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June Panic

Songs From Purgatory

June Panic spent six years during the early 1990s crafting 14 lyrically disturbed and sonically self-mutilated albums that would make him the closest thing to an underground rock songwriting celebrity that the Dakotas would bear during this era otherwise obsessed with grunge. While scratching an itch for Dylan that could not be alleviated, June willed his bedroom songs into musical nuggets that find tonal residence between the hazy fog of Ween and Sebadoh, the great white isolationism of Eric's Trip, and the everything-and-the-kitchen-sink production style of '80s-era Prince.

The material embodied on Songs From Purgatory was recorded in vans, dank basements and tiny apartments in Grand Forks & Fargo, North Dakota using crappy microphones on an even crappier 4-track machine. This body of work showcases a songwriting and producing talent that perhaps was only commercially held back by its medium - one which he initially embraced as a matter of necessity, but eventually grew to deliberately embrace with the zeal of a lo-fi revolutionary. According to June, "Over time, I came to appreciate the sounds I was getting, and it dawned on me that recording in an expensive studio is not somehow inherently superior to 'lo-fi' recordings - it is simply a different medium."

Originally released as cassette-only albums on his own label 3 Out Of 4 Records, June's master tapes were almost destroyed in the Great Flood of 1997 that consumed Grand Forks. Over 200 master tapes sat submerged under the murky Red River water for several days in his parents' basement until saved through a painstaking cleansing process that is hilariously documented in the liner notes to this collection. Brought into this world by June, taken out by the Flood, then brought back by June, these songs have been re-mastered by the able hands of the iconic KRAMER.

(SC095 released: 09/11/07)


  1. Disc 1:
  2. Sundowner
  3. Long, Long Stem
  4. Dumb Stories
  5. Excavation
  6. The Catcher in the Whole Wheat
  7. My Little Tool
  8. Lawrence Welk Plaster Caster (Part Two)
  9. Firewood
  10. Stoned Indifference
  11. Second Virginity
  12. Pupil
  13. Fountain of Youth
  14. In Protest
  15. Ripe Grape
  16. Womenopause
  17. Save Your Breath
  18. Dreams Are Hard to Follow
  19. Gone

    Disc 2:
  20. That Parade
  21. Brain Slide (Craniology)
  22. Me Another Baby Panther
  23. Cardinal Virtues
  24. (Born Into) Cynosure
  25. Co-op Tune
  26. Litany
  27. Tina Turner (The Devil Is Sorry)
  28. Snellgrove Sucks
  29. Death of My "Significant Other" (By God)
  30. Forever
  31. Sample and Hold
  32. Birthday Present
  33. Get Up
  34. Pin Coffin
  35. Spin The Awful

    Disc 3:
  36. Recipes
  37. There Is a Tool
  38. All Girls
  39. Required Thinking Exercise
  40. Come In from the Cold
  41. Dancing on the Graves of Those We Loved
  42. Fuck the Inconceivable (Everybody Wants to Die Happy)
  43. Happy Medium
  44. The Sad & the Stupid
  45. Nuke in Fridge
  46. Jesus-Christ-Fucka-Sucka-Mobile
  47. Satan Star
  48. The Moon and the Memories
  49. Space God/Jen's 1.4
  50. 3rd Grade
  51. Lonely for Lonely's Sake
  52. The Intro
  53. Hate Yr Blues