The earliest Refrigerator recordings surfaced in 1991 on the Shrimper cassette “Lonesome Surprize”. Lovingly remastered from the original sequenced tape by Steve Folta, this limited edition cassette reissue features brand new liner notes by Allen & Dennis Callaci recalling the origin of these songs. The hand painted covers offer an upgrade to the first edition, with the shell containing its sharpied “X” that also figured on the orignal issue.
The cassette features the brothers along with Joel Connel ex of Pillsbury Hardcore and then a budding member of Man Is The Bastard. The majority of the cassette was recorded live on the air at KSPC, with a few live to one track acoustic stomps rounding out the recordings. You might be most familiar with the title track as a duet that The Mountain Goats covered on their “Nine Black Poppies” release with Allen on the other side of the world delivering his vocals, or maybe their cover of the Prince song “Annie Christian”, retitled here with a hardcore lean that you can check out below. The following year, childhood friend Chris Jones would return from college and take over drumming duties, which he still does to this day. The cassette is out September 8th, available via Grapefruit, Revolver, Midheaven & finer independent record stores like Pickles, Piss and Broth in Madison, I Get So Emo Philips in Bensonhurst or Steve Bannon’s Yacht in Long Island Sound.