Practice at The Hectic House The Zoo

March/April 1983. All that is written on the cassette sleeve for this recording is, "Top Ramen Days - We Scarfed Chips And Played". The cassette label itself indicates that this practice was at "Pete's place", meaning it most probably was at The Hectic House on East 1st Ave in Chico. The band most probably met up to eat free chips and salsa at La Comida on Mangrove Ave (a common meal for this very broke band in those days), then picked up a few $3 12-packs on the way to the Hectic House to rehearse.

UPDATE 7/9/12: Mike has clarified that this was not recorded at the East 1st Ave House, but at Pete's apartment in Fifth Street Manor, a.k.a. The Zoo.

Warning: this is a recording for the hard-core fan who remembers the early days of the band, times when we weren't always in tune or quite playing together.... I've included many of the false starts, for historical purposes, but have removed some of the dead air. yes, there was even more then what's here. :)

- Barbara Manning, vocals
- Bix Beeman, guitar
- Allan Dahlquist, guitar
- Pete Beck, bass
- Mike Cloward, drums


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01-News At Ten
03-Vicious Circle
04-Apartment Being 1
05-Country Jam - Dead Air - Tuning
07-Apartment Being 2
08-Silk Of The Night
10-I'm Only Asking You
12-Poor Boy, Poor Girl
14-Dog Collar 1
16-Dog Collar 2
17-As The World Turns / American Fast Car
19-Chances Become Electric 1
21-Chances Become Electric - Bad Start 2
22-Chances Become Electric 2
24-Reality Is Contraception

the recording was created on a TDK AD90 cassette using, most probably a stereo blaster box. this original cassette was digitally mastered July 2012 by Pete Beck using Audacity 1.3 and Lame Encoder.