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From "The Chunk Records Story" by Mal Thursday:

"Having grown disenchanted with the sound on our first album, we shopped around for another studio. I wanted to record at Fort Apache, a funky 16-track studio in South Boston where the Pixies had recorded some of their best stuff, and that's where we ended up. We worked with Jim Fitting, from the band Treat Her Right (which featured a pre-Morphine Mark Sandman) and Sean Slade, who would go on to co-produce Radiohead's 'The Bends' and Hole's 'Live Through This,' among others.

Unfortunately, we were a little short on cash, the chump change we made on gigs not being enough to fund another full-length. So we had to make do with an EP, which was a drag, because we were at our peak musically, had better songs, and we'd finally found a good place to record. We'd also figured out how to better market the band (although we were still pretty much clueless), and our second record, the 'Know' EP, got good reviews, radio airplay all over the country, and charted on CMJ. For the cover art, we used an old photo of me taken by my Dad back in 1966.

All five songs on the record were worthwhile: "Good Times," was a strong cover of a hilarious Texas garage 45 by Nobody's Children; "Hexon Blood Beat," another number we borrowed from Slater and Lime's old punk band, was a vicious, hard-driving instrumental; "No," which started out as a Cramps-like creeper, had evolved into a gothic epic of malevolent fury; my favorite cut, "Once Upon a Time (In Your Mind)," which I co-wrote with Bobby, was a menacing blend of baroque folk-rock and all-out stomp; and our version of "What's New, Pussycat?" always used to slay 'em when we played it live.
However, we failed Economics 101 because we'd used a significant portion of the run as promos to get all that press and airplay, quickly sold out of the copies we had left, and never were able to repress. Instead, we went back to Fort Apache to record the Great Lost Malarians Album. So it goes.

'Know' has been reissued as a two-for-one album with the 1989 live recording 'Finished in This Town' by Chunk Archives, available at


released May 15, 1988

Produced by Sean Slade and Jim Fitting at Fort Apache, Boston, Mass. Personnel: Mal Thursday: Vocals, Organ, Harmonica; Johnny Tomorrow: Lead Guitar, Vocals; Bob Medley: Organ, Vocals; Slater Awn, Bass, Vocals; Lime Ricky: Drums.



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The Malarians Northampton, Massachusetts

The Malarians, an American neo-garage band based in Northampton, Mass., made two full-length albums, IN THE COOL ROOM (1986), FINISHED IN THIS TOWN (1990), and an EP, KNOW (1988), on Chunk Records. The band has been called "withering, feverish," and "awesome." Featuring Mal Thursday, Johnny Tomorrow, Bob Medley, Slater Awn, and Lime Ricky. The band reunited in 2010 with new bass player Les Fillin. ... more

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