We celebrated the 25th anniversary of Jacket Weather in 2007 with an 18-song
of re-mastered audio, much of it previously unreleased.
At the time it included
band’s available tracks — but in 2012, a full five years later at the band’s 30th
anniversary, we have finally unearthed every Jacket Weather song recorded.
The original master tapes for the 1982 “It’s A Wonderful War” cassette album have
been found, and five of these songs are included in this collection for the first time.
songs from the 2007 release that were taken from the then-best-available
source — “In Like Flint,” “Not Me”and “Jigsaw Girl” — are now presented
master tapes, with a vocal version of “Jigsaw Girl” also included. All eight
demos are now presented in the original cassette album running order.
An unfinished 1982 demo, “Forever Bones,” was discovered in 2012 and dubbed
new vocals, and along with the all-new “Air Is Cold” they are the first new
Weather recordings since 1984.
Completing the treasure hunt was the
cassette of the only known
concert recording of Jacket Weather,
from 1982, and a
interview from 1983.
with the 18 songs
previously available, this
expanded 29-track collection finally
paints the complete
aural history of the
orchestra” from 1982-1984 we called Jacket Weather.
The new 2013 twelve-song vinyl edition is the LP we wanted to release originally in
Side A includes all six songs from our 1983 seven-inch vinyl EP and Side B
six unreleased tracks. Special thanks to Rave Up Records in Italy for
limited vinyl edition!
Zip up and hold on tight. For Jacket Weather, more than 30 years on, the “Air Is Cold.”
— Timothy Gassen
Tucson, AZ 2013
JACKET WEATHER's experimental 1982 & 1983 music videos are
included in the
Bandcamp digital download release. _______________________________________________________________________
A Minimal Wave band history:
“For kids in the 1960s, the moment of inspiration was when they heard The
Beatles for the first time,” Jacket Weather frontman Timothy Gassen says.
“For me, when I heard Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer Love’ for the first time in 1981,
was hooked on making pop sounds with synths.”
Gassen formed the pioneering minimalist-electro-wave act Jacket Weather in
1982, mixing dual Casiotone keyboards, real bass and drums — with the desolate
imagery of the Arizona desert. “I loved the contrast of the synths with human
percussion and the sensual backdrop of the desert,” Gassen adds. “We thought
the tension of my cold, distant vocals and synths with the bombastic rock rhythm
section made our sound unique.”
Described in their day as a cross between Joy Division and Young Marble Giants,
with some Wall Of Voodoo mixed in, Jacket Weather etched their own minimalist
sound. Staccato, expressionistic vocals accent the snake-like mingling of the
Casiotones, while a steady dance pulse backs the eerie mixture. Equally
enraptured with Euro-synth, English post-punk and Los Angeles punk-wave,
Jacket Weather found inspiration from such opposites as Our Daughter’s
Wedding to the Suburban Lawns for their Casiotone symphonies.
The band recorded a cassette album in 1982, released a six-song vinyl EP in
1983 (titled “When Shadows Move”) and also recorded a complete album that
remained unreleased — until now.
Original session producer Gassen (who has gone on to a career in indie rock
and film) recently found all the master tapes — from early demos, to the EP tapes,
to the unreleased album — and re-mastered and assembled them all into the
collection that has been unheard for 30 years.
It’s the dark and mysterious (Casio) tones of Jacket Weather that finally
take center stage, three decades since they first drifted through the Arizona night. _______________________________________________________________________
Timothy Gassen: keyboards, percussion, vocals
Debra Dickey:keyboards Howie Salmon: drums Bass: Lee Joseph,
Chris Holiman, John Ganem
From the 30th anniversary liner notes:
The Arizona Daily Star’s Jill Schensul called the band,
“Dark, furtive and sort of specter-like. Jacket Weather’s
two keyboardists — Timothy Gassen and Debra Dickey
together smooth, tentative phantoms of sound.
My favorite is ‘Must Be West,’ one of the
songs, and also illustrative of JW’s sound: rolling, almost
toylike keyboards; Gassen spitting out two or three-word
sentences for a stream-of-consciousness effect, and
breaks in rhythm for added interest. Gassen relies heavily
on natural imagery: water,
sand, snakes. Desolate, but not
in an angry way — more wistful than despairing. This is a
distinctive smart endeavor.”
The 1982 debut cassette album (left) and the 1983 7" vinyl EP (right)