Optimus Prime

OPTIMUS PRIME

“1997XF11″ was compiled from recordings made by Sean McCarthy in his basement, David Payne in his mom’s living room, and Joe Payne at his studio at University of Utah. Band Lineup was Doug Wright on bass, Mike Sartain on drums, Amber Jarvis on flute and vocals, Sean McCarthy on organ, and me, David Payne, the creator of this website, on guitar. Some tracks feature Robie Davis on drums and Gunnar Olsen on bass. Once at a concert at the Urban Lounge, some of us made a glittery posterboard with our new name, “The Glinting Gems”, and Sean was furious, so we kept the name “Optimus Prime” until finally changing it to “Blue Sparks” before we broke up. It is thus no surprise that my next group, “The Glinting Gems” featured some of these same songs. The purpose of this group was to rake in the dough at preppiest bars in town, like Port-o-call, but the dream was never realized.

Download “1997XF11″
A Cat Smoking- intro
A Cat Smoking- proper
Ambers Reflection
Coming Back Home
Cut to the Chase
Dave’s Resurection
Girl on the Ledge
Keith Courage
Leave a Message
Mike’s New Life
Mindless Warehouse
Neon on Chrome
Over the Top
Stand in My Way
The Wizard

“FOR BOOKING CALL DAVID PAYNE 502-7256″“For Booking Call David Payne 502-7256″ was compiled from all the same stuff as the last album minus Sean’s recordings and including some Moroccan ADAT recordings that Dave made. Most of these songs are the same, but there’s a few specials on here. Differences listed in bold.

Download “For Booking Call David Payne 502-7256″
A Cat Smoking- intro
A Cat Smoking- proper
Building Wearing Two Cars
Cut to the Chase
Daves Resurection
Dougs New Life
Mindless Warehouse
Poor Dens
Technology Robot
The Heartbreaker
The Wizard

“Recordings from Sean’s Basement and Beyond”
“Recordings from Sean’s Basement and Beyond” was a bold attempt to rustle up some material for “1997XF11″. There’s a few new hits here marked in bold again. “Neon on Chrome” and “While You were Walking” were done by Dave at the moroccan on some kind of tape machine- probably his 8-track 1/4″ Tascam combo before it broke during the Red Bennies album, “Yes it’s Lo-Fi: With a Hug”.

Download “Recordings from Sean’s Basement and Beyond”
Sean’s Lament
Coming Back Home
Girl on the Ledge
Keith Courage
My Puppy
Neon on Chrome
While You were Walking

“The Last Blue Spark”
“The Last Blue Spark” is a years-later-found recording of the groups last batch of songs (now playing under the name “Blue Sparks”) recorded by Dave on Four-Track just previous to the bands dissolution. Terrence Warburton played bass on all these.

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Burn My Sugar
Hey I Won’t Play
I am the Lung
My Puppy
Moroccan Refrain
Sleepy Feather
Slips with a Zipper
The Hunter (Ike and Tina Turner)
White Lilly

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