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Beat Is Murder: Cockfights & Cakefights 1992​-​1996

by The Spectors

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Private Dick 02:26
Out of Order 02:32
Lunch Box 02:48
The Trains 03:03
In My Grave 03:01
Friday A.M. 02:37
Rhubarb Ruby 03:55
My Life 02:15
Betterdays 02:40
I Don't Care 02:25


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An untimely retrospective from the Minneapolis wild bunch who handily kicked ass on their garage rock brethren of the early ‘90s (while not kicking one another’s asses, more often than not!). A multi-talented melting pot, the Spectors were formed as the musical godchildren of Minnesota’s legendary mod thrashers the Funseekers. Though not widely known outside the Midwest, a few forays into the NYC area and an exploratory junket to Iceland garnered them a notable following.

Their reputation as the life and soul of any party led the loosely knit group of friends to sometimes heatedly vie for their respective onstage roles. With ten members through seven lineups (replete with female saxophonist), seemingly everyone played drums or lead guitar at some point! After 3 1/2 years of egomania, if not Spectormania, the band imploded and spun off current mod faves the Conquerors.

One little-known fact of Spectors lore is their role as catalysts in the revival of ‘60s US/German Ÿber-beat gruppe the Monks. Soon after exhuming the erstwhile proto-punk legends (thanks to Adam’s dad) the Spectors cut their ‘92 debut Oh, How To Do Now aided and abetted by no less than three original Monks. Later, other valuable musical friendships were forged with mythic ‘60s Icelanders Thor’s Hammer and Radio Birdman’s Deniz Tek whom they backed live.

In typically fractious style, Beat Is Murder arrived six years after its original planned release. This comprehensive collection gathers all the original 45's alongside an incredibly rare Swiss single ("Treacle Toffee World"/"Rhubarb Ruby") and their unreleased Thor’s Hammer tribute EP 4 x Thor. Early demos and unreleased late-period gems round off this exhaustive assault on the vaults. Beat is Murder is the veritable clutter on the coffee table the morning after an unforgettable party!


released March 31, 2003

Chris Knott: Vocals
Devin Waterman: Guitar, vocals
Dan Boardman: guitar, drums, vocals
Keith Patterson: Bass, vocals
Eric Tretbar: Drums, vocals
Dave Randall: Guitar
Adam Fesenmaier: Guitar, drums

Tracks 1, 5, 6, 8-10, 13, 14 & 18-20 produced by David J. Russ
Tracks 4, 7 & 15-17 produced by Dan Boardman, mixed with Randy Duerr at Wigged Out Studio
Tracks 2, 3 & 11 produced by Gary Burger & Eddie Shaw
Track 12 produced by Tommy Roberts

Mastered by Dino DiStefano
Design by Mark Lazar
Art direction by Chris Knott
Cover photo by Diana Watters


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