Failure – 15th Anniversary Re-release
Label Houston Party
Produced Jonathan Auer & Kenneth Stringfellow
Engineered & Mixed Jonathan with help from Chris McClurken and Kenneth
Recorded On eight tracks at Studio X and Nor’sound, Bellingham, Washington. December 1987 – February 1988
Re-Mastered: Rick Fishcer at RFICD
Video Conversion: Jim Larkins at Resources Online
Liner notes: Scott McCaughey, Joe Williams, Veronika Kalmar, and various letter-writers from the magazine Backlash.
Jon’s notes on the bonus tracks
“I May Hate You Sometimes (demo) – Jon and Ken, Featuring J on bass instead of K. Recorded at Nor’sound.
Paint Me (demo) – Love that Yamaha RX-11 drum machine. All instruments Jon, recorded at Nor’sound.
Like Me Too (demo) – Jon and Ken, recorded at Nor’sound.
Alison Hubard (inst.) – Pscyhadelic intro morphs into obscure Beatles “homage.” Lyrics do exist but never for public consumption. Jon and Ken at Nor’sound.
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan (inst.) – Haunting melodic progression and nice Aldous Huxley reference. All instruments Ken, recorded on a casette four-track in a University of Washington dorm room.
Blind Eyes Open (inst.) – Ken’s hyper blueprint, same four-track, same dorm room. Ends early because the source tape is incomplete.
I May Hate You Sometimes & Compliment? (alternate versions) – Big budget reverb-ladden twenty-four track recreations recorded and mixed by Sir John Leckie of “Dear 23” fame. Featuring Arthur Rick Roberts on bass and Michael Chad Musburger on drums.
Cover design: Beau Fredericks and Nathan Breskin-Auer
Photographs: Jill Goodejohn
Also includes the “I May Hate You Sometimes” video.
01. Blind Eyes Open
02. The Longest Line
03. Under Easy
04. Like Me Too
05. I May Hate You Sometimes
06. Ironing Tuesdays
07. Paint Me
08. Believe in Something Other (Than Yourself)
10. At Least for Now
12. What Little Remains
13. I May Hate You Sometimes (demo)
14. Paint Me (demo)
15. Like Me Too (demo)
16. Alison Hubbard (instrumental)
17. After Many A Summer Dies The Swan (Instrumental)
18. Blind Eyes Open (Instrumental Demo)
19. I May Hate You Sometimes (Alternate Version)
20. Compliment? (Alternate Version)