04. THEE CELLAR DWELLERS - 'Wonderin' Why?'/'Dwellin' (Get Hip GH-105) 1987
One of the early releases on Get Hip Records was by this neo garage band from Carlisle, PA.
The sleeve is a beautiful thing but the music is a bit of a let down. 'Wonderin' Why?' written by Jim Baetz doesn't quite lift off like it could have done with some 60s punk style snarls but worse to come is how the record just kinda fades out to a whimper. Blame the production on this?
The flip 'Dwellin' is a fuzztoned & organ swingin' instro with the odd 'Hey!' thrown in for good measure. It's obviously a much better side but again I don't think the production is that great. The fuzz guitar pans from one channel to another in an annoying stereo way. This would have been more powerful and purist in a mono mix.
I found some information online from a mod fanzine called Top Gear. This is from issue 4 circulated in 1988:
THEE CELLAR DWELLERS- WONDERIN' WHY? / DWELLIN'
GET HIP RECORDS
I was a little disappointed with this single. I like the band a
lot, and their live shows are always a blast, but they didn't
seem to capture their live excitement on this release. I don't
even feel that the choice of material is a good representation
of their style. However, for some good news, read the next
THEE CELLAR DWELLERS
6 SONG DEMO CASSETTE #2
If you remember last issue, I reviewed Thee Cellar Dwellers'
demo cassette. Well, this is their second demo cassette, which
contains rough mixes of their forthcoming ep. This blows away
both the single and the previous demo cassette. Much closer
to Thee Dwellers live sound.
My favorites are the Beatlesque cuts 'Girl In My Dreams'
and 'I Know It's True'. There are also some excellent instrumentals.
My copy of the tape includes an additional track,
which is a cover of The Eyes' 'Please
Don't Cry'. This will not be included on the ep, but released
on a compilation tape put out by Sound Affects fanzine in San
Diego. These tracks are more like Thee Cellar Dwellers I know.
Get this tape by sending either $2.00 and a blank cassette, or
THEE CELLAR DWELLERS
c/o JIM BAETZ
Carlisle, PA 17013
I've not heard these demo tapes and didn't know they existed. I don't think any EP was released after this 45 for Get Hip as the reviewer suggested. If you know any better let me know.