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Die Happy & Other Songs About Life

by Green Sparkle Frog

Alternative Rock with an edge meets Country/Americana/Blues/Pop: Psychedelic Alt-Rock Electric Guitars, Bass and Drums, merged with Pedal Steel Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Banjo, Ukelele and various Percussion Instruments, with rich vocal harmonies.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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1. Honeyball
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2. Zeke the Sheik
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3. She's That Kind of Girl
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4. Public Display of Affection
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5. Green Sparkle Frog
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6. Old MacDonald's Pharmacy
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7. Hayseed
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8. Green Eyed Blues
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9. I Met a Bird
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10. My Best Dream
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11. Trampoline
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12. Here Comes Christmas
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13. 45 Rpm
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14. Heave Ho
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15. We Can Live in Paradise/Die Happy/On the Way Outro
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Album Notes
GREEN SPARKLE FROG is a Southern California based band, consisting of singer/guitarist/songwriter
A.J. Marik, and drummer/percussionist Tim Kummerow.

They have collaborated on various projects for 25+ years, including The Hundredth Monkey, Cecilia Plus Minus, Pendu Femelle, Barf Bag, The Soupcoolers, Wall of Noise, Marshall O Boy & The Well Hungarians, and Benedict Arnold & The Traitors.

Green Sparkle Frog is the culmination of it all, a varied, yet cohesive offering of tunes which range from psychedelic rock/hard-edged country rock/blues rock/pop rock/and straight ahead rock n roll, with a touch of acoustic folk - which all merge nicely into a whole body of work of roots-based Americana and Alternative Rock called, "Die Happy."

A.J. penned all of the songs on this first GSF offering, and is a highly accomplished multi-instrumentalist, playing all of the acoustic and electric guitar parts, bass, keyboards and ukelele, while also providing all of the lead and background vocals on "Die Happy."

With A.J., Tim Kummerow (a voting member in the Producer's & Engineer's wing of NARAS - "The Grammys"), co-engineered and co-produced the CD, and played all acoustic and electronic drums and percussion.

Green Sparkle Frog is:

A.J. Marik: Lead and background vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bass, keyboards/synthesizers, ukelele.
A.J. also composed all of the songs on DIE HAPPY, and he engineered, mixed and produced the entire project.

Tim K: Electronic drums and percussion, co-engineer, co-producer, webmaster, art director.

With special guests:

Paul Hilton: Pedal steel guitar, banjo; and Max Buda: violin (on the song "Green Sparkle Frog").

A.J., Tim K, and Paul Hilton have played together in Marshall O Boy & The Well Hungarians; and A.J. and T.K. were members, circa 1986+ to the near present, of Los Angeles based bands such as: The Hundredth Monkey, Pendu Femelle, Cecilia Plus Minus, Barf Bag, Picture This, Wall of Noise, and Benedict Arnold & The Traitors. Max Buda, a founding member of the 60s American psychedelic band Kaleidoscope, also played on the Traitors' last CD, "Star Spangled Bummer," released in 2008.

Green Sparkle Frog are currently working on recording their second release, "The Ghosts of Eden," and rehearsing for live appearances to promote "Die Happy & Other Songs About Life" in 2013.


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"Die Happy & Other Songs About Life"

Fresh New Music
For anyone who feels there's got to be a new freshness to original music, this album will fill the bill. The musicianship, plus the blend of different instruments all add up to the brilliant quailty of the studio job done on this album. Every song is it's own and original but still within the total concept of the album's theme. My favorite cuts included "She's That Kind of Girl", "Green Sparkle Frog" (Mary's Fav), "Old MacDonald's Pharmacy", "Green Eyed Blues", "I Met a Bird", "Trampoline", "45 RPM", "Die Happy" and "On the Way Outro". For a pleasent change, hook into Green Sparkle Frog and this fun new CD, it's time well spent.
J-Cat, Vista, Calif.

R.J. Frost

Die Happy with Green Sparkle Frog
"Die Happy and Other Songs About Life" by "Green Sparkle Frog."
Hyperbole is all too common in record reviews, so let me give it to you plainly, right from the get-go, Dear Reader. This is a really good album. I highly recommend it. Buy this CD!

Now let me tell you why I like it so much.

Good songs are important, no doubt. In fact, in this era of digital downloads the music biz has basically decided to jettison albums in favor of a couple hit numbers. Why spend money making 10 to 12 songs when all you need is a hit? Except that's sort of like saying, "Why write a novel when a good paragraph will do?" I enjoy a nicely turned paragraph just as much as the next guy, but not to the exclusion of novels. They are simply not the same things, and "Die Happy" is that rare beast these days: a wonderfully engaging album.

There are most definitely stand-alone songs here too, make no mistake. The love song, "She's That Kind of Girl," the bizarre and menacing "Public Display of Affection," and the enthralling "We Can Live in Paradise," to name just three. And the hook in "Old MacDonald's Pharmacy" has me by the brain to a preposterous degree; not only can't I stop humming it - I don't even want to stop humming it! Beatle-esque harmonies and pop crafting abound on these songs and they are a joy to listen to. But what really intrigues me is the grand tour this album takes us on. A love song to a dead girl (Honeyball) leads into a true story about a gardener extraordinaire and his expulsion from Eden (Zeke the Sheik). The lust for a guitar which the haughty salesman will not let him touch (Green Sparkle Frog) leads us off on a radio-play/daydream in which the singer yields to temptation, smashes the window, grabs said guitar, and is being chased by police! Bowery Boys meet The Loving Spoonful in the raucous refrain of "Die Happy!" Other stops along the way cover dinner with the relatives (Hayseed), nostalgic longing (Green Eyed Blues), politics (Heave Ho), and there's even an off-kilter Christmas song (Here Comes Christmas). Stylistically this album goes from screaming Rock to pedal steel, Rockabilly to ukelele ballad, intimate to anthemic, and it somehow hangs together as a cohesi