|The Amazing CD Collection, Bio's, Background|
"Songs from the Xenozoic Age"
|Lyrically and musically this CD is a complete concept album, with words and music themed to the Xenozoic Tales comic books. Even so, Mark and Chris were careful to structure the songs so like the music of say, "Sgt. Pepper," the songs would stand on their own when removed from the context of the books and the album. Stylistically its a rock and roll record. |
When Chris first approached Mark about the project, Mark asked Chris what type of music the books suggested to him. Chris replied that he envisioned a record that would "incorporate the spirit and essence of such influences as Little Richard, Link Wray, Eddie Cochran and New Orleans rock and roll; Professor Longhair, Benny Spellman, and Earl Palmer. It would not be a "Sha-Na-Na" nostalgic retread. The recording would contain that spirit, that essence, done today, as if those guys had been progressing for the last 30 or so years."
Praise for "Songs from the Xenozoic Age":
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram gave the CD three out of four stars and said, "This extraordinary CD could find a wider following among fans of such super-charged blues-rock acts as Anson and the Rockets, the Blasters and Omar and the Howlers."
It was a banner day in August of 90 when I first met Chris Christensen. It was on my first pilgrimage to that Mecca of the comic book world, the San Diego Comic Convention, during a party honoring the creator of the Spirit, Mr. Will Eisner, that Chris first approached with this notion of creating a CDs worth of "music to accompany Xenozoic Tales." Having already been pummeled throughout that con by myriad scattershot proposals for exploiting my Xenozoic kingdom, most of dubious merit, I must admit that my first reaction to Chris idea was one of skepticism. But doggone if he didnt go on ahead and say all the right things and quickly win me over.
I hoping our next project will solve that problem.