Thin White Rope

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Popular Davis, CA area band active from 1984 to 1992.

Sometimes referred to by the acronym TWR.

Guitarist Roger Kunkel went on to form Acme Rocket Quartet and Frank French became the original drummer for Cake.


Members:


Former Members:


Discography:

  • Exploring The Axis

October 1985 vinyl, cassette and CD album on Frontier Records FLP1015 in US; Zippo Records ZONG 006 in UK

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  1. Down In The Desert (Becker/Kyser) 3:26
  2. Disney Girl (Kyser) 4:49
  3. Soundtrack (Kyser) 4:49
  4. Lithium (Kyser) 3:05
  5. Dead Grammas On A Train (Kyser) 2:53
  6. The Three Song (Kyser) 3:33
  7. Eleven (Kyser) 2:24
  8. Atomic Imagery (Kyser/Tesluk) 3:47
  9. The Real West (Kyser/Kunkel) 3:49
  10. Exploring The Axis (Kyser) 5:26

Engineered by Dennis Dragon; Produced by Jeff Eyrich.


  • Wire Animals

1986 7" Flexidisc on Frontier Records FRT-104

  1. Wire Animals
  2. Wet Heart


  • Bottom Feeders

1987 vinyl 12" EP on Zippo Records ZANE 005 in UK

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  1. Ain't That Loving You Baby 3:54
  2. Macy's Window 2:45
  3. Waking Up 2:55
  4. Valley Of The Bones 3:38
  5. Atomic Imagery 3:36
  6. Rocket USA (live)


  • Moonhead

1987 vinyl album on Frontier Records FLP 1020; Zippo Records ZONG 017 in UK

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  1. Not Your Fault (Becker/Kyser)
  2. Wire Animals (Kyser)
  3. If Those Tears (Kyser)
  4. Thing (Kyser)
  5. Moonhead (Kyser/Becker/Kunkel/Tesluk)
  6. Wet Heart (Kyser)
  7. Mother (Kunkel/Kyser)
  8. Come Around (Kyser)
  9. Crawl Piss Freeze (Kyser/Kunkel/Tesluk)

Produced and engineered by Paul McKenna


  • Red Sun

1988 EP on Demon Records VEXCD8 / VEX 8 (12" vinyl)

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  1. Red Sun 4:00
  2. Town Without Pity 2:34
  3. The Man With The Golden Gun 2:36
  4. They're Hanging Me Tonight 3:33
  5. Some Velvet Morning 4:40
  6. Red Sun (Original) 2:07


  • In The Spanish Cave

1988 album on Frontier Records 31027-2 (CD) / FLP 1027; Demon Records FIEND 114 in UK

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  1. Mr. Limpet (Kyser/Von Feldt) 3:52
  2. Timing (Kyser) 3:19
  3. It's Ok (Thin White Rope) 5:19
  4. Ahr-Skidar (Kyser) 1:37
  5. Red Sun (Kyser) 4:02
  6. Munich Eunich (Kyser) 3:46 CD and cassette only; the vinyl version of the album omitted this track
  7. Elsie Crashed the Party (Kyser) 3:36
  8. Ring (Kyser/Becker) 3:25
  9. Astronomy (Kyser) 5:45
  10. Wand (Kyser) 4:02
  11. July (Kyser/Becker) 4:41

Produced and engineered by Paul McKenna


  • Skinhead

1990 Promo split 7" single from Bucketfull Of Brains Magazine BOB.27

  1. Skinhead (live)
  2. Four Years by Vanilla Chainsaws


  • Sack Full of Silver

1990 album on Frontier Records 9994-2-R (CD)

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  1. Hidden Lands (Kyser/Kunkel/Abourezk) 3:04
  2. Sack Full of Silver (Kyser) 2:13
  3. Yoo Doo Right (Can) 6:04
  4. The Napkin Song (Kyser) 1:31
  5. Americana (Kyser) 4:34
  6. The Ghost (Kyser) 3:43
  7. Whirling Dervish (Kyser) 5:39
  8. Triangle Song (Kunkel/Kyser) 4:42
  9. Diesel Man (Kyser) 3:43
  10. On the Floe (Kyser) 4:51

Produced by Tom Mallon


  • Ants Are Cavemen
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1990 7" single on Sub Pop SP-94

  1. Ants Are Cavemen (Kyser)

Produced by Tom Mallon

  1. Little Doll (Alexander/Osterberg/Asheton)

Recorded by Christof Ellinghaus live at The Loft on 10/30/1988.


  • Squatter's Rights

1991 12" EP/CD on Frontier Records

  1. Caravan (Ellington/Mills/Tizol) 3:27
  2. Film Theme (Avion Travel, Kyser) 3:00
  3. Roadrunner (McDaniel) 4:20
  4. May This Be Love (Hendrix) 3:50
  5. Everybody's Been Burned (Crosby) 3:40
  6. I Knew I'd Want You (Clark) 2:28

Tracks 1, 2 and 3 produced by Bill Noland and recorded at Fidelity Studios, Studio City, CA. Tracks 4,5 and 6 produced by Tom Mallon and recorded at Tom's Place, San Francisco, CA.


  • Eye

1991 limited edition split 7" single on Clawfist Records XPIG-10

  1. Eye
  2. Down in the Desert by The Poster Children


  • The Ruby Sea

1991 album on Frontier Records 34632-2 (CD)


  1. The Ruby Sea
  2. Tina And Glen
  3. Puppet Dog
  4. Bartender's Rag
  5. Midwest Flower
  6. Dinosaur
  7. The Lady Vanishes
  8. Up To Midnight
  9. Hunter's Moon
  10. Christmas Skies
  11. The Fish Song
  12. The Clown Song

Produced by Bill Noland; Engineered by Dave Lopez

Additional personnel: Johanna Galos-Dopkins, Joe Romersa (vocals), Bill Noland (bass piano)


  • The One That Got Away

1993 double live album on Frontier Records 018866 34642

Disc 1

  1. Down In The Desert
  2. Disney Girl
  3. Eleven
  4. Not Your Fault
  5. Wire Animals
  6. Take It Home
  7. Mister Limpet
  8. Elsie Crashed The Party
  9. Red Sun
  10. Some Velvet Morning
  11. Triangle Song
  12. You Doo Right

Disc 2

  1. Tina And Glen
  2. Napkin Song
  3. Ants Are Cavemen
  4. Fish Song
  5. Bartender's Rag
  6. Hunter's Moon
  7. Astronomy
  8. Outlaw Blues
  9. It's OK
  10. Wreck Of The Ol' 97
  11. Roadrunner
  12. Munich Eunich
  13. Silver Machine
  14. The Clown Song

Chronicles the band's last show in Ghent, Belgium, on 28th June, 1992.

Recorded by Phillipe LeCompte; Mixed by Paul DuGre


  • Moonhead (live)

1993 single on Frontier Records


  • When Worlds Collide

1994 compilation album on Munster Records MR 046


  • Spoor

1995 compilation album on Frontier Records 31064-2 (CD)


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