Dave E and the Cool Marriage Counselors-"Searching Through Sears"/"Love Meant to Die", "Psychology 101" EP (Christmas Pets)
Hey whaddaya know, some enterprising young sport decided to get the Cool Marriage Councelors track from the CLE #3-B flexidisc and slapped it onto the a-side of this very (presumably) limited edition seven-incher! And not only that, but the young entrepreneur also had the brains to stick Dave E's a capella version of "Love Meant to Die" (taken from an '80 WRUW-FM interview with CLE edition Jim Ellis in tow) as well as a decidedly low-fi live track entitled "Psychology 101" of which I know very little about on the flip!!! And in keeping with Dave E's intended vanity imprint which never did get off the ground this disc was "released" via "Christmas Pets" complete with John Morton-esque drawings of underwear and a clarinet amongst other niceties adorning the labels! No swastikas, thankfully. Sure brought back fond memories of my late-seventies/early-eighties Cle underground record hunting excursions when those singles and albums that most of us now take for granted were definitely hotcha fodder. Of course the bad part was that too much of the Cle underground remained just that, with only a scant few recordings being made available at the time to document a budding scene that the Cle music mafia (WMMS, Pantsios...) was more than anxious to suppress! A classic slice of Cleveland avant rock of the Golden Age (roughly '72-'80) that deserves to be unleashed from the shoeboxes of many a serious fanatic citywide. Now if only someone would release some Harlan and the Whips and Willie and the Criminal Mystics/Secrets tapes!
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