Gnarlene is a musician and songwriter living on the grungy banks of the Duwamish river in South Park, a light industrial neighborhood in Seattle, Washington.
Maybe it\'s the PCB\'s. Maybe it\'s the heavy metals. Or could it be the cool, artistic vibe that permeates the area and causes the neighborhood to reek with wanton self-expression. Whatever it is, South Park has provided the inspiration for Gnarlene to produce her best work to date.
Recorded at Self-adhesive records in Fremont by Jon Goff and mastered by Barry Corliss at Masterworks this album packs a punch with catchy punk/pop tunes in the best Seattle post grunge tradition.
Think Mudhoney meets Flight of the Conchords.
These songs are funny, well written, and played and recorded to provide maximum listening pleasure.
Give it a try. And tell all your creepy little friends too.
Some Gnarlene background?
Who could forget some of the early hits of the Supreme Six? \"Barbie Love\", \"Don\'t Drop Me Baby\", \"Alabaster Funk Master\". All with \"Little Gnarlene\" on lead vocals. Her creamy falsetto, backed by the somewhat lesser talents of her brothers, gained wide spread popularity among sub-urban, white cheezfunk fans in the late \'70\'s. Their \"Exact Sex Change\" album can still be danced to at many sock hops in parts of Ohio.
Sadly, time marched on, fashions changed, and soon the Supreme Six found themselves doing buffet shows in Reno, gay weddings, and eventually, street busking.
The subsequent poverty and deprivation the family endured was too much for Little Gnarlene. She suffered a tragic nervous breakdown and was institutionalized for a number of years, where various lobotomies, and shock treatments were applied with experimental vigor and debatable results.
It was in the mental institution that Gnarlene first began to percieve the messages she attributes to a highly evolved race of beings inhabiting a distant planet called Fabulon. These beings transmit a kind of interstellar radio signal over the universal wi-fi network.
\"It\'s sort of a Fey Ray, or Supreme Beam. It tells me to make certain kinds of musics or write inflammatory manifesto\'s sometimes\".
After many productive years in the institution Gnarlene felt she had learned all she could there and was eventually released.
For fashion reasons, she decided to become a UPS driver and happily occupied herself in that pursuit for a time under an assumed identity. \"I didn\'t want to get Special Rites just because I was a former gay child celebrity. But when they wouldn\'t let me wear my white go go boots with my little brown shorts outfit, I knew it was time to move on\".
The Fey Ray then proclaimed that she must re-become an international artistic celebrity in order to transmit the Doctrine of Fabulousness and the entire, as yet unrevealed Fabulon Codex. And so she has launched on her current lifes campaign.
\"It\'s so exciting, I get rather large numbers of people throwing things at me in the supermarket in some kind of adulatory frenzy of celebrity worship.\"
What\'s next for Gnarlene? \" Well, I\'ve got a lot of projects planned. Right now I\'m working on smashing the heterarchy, returning America to democracy and liberating men from their fashion prison. And if there\'s any time left after lunch I may take a nap.\"