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Listen to the entire album:

01 M.D.G.'s MPC Segment I.mp3
02 Rush Onstage-Get Offstage! by M.D.G.mp3
03 M.D.G.'s MPC Segment II.mp3
04 Waters Meham by M.D.G.mp3
05 M.D.G.'s MPC Segment III.mp3
06 Middle Man by Indra.mp3
07 M.D.G.'s MPC Segment IV.mp3
08 Nasty Rush (Geddy Lee Rap) by M.D.G.mp3

MATTHEW D. GUARNERE / M.D.G.
The Best of the Mass Produced Cassette

Released: December 2007
Format: Promo CD/mp3 online
Label: Manfred Records/What's Real Unlimited (WRCD-1139)
Status: Stream entire album below. Read the press release.
Credits:

In the mid-80's, despite the wonders of MTV, gravity-defying hair mousse, and that strangely familiar looking guy on Happy Days, television was just not all that interesting to watch (save for General Hospital). And computers had not planted their program-perfect little brainwashing bits & bytes into every single home just yet. I needed to find some kind of creative, legal way of keeping myself busy after school. As a child, I fell in love with 70's comedy albums by geniuses like Monty Python, Cheech & Chong, and Steve Martin. For years, I dreamed I could create something with a similar kind of sonic insanity and although I was just a high school student with no real writing experience, I found myself feverishly scribbling down strange script ideas and coming up with goofball characters that I thought perhaps I could play. My bedroom turned into a simple, but fairly serious little recording studio with Manfred, my ultra-cool, cow colored cat standing by to give me meow-ral support. By the end of 1986, I'd put together a stockpile of some pretty diverse material, but I had absolutely no idea what to do with it. Christmas was just a few weeks away and I'd been so busy recording that I hadn't done a lick of shopping yet. Then it suddenly came, my holiday decree ... "I must assemble a 60-minute audio variety program made up of all this stuff. I shall copy it onto many cassettes," (the only format I could afford), "put a rubber chicken on the cover, and give the tapes to friends and family as gifts!"

"Merry Christmas everyone! You're all getting the same thing! I know you're gonna love it, because you all love me!"

And so the impersonal, yet intimately hilarious Mass Produced Cassette, or M.P.C., was born. Never before released on any digital medium, these original 1985-88 recordings were made using almost every conceivable type of analog tape format and production technique. With the advent of today's computer audio tools, giant steps have been taken to improve the quality, continuity, and above all, the oddinuity of every single track. A special thank you to Blackdog Recording Studios for providing me with such a comfy facility in which to sort out the miles of tape. Three volumes of thanks must go to all the comedic and musical contributors featured on this record ... and I'm so sorry Geddy, but I was just a wacky young lad who really loved your band! - M.D.G. August, 2007

All tracks recorded & produced by M.D.G. (and Manfred) 1985-1988, 2007
All material digitally transferred from the original analog source tapes at What's Real Unlimited and Blackdog Recording Studios 1994, 2007
Remixed (wherever possible), assembled & mastered at Blackdog by M.D.G. July-December 2007

All voice-overs and main characters played by M.D.G. except where noted
Additional character roles and musical performances played by Robert "Pariah Duke Shroom Fish Head" Scribble, Vince "Purple Vincent" Guarnere, John "Purple Grape" Piano, Kevin "Keith" Conklin, Jeff "Weenie Kai" Morrison, Don "Dr. Swartz" Zimmer, A.D. "Bubba Z" Zimmer, Greg "Pooness" Steele, and Dorian "DJ Doe" Leander

Cover illustration by Ryan DeClerck, additional imagery by M.D.G.
Back cover, disc design & hand lettered calligraphy by M.D.G.
Concept & package layout by M.D.G.

This compilation 2007 What's Real Unlimited (ASCAP)
All original M.D.G. material © 1986-88, 2007
DEMONSTRATION. NOT FOR SALE. FEW RIGHTS RESERVED. TRY AND SUE ME.



Track Listings & Technical Information

A - MATERIAL SIDE

1. Anyone Can Do Top 40-Introduction

    M.D.G. • all voices & sound effects for Top 40 series
    Originally recorded: 1987
    Format/technique: 8-track, 1/2 inch reel-to-reel, some tracks w/ DBX noise reduction
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. II 1987
2. Aural Sounds/How To Get Along With Everyone
    M.D.G. • all voices & sound effects
    Originally recorded: 1987
    Format/technique: 8-track, 1/2 inch reel-to-reel, and stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. II 1987
3. Anyone Can Do Top 40: Part 1-Lyrics & Melody

4. Rush Onstage - Get Offstage!

    M.D.G. • Geddy Lee, Band Manager, Neil, Casio keyboard, live drums, sound effects
    GREG STEELE • Alex
    KEVIN CONKLIN • guitar
    Originally recorded: 1987
    Format/technique: 8-track, 1/2 inch reel-to-reel, some tracks w/ DBX noise reduction
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. II 1987
5. Anyone Can Do Top 40: Part 2-Singing

6. No Fleas Please by Whyism

    M.D.G. • vocals, mouth percussion, voice bass
    VINCE GUARNERE • guitar, mouth drums & percussion
    Originally recorded: 1987
    Format/technique: ping-ponging stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel decks, DBX noise reduction on final bounce
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. II 1987
7. Anyone Can Do Top 40: Part 3-Finding A Manager

8-9. Waters Meham - Parts 1 & 2

    M.D.G. • all voices & sound effects, drumbeat tape loop
    VINCE GUARNERE • guitar
    Originally recorded: 1986
    Format/technique: ping-ponging stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel decks
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. I 1986
10. Anyone Can Do Top 40: Part 4-Getting A Record Deal

B - ZARRE SIDE

11. I Am Manny The Frog

    M.D.G. • all voices & sound effects
    Originally recorded: 1988
    Format/technique: 8-track, 1/2 inch reel-to-reel, DBX noise reduction
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. III 1988
12. The New VVRM FM
    M.D.G. • voices & sound effects
    ROBERT SCRIBBLE • voices, synthesizer
    Originally recorded: 1986, 1988
    Format/technique: ping-ponging stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reels, and 8-track, 1/2 inch reel-to-reel, some tracks w/ DBX noise reduction
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. III 1988
13. Middle Man by Indra (featuring Vince Guarnere)
    VINCE GUARNERE • vocals
    KEVIN CONKLIN • guitar
    JEFF MORRISON • bass, synthesizers
    M.D.G. • drums, percussion
    Originally recorded: 1987
    Format/technique: 8-track, 1/2 inch reel-to-reel
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. II 1987
14. VVRM FM # 2
    M.D.G. • voices & sound effects
    ROBERT SCRIBBLE • voices
    Originally recorded: 1986
    Format/technique: ping-ponging stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tape decks
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. I 1986
15-16. Funeral Pile-Parts 1 & 2 by Dr. Swartz Medicine For The Mind
    M.D.G. • voices, sound effects, drums
    DON ZIMMER • voices, Casio organ, sound effects
    A.D. ZIMMER • voices, bass, guitar
    Originally recorded: 1986
    Format/technique: ping-ponging stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tape decks
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. I 1986
17. VVRM FM # 3
    M.D.G. • voices & sound effects
    ROBERT SCRIBBLE • voices, synthesizer
    Originally recorded: 1986
    Format/technique: ping-ponging stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tape decks
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. I 1986
18. Blue Matthew '80 Montage
    M.D.G. • Blue Matthew, sound effects
    VINCE GUARNERE • Purple Vincent, sound effects
    JOHN PIANO • Purple Grape, sound effects
    Originally recorded: 1980, 1988
    Format/technique: 1970's mono cassette machine w/ built-in microphone, montage assembled on 8-track, 1/2 inch, some tracks w/ DBX noise reduction
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. III 1988
19. Cosmic Strangler (It's A Killer) by VVRM
    M.D.G. • drums, percussion, sound effects
    ROBERT SCRIBBLE • phased guitar
    Originally recorded: 1985
    Format/technique: ping-ponging stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tape decks
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. III 1988
20. VVRM FM # 4
    M.D.G. • Geddy Lee, voices, sound effects
    ROBERT SCRIBBLE • Pariah Duke Shroom Fish Head, voices
    Originally recorded: 1986
    Format/technique: ping-ponging stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel tape decks
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. I 1986
21. Nasty Rush (Geddy Lee Rap)
    M.D.G. • Geddy Lee, Neil, drum programming, samples & sound effects, guitar, drum solo
    GREG STEELE • Alex
    A.D. ZIMMER • bass
    Originally recorded: 1988
    Format/technique: 8-track, 1/2 inch reel-to-reel, and stereo, 1/4 inch reel-to-reel, DBX noise reduction
    First released on: The Mass Produced Cassette Vol. III 1988

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