Tracks #1-11: recorded 1982-1983 Phoenix, AZ
Track #12: recorded 2012 Tucson, AZ
Tracks #13-14: 1983 outtakes
Tracks # 15-22: 1982 "It's A Wonderful War" cassette
Tracks 23-25: 1982 outtakes
Tracks 26-29: live 1982 & radio 1983
“For kids in the 1960s, the moment of inspiration was when they heard The Beatles for the first time,” Jacket Weather frontman Timothy Gassen says. “For me, when I heard Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer Love’ for the first time in 1981, I was hooked on making pop sounds with synths.”
Gassen formed the pioneering minimalist-electro-wave act Jacket Weather in 1982, mixing dual Casiotone keyboards, real bass and drums — with the desolate imagery of the Arizona desert. “I loved the contrast of the synths with human percussion and the sensual backdrop of the desert,” Gassen adds. “We thought the tension of my cold, distant vocals and synths with the bombastic rock rhythm
section made our sound unique.”
Described in their day as a cross between Joy Division and Young Marble Giants, with some Wall Of Voodoo mixed in, Jacket Weather etched their own minimalist sound. Staccato, expressionistic vocals accent the snake-like mingling of the Casiotones, while a steady dance pulse backs the eerie mixture. Equally enraptured with Euro-synth, English post-punk and Los Angeles punk-wave, Jacket Weather found inspiration from such opposites as Our Daughter’s Wedding to the Suburban Lawns for their Casiotone symphonies.
The band recorded a cassette album in 1982, released a six-song vinyl EP in 1983 (titled “When Shadows Move”) and also recorded a complete album that remained unreleased — until now.
Original session producer Gassen (who has gone on to a career in indie rock and film) recently found all the master tapes — from early demos, to the EP tapes, to the unreleased album — and re-mastered and assembled them all into the collection that has been unheard for 30 years.
It’s the dark and mysterious (Casio) tones of Jacket Weather that finally take center stage, three decades since they first drifted through the Arizona night.
We celebrated the 25th anniversary of Jacket Weather in 2007 with an 18-song CD of re-mastered audio, much of it previously unreleased. At the time it included all the band’s available tracks — but in 2012, a full five years later at the band’s 30th anniversary, we have finally unearthed every Jacket Weather song recorded.
The original master tapes for the 1982 “It’s A Wonderful War” cassette album have been found, and five of these songs are included here on CD for the first time. Three songs from the 2007 release that were taken from the then-best-available cassette source — “In Like Flint,” “Not Me”and “Jigsaw Girl” — are now presented from the
master tapes, with a vocal version of “Jigsaw Girl” also included. All eight of these demos arepresented here in the original cassette album running order.
An unfinished 1982 demo, “Forever Bones,” was discovered in 2012 and dubbed with new vocals, and along with the all-new “Air Is Cold” they are the first new Jacket Weather recordings since 1984.
Completing the treasure hunt was the transfer from cassette of the only known concert recording of Jacket Weather, from 1982, and a Colorado Springs radio interview from 1983. Combined with the 18 songs previously available, this expanded 29-track collection finally paints the complete aural history of the “Casiotone orchestra” from 1982-1984 we called Jacket Weather.
Zip up and hold on tight. For Jacket Weather, even 30 years on, the “Air Is Cold.”
released March 12, 2012
Timothy Gassen: keyboards, percussion, vocals
Debra Dickey: keyboards
Drums: Howie Salmon
Bass: Lee Joseph (also lead vocals on #13),
Chris Holiman, John Ganem (also lead vocals on #21)
Sax: Tom Denny (on #14)
Guitar: Mark Hertzog (on #18); Timothy Gassen (on #14)
All songs by Timothy Gassen Except: “In Like Flint” and “I Would Dream” by Dickey/Gassen; “No Flowers” by Joseph/Gassen; “Jacket Weather” by Debra Dickey, “Her Marriage” by Ganem/Gassen