GREAT DEAD BANDS - The Sarnos
Another San Francisco band that made a name for itself in the early 90's. The group's core was the trio of Sam Koritz, Dennis Blyth and Don Deaveau; when I first saw them at the Hotel Utah, that was augmented with additional members Liz Kennedy (vocals) and usually a couple of other instrumentalists.
That first lineup is reflected in a 6 song ep released by Heyday Records.
1) She's A Witch
3) So-Called Friends
4) You May Be Right
6) Just A Ghost
Clever, almost snarky (if the word was in use then) pop songs, including a cover of the Billy Joel hit from GLASS HOUSES.
The next releases had the band stripped down to a trio, and a new label, Hairy Records.
They hadn't lost their sense of humor, as you can see from the song selection:
There was another single, Kiss Me Sunbeam/Sunflower, but I've not turned that one up as of yet, as well as songs on a Hairy Records compilation.
Singles, of course, led to a album release, the only 'full' album that I know of. It includes a couple of the singles songs, and another version of "Just A Ghost".
1) Kiss Me Sunbeam
2) Cigarette Girl
4) Just A Ghost
6) Leopard Girl
8) So Alive
9) Volcanoes (J.P. Dub version)
Sam Koritz maintains a blog and a MySpace page.
The (almost compleat) Sarnos