Green Pajamas – Summer of Lust

January 01, 1970

(Green Monkey)



In 1984, inspired by both a fractured romance and a
particularly fertile jam session, songwriters Jeff Kelly and Joe Ross self-released
the first Green Pajamas album Summer of
on cassette, now given its definitive release on Green Monkey. While
the gothic flavor that would become such an important part of the PJs’
aesthetic hadn’t yet manifested itself, the rest of the band’s trademarks were already
in place: sharp pop tunes (“Katie Lied,” “I Feel That Way All the Time”),
furtive acid folk (“My Mad Kitty,” “I Feel Like a Murder”), roiling psych rock
(“With a Flower in Her Hair,” “The Dreams Inside the Butterfly’s Mind”), plus a
theme song (“Green Pajamas”).


Deliberately evocative of ‘60s psych, the tracks have a
nicely retro feel enhanced by the four-track cassette production, which has
been cleaned up only enough to remove tape hiss. While the PJs would evolve and
improve over subsequent years, Summer of
still has the joy and charm of a great band unleashing its muse into
the universe for the first time.



Lied,” “Green Pajamas” MICHAEL TOLAND


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