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The Goops “Bored & White” EP
released: June 3rd
Unreleased material from the early days of 90’s NYC punk band

1. Bored and White
2. Twelve Forty-Five
3. Dead Alive 92
4. City Slang 92
5. Hate You (Live at CBGB)
6. Giggletown (Acoustic)

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The Goops were formed in the East Village in the early ’90’s by Brad Worrell, Eleanor Whitledge, and Pete McClanahan. By the time they were playing regular gigs around NYC, they’d enlisted Jeff “Heffman” Bennison on drums.

Gigs at The Continental, Pyramid Club and CBGB soon caught the attention of Blackout! Records who released a few 7” singles before putting out self-titled, full-length, “The Goops” in early 1994. Bass on the album was played by Steven “Stif” Mazur who would become a permanent member.

The band continued to build a strong following among New York’s downtown scene, being photographed by Terry Richardson and playing monthly shows at Don Hill’s Squeezebox. Soon they were touring nationally with Rancid, Samiam, Bouncing Souls, and opening shows for The Offspring, Garbage and Radiohead.

The video for “Booze Cabana” from their Blackout! debut, was picked up by MTV, airing regularly on Beavis & Butthead. Around the same time, director Kevin Smith put the band’s cover of “Build Me Up Buttercup” in his film, “Mallrats”. It was chosen as the soundtrack’s single and the subsequent video appeared in MTV’s regular rotation.

In 1995 the band signed to Warner Brothers, releasing “Lucky” on the Reprise label in early 1996. The single, “Vulgar Appetites” aired on MTV’s 120 Minutes and was added at radio in a few markets around the country.

These recordings represent an undocumented period in the bands’ history, namely the lineup that included Pete McClanahan on bass. Pete was the Goops’ 3rd founding member, along with Eleanor and Brad and co-wrote the entire first album with them. Both, “Dead/Alive” and “City Slang”, are recorded here with Pete on bass and Jeff Bennison on drums, and are much more powerful than the later album versions. The other songs on this collection have never been released in any form. “Bored & White” is an early demo, recorded at Platinum Island Studios with Pete on bass and Mark Evan on drums, both of whom were in Warrior Soul at the time. “Hate You” was recorded live at CBGB and is a great example of the high energy sets the band was known for.

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Eleanor and Brad onstage at CBGB