Wild Wild Warkweld West

After Fræbbblarnir’s False Death” EP (1980), “Viltu Nammi Væna” album (1980), “Bjór” EP (1981) and “Poppþéttar melódíur í rokkréttu samhengi” album (1982), the 4-track 12 inch EP “Warkweld In The West” was released on the Rokkfræðsluþjónustan label in 1982.

Tracklist

  1. Oh, Sally
  2. Where Were You?
  3. Boys
  4. Jerusalem Lights?

Fræbbblarnir’s Valgarður Guðjónsson shares some memories with the ROK reader:

In late 1982 Fræbbblarnir were only 3: Steinþór on bass, Stebbi on drums and me (Valli) as a singer.

We decided to go for a 12” four song EP before the end of the year, each song featuring a different former guitar player.

“Oh, Sally” was started in practise by Mike Pollock of The Outsiders and The Bodies. He started playing some country riff saying, “stop fucking the cows Mr. Skimmerhorn” (I don’t remember exact name). Anyway I picked up, the melody came pretty easily and the twist in the lyrics fairly soon as well. Mike played in studio on guitar.

“Where were you?” was a simple and hopefully powerful rock song, not far away from The Ramones and similar bands. Immediately after getting the idea, I thought it must be somebody else’s song, but no matter how we tried, we couldn’t put a finger on it, so we assumed it was just a great song and recorded with Tryggvi, our guitar player from “Viltu nammi væna?” and “Bjór”.

“Boys” was supposed to be a funny pop song about “peeping Toms” – and I still think it is. Kiddi from our second album, “Poppþéttar melódíur í rokkréttu samhengi” (with other names as well) played guitar.

I still don’t know what “Jerusalem lights?” was supposed to be. The title can also be read as (something like) “Are Salem lights?” We recorded this with our equipment providers from Steríó / Japis who set up a recording unit in the back of the van of the guy who used to drive our gear to and from concerts. His station calling Id was “30”, therefor “Studio 30”. They were into jazz but thought very little of our attempts, “got no swing to it”, but still enjoyed the session (I hope, we couldn’t afford to pay them). Þorsteinn, our first bass player, was playing the keyboards using a Farfisa organ. This is probably our only instrumental song. Yet.

Steinþór drew the cover and the name sounds a bit like “A spring evening in the west”.

Takk Valli!