This is the original SKiN GRAFT Release of CHEER-ACCIDENT's "¡¡ Salad Days !!" from 2000, and it is being provided primarily for collectors and for archival purposes. See catalog #GR123 for the 2017 LP/CD/Digital reissue, mastered by Todd Rittmann (U.S. Maple, Dead Rider).
CHEER-ACCIDENT is clearly the underdog of Chicago. Always unpredictable, always entertaining, but darn hard to pigeonhole. Imagine an indie prog band, an emo band that can laugh at itself, or maybe the best bet is to set that blender on "10" and dream about Steely Dan, Chicago (the band) and U.S Maple.
CHEER-ACCIDENT thrills in dissonance and odd chord changes, yet are undeniably A POP BAND, sneaking in the back door, taking things to another level, with songwriting that will make you cry, musicianship that will make you tremble, and the hooks and looks needed to go down in musical history. CHEER-ACCIDENT has an eccentric sense of humor that combines a lush pop style with bursts of bizarre changes; at just about the point where you become convinced that any given song could make it on commercial radio, they "blow it" with some left-field turn straight off a cliff.
"Salad Days" is a celebration that music is being made at all - A Hi-Fi invitation to the band's explorations into the dark world of lo-fi consciousness. Tap in and fell the most rewarding album of the year.
released September 1, 2000
Phil Bonnet: guitar
Thymme Jones: drums, vocals, trumpet, moog, casio, harmonica
Jeff Libersher: guitar
Dylan Posa: bass, guitar, casio, microcassette, air organ
Jeb Bishop: trombone
Janie Bouzek: vocals
Lise Gilly: flute and piccolo
Joan Marrone: french horn
Recorded by Steve Albini, Phil Bonnet, Tom Zaluckyj
Mixed by Steve Albini and Cheer-Accident