Swimming Pool Q's, The


Band members               Related acts

- Billy Burton -- drums (replaced Robert Schmid) (-1984)

- Jeff Calder -- vocals, rhythm guitar, sax (1978-)

- Anne Richmond Boston -- vocals, pipe organ (1978-87)

- Bob Elsey -- lead guitar, rhythm guitar (1978-)

- J.E. Garnett -- bas s(replaced Peter Jarkunas) (1984-)

- Pete Jarkunas -- bass (replaced Billy Jones) (1979-84)

- Billy Jones -- bass (1978-79)

- Robert Schmid -- drums (1978-84)

 

 

- Anne Richmond Boston (solo efforts)

- The Supreme Court

 

 

 


 

Genre: rock

Rating: 4 stars ****

Title:  The Deep End

Company: DB

Catalog: DB-55

Year: 1981

Country/State: Atlanta, Georgia

Grade (cover/record): VG / VG

Comments: minor ring and edge wear; includes original lyric insert

Available: 1

GEMM catalog ID: 5064

Price: $10.00

 

I'll readily admit that the early-1980s were prime record buying time for me, but somehow this Atlanta-based outfit never caught my attention.  The only saving grace is that I eventually stumbled on them - albeit some twenty years later.

 

In 1978 Calder and Elsey decided to form a band.  They quickly recruited 

singer/keyboardist Ann Richmond Boston, bass player Billy Jones (quickly replaced by Pete Jarkunas) and drummer Robert Schmid.  As The Swimming Pool Q's they quickly released a single on the local Chlorinated label 'Rat Bait' b/w 'The A-Bomb Woke Me Up' (Chlorinated catalog number 079).

 

 

While the 45 didn't do much commercially, but won critical praise and won the band some attention opening for bands like Devo and The Police.  It also captured the attention of DB Records owner Danny Beard who promptly signed them to a contract.

 

Produced by the band and Bruce Baxter, 1981's "The Deep End" may have been one of the best albums to emerge from the late-1970s/early-1980s Southern new wave scene.  Sure bands like the B-52s, Love Tractor and R.E.M. won the fans and sales, but take my word for it - this album was as good, if not better than anything those competitors did at the start of their careers. With Calder responsible for most of the material (everybody but bassist Jarkunas contributed to the album), in addition to the earlier single, musically the album offered up a wild mixture of highly commercial jangle rock ('Little Misfits'), B-52s-styled new wave ('Big Fat Tractor') and flashes of Captain Beefheart-inspired madness ('Stock Car Sin'). In spite of critical comparisons with other Georgia-based outfits, The Q's were very much their own masters.  While they were more than capable of cranking out a fun party tune ('Walk Like a Chicken'), Calder and Richmond Boston seemed far more comfortable while pursuing darker and more ominous topics and sounds like ''Stick In My Hand' and 'Black Bug'. Add in a distinctively Southern feel to those tales and you had something quite unique.  While Calder was a decent singer (occasionally recalling a scarier Fred Schneider), Richmond-Boston was the real find; her performances on songs like 'Overheated' and 'Little Misfit' providing some of the LP highlights.  The latter was also released as a single: 'Little Misfit' b/w 'Stingray' (DB catalog number DB-63)   

 

 

"The Deep End" track listing:
(side 1)

1.) Little Misfit   (Jeff Calder - Bob Eisley - Anne Richmond Boston - Robert Schmid) - 4:22

2.) Big Fat Tractor   (Jeff Calder - Bob Eisley) - 3:15

3.) Stick In My Hand   (Jeff Calder) - 5:53

4.) The A-Bomb Woke Me Up   (Jeff Calder - Billy Jones - Bob Eisley) - 3:00

5.) Rat Bait   (Jeff Calder - Bob Eisley) - 2:15

(side 2)
1.) Restless Youth   (Jeff Calder) - 2:50

2.) Stock Car Sin   (Jeff Calder) - 3:09

3.) Walk Like a Chicken   (Jeff Calder) - 2:00 

4.) Black Bug   (Jeff Calder) - 2:54

5.) Overheated   (Jeff Calder - Rea) - 3:09

6.) I Like To Take Orders From You - 2:40

 

The Q's have a nice website at:

 

http://www.swimmingpoolqs.com/

 

 

 

 

 

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