Parousia Featured On “Bloodstains Across Buffalo” Punk Compilation L.P. May 18, 2014

Listen to Parousia’s song “Miss Ogyny”, a track from the “Bloodstains Across Buffalo” vinyl L.P.  The band is very grateful for Parousia’s inclusion and surprised to discover the L.P. was a punk music compilation… but given Parousia’s history and associations, not that surprised…

Front Cover - “Bloodstains Across Buffalo” album - May 2014

Front Cover – “Bloodstains Across Buffalo” album – May 2014

This raised an old “image concern” continuously put-upon the band all throughout its history…  Was Parousia a Progressive Rock band? A Punk band? A New Wave band? A Pop-band? An Alternative Rock band? The answer is YES, all of the above and that’s the way we liked it.

Parousia McVan's 1979

This 2014 version of Miss Ogyny as it appears on the “Bloodstains” album is the exact same track from the 97-Rock “Home Grown” album, released on the StarStream record label in 1981.

According to the reviews, the “Bloodstains Across Buffalo” LP is the first city-specific compilation in the classic BLOODSTAINS saga. It boasts “Fifteen essential punk rock blasts” from Buffalo, NY, all from “the golden age of punk”. There is an impressive list of artists appearing on the album featuring many of the top Punk/New-Wave bands from the 1977-1984 era such as the Jumpers, Aunt Helen [the (New) Toys], Lip Service, Electro-Man, the Enemies and the Vores.

According to whoever wrote the liner notes, Parousia was a Progressive Rock band looking to “cash-in” on the Punk movement. WRONG! This is what happens when someone who hasn’t done research tries to “define” our music.

From the album liner notes.

PAROUSIA – “Miss Ogyny

In 1981, punk was seen as something to cash in on. So, when a local radio station announced a contest for local bands, progressive rock band Parousia dropped their Jethro-Tull-esque sound and went New Wave. “Miss Ogyny” was hastily recorded in an attempt to meet the deadline. The result is a true punksploitation ripper.  Starstream Records’ Buffalo Rocks Volume One 1981, 97 Rock WGRQ FM; Rock N Roll animals (catchy title huh?) even came with a Scantron sheet where you could choose the winner. Unfortunately, who that winner was has been lost to history.

Extra-Evidence Productions 

Back Cover with Liner Notes - “Bloodstains Across Buffalo” album - May 2014

Back Cover with Liner Notes – “Bloodstains Across Buffalo” album – May 2014

Let me explain it this way… For better or worse, Parousia played one-kind of music, the music we wanted to play!  Yes, sometimes our choice in cover-songs led us into the progressive realm (Yes, Jethro-Tull, Genesis, Max Webster, Toto, Journey and Kansas) and sometimes it led us into heavy-rock, (Ted Nugent, Aerosmith, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, The WHO) to power pop, (Blondie, Cheap Trick, The Tubes, The Kinks, The Cars, Bowie, Heart and Pat Benetar).  These diverse cover-tunes influenced us and inspired us to write all sorts of our own music.  In 1979, that inspiration led us straight to the recording studio (as soon as we earned enough money).

When Parousia hit Randy Filippone’s studio in June, 1980, we were bursting at the seams with ideas that included catchy melodies and unique rhythms. We decided to go-with Patt, Kim and Garth picking and choosing one song to record from their personal “closet of creativity” and then one song written by Garth and Patt together. Once all of it was laid down, it led to some very catchy, interesting and diverse arrangements far beyond labels such as “Punk”, “New Wave”, “Progressive” or “Pop”.

Filippone Sound Studios – Garner Street, Buffalo NY

Filippone Sound Studios – Garner Street, Buffalo NY

All-in-all we recorded four tunes at Randy’s Studio. All songs were recorded using eight tracks.  (You can hear the songs on Sound Cloud for free)

  • Track Four: “Miss Ogyny” (written by Kim Watts & Garth Huels).  Originally recorded six months BEFORE we even knew that 97 Rock was going to have a band contest!  The song was New Wave-ish in style but went way beyond that with the arrangement and production.
  • Track Three:  “Revelation” (written by Patt Connolly). A syncopated rock song that lays heavy on the lead-guitar and growl-flute featuring two ripping instrumental solos.
  • Track Two: “Malmedy” (written by Patt Connolly). A song with an evolving story-line and several movements styled after some of the more complex (and heavily produced) music that influenced us at the time.
  • Track One: “Oh My Love” (written by Garth Huels). A 1960’s flavored pop-tune distinctly American meets British Invasion).

Six-months later, 97 Rock announced on the radio that they were looking for original material from local bands. The chosen-ones would be included on a vinyl record compilation to be released as A Home Grown album in February of 1981 titled “Buffalo Rocks Volume One”.

97 rock album

Parousia mailed in all four songs from our recording session at Filippone’s, and we heard back on one of them only, “Miss Ogyny”. That’s the song that Starstream Records chose to be on the 97 Rock Home-Grown Album… we had no say in it.  It was obvious to us that they included Miss Ogyny because it was reflective of current trends in New-Wave music with the rise of bands like Talking Heads, Blondie and the B-52’s.

Parousia: Bubbling over with enthusiasm

Parousia: Bubbling over with enthusiasm

Parousia was chosen to appear on the album IF we paid the fee AND if we re-recorded Miss Ogyny onto a 24-track master tape. If we answered yes, we had 48-hours to get our new 24-track Master to WGRQ… in a mad scramble; we booked ‘emergency time’ at near-by Select Sound Studios on Elmwood Avenue in Kenmore.

Select Sound Recording Studios 2315 Elmwood Ave. Kenmore, New York 14217

Booking Emergency time at Select Sound = Bye-bye savings

We pulled an all-night session at Select Sound to successfully re-re-record the song with exactly the same arrangement. We finished mix-down in the early morning and then delivered the tape the same day and that’s how Parousia’s “Miss Ogyny” made it onto the first Buffalo “home-grown” album released by 97 Rock on the StarStream record label!

BuffaloRocks and Parousia get Honorable Mention on NY Punk Discography

The confusion as to whether Parousia is a punk band continues…

Anyway, the point being… We didn’t record the song “Miss Ogyny” with the intent of capitalizing on a recent music fad … we did it because we loved to incorporate different types of music into our repertoire. Our intent was to entertain ourselves and the audience with a variety of music presented in an interesting way.

Here ‘s a link to the album version of the Song “Miss Ogyny” as it now appears on “Bloodstains Across Buffalo”:

Tracklist from “Bloodstains Across Buffalo”:

A1 The Jumpers This Is It
A2 The Cobras (6) One Way Street
A3 Aunt Helen Big Money
A4 The Fems Go To A Party
A5 Mickey Mamp With Intro-Verse Please Police Me
A6 The Stains (5) Of Life
A7 The Enemies* Test Tube Baby
B1 New Toys (2) F.Y.Y.B.
B2 Parousia (2) Miss Ogyny
B3 Secret Savior First Love
B4 Electro-Man* Go Go Go
B5 The Good (2) Clouds
B6 Pauline And The Perils* See For Yourself
B7 The Vores Love Canal
B8 Lip Service (8) The TV Made Me Do It (Blame It On The Quasar)

RAZORCAKE Review:  “Bloodstains Across Buffalo”

Bloodstains across Buffalo: LP
“…Wow, been a while since I’ve seen one of these. As with other volumes in this long-running series of bootlegs, the sonic emphasis here is on the “rock” end of the punk rock spectrum (though there are a couple of power pop/new wave stabs thrown in for good measure), this time from a cluster of now-obscure bands (only one I’ve ever heard previously is the Vores’ “Love Canal”) that apparently called the titular city home. The fifteen songs included in this volume—courtesy of Aunt Helen, The Jumpers, Secret Saviour, Pauline & the Perils, Lip Service, and the aforementioned Vores, as well as others—stick well to the series’ conventions, yet the compiler is wise to push to both ends within its parameters, balancing crude, simple thud-punkery with more sophisticated and nuanced fare. Hell, there are even synths being used non-facetiously buried in some o’ the tunes. In all, this is a nice addition to the series.  –Jimmy Alvarado (Extra-Evidence Productions, no address listed)…”

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