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Danny Imig: Complete Available Recordings List
Recordings in reverse chronological order.
Space is Your Friend: Danny Imig. New CD spotted orbiting
your world!!! Six-string sage of the stylistic smorgasbord, Danny
Imig, thought to be responsible. Intent unclear. 17 original songs,
no recognizable style. The songs in order are: Space is Your Friend
Theme Song , "Baby Pictures",
Six String Highway (Wham Bar Blues), I Have a Dream, Two-Headed
Folk Monster, Naked in the Woods, I Quit School 'Cause They Had
Recess, It's All Easy Stuff When You're a God, Acid Jazz (Dorian)
Demo #5, Get Down Doggie (Disco Demo), Far Flung Flamenco, Propensity
to Rut, Frosty Harps in Phrygian Space, Sports Shoes and Schizophrenia,
Acid Jazz #9 (Burp the Axe), and, I Might Die for Larry Flynt.
First half of CD has a folky, country kind of feel to it, but
quickly gets edgy-er in the middle, then resolves with a jazz
flavor. A great mix overall.
2006) CERTAIN DEATH Retrospective, The Complete Studio Recordings
1985-1988. (CD). After much prodding by his friends and former
fans, Danny Imig (aka Danny Sleeze) finally releases the long-buried
studio recordings of CERTAIN DEATH. A much bootlegged and basement-recorded
Chicago band of the mid-80s, you can now relive that punk-rock
nuclear rage with the original professional studio-quality recordings.
Contains: "K.A.O.S. in Control"
with famed NAKED RAYGUN/PEGBOY guitarist John Haggerty producing
and singing backup. "Granny's on the S.W.A.T. Team",
hailed by Jello Biafra as one of the finest examples of "crunching,
metallic, punk of the Midwest variety." "Spontaneous
Human Combustion" called by Maximum Rock'n'Roll magazine
a "Pop-punk near-classic." Also, "SPECKtacular
leGACY", left off a famous Chicago compilation album due
to its controversial lyrics- just a bit TOO "punk"?
Also included: "Nuke Us Now" ("these guys play
too many long guitar solos"- MR&R), as well as "I
Saw You"-70 seconds of maniacal bloodletting, "Lounge
Alert"-yeah, they can play jazz too; as well as the infamous
"Dial-a-trance", and the now prophetic song from the
Metal Blade/Death Records compilation (Complete Death 2) "Tomorrow's
Alcoholics". Lest we forget the timeless "Dead Llama"
with its (Baaaaa!) "Earbleeding Charm," Illinois Entertainer
Magazine. Aforementioned songs produced by world-famous Iain Burgess
(NAKED RAYGUN, BIG BLACK, etc.) and recorded at Chicago Recording
Center. Earlier demos and rare radio interviews fill out this
CD. ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
Danny Imig: Bomb in My F-Hole (CD). Don't play this one on
your next business flight. Here's a collection of various D.B.
Imig songs performed live with acoustic guitar and recorded live
to two-track stereo. Parties interested in booking Danny Imig-"The
Coffee House Act," should get a good idea of what they're
in for here-hellacious finger picking and guitar thumping, acidic
lyrics, flat singing, political diatribes, brutal self-analysis,
everything fans and foes alike have
come to expect from the oft-misguided six-string sage. Classics
include: "Snowden", named after the thematic character
from Joseph Heller's Catch 22. Imig's story of the fate of a nuclear
protester, "Norman Meyer Died for You and Me". The ever-unpopular
"Tim McVeigh Had Something to Say", and "No God",
and others. New songs include, "Bomb in My F-Hole",
also "Mary Poppins Was a Communist Plot", "J. Seepreme",
a jazz tribute to his departed friend J.C., and inspiration John
Coltrane. Also acoustic versions of "Tryptophan Blues",
"No Bud Wiser", and "None at All. (see next 2 entries)
ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
Danny Imig: SUBBLUED (CD). A four-song, professionally recorded
adventure in rock'n'blues. Danny's Chicago roots rear and thrust
up to bring us "Tip On Out", a tribute to Slim Harpo
and Danny's old watering hole in Blue Island, IL., "Parking
Lot Blues", another drinking-inspired jaunt gone astray,
"Tryptophan Blues", Thanksgiving's only known theme
song, and the egoist blues mantra "No Bud Wiser".
D.B. Imig on guitar, bass, and vocals. Drums and recording at
All Sound Recording, Warren, PA, by Bob Priest. ALL ORIGINAL
Danny Imig: Your Long Lost Buddy (CD). Most people will agree
that this CD marks the point where Mr. Imig finally "loses"
it. Convinced he's the reincarnated genius of BUDDY HOLLY, Imig
goes on to pen a handful of 50s inspired tunes, as well as play
all the instruments (guitars, bass, drums, vocals) and do all
the recording. Nacissus Extremus. Some incredibly inspired songs
result though: "What Am I Going to Do Without You" truly
sounds like a BUDDY HOLLY song. "Daytona"
is a classic surf instrumental, as is "Big Boppin'
Swing Thing." A couple old songs pop up here reworked-- the
quintessential NRA theme song "Can't Take My Guns Away",
and a song Imig claims to have penned at the age of 17, "Iddy
Bitty Pretty Titties"- kinda cute, actually. Inspired guitar
work throughout. The final song, "None at All" says
it allthe melancholy tone coupled with Imig's observations
on the futile pursuit of fame, will affect any "Lost in Hollywood"
types who have also wondered "Why bother?" Skip the
6-page tomb on Imig being BUDDY HOLLY reincarnated; just enjoy
the music. ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
Holly Daze w/ Hazel, aka Danny Imig's Xmas 2000 (CD/ cassette
originally). Another of Imig's alter-egos trashes once-popular
Xmas songs while putting most to surf beats. Nice nearly-classical
performance of "God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen". Rock and
Country themes also lend themselves well to Imig's warped renditions.
Best tunes however, as usual, are his own: the original version
of "Tryptophan Blues" on baritone guitar, "Garbage
Santa", and the "Blair Xmas Jingle"
which has become a huge local (Warren, PA) favorite.
D.B. Imig: Just Another Detour, Solo Guitar Works Under Construction
(CD/cassette originally) .
An interesting "organic" approach to cassette tape releases-Imig
was going to update these songs with newly recorded versions every
couple of years, thus the title. Of course this was a stupid idea
and finished "perfect" versions of these songs have
never been recorded. However, if you're into solo guitar instrumentals
in the style of CHET ATKINS, MERLE TRAVIS and the like, and you
can appreciate new original music in that vein, you might enjoy
these wild romps of roundwound furry. Not voted "fingerpicker
of the year" but, then again, he'd never pay the contest
entry fee either. ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
Folk Music for Libertarians (CD/cassette originally). Protest
songs for a generation yet to come. PETE SEGER's evil twin. JOAN
BAEZ's antithesis. Imig pens tunes pontificating his so-far-right-he's-left,
radical-capitalist, anarchist, atheist, individualistic philosophical
views; thus alienating most. Destined to remain rightfully obscure.
True street corner anthems, (a few can be found redone on the
more recent "Bomb in My F-Hole" CD). Throw money, or
get the hell out of the way!!! ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
Thesaurus Rex: Laryngitis X3 (CD/ cassette originally). This
band headquartered and partied in Fox Lake, IL from 1994 to 1998.
No singing on this 30-plus minute CD, just the crunching guitar
of Danny Imig, growling bass of Jeff Anderson (formerly of CERTAIN
DEATH), and the pounding, big-top, side-show drums of Steve Holtz,
(formerly of I.D. UNDER). Nobody ever got this band. Why do people
require a singer to "guide" them through a song? Lack
of imagination, perhaps? Danny hopes to re-record most of these
songs at a later date with a new band; maybe people will figure
it out then. Stylistically somewhere between SHADOWY MEN and SATRIANI,
between DICK DALE and ZAPPA, between THE VENTURES and PRIMUS.
Songs include the ominous jazz romp "Pachyderm Tutu Dance",
flamenco influenced anthem "Bouncing on Esmeralda",
(which turned up again on "Long Lost Buddy" as "Ritchie
V's Anthem") and circus pieces "Larry the Lobster Clown"
and "Jazz for Jumping Dogs", the always popular "Mideast
Circle Dance" (aka the "Havah Nagilah Medley"),
"Have a Good Time All the Time", and others. Thesaurus
Rex offers something new for a D.B. band-two cover songs. A cool
version of the "Repo Man Theme" by IGGY POP, and a VICTIMS
FAMILY's instrumental "George Benson".
D.B. Imig: ¢hoose $ilver (CD/ cassette originally). Fourth
in the D.B. Imig series and last of the solo, home-recorded, cassette
series, this collection is perhaps the hardest to categorize.
Acoustic guitar lovers will find much to rave about including
a long classical guitar piece that D.B. composed from his college
days (1981) until its recording hereupon called "Exercise
at Dawn." A great "folk" song with lyrics inspired
by a town in Ayn Rand's Atlas Shrugged ,called "Starnesville".
Those who want to thrash and jam though, fear not, "House
Slut Mini-Van", Bass in Space"
and others will keep you diving off your coffee tables. Other
high points include "Do Us a Favor and Kill Yourself"
which sounds kind of PRIMUS-like, "Your Brian's Thinking,
Can You Love Me?" sung a lot like the PSYCHEDELIC FURS guy,
and "We're the Living" a kind of heavy-metal ska song,
if you can believe there is such a thing. D.B. claims to have
invented the whole genre of Metal ska??? Damn egoist
D.B. Imig: Never Learned Cooperate (CD/ cassette originally).
The third in the D.B. Imig series, he claims this is his most
"successful" work to date. Got to wonder what his version
of "success" entails? It does contain the TV themes
(opening and closing) that he composed for "John Abdo's Fitness Profile".
Good music to sweat by. John would later go on to invent the "ABDOer",
a TV infomercial mass-marketing phenomenon. The closing theme
called "Tapping On Towards Tinytown" is a particularly
magical, two-handed, tapping down the train tracks ("Risky
Business") type of tune. "Bring Bright Ages" a
wonderful, upbeat, crunching, pop-rock piece, and "Take New
Risks" featuring lead vocalist (not saxophonist) BILL CLINTON
via various sampled soundbites, are two other high points. Also
included, the first versions of "Small People Are Safe"
which appears later on "Bomb
" and "Norman
Meyer Died for You and Me", same. "King James Version"
is a hilarious splice/spoof on the eternal JAMES BROWN. "JC's
Funky Nightmare" is a sparkling little gem of a song, with
multiple time signatures created on the omnipresent drum machine,
and guaranteed to make most real drummers cringe. The original
"No God, Parts 1 & 2" is included here, a study
in contrasting styles, classical/folk versus punk/metal, thus
the two parts. The solo in "Part One" may be the best
rippin' Danny solo ever! CD title pretty much explains why D.B.
is destined to fail in this business. ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
D.B. Imig: Double Bubble Man (CD/ cassette originally). The
second in the D.B. series features what Imig calls a "new
positive energy thanks to my immersion in the philosophy of Ayn
Rand." Songs obviously thusly influenced include "Get
the Hell Out of My Way", also, a great instrumental "Alewife
Ska Party" and another rockin' ska tune "Runnin' in a Desert".
Guest saxophonist Kevin Cox, of RIFF RAFF fame, contributes handily
to the jazz-swing ditty "Let's Have Sax Tonight", as
well as the "Peter Gunn" takeoff "Dick Howitzer".
More acoustic, classical, and mellow stuff featured on this collection
such as "Tiny Fin (slightly crushed)" a takeoff on HENDRIX's
"Little Wing". ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
D. B. Imig: Media Circus Ring (CD/ cassette originally). After
the death of Danny Sleeze in a bizarre restaurant shooting, D.B.
picks up where he left off with a wild romp through a psycho-audio
circus. Twisted guitar and bombastic ethnic beats abound. Soar
from the funkadelic heights of "War is No Game" (composed
for the first computer desert war) to the sludge-slime depths
of "UltraMeditation", something a bit akin to ZEPPELIN's
"No Quarter". From the outbreak of the poppy title song,
"Media Circus Ring"
through a four-song tour of Spain (the Spanish are so cool, they're
Phrygian!), and onward to the acoustic folk hit "A Regular
Song, Parts 1 and 2", D.B. continues to astound all with
his versatility, instrumental prowess, and crisp compositional
qualities. This and "Rosy
" are his best cassette
releases, according to longtime fans and friends. ALL ORIGINAL
Danny Sleeze: Rosy Palm Reader (CD/ cassette originally).
Last tape in the Sleeze series before Danny is tragically murdered
by his friend and co-philosophizer Wally, in their favorite restaurant.
Actual last words and fatal shots heard on next to last song.
Includes the dark-blue monster of a hit "Ghost of Pharmore",
spaghetti western spin-off "Punk Rocker Headed West",
fusion masterpiece "Medium Generation", and thrasher
classic "Brand New Car", home-forged metal hit inspired
by The Terminator "Homosapius Terminus", and many, many
more. Prolific in a compositional sense. Sickeningly versatile.
Disquieting, turbulent, with a hint of the occult. Mr. Sleeze
truly must have sensed his "end". His "Experiment
in 11/12" will live as a mind-numbing, Zen guitar classic.
ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL, except for a version of ERIK SATIE's "Gymnopedie
Danny Sleeze: Blue Mushrooms (CD/ cassette originally). The
third in the totally-solo, self-flagellating Sleeze series. Danny
buys his first drum machine and flounders amidst programming voodoodum,
although the "sound" of the drums is vastly improved
over his first two tapes. His programming would get better and
more real as the series progressed. This tape benefits from repeated
listenings (it's a bit of an acquired taste) and perhaps some
chemical modifications in order to fully appreciate. Hence the
title? Some of the best rock solo guitar work D.S. has ever done
is found within this tape. Favorites include: guitar slaying "Floyd 'Slippery Fingers' Rose Private I", "Ghost of Pharmore",
"Surfin' on the Wah Wah Pedal", "Hot Blue Guitars",
and another ska masterpiece "Dance the Magic Mushroom".
Two songs that should have ended up on the CERTAIN DEATH recordings
but didn't, that appear here in solo-produced form are the classic
"Cock Rock Metal" and "Condumineum" which
would go on to be re-worked into "Norman Meyer
Also contains the song that spawned the "Fitness Profile
Theme" years later, "DelPyuko Blue" a rock-flamenco
romp through a bad smelling Latin disco on the San Antonio river-walk.
ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
Danny Sleeze: Greensleeze (CD/ cassette originally). The most
widely-liked and most-distributed tape of all the Danny home-recorded
series. Painters in the northwest suburbs (where D.S. worked)
are still playing this in their vans and wondering "What
ever became of
" Young children also seem to gravitate
to this tape as well, some with hyper-spasmodic reactions, probably
due to the canned sound of the keyboard drums- fun, fun, and not
quite as "Cheezy" as the original, but almost. Sleeze
slays (sleighs?) with guitar over the toppings of cheese. Favorites
include: "Serial Monogamy" and "Runnin' Out of
Time" both left-overs from the college days "D.S. COOTIE"
band (see bio), "People Hunting" a re-work of a classic
CERTAIN DEATH tune, a tune making a big popular comeback, "Corporate
Dicks Roast in Hell", anti-TV and media rant "Bad Acting", and many other
expertly constructed poppy "Cheezy" songs. Instrumentals
abound also. ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL.
Danny Sleeze: For My Friends Who Love Cheeze (CD/ cassette originally).
The tape that legitimatized home recording forever. Lovable due
in part to its simple "cheezyness". They only wish they
were giants.-- D.S. was way ahead of them. Drums all "cheesy"
ala various Casio keyboards of the time. Great and unfettered
guitar work. Phenomenal songs; some include: "Kids Can Be
Nazis Too", one of Sleeze's first written when he was with
RIFF RAFF (see bio), the first instrumental composed age 15, "Laguna Sludgepond", "Snowden", a song originally composed for NAKED RAYGUN but penned too late
to make even a CERTAIN DEATH recording, and "Wake the Dead"
a sloshy bass-driven disco shuffle set to the rhythm of a washing
machine. ALL ORIGINAL MATERIAL save for a version of ALICE COOPER's
"Eighteen" transformed into "I'm Aging and I Like
It!", and a version of the "Munster's Theme", also
way ahead of those rock versions heard later. They've been rippin'
off Danny Sleeze ever since he put out this tape. Someone out
there must be listening
CERTAIN DEATH, K.A.O.S. in Control/ "Dead Llama",
7", 45 r.p.m. record. Big, big, big, HUGE sound thanks in
part to producer/engineer Iain Burgess. If you still like records,
and appreciate big drums sounds, this is for you. A real collector's
item, although D.S. claims to have about 300 left in his basement.
Includes matching 11 X17 poster from the same era.
CERTAIN DEATH: Basement Live '85 (CD/ cassette originally).
The basement tape that started it all! Called by Thrash 'Till
Deaf Magazine "the best punk, hardcore tape ever!" This
newly remastered on its 20th anniversary, live, overhead stereo
mic recording captured the band as its members' interest was peaking,
and laid down the foundation for the hits to come, including:
"Kill the Beatles "Granny's on the S.W.A.T. Team",
"Captain Nemo", "Hemroids", "Red Alert",
"Less Fallout", "Survivalism", "Doomsday",
and most of the CERTAIN DEATH repertoire that would follow in
the next two years. This is the sound the audiences remember-brash,
fast, tight, honest, and downright exhausting. The intensity of
these early recordings would never again be matched. Includes
the original 18 songs, and 5 bonus tracks not available on the
original cassette. Slam, mash, pogo, mosh, crash, dive, and burn
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