Fred Jones


Fred Jones
Performed By Guppyboy
Album UPC 889211749737
CD Baby Track ID TR0001525966
Label Tup Keewah Recordings
Released 2015-07-17
BPM 138
Rated 0
ISRC usdy41564842
Year 2015
Spotify Plays 257
Writer Michael Lee Barrett
Pub Co Michael Lee Barrett
Writer Christopher Thomas Ziter
Pub Co Christopher Thomas Ziter
Writer Jeffrey Rush Baron
Pub Co Jeffrey Rush Baron
Composer Christopher Thomas Ziter, Jeffrey Rush Baron, Michael Lee Barrett
Clearance Sync & All Media Uses
Rights Controlled Master
Rights Easy Clear: Master
Original/Cover/Public Domain original
Country United States - Vermont


Smart, prolific and methodically sloppy, Guppyboy helped epitomize the Burlington, VT slacker-rock scene in the 1990s.


In January of 1993, Guppyboy moved from Burlington, VT to Chicago, IL. We were drawn by the (then) cheap rents to be had there, as well as the vibrant independent music scene that was exploding all over the city. Holed up at the house we had dubbed Fletcher Manor (in the neighborhood of Roscoe Village) we recorded on a Tascam 4-track cassette as well as a 1/2" 8 track. We were constantly experimenting with lo-fi sounds and thrift-store electronics recording techniques. It was creation for its own sake. Some of the recordings were demos, some were working song sketches and some were distorted, dark expressions and exorcisms. We occasionally played live shows in various holes around the Windy City with next-door neighbors, Loud Lucy.

When you woke at Fletcher Manor, somebody was already writing a song. When you got home from work (from your restaurant, temp or copy store job) there was a jam going on in the basement with whoever was home. Or maybe someone was in the middle of recording on the 4-track, halfway through a bottle of something. Every couple of months, we'd get together and have a mix-down party. With candles burning, couches and chairs were rearranged to collect everyone's latest songs onto one master cassette. We'd cut-and-paste artwork together for j-cards and make tape copies for each other. Guppyboy was only in Chicago for eighteen months, but by the time we moved back to the east coast we had recorded hundreds of songs; many, many hours worth of material. Some of the songs ended up more realized on 7” records or albums like "Haci Baba" and "Jeffersonville", but most of it was never released.

Twenty years later, we’ve pulled the original recordings back into the light, cleaned them up and remastered the songs for posterity. We're happy to share a few from the archives and we hope you enjoy them.

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