THE GREEN TODAY - Natural Rhyme


THE GREEN TODAY - 'Natural Rhyme'/'Find A Way' (Kaleidoscope Flexi Disc) Dec 1986

One of the best contemporary groups I've discovered recently were undoubtedly Orlando, Florida outfit The Belltowers. They perform a melodic and harmonious jangle rock that has been my staple diet for decades. Read about The Belltowers on my site here. 

During the course of my Belltowers investigations I became aware that at one stage ex Green Today members Paul Mutchler and Ken Chiodini were also in an early line-up of The Belltowers. I'd heard of The Green Today before via an 80s compilation called 'The Exploding Underground'....

I then found out that both Paul and Ken started another group called The Lears when The Green Today broke up in 1987. Fantastic, I said to myself...... I've been a huge fan of The Lears for many years and had all of their 45 releases. Things started to make sense. The jangle Rickenbacker from Paul Mutchler had been a pleasant constant in ALL three groups.

A few months ago I decided that I wanted 'Flower Bomb Songs' to concentrate much more on revival groups and although I've already written about The Lears before I plan to update those entries over several blog entries, starting today with The Green Today!!


The Green Today started life as Stumble and after a couple of changes settled on a line-up of  Ken Chiodini (drums/vocals), Paul Mutchler (guitar/vocals) and Martin Everett (bass). Soon after, a new name was required and the guys went for The Green Today after Paul looked at The Beatles LP 'Yesterday And Today' and liked the way it was written. All three liked the colour green.....hence Green Today.

'Natural Rhyme', written by Paul Mutchler has his signiture 12 string jangle and is a real lanquid Byrdsian treat. The sound is full and vibrant and belies the fact that this was a three piece outfit. Mark Michel is credited as producer on the flexi-disc but during the interview from Kaleidoscope Issue 1, the group also thank John Link for help during the recording process.

THE GREEN TODAY - Natural Rhyme



'Find A Way' is an uptempo rocker with a definate nod to The Meat Puppets and The Minutemen (popular 80s indie groups), especially the bass runs. However, the jangle is still present. Here's what Paul had to say in the Kaleidoscope interview.

"I listen to The Beatles, The Byrds and Roger McGuinn. I'm definately a big McGuinn fan. I think I'm the only person besides McGuinn who plays 12-string constantly now!
I'll always be a 12-string picker. I like 6-strings but....if I get one It'll be like yeah, I'll play that two songs a set".

 
Another song by The Green Today was released on late 80s compilation 'The Exploding Underground' on (Direct Hit Records DHLP 1001). 'Thoughts Before' was recorded in 1987 and is a seriously great Byrdsian rocker circa their raga rock experiments on 'Younger Than Yesterday', but at over four minutes is too long too post here. Check it out on my YouTube Channel.


The Green Today - St Augustine, 1986 - pic from Paul Mutchler's archives

Gig flyer taken from Paul Mutchler's archives


Discography:

Stumble 'The Leaves Are Turning' (9 song cassette) 1984
The Green Today 'The Green Today Demo' (5 song cassette) May 1986
The Green Today 'Natural Rhyme'/'Find A Way' (flexi disc Kaleidoscope issue 1) Dec 1986
The Green Today 'Thoughts Before' (Direct Hit Records DHLP 1001) 1988

additions from Ken Chiodini:

The Green Today 'Greener Than Elvis--Greener Than the Beatles!' Live at Below Zero
May 23,1987. Ltd Qty of 100 given away to the 1st 100 people to sign
our mailing list.


The Green Today 'The Green Today Demo'(6 song Cassette)' Tracks 1-4 April 1987. Tracks
5 and 6 released as a flexi in Kaleidoscope issue 1.


The Green Today 'Tracks That Go Nowhere'/'I Hear Every Word' (Orlando Fl Compilation
on Figurehead Records called 'The Vessels Had Life'. 1987

Comments

  1. Cool Post Colin... I was unaware of The Belltowers' past, I dig the song you've attached and look forward to The Lears Updates.

    Paul

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  2. I too was unaware of the Green Today, and this is such a great song, and of course the 12 string
    just makes great into wonderful. As ever many thanks Colin

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  3. Hi,
    I'm Ken the drummer from all the above mentioned. Here is an update/addition on the discography.

    The Green Today 'Greener Than Elvis--Greener Than the Beatles!' Live at Below Zero
    May 23,1987. Ltd Qty of 100 given away to the 1st 100 people to sign
    our mailing list.
    The Green Today 'The Green Today Demo'(6 song Cassette)' Tracks 1-4 April 1987. Tracks
    5 and 6 released as a flexi in Kaleidoscope issue 1.
    The Green Today 'Tracks That Go Nowhere'/'I Hear Every Word' (Orlando Fl Compilation
    on Figurehead Records called 'The Vessels Had Life'. 1987

    Cheers!
    Ken Chiodini

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