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by The Weaszels

A quintessential combination of 60's survivors armed with 90's technology.
Genre: Rock: American Underground
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  Song Share Time Download
1. I'm Still Wild!
4:05 $0.99
2. Crack In the World
3:15 $0.99
3. Jog Above Glades
3:38 $0.99
4. Out of the Way
4:38 $0.99
5. Whack!
2:41 $0.99
6. Hurricane Patty
3:00 $0.99
7. As Good As It Gets
3:44 $0.99
8. Danger & Play
3:30 $0.99
9. Your Luck Is Awake
3:51 $0.99
10. Hard To Be Lonely
3:17 $0.99
11. Fool For Your Love
4:04 $0.99
12. Derailed
5:52 $0.99
13. Plunge
3:21 $0.99
14. All Because of You
3:24 $0.99
15. Safe
4:24 $0.99
16. Vague
3:46 $0.99
17. Everything, Everywhere, All the Time
3:27 $0.99
18. Big Trouble
3:28 $0.99
19. Video Vixen
3:56 $0.99
20. Power and the Glory
5:35 $0.99
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Album Notes
The Weaszels are prophets of 3rd wave rock, a quintessential combination of sixties survivors armed with nineties technology. Zealots of the garage band mentality whose creative parameters are governed by the rationale-why not? No refrain too rude, no topic too provocative, from jazzercized autoerotics to the not so vague realities of confronting suicide on life's front lines. The Weaszels know what it's like because they've been there. True believers in the power of rock...pure, sublime and simple. Their prime directive is TO HAVE FUN AND BOLDLY GO WHERE NO WEASZEL HAS GONE BEFORE!

“WHACK!” presents as a digitally downloadable collection of 20 select studio recordings by the Baltimore area band, The Weaszels, from 1979 through 1999. This legendary garage rock outfit was founded in the late 60’s by lead singer/rhythm guitarist, Birnie, who over the following quarter century and beyond, surrounded himself and served as a lynchpin for the band’s unique sound with a rotating team of singers and musicians (of various levels of commitment and competence); and it is rumored the band may still perform occasionally in some truncated form even to this day.

The team saw to it that during this 20 year epoch, many of the band’s compositions were recorded, preserved here for posterity AND serve in part as a tribute to those Weaszels who have passed into eternity (bassists Paul Maisel and Rick Levine, AKA Ric Lately and most recently, “I’m Still Wild!” guest lead guitarist Kraig Krixer). “WHACK!” performances and recordings are credited as follows:

Remastered and assembled on December 7, 2010 by engineer Bill Pratt, Vincent Tumminello and Jay Graboski at The Bratt Studio, Woodlawn, MD. “Meerkat Lookout” illustration by Connell Byrne.

1. "I’m Still Wild!” (4:05) (1979) (Ken Birnie), recorded in Studio B, Sheffield Recordings, Ltd. 1978 and released on “The Best of Baltimore’s Buried” 12” LP (Balto-Weird Records, 1979) Birnie Birnie: idiot rhythm and vocal; Texas John Huxton: guitar and motivation; Fritz von Krizler: attack guitar; Jeff Chaney: drums with Sister Mary Perfunctory: panther organ and cyclone synthesizer; Steve “The Hulk” Richards: bass guitar and the Luftwaffen Chorus
2. “Crack in the World” (3:15) (1996) (Birnie/Lately/Wulforst), recorded by Steve Carr at Hit & Run Recording, Rockville, MD. Birnie: vocals; Wayne Rosenbaum: drums; Fran Schnur: backing vocals; Rick Levine: bass & backing vocals; Mike Kearney and Jay Graboski: guitars
3. “Jog Above Glades” (3:38) (1997) (Rick Levine), recorded by Steve Carr at Hit & Run Recording lead vocals, keyboards & bass: Rick Levine; backing vocals: Greg “Crazy Ed” Whitehair; drums: Vince Tumminello & Wayne Rosenbaum; guitars: Mike Kearney & Jay Graboski
4. “Out of the Way” (4:38) (1999) (Jay Graboski), recorded by S.I.R.A. students in January 1999 at Sheffield Recordings, Ltd. (never-before-released) bass guitar/vocals: Greg Whitehair; drums: Vince Tumminello; slide guitar: Mike Kearney; vocals, guitars and guitar synthesizer: Jay Graboski, congas: Michael Kane
5. “Whack!” (2:41) (1990) (Graboski/Lately), recorded by Bill Pratt at The Bratt Studio, Woodlawn, MD. keyboards: Bill Pratt; bass: Rick Levine; guitars: Jay Graboski & Mike Kearney; drums: Jerry Siegel
6. “Hurricane Patty” (3:00) (1991) (Foxx/Lately), recorded by Steve Carr at Hit & Run Recording, Rockville, MD. bass/lead vocals: Rick Levine; guitars: Mike Kearney & Jay Graboski; backing vocals: Ken Birnie; drums: Jerry Siegel
7. “As Good As It Gets” (3:49) (1991) (Birnie/Graboski), recorded by Bill Pratt at The Bratt Studio, Woodlawn, MD. lead vocals: Birnie; bass: Rick Levine; guitars: Jay Graboski & Michael Kearney; drums: Jerry Siegel; backing vocals: Bob Cushner & Sunny Schnitzer
8. “Danger & Play” (3:48) (1996) (Jay Graboski), recorded by Steve Carr at Hit & Run Recording, Rockville, MD. lead vocals: Ken Birnie; bass guitar: Rick Levine; guitar & backing vocals: Jay Graboski; guitar: MiKe Kearney; drums: Wayne Rosenbaum
9. Your Luck Is Awake (3:51) (1996) (Jay Graboski), recorded by Steve Carr (as above), Lead vocals: Fran Schnur; bass: Rick Levine; drums: Wayne Rosenbaum; “leslie” guitar & backing vocals: Jay Graboski; additional guitar: Michael Kearney
10. “Hard To Be Lonely” (3:17) (1996) (Rick Levine) recorded by Steve Carr (as above), bass/lead vocals: Rick Levine; vocals/piano: Fran Schnur; guitars: Mike Kearney & Jay Graboski; drums: Wayne Rosenbaum
11. “Fool For Your Love” (4:04) (1989) (Foxx/Lately/Graboski) recorded by Bill Pratt at The Bratt Studio, Woodlawn, MD. lead vocals: Ken Birnie; bass guitar: Rick Levine; guitars: Jay Graboski & Mike Kearney; drums: Jerry Siegel; sax: Bill Janssen; backing vocals: Angela Lazarony & Grace Hearn
12. “Derailed” (5:52) (1996) (Rick Levine) recorded by Steve Carr at Hit & Run Recording, Rockville, MD. bass/lead vocals/keyboards: Rick Levine; backing vocals: Fran Schnur; drums: Wayne Rosenbaum; guitars: Mike Kearney & Jay Graboski
13. “Plunge” (3:21) (1996) (Jay Graboski) recoded by Steve Carr (as above), guitars/mandolin/lead vocal: Jay Graboski; guitar: Mike Kearney; bass guitar: Rick Levine; drums: Wayne Rosenbaum; backing vocals: Bob Cushner
14. “All Because of You” (3:24) (1996) (Foxx/Lately) recorded by Steve Carr (as above), lead vocals: Birnie; bass guitar/backing vocals: Rick Levine; backing vocals: Fran Schnur; guitars: Mike Kearney & Jay Graboski; drums: Wayne Rosenbaum
15. “Safe” (4:24) (Rick Levine) (1996) recorded by Steve Carr (as above), bass guitar/lead vocals: Rick Levine; backing vocals: Fran Schnur & Ken Birnie; drums: Wayne Rosenbaum; guitar: Mike Kearney; guitar/mandolin: Jay Graboski
16. “Vague” (3:46) (J. Graboski/A. Rickey) (1985) recorded by Bill Pratt at The Bratt Studio, Woodlawn, MD. dialogue: Allan Rickey; drums: Jerry Siegel; lead vocals: Ken Birnie; guitars & backing vocals: Jay Graboski; bass guitar: Rick Levine; keyboards: Bill Pratt
17. “Everything, Everywhere, All the Time” (3:27) (Birnie/Graboski/Lately) (1986) recorded by Bill Pratt (as above), lead vocals: Birnie; guitars: Jay Graboski; bass: Rick Levine; backing vocals: Grace Hearn; drums: Jerry Siegel
18. “Big Trouble” (3:28) (Foxx/Lately) (1987) recorded by Bill Pratt (as above), lead vocals: Rick Lately & Ken Birnie; drums: Jerry Siegel; guitars: Mike Kearney & Jay Graboski; backing vocals: Sunny Schnitzer & Bob Cushner
19. “Video Vixen” (3:56) (Birnie/Graboski/Lately) (1996) recorded by Steve Carr at Hit & Run Recording, Rockville, MD. lead vocals: Birnie; backing vocals: Fran Schnur & Rick Levine; drums: Wayne Rosenbaum; bass: Rick Levine; guitars: Mike Kearney & Jay Graboski
20. “Power and the Glory” (5:35) (Birnie/Lately) (1983) recorded by Bill Pratt at The Bratt Studio, Woodlawn, MD. lead vocals: Birnie; backing vocals and bass guitar: Rick Levine; guitars: Jay Graboski; drums Jerry Siegel.



to write a review

Sean Berry (Double Crown Records/The Continental Magazine)

Awesome, very cool stuff!

Greg Allen (Alive! magazine)

"Every song is fun and infectious!"
"This Baltimore aggregation is self-described as a quintessential combination of 60’s survivors armed with 90’s technology. That may be true, but to me it sounds like the major influences came from 70’s rock: Diamond Dogs-era Bowie and Mott the Hoople style glam rock, with enough diversity to throw in elements of 70’s progressive, funk/soul, power pop, and even rockabilly. The vocals are sometimes pouty, sometimes snotty. Besides killer guitar, there are splashes of sitar & horn sounds. Virtually every song is fun and infectious, with clever lyrics in the likes of ‘I’m Still Wild!,’ ‘Crack In the World,’ ‘Video Vixen,’ and ‘Jog Above Glades’ topped only by the memorable melodies. With the necessary guts to go with the glitter, The Weaszels have come up with a wild, winning combination that’s hard to beat…I mean ‘WHACK!’"

Alan J. Phillips (Music Monthly #170)

"A 60's garage/punk attitude married to an 80's new wave style"
"Curious, this one! The Weaszels employ a 60's garage/punk (Standells, Electric Prunes) attitude and marry it to an 80's new wave style. The Weaszels set their sights on a destination that, while appearing to be decades late, successfully targets a golden age of rock. Tunes like 'Everything, Everywhere, All the Time' would have worked 40 years ago on a Seeds record; and fare such as 'As Good As It Gets' may very well have made the rotation way back when my favorite bird, Martha Quinn, was a VJ."


What's in a name?
The name was given to us by a benefactor that had unknowingly lent us a PA for 2 years. When he learned that Jeff Chaney and I had "protected" his equipment for all that time , we where "originally" christened "the fckng Weasels". Our benefactor continued his support under the condition that if I was in the band it had to be called the "Weaszels". Graciously, he let us drop the first word of the original name."

Steptoe the Magnificent (David Wilcox)

Pagans ! Princessessessesseesss
Now here is a band that can sink their teeth into YOU!!

Mitch Capka (WUJC DJ)

"'I'm Still Wild!' is an ANTHEM!"
I am a disc jockey at radio station WUJC (John Carroll University in University heights, Ohio) and when we received a promo copy of The Best of Baltimore’s Buried ,I paid little attention to it. Then one day up at the station, I had a little time to kill, so I went into our production studio and threw it on the turntable. I started with side 2—nothing great—then went through the first four cuts on side 1—again, nothing great. But then the needle hit on cut #5—The Weaszels’ ‘I’m Still Wild!”—and neither I nor the studio have been the same since. From the opening countdown to the final climax, this is ONE GREAT rock ‘n’ roll tune!!!! What first tipped me off about this phenomenal rocker was that the wax started to melt as it was spinning!!!! I started to scream hysterically to everyone who was around, proclaiming this the greatest rock ‘n’ roll to come out in years!! I haven’t heard such a powerful song in years. It immediately conjured up images of 1960’s garage/punk music, of which I am very fond: raw, raunchy guitar & vocals; a DRIVING beat & rhythm; very RAW production (like it was recorded on a 4-track in a basement or something); and above all, ENERGY—more energy than a nuclear power plant!!! What a rocker!! This tune has got it, from start to finish—no other current or recent group or song have been able to capture the ‘60’s garage/punk feel or mentality as have The WEASZELS and ‘I’m Still Wild!’ I consider myself to have impeccable taste in music—I can appreciate the rock of the 1950’s, the various sounds of the ‘60’s, as well as heavy metal, punk (1970’s style), and just about any other type of rock ‘n’ roll. I dislike most of the groups and songs being released today on major labels because most of them don’t know what rock ‘n’ roll is—they sound so LAME & manufactured; too slick, like they’re putting out a record without putting any feeling into it. If a song has ENERGY & the band is shooting from the heart, I can tell, and it moves me. I can truly appreciate a mover, like ‘I’m Still Wild!’ After my initiation to The WEASZELS, I began recruiting other DJ’s up at the station, trying to corner them & get them to listen to this fab sound. This is usually not too difficult, since my ‘performances’ are near-legendary at WUJC: whenever I play this song for others in the studio, or when I play it on the air (I play it EVERY DAY that I am on the air), something comes over me, takes hold of me like no other song I’ve heard. I mean, I love rock ‘n’ roll and I get into heavy metal (I have a Saturday show, the HEAVY METAL RENDEZVOUS, and my air guitar is in constant use during the 4 hours I am on), 1960’s garage/punk, The Rolling Stones, The Sonics (yeah!) and lots more. But when The WEASZELS come on, boy oh boy, I crank the studio monitors (‘I’m Still Wild’ holds my all-time crank-record high), whip out my air guitar (I’ve got the whole song down pat—one of these days I’m going to enter a local air guitar contest with ‘I’m Still Wild!’ and win myself a Fender Strat) & air mic, and I just lose it—everyone up at the station at a moment like this watches me as I jam away, screaming into my air mic, RUNNING around the studio like a spastic caught up in the frenzy of a convention of armed lunatics, jumping up and down!!! I must admit, I put Angus Young to shame!!! Like I said, I have never reacted to a song with so much intensity before, although I have whipped out my air guitar and air mic a million times before. ‘I’m Still Wild’ is one incredible tune! I have turned on at least 3 or 4 other WUJC DJ’s to that song, if he’s never heard it before. So, at least he’s aware of it. And I give him the whole show—first the speech about how ‘I’m Still Wild!’ IS rock ‘n’ roll (‘c’mon—instead of playing Journey for the millionth time, try The WEASZELS once.’), then the free show I give whenever the song is within earshot. This usually does the trick—as I said, my performances are near-legendary at the station. Now, I usually don’t push my musical tastes on other people (no matter how little taste they have). But I can’t help it with The WEASZELS. Now, everyone at FM 89 knows about them, and new DJ’s being trained for on-the-air spots get drilled (‘you aren’t a real DJ up here until you’ve played The WEASZELS’’ I’m Still Wild!’’). Even the liner notes are great: ‘ATTACK GUITAR’ (!), ‘MOTIVATION’, the ‘LUFTWAFFEN CHORUS’ (!), and who could deny ‘SISTER MARY PERFUNCTORY’? That organ and synthesizer are the only clues that the tune is not straight out of the garage/punk era (how did they get that overall sound? Sounds like an old Fender Mustang run through a cheapie Sears amp {or VOXX instruments?}--what a SOUND!!!!). The organ & synthesizer are used sparingly—just enough to leave you begging for more, but not overdone at all. Great! I love this song—it’s one of my top-5 faves of all time! And that is no small feat, because I have literally hundreds of favorite songs that I love, headed by the Stones’ ‘Jumpin Jack Flash’ & Them’s ‘Gloria’ (not necessarily in that order). I’m not just saying that—I mean it sincerely. No song has moved me like ‘I’m Still Wild.’ I fell so strongly about The WEASZELS & the song that, if I were wealthy, I would come to Baltimore just to see The WEASZELS. No, I would hire The WEASZELS to come play in my living room (I have a feeling my parents wouldn’t appreciate it, tho), or I would rent out the Cleveland Agora. And I’m dead serious. I just can’t say enough about them or the song. Well, I can’t think of anything else I wanted to say. ‘What brought all this on?’ you ask. Well, the back of the LP asked me to ‘drop us a line…’ Don’t think that’s the only reason I wrote, tho. If I didn’t love that tune, no way would I have written (especially a letter of this length). I decided to write you about 9 months ago, but I just found the time & effort to sit down & do it. I hope you’ve stuck with me this far! So, please send me more info on recordings available from the ‘TOY-GOHOG-BALTO-WEIRD’ family, as well as other independently produced local records. I definitely enjoyed (UNDERSTATEMENT OF THE DECADE!) The WEASZELS (some of the other cuts are pretty decent, by the way), and I would like to hear more from them, as well as any other info you have on them. I want to thank you for including WUJC on your mailing list, and for adding many, many moments of joy to my rock ‘n’ roll life via The WEASZELS track. I also want to mention that another local college radio station (WRUW) has been playing the LP (I have heard ‘I’m Still Wild!’ a few times on that station, and of course I call up & request it!). They feature a lot of new music, especially independent efforts. I have since bought the LP (I would have bought it even if ‘I’m Still Wild’ was the only song I liked on it—it’s worth twice the price) from SQUARE DEAL RECORD COMPANY’S independent catalog, which is the only place I’ve seen it for sale. In closing, I want to say that everything contained here is 100% true, written in all sincerity, shot straight from my heart, with NO EXAGGERATION WHATSOEVER (except the part about the wax melting—this is one of my favorite parts of my act when I am initiating people to ‘I’m Still Wild!’—I’ll be bouncing off around the studio, careening off of chairs, record racks, whatever is at hand, jamming on my air guitar, when suddenly I’ll stop cold, stare at the spinning LP bug-eyed with my mouth hanging open, and I’ll stutter, “th…the wax—IT’S MELTING!!!!!!!!!! Damn, that’s a hot record!!!!!’ This immediately wins over another person to The WEASZELS’ cause, and anyone who doesn’t respond doesn’t know what great rock ‘n’ roll is, and he’s not worth it then anyway). Well, keep up the good work—independents & locals are the backbone of the current rock scene—the only ones willing to take the risk & promote local artists who would otherwise not be heard. Good luck to ya! Something I haven’t mentioned: ‘I’m Still Wild!’ is an anthem & will always be close to my heart. Also, if you have contact with the band, tell them a dedicated fan said, ‘Hi! Keep up the great work!’ Thanks. One thing I’d really like to do is get some members of the group to do a couple taped promos/I.D.’s for the station (‘this is FRITZ VON KRIZLER of The WEASZELS saying that you’re listening to WUJC, where things are still wild!’—or something in that vein that could be used over the air—about 4 or 5 different promos that I’d play all the time, especially prior to playing the song itself—WE COULD TAPE IT RIGHT OFF THE PHONE, UP AT THE STATION). And FINALLY, we at WUJC would appreciate any further promo records/material that you send out. Thank you. ROCK ON!


Mitch Capka

June 11, 1981”