocked copies with each of the four band members’ names on each corner of the white innersleeve. I saw these in person but never picked one up at the time. These were most likely old stock copies that GG brought over for resale, spurred on by his surge in publicity circa 1988-89. Emily: “I think this may have been something GG did himself. I never stamped anybody's names on the inside sleeve of that 45. But it does sound like a Jabbers-type bit of promotion.” Emily released a second 45 “Hey Kid” b/w “Who Shot Sadat?” the following year, complete with sandpaper cover, but GG and Al did not perform on it.


Reviews


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An all-star sort of band backed up Emily XYZ on her recently completed EP. (GG Allin on drums, Alan Chapple of the Jabbers on bass, and vocalsit Billie "Coco" Montgomery with Willie Alexander producing.)
— Sweet Potato, September 1981 (MA/NH)



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Willie Alexander was back at The Outlook producing an EP for Emily XYZ entitled "Jesus Over New York." GG Allin and Alan Chapple of The Jabbers were sitting in.
— Musician's, November 1981 (Massachusetts)

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