09 October 2010

CHRIS MARS 75% Less Fat 1993

by request

Artist Biography by

All Shook Down
While he would eventually push music aside for painting, Chris Mars would always be best known for his first artistic endeavor, that of being the drummer for the legendary Minneapolis, MN rock band the Replacements. As the Replacements' star rose proportionally with frontman Paul Westerberg's control of the band, Mars found himself further and further alienated from Westerberg, and he made only brief appearances on the group's final outing, All Shook Down. Before the band could tour to promote the record, Mars quit, and joined up with Minneapolis
Horseshoes & Hand Grenades
"super-group" Golden Smog and spent more time focusing on his painting. In 1992, he released his first solo record, a mostly self-made affair -- he not only drummed, but sang and played keyboards and guitars, as well as being the chief songwriter. Titled Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, the LP also included bassist J.D. Foster and featured Dave Pirner and Dan Murphy from Soul Asylum. Mars' follow-up, 75% Less Fat, released in 1993, featured only himself and Foster, and showed his first attempt at moving away from straightforward rock stylings. His final album, 1995's Tenterhooks, would confirm his intention to move away from rock, mixing jazz, rap, and disco into the mix. He chose not to tour the album, so Syracuse band the Wallmen decided to tour it for him, covering the songs, with a cardboard cutout of Mars standing center-stage. After Tenterhooks, Mars would devote himself full-time to his painting which, inspired by his older brother's schizophrenia, focused on disturbing landscapes and even more disturbing figures and portraits. These images first got showings on his solo records, but would eventually feature in solo exhibitions all over North America. Even though Mars put music aside for his brand of visual art -- he wouldn't even mention music in interviews -- he got together with former Replacements' bandmates Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson in 2005 to record -- vocals only, no drums -- two new tracks for an anthology of the band's work. 


1 Stuck In Rewind 4:00
2 No Bands 2:54
3 Weasel 2:56
4 Public Opinion 2:22
5 All Figured Out 3:41
6 Whining Horse 3:02
7 Car Camping 3:00
8 Skipping School 3:06
9 Bullshit Detector 2:39
10 Candy Liquor 3:04
11 Demolition 3:32
12 No More Mud 2:51
13 Nightcap 3:06


cadbusca said...

Great,Another Chris Mars Album!
Thank you very much!
You´re the best!!!

cadbusca said...

I´m getting an error when unzipping:

Chris Mars - 75% Fat.rar: CRC failed in Chris Mars - 75% Fat\Chris Mars - Stuck In Rewind.mp3. The file is corrupt

Is it possible to re-up?

IHateThe90s said...

cadbusa - I've reupped Chris Mars. Here's the link


cadbusca said...

You´re very kind.
Thank you for re-upping!

IHateThe90s said...


IHateThe90s said...

Could you please re-up this once more? Thanks.

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