Thursday, May 1, 2014

Kara's Flowers Tidbit #1

Sorry for not writing in this as often... I'm busy recording music and high school life and what not. I'm too busy to even update the Soundcloud page. So.... sometimes I get bored and have all night sessions looking at every website that mentions Kara's Flowers to find some information about their demos or songs or whatever. I always keep it to myself and then I realized, "I made this blog so I could share information and songs about Kara's Flowers!" So I guess this is going to be a thing now. Anyways, I found this interesting piece that Sam Farrar wrote while I was looking up random stuff....

we are talking 20 years at this point. we all grew up together in LA. played shows as teenagers. toured together. we lived in the same households. i still have the Kara’s Flowers’ first demo on a goddam cassette. 

Okay, so he has the first Kara's Flowers demo. That's cool. What's your point? My point is... as far as I know... the only thing by KF released on cassette was the Soap Disco single (which I am a proud owner of). Even then, we're talking about the first demo and I'm pretty sure ...We Like Digging? was their first demo. Either that was released on cassette, they made a demo before that (which we'll probably NEVER hear) or it's a slow news day. Probably the latter. If it's the middle one, hopefully they release some songs on their unofficial Kara's Flowers 20th Anniversary Deluxe CD Package (which will probably never come either). So, thanks for reading for this long. To make it up, here's some picture I found from 1994.

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Soundcloud

We Are Now On Soundcloud!!!

You can now listen to Kara's Flowers music on Soundcloud here. We'll post their discography very soon, but to start it off, we've posted 'My Ocean Blue' live from the KCRW radio show they did and 'Heads of Them' from the Whisky's show they did in 1995. Some other live songs will follow after this post, so "check it out and see what it's all about!!!"

Thursday, February 6, 2014

20 Years of Kara's Flowers

On February 6, 1994....
Kara's Flowers was born. While Adam doesn't think much of Kara's Flowers, I'm sure everyone else does. From tracks like 'Leave A Message', 'Myself'' or 'Everyday Goodbyes', they won over the people of Southern California. Sure they had rough times like the tour with 'The Fourth World', but what about all those good times? Playing their first show at the Whisky's in 1995? Going to Five Towns college where Adam and Jesse found their true potential? Playing new songs during of 1999 such as 'However Whatever' or 'July'. They seem to be forgetting all those times they had. You can hear the emotion when they play songs like 'Everyday Goodbyes'. Yet, Adam still consists that Kara's Flowers wasn't anything special. People say that their lyrics were 'rudimentary'. So, the song 'Peeler' wasn't a statement by Adam that he was never going to 'peel' away from the crowd and sell out like other artists do or that 'Ray Pim' isn't a song about how Adam feels like he is killing time until he "makes it" and the themes such as loneliness, isolation and boredom are nonsense? The thing is, you have to understand what they mean in order to "get it". 'Loving The Small Time' is a song about finally having local success (Keep in mind this was late 1994, around the time they sold around 500 copies of '...We Like Digging?') "Myself" is about not letting drugs get the best of them and how they've seen "all those remedies" and although they have "choked" on all those remedies, they will maintain self control and "have their health". While some songs like 'Clomb' or 'Give Me Love' appear to make no sense, they where just doing what their favorite artists were doing. But anyways, Kara's Flowers truly is amaing. Sure, The Fourth World sold bad, but when you have zero to no promotion and your tours consist of ska fans (as opposed to power pop fans), you won't get good results. So.... sorry for the long post. I just love Kara's Flowers. I wish I could hear all their material (However Whatever, Give My Life, etc) and I'm sure we all do. The Fourth World was re-released on their 10th anniversary in 2004, so who knows what could happen... Hopefully, it's not re-released XD   But yeah, happy 20th anniversary to Kara's Flowers. I'm always adding minor fixes to the blog, so if you think I never check this, I do. I always check my email, so if you ever need the live version of 'Everyday Goodbyes' or you happen to have a bootleg of a Kara's Flowers show, hit me up. As always, all things must pass. I wish I could surprise you guys with a live version of 'Not Falling Apart' or something like that, but I always like to share any songs as soon as I get it, so I can't really give you anything but this long paragraph. So, goodbye!!!!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Revenge Of The Kill Toys (song)

This song was recorded during the OMAD recording sessions in 1995 and intended for the 12 track album . Similar to Future Kid, it depicts "children's toys coming to life and vengefully waging war on their owners for treating them like property." It was written after viewing the Dr. Who episode "The Celestial Toymaker" and a number of horror movies. It was scrapped along with Ray Pim during The Fourth World sessions to achieve a more "mature" sound. Currently, no recording is in circulation. (Thanks to Chloe Govan for the information)

Omad Demo Tape

After Kara's Flowers was discovered while playing the Malibu beach on January 1, 1995, they recorded a 12 track album with Omad Records. The tracks included the following in no particular order:

01. Future Kid
02. Revenge Of The Killer Toys
03. The Never Saga
04. Soap Disco
05. Captain Splendid
06. Sleepy Windbreaker
07. Myself
08. To Her With Love
09. Oliver
10. Ray Pim
11. Loving The Small Time
12. Pantry Queen

After John and Tommy (the record owners) realized that Kara's Flowers could achieve more success with support from a bigger label, they looked for record labels who would pick up the band, so the album (which was finished) was dropped. It is said to be "raw" and better than The Fourth World album itself. (Thanks to Chloe Govan for the information)

Monday, June 17, 2013

Kara's Flowers Promo Items And Imports

The Fourth World Promo Items And Imports:

Kara's Flowers Soap Disco DJ Promo:
Given in very few quantities for radio station programmers for use of radio play or remixing, though it's mainly for the former.








Kara's Flowers Import 'Soap Disco' Single w/ 2 Non LP Tracks:
 This was sold overseas with the following tracks: Soap Disco, Captain Splendid, Yesterday When I Was Handsome, and Buddy "Two Shoes" Wilson.








Kara's Flowers 'Soap Disco' Single Vinyl:
This was sold throughout record stores in the U.S. and was made in few quantities. This 45 RPM vinyl came with Soap Disco on side 1 and Captain Splendid on side 2.




 Kara's Flowers 'Soap Disco' Bubble Blower:
This was presumably given out for free, but there isn't much information on it, so it's a mystery.




Kara's Flowers 'The Fourth World' Press Kit:
One of the more common promo items, this promotional press kit comes with a 8 x 10 photo of the band members and a two page biography.

 Kara's Flowers 'Soap Disco' Single Radio Mix:
This was given out in very few quantities to radio programmers for radio play. This has one track, Soap Disco, although it's a rare Hammond B-3 mix.







 Kara's Flowers 'The Fourth World' Poster Promo:
Another one of the more common Kara's Flowers promo items, this is a 24 x 24 poster.



 



Kara's Flowers 'The Fourth World' Poster Promo:
This 12 x 12 poster was made in few quantities.


















Stagg Street Recordings Promo Items:
 
Kara's Flowers 'Sticker':
 A sticker sold at Kara's Flowers shows or on their official website for $1.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Heads Of Them (Lyrics) by Kara's Flowers

Laying on candles...
Fading night away...
Bottom scandals...
Fading night away...

One cymbal...
Heads of them...
One cymbal...
Heads of them...
One cymbal...
Heads of them...
One cymbal...
Heads of them...

(????????)...
Slipping the night away...
Flying to stairdom...
Trying on not to play...

One cymbal...
Heads of them...
One cymbal...
Heads of them... 
One cymbal...
Heads of them... 
One cymbal...
Heads on their heads...

One cymbal...
Heads of them...
One cymbal...
Heads of them...