A while ago we posted a track from the recent, self-titled Sonny + The Sandwitches EP, which has rapidly grown to be a massive favourite here at MM.
However, it was only recently that we discovered Sonny Smith’s 100 Records project in which he created more than 100 fictional bands, then wrote songs for them and enlisted musicians (including Ty Segall and Kelley Stoltz amongst others) to turn some of them into reality. Not only that, he worked with artists all over the US to provide imaginary 7″ cover art for each ‘release’. Some, in fact most, of these sleeve designs are fantastic.
He has released Volumes I and II containing a selection of tracks from his efforts and there is also a travelling art show heading from city to city which I’m guessing is pretty spectacular.
Earth Girl Helen Brown is just one of these creations, with vocals from Heidi Alexander of the Sandwitches, this is the fictitious back story for Helen Brown, a soulful, nomadic, psychedelic folksinger…
Helen Brown was born in Vancouver, Canada, but raised in an Athens, Georgia-based religious cult, and was blinded in one eye from a childhood baseball injury. As an adult, she dropped out of Evergreen and traveled the country for a while as a nomadic psychedelic folksinger, before forming her first band One Eyed Tramps. For years, she lived alone in a mountaintop in southern Alaska, where she befriended a Cherokee Shaman (later revealed as a fake) who encouraged her to pursue a frustrating academic career. Rampant drug use, frequent fainting on stage, and occasional self-inflicted knife wounds on stage led to more interest in her stage antics than her music. However, a few sides did emerge in the late ’90s (recording dates unknown), which feature a unique mix of country, girl group, R&B, and ghoulishness. Crude and amateurish at best, these recordings are appreciated for their sincerity and intensity of feeling.
Fantastic stuff – Sonny Smith is a fair dinkum genius.
You can now pre-order a six track ten inch EP by Earth Girl Helen Brown from Forest Family Records here.
Download Earth Girl Helen Brown – I Wanna Do It mp3 (from 10o Records Volume II)
Download Earth Girl Helen Brown – Hit After Hit mp3 (from Story Of An Earth Girl EP)