Thursday, February 8, 2007

YOUR FUNERAL - I Want To Be You (7-inch, 1982)

Your Funeral was a three-piece, all-female, dark postpunk band from Denver, Colorado’s original alternative music scene. Members included Jeri Rossi, Karen Sheridan, and Cleo Tilde. The two tracks available here stretch from bouncy Cure-esque poppiness, to tribal doom and gloom, complete with catchy bass lines and snotty vocals that might best be described as young Siouxsie Sioux accented with a heavy slap of Lydia Lunch-like desperation. This is the band’s only official release and is a well sought after gem among the postpunk/goth record collecting crowd.

“We had the record pressed at a small plant in Wyoming -- they had done the Allen Ginsberg/Gluons single for us before this one. When I got the box of records for Your Funeral, there was a letter in it stating that they wouldn't press anymore records for us because they thought we were evil and satanic! It was a great letter, replete with bad grammar and poor spelling -- I'm sure I've still got it somewhere in the basement but I'll probably never find it again...”

Singer/guitarist Jeri would later release a solo 7-inch, “I Left My Heart But I Don't Know Where / It's a Mans Mans Mans World”, both tracks akin to the works of the aforementioned Lydia Lunch.
In the mid-80s Jeri would go on to front another band called Black Cat Bone, but unfortunately none of their material ever made it to vinyl. She has since made herself a career in both filmmaking and writing, and currently resides in San Francisco. Learn more about her here.


Curious Guy said...

Seems that those christian fundis are not that intelligent at all :)
Noinim, I added a link to your blog. Keep those obscure records coming!

Anonymous said...

I'm so glad you have this; I have this 7" coming my way, but this will help me keep me from wearing it out too quick!

Anonymous said...

I'm so sad... i can't open the files (neiter with PowerArchiver07 nor other .zip programms).
It's impossible to get the I was so glad to find it here. But for vain...

Anonymous said...

WOW! I like this band, many things for me to learn over here.
Very well done blog. I'm adding you.

Marco Gélido said...

repost this pleaseeee

Anonymous said...

Hi, got here thru "Satan knows what you did" blog. Seems this blog is kinda dead, - sad. Anyway, thanks for this!
Fernando :)