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The following songs and instrumentals were written and recorded from approximately 1976 through 1991. Many official bands and unofficial jam sessions were involved. In all cases, I've tried to document, to the best of my recollection, the people, places and times involved. Unfortunately, there are a few folks for whom I can only remember first names. Sorry about that. All songs below are composed entirely by yours truly, except for some improvisations (which I kicked off with chord progressions, but which quickly took on lives of their own) and "Muffin Shtain," which is the composition of Frank Zappa and which is butchered by yours truly. (I never quite got the riff right.)

To download a song, right click the link and save it to your computer. To listen, just click the link. If you'd like a CD burned with these songs (it might take two CD's, I'm not sure) then figure out a way to contact me and ask for it. But you can probably figure it out yourself.

Acceptance of Terms of Service: By downloading or listening to any of the musical pieces on this page, you agree to the more lengthy Terms of Service detailed at the bottom of this page.

A Note on Quality: Most of these recordings were done on personal recording devices and as such are hissy, over-mic'ed and somewhat distorted. They will definitely sound better through speakers than through headphones. If you want studio quality, there are two choices you should skip to: "One More Time" and "Ginny Mae". However, those are also the most "sterile" songs presented here. I guess you have to choose between audio and compositional quality.

Songs with Lyrics

All songs, music and lyrics copyright © 1976 – 1991 Charles F. Evans. All rights reserved.

Outside (3:07)
Composed: 1986. Recorded: 1991. Location: Branford, CT. Medium: Teac PortaStudio 4-Track. Band: Wild Yogis. Musicians: Chuck Evans, rhythm guitar and lead vocal; Sal Paradise, bass and harmony vocals; Armand (I forget his last name), lead guitar and harmony vocals; Pat Quinn, drums. Notes: I think Pat Quinn is actually the music editor for the Connecticut Post out of Bridgeport, CT these days, but I could be wrong.

Bird Jaguar (4:26)
Composed: 1986. Recorded: 1986. Location: West Haven, CT. Medium: Teac PortaStudio 4-Track. Band: Trespassers. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitars, bass, vocals; Mike Posser, drums. Notes: A song about a Mayan king. At the time, archeologists had just begun to translate Mayan hieroglyphics and I read about a king the scientists called Bird Jaguar.

Destructo-Love (3:41)
Composed: 1985. Recorded: 1986 (re-dubbed 1991). Location: West Haven, CT. Medium: Teac PortaStudio 4-Track. Band: Subdueds. Chuck Evans, lead and rhythm guitars and lead vocal; Sal Paradise, bass; Bob Nowicki, rhythm guitar; Mike Posser, drums. Notes: I wrote this song just after we entered the studio to record our EP and, in hind sight, we should have put it on the record, because it was one of our most popular songs. This recording was done in Mike's garage, using a mixing board and microphones into the four track. The resulting recording was very sterile, though. Years later, as my PortaStudio was on its last legs, I mixed down the stereo original with a new rhythm guitar track over the top, providing the much harder feel. I like it.

The Bridge (4:46)
Composed: 1986. Recorded: 1987. Location: Trumbull, CT. Medium: Teac PortaStudio 4-Track. Band: Trespassers. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitars, bass, vocals, drum machine programming. Notes: One of the best recordings I made using my Yamaha drum machine.

It Doesn't Bother Me (2:42)
Composed: 1986. Recorded: 1987 (Live). Location: Naugatuck, CT. Medium: 2-Track Realistic Cassette Deck. Band: Trespassers. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitar and lead vocal; Joe (forgot his last name), bass; Mike Posser, drums. Notes: This song was recorded live at a small club in Naugatuck, Connecticut at one of the very few Trespassers shows.

Iron Lung (5:55)
Composed: 1986. Recorded: 1988. Location: New Haven, CT. Medium: Reel-to-Reel 8 Track. Band: None. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitars, drum machine programming, vocals; some other guy, bass. Notes: I hooked up with two guys circa 1987, while I was between real bands, and we did some recording on the bassist's reel-to-reel in his apartment in New Haven. In the end, our styles did not mix and we split, but before going he was nice enough to mix down this tune and "Just Hang On" for me. I wrote this song in the midst of the worst case of bronchitis I ever had. It was probably pneumonia or bordering on it. The line about "a thousand tiny screams" describes the rails I heard every time I took a breath. Also, remember that this was written toward the end of the Reagan era. I had (and still have) the firm belief that History would finally get "Ronald Raygun" and expose him for the terrible president he was. I also felt, however, that he might die before History exacted its revenge. Hence to put him into the iron lung.

Just Hang On (3:58)
Composed: 1987. Recorded: 1988. Location: New Haven, CT. Medium: Reel-to-Reel 8 Track. Band: None. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitars, vocals. Notes: Recorded at the same time as "Iron Lung," this song originally had LOTS more tracks on it: drums, keyboards, bass. But it never worked. For this mix, I stripped out all the other instruments, leaving just my guitars and vocals.

Gig Violins (2:47)
Composed: 1985. Recorded: 1991. Location: Branford, CT. Medium: Teac PortaStudio 4-Track. Band: Wild Yogis. Musicians: Chuck Evans, rhythm guitar and lead vocal; Sal Paradise, bass and harmony vocals; Armand (I forget his last name), lead guitar and harmony vocals; Pat Quinn, drums. Notes: Another of the songs recorded at Sal's house in Branford. We ran a bunch of microphones through a mixer we had, then into the PortaStudio. We'd record the rhythm tracks to two stereo tracks, then put the lead vocals on the third track, and combined the harmony vocals and lead guitar on the fourth. Clean and economical.

Ginny Mae (3:14)
Composed: 1985. Recorded: 1986. Location: New Haven, CT. Medium: 24-Track Professional Studio. Band: Subdueds. Musicians: Chuck Evans, rhythm guitar and lead vocal; Sal Paradise, bass and harmony vocal; Bob Nowicki, lead guitar; Mike Posser, drums. Notes: This song is off our eponymous EP, which we self-published to vinyl in 1986. The song (and others from the EP) received airplay on Connecticut college radio stations and elsewhere in the US. (It was distributed in a group of albums to college stations.)

One More Time (3:00)
Composed: 1985. Recorded: 1986. Location: New Haven, CT. Medium: 24-Track Professional Studio. Band: Subdueds. Musicians: Chuck Evans, rhythm guitar and lead vocal; Sal Paradise, bass and harmony vocal; Bob Nowicki, lead guitar; Mike Posser, drums. Notes: This song is also off our eponymous EP. Two of my songs were included on the record along with five others by Sal (whose real name is Walter Szalwinski). The album cost us something like $5,000 to produce. Bob Nowicki lent us all the money, and I spent the next three years paying him off.

I Might Get By (5:35)
Composed: 1985. Recorded: 1986. Location: Trumbull, CT. Medium: 2-Track Realistic Cassette Deck. Band: None. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitar, vocals. Notes: This song and the next one form a sort of Apocalyptic Duo. They both deal with nuclear war. "I Might Get By" was originally titled "I Might Get High" and is about one young man's attempts to block out the ever present thoughts of nuclear destruction at any moment.

See, Hear, Feel (5:44)
Composed: 1985. Recorded: 1986. Location: Trumbull, CT. Medium: 2-Track Realistic Cassette Deck. Band: None. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitar, vocals. Notes: This song was inspired by a documentary I saw on nuclear war entitled "Atomic Cafe". It's the documentary with "Duck and Cover" in it. You should rent it. Anyway, there is an interview with a woman who survived the Hiroshima blast. She described how she became aware of the explosion. She saw a bright light, heard a tremendous explosion, and then was thrown to the floor by the shock wave.

Instrumentals

All instrumentals copyright © 1980 – 1992 Charles F. Evans. All rights reserved. Note: In the case of improvised songs, I would define the piece with a beginning chord progression, but those pieces should be seen as collaborative efforts of all the participating musicians.

Second Song on Side A (2:47)
Composed: 1991. Recorded: 1991. Location: West Haven, CT. Medium: Teac PortaStudio 4-Track. Band: None. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitars, bass and drum machine programming. Notes: This is one of the last pieces of music I ever recorded. Soon after, the PortaStudio shit the bed. I love this instrumental because it reminds me of Zappa. I was working on a cable access show in Waterbury, CT at the time, and they used this piece with a montage of anti-Irag War (the first one) images. The title comes from how I labelled the cassette for the guy doing the video so he would use the right song on the tape.

Heart of Wood (3:37)
Composed: 1979. Recorded: 1980. Location: Trumbull, CT. Medium: Teac PortaStudio 4-Track. Band: None. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitars. Notes: This instrumental grew out of a re-tuning of my guitar that I did one day as an experiment. Instead of the usual E, A, D, G, B, E tuning, I changed it to E, B, E, G, B, D#. Why? Who knows, except it let me play the arpegio of the open Emin chord without having to finger the chord. The other chords grew out of experimentation. I think I ended up tuning down the high E string to D# to facilitate one of the found chords. Anyway, I really love the resulting tune. It begins with harmonics that can only be sounded in this tuning. That melody and the "bridge" portion of the piece ended up taking on a life of their own, ultimately resulting in another song, "Love Will Pretend". That, in turn grew into an entire short rock opera (in the style of Rush's "2112) complete with overture and finali.

Didja Get Those Levels or What (2:11)
Improvised. Recorded: 1983. Location: West Haven, CT. Medium: 2-Track Realistic Cassette Deck. Band: None. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitar; Scott Shapleigh, fretless bass; Mike Posser, drums. Notes: This and the next instrumental track are from the legendary "ESP" session, which took place one day in Mike's living room. We just jammed. I'd start a riff, Scott would join in, then Mike would pick up a beat. Anyone who wanted to could change tempos, keys, or anything else on the fly. This first track was just to set the levels on the recorder. Hence, at the end, I ask, "Didja get those levels or what?"

Spanish Rice (6:12)
Improvised. Recorded: 1983. Location: West Haven, CT. Medium: 2-Track Realistic Cassette Deck. Band: None. Musicians: Chuck Evans, guitar; Scott Shapleigh, fretless bass; Mike Posser, drums. Notes: This is your basic A minor, G major, F major, E minor riff. (Think "25 or 6 to 4", "All Along the Watchtower," etc.) I started it with a Spanish flamenco feel, and we went from there. Some great lead passages in there. This and the previous track were inspired (at least on my part) by Frank Zappa and his early eighties lead guitar improvisations ("Rat Tomago" and "Shut Up and Play Yer Guitar" for example).

Terms of Service

First Point: These terms are in plain English, and are meant to be understood as such. All of the music on this site (chucke.com) is Copyright © Charles F. Evans. All rights are reserved. I (CHUCK EVANS) OWN THE RIGHTS TO THE MUSIC AVAILABLE ON THIS PAGE (AND ELSEWHERE ON CHUCKE.COM). BY MAKING THESE FILES AVAILABLE HERE, I DO NOT TRANSFER THESE RIGHTS TO YOU OR ANYONE ELSE IN ANY WAY, SHAPE OR FORM. NOT EVEN FOR A SECOND. I OWN THE COPYRIGHT ON ALL OF THESE MUSICAL PIECES, AND RETAIN ALL PUBLISHING AND DISTRIBUTION RIGHTS, AS WELL AS ANY AND ALL ROYALTY RIGHTS.

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