In 1996, The Big Ragoo was formed as a side project by three members of the Atlanta post-punk band Monkey Boy. Jimmy Ether, Ken Whitener and Shawn Christopher -- all prolific songwriters -- would rotate instruments with the principal songwriter playing guitar. Lyrics were written communally based on what each member thought the others were singing, resulting in both interesting motifs and complete absurdity. Musically, the trio pulled heavily from the influence of Trumans Water, fIREHOSE, Soul-Junk, Sebadoh and Archers of Loaf.
14 years later they reformed, spending the next several years recording the upcoming Raising LP to be followed by Al Calpulco and Occupational Hazards currently in production.
Recorded remotely over several years, Big Ragoo regroups for this vinyl release.
Wreck of the Big Ragoo
2010 Digital Release
Recorded the weekend of August 31st, 1996 at Channel One Studio on Clifton Road, Atlanta by Jimmy Ether. Music tracked live to DAT. Originally the music was dubbed down to cassette 4-track and the vocals overdubbed (mostly live at once) to the remaining two tracks. For this reissue, the cassette vocal tracks were re-synced to the original music master, remixed and remastered. Reissue work done by Jimmy Ether September/October of 2010 at Headphone Treats.
This past weekend, The Big Ragoo physically reunited at my studio – the first time together in the same room in over 14 years. We are all very different people now… far more mellowed, weathered and wise (comparatively speaking, at least). And yet, it was just like we’d only been apart for a few weeks.…
Cross-country recording between myself and Ken is kicking into action. I sent a care-package of microphones, cables and a microphone preamp up to Ithica for Ken to use with his existing gear for tracking his drums, bass, guitar, vocals… the whole deal. Once that is all set up to our liking we should be rockin’…
In 1996, The Big Ragoo was formed as a side project of three members of Atlanta post-punk band Monkey Boy. Jimmy Ether, Ken Whitener and Shawn Christopher – all prolific songwriters – would rotate instruments with the principal songwriter playing guitar. Lyrics were written communally based on what each member thought the others were singing,…