Gem Jones
“Smokin’ in the Girls Room”

When I first heard “Smokin’ in the Girls Room,” I assumed the track was pieced together using the same cut-and-paste sample method Gem Jones had been using to repurpose pop on his past few releases. In fact, it sounded so similar to an early-1980s ATCO release that, even when I found out that his sampler was stolen, I was sure he had just bought a new sampler and gotten back to chopping up bargain-bin records. Turns out, the guy just channeled Prince through some secondhand keyboards and released an album so true to the sound of 80s pop that it’s perhaps only appropriate that it was released on cassette.

Listen to “Smokin’ in the Girls Room” below, and buy the whole tape, Symphony in P, from Portland’s CGIFriday Enterprise.

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Chocolate Grinder

CHOCOLATE GRINDER is our audio/visual section, with an emphasis on the lesser heard and lesser known. We aim to dig deep, but we’ll post any song or video we find interesting, big or small.