Below you will find the .mp3 archives and songs of the early 1990's band SKELETON X.
SKELETON X, from Fredericton NB, Canada, existed from January 1992 to July 1993: GUITARS - John Mersereau, Chris Murray, Kurt Goltz (to Oct 1992), Robb Chessie (to May 1992), Kevin Brennan (on May 23, 1992) KEYBOARDS - Kevin Brennan BASS - Steve "Stevie 'D'" Duggan (from Oct 1992), Jo Petite (to Oct 1992) VOCALS - Martin Warren DRUMS - Chris Flanagan, Greg Smith (July 1993 only), Ted Hamilton (March 1992 only)
SKELETON X gradually developed from a series of jams in 1990 and 1991. The 'band' at first went under the working names "Tin Jeunesse" and "Bigmamaplumsauce", and included the exiles (hence the 'X') of five late '80's Fredericton-area and region indie groups (Scream Theatre, The Druids, Hector's Body, Penguins In Bondage, and Jade). The band line-up usually included 6 or 7 musicians, and the band sound ranged wildly from the hypnotic psycho-grunge of its early songs like "I Was Thinking", "Beware of the Sphinx" and "Sinister Fellowship" to the later proto-punk "Doper Daddy" and the funkier "Time Out". Part of the reason for this variety was that the songwriting in the band was usually done by individual musicians or collaborations between two or three band members, and then brought forward to the rest of the band as an essentially done deal. Still, most of the songs evolved with changes in personnel. SKELETON X suffered from the usual bouts of factional and financial strife, in addition to the usual differences in opinion on musical direction, and the band split in July, 1993. Most of the band has continued to write and play music, either as solo performers or in new bands and projects. The SKELETON X canon drew together more than 50 original songs during its year-and-a-half existence.
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This is a list of 'Skeleton X' recordings arranged by date of performance. Many of these songs have previously appeared on the live cassette comps under the 'Army of Zombies' label as AOZ 002 and AOZ 003: (c) 1993, Army of Zombies Music.
Special thanks to everyone who made the recordings in this archive possible, including Eric Petersen, Steve 'Veen' Veniot, Adrian Tomlinson, Chad MacQuarrie, Mike Doherty, Pierre Loiselle, Tuhin Pal, Geordie Haley, and Gary Boole.
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PRE-FORMATION (January-March 1992)
TO THE DOGS (T.Hamilton/T.Pym/K.Goltz/M.Warren) January 6, 1992 blaster recording from 'The Hut' on Church Street., Fredericton NB. The band was then known as 'Bigmamaplumsauce'. GUITARS: Kurt Goltz, John Mersereau, DRUMS: Chris Flanagan, BASS: Steve 'Veen' Veniot, VOX: Martin Warren
HONG KONG BIBLE BELT BLUES (Chessie/Warren) From the first gig, an all-ages show on March 14 1992 at St. Charbel's Hall. From a videotape recorded by Tuhin Pal. GUITARS: Robb Chessie, Kurt Goltz, Chris Murray, DRUMS: Ted Hamilton, VOX: Martin Warren.
FIRST FORMATION (May-October 1992)
Performed live May 23, 1992 at Gallery Connexion in the Justice Building, Fredericton NB. Recorded live to 4-track by Eric Petersen. GUITARS: Kevin Brennan, Kurt Goltz, John Mersereau, Chris Murray, DRUMS: Chris Flanagan, BASS: Jo Petite, VOX: Martin Warren GO HOME (Brennan/Warren) SINISTER FELLOWSHIP (Murray/Warren) ROAD DEMON (Mersereau/Warren) CIGAR DOLL WOMAN (Sam Petite/K. Goltz/Warren)
From 'Live at Studio D' program on CHSR-FM, June 23, 1992. Sound by Paul Gorman. GUITARS: Kurt Goltz, John Mersereau, Chris Murray, KEYBOARDS: Kevin Brennan DRUMS: Chris Flanagan, BASS: Jo Petite, VOX: Martin Warren WHAT YOU'VE BECOME (Murray/Warren)
Recorded to cassette July 1, 1992 at Gallery Connexion by Steve Veniot. GUITARS: Kurt Goltz, John Mersereau, Chris Murray, KEYBOARDS: Kevin Brennan DRUMS: Chris Flanagan, BASS: Jo Petite, VOX: Martin Warren TABLOID RASA (Goltz)
Music recorded to 4-track in October 1992 by Eric Petersen at 233 George Street. The song was originally called 'She Don't Walk' This session was abandoned, and the vocals and new 'lyrics' were added in March 1993. GUITAR: Chris Murray, KEYBOARDS: Kevin Brennan, DRUMS: Chris Flanagan, VOX: Martin Warren GORILLA (Murray/Warren/Brennan)
SECOND FORMATION (Nov 1992-July 1993)
Performed April 03, 1993 at St. Charbel's Hall. Recorded to 4-track by Eric Petersen. GUITARS: John Mersereau, Chris Murray DRUMS: Chris Flanagan KEYBOARDS: Kevin Brennan BASS: Stevie 'D' Duggan VOX: Martin Warren TIME OUT (Brennan) HAPPY ON SMACK (Murray/Warren) SPHINX FROM AMARILLO (Warren/Mersereau)
The following was performed May 15, 1993 for 'Friday Night Rocks' on Fundy Cable in Fredericton, NB. SHUFFLE, I WAS THINKING, & SLOW BOAT TO CHINA remastered from Cable 10 mix in March 2009. (BEWARE OF THE SPHINX recorded by Adrian Tomlinson in 'Re-Useable Radio' format). GUITARS: John Mersereau, Chris Murray DRUMS: Chris Flanagan KEYBOARDS: Kevin Brennan BASS: Stevie 'D' Duggan VOX: Martin Warren
SHUFFLE (Brennan) I WAS THINKING (Goltz/Chessie/Warren) HOW IT USED TO BE (Brennan) SLOW BOAT TO CHINA (Brennan) I NEED LUNCH (Bators - DeadBoys Cover) BEWARE OF THE SPHINX (Warren/Mersereau)
Performed at the last show on July 23, 1993 at the Social Club, UNB Campus, Fredericton NB. Sound by Mike Doherty. GUITARS: John Mersereau, Chris Murray, Robb Chessie (on 'Doper Daddy'), DRUMS: Greg Smith, KEYBOARDS: Kevin Brennan, BASS: Steve 'D' Duggan, VOCALS: Martin Warren WISHING WELL (Brennan/Warren) DOPER DADDY (Chessie/Warren)
'SKELETON X' SONGS
What follows is an almost complete list of the songs which were written for and/or by the early 1990's Fredericton NB band 'Skeleton X' in all of its forms.
The dates refer to the time of writing.
Sail Away / Go Home / Small Neighbourhood / The Gallery Key / Requiem For Dr. Bogeyman / Baja / Line of Fire / Last Day In The Dollhouse / I, She, And Who Is Your Mind? / Wishing Well / On Your Shelf / Will and Testament / Waking Lament (Music by K. Brennan, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Bring it Down (Music by K. Brennan, Lyrics by K. Brennan)
Mr. Corpsehead / Not Contagious / God's Curses (Music by N. Oliver, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Sinister Fellowship / What You've Become / Ha-Ha - The Mad Scientist's Lament (Murray/Chessie/Warren) / She Don't Walk (Music by C. Murray, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Old Lady Ribcage / Country Home, Country Ho / Devils and Strangers (Music by K. Goltz, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Cigar Doll Woman / To the Dogs (Music by Sam Petite, Kurt Goltz, Tristram Pym, and Ted Hamilton. Lyrics by M. Warren)
Beware of the Sphinx / Sphinx from Amarillo / Road Demon/ Vietnam Blues / Look'a Da Car (Music by J. Mersereau, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Hong Kong Bible Belt Blues (Music by R. Chessie, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Vishnu Soul / Silence is Better / Sweet Susie Babe (Music by K. Brennan, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Sasquatch Breasts (Music by K. Goltz, C. Flanagan, Veen, J. Mersereau. Lyrics by M. Warren)
I Was Thinking (Music by K. Goltz/R. Chessie, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Monsignour Boyed / Things I Could Be Doing (Music by Red & K. Goltz, Lyrics by M. Warren)
The Ballad of Doper Daddy & Heroin Hannie / Pig's Meat on Jacob's Ladder / Building Temples / The Whip and The Lash (Music by R. Chessie, Lyrics by M. Warren)
Tabloid Rasa (Music by K. Goltz & T. Pym, Lyrics by K. Goltz)
Getting to the Inside (Music by K. Goltz, G. Smith. Lyrics by M. Warren, K. Goltz, G. Smith)
Cat in Grease / Mussolini / Plate of Vegetables (Music by R. Chessie, Red, G. Smith. Lyrics by M. Warren)
Politicrap / If It Ain't Broken (Don't Fix It) (Music by K. Goltz. Lyrics by K. Goltz)
How Things Used to Be (Music by K. Brennan, S. Duggan, C. Murray. Lyrics by M. Warren)
The Brain of Lois Lane (Music by G. Smith, S. Duggan, K. Brennan, J. Mersereau. Lyrics by M. Warren)
Gorilla / Time Out/Shuffle/Slow Boat to China (Lyrics & Music by K. Brennan) / Happy On Smack (Music by C. Murray, Lyrics by M. Warren)
War Song / 69 Dream / Get the Skin Crawling (Music K. Brennan, Lyrics M. Warren)