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Monday, February 1, 2010

THE JARS (TIME OF THE ASSASSINS SINGLE)

I took this info from the Jars Myspace. I trimmed it down quite a bit. A much more detailed story of the band is available there. Go check it out. Time Of The Assassins is such a classic track. If your not familiar with it I'm sure you'll enjoy it. The Jars were formed in 1978 out of the remnants of San Francisco’s Beauty Killers. All of the Jars had worked in the music industry in stores, as Djs, recording engineers, and all were rabid music collectors. They helped spearhead the Berkeley Punk/New Wave scene by playing at the International Café, Aitos Club, the Keystone, Berkeley High and various pizza parlors and frat parties. From ’78-81, The Jars were considered one of the top 3 Berkeley bands along with The Mondellos & The Young Adults and were playing all over the Bay Area at the Mabuhay Gardens, the Deaf Club, the Temple and the old Waldorf opening up for Roky Erickson, the Angry Samoans, Horslips, the Dickies, the FlaminGroovies, the Psychotic Pineapple, the Dead Kennedys, the Suspects, the Mutants and MX 80 to name but a few. The band did a 3 song EP for the young Subterranean label, “Start Rite Now”, “Psycho”, and “Electric 3rd Rail” with Mike Fox of The Tools/ Code of Honor producing. Released in the summer of 1980, this was the Jars’ first single. The record sold well in the Bay Area’s many hip record stores and got a lot of college radio airplay, and was featured on the then-emerging Maximum Rock & Roll show on KPFA. Electric 3rd Rail” was in the FabMab/KUSF Rotten Record chart Top Ten for 4 weeks and ended up at 54 on for the entire year of 1980, just behind Elvis Costello’s “High Fidelity” and ahead of “Too Much Pressure” by The Selector. On March 30th, 1981 the day Ronald Reagan was shot, a 2nd 45 was released on the Jars our own Universal label. Time Of The Assassins backed with an instrumental, Jar Wars . The single included a glorious pic sleeve designed by Grammy-winning artist and evil genius Hugh Brown. Both songs got a lot of college radio airplay all over the country, and the single rose to 2 on the Rotten Record Chart. In 1982, The Jars called it a day.
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REFERENCES - JARS MYSPACE MIK DOWS BACK PAGES
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UNIVERSAL RECORDS 1980
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1.TIME OF THE ASSASSINS
2. JAR WARS
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2 comments:

Anonymous said...

Hey Frank - It's an honor to see this here!
All the best
Gary Nervo Mollica
Keyboards - The Jars

Frank Miller said...

Thanks Gary, for the record, and the comment. The Honors mine!