We did, however have two good friends in Joe
Rogers, a local engineer who offered to sneak us into any studio we
could find after midnight for a cheap or nonexistent rate, and Amy
Tucci, a good friend of the band who offered to lend us money to make
a new God Street CD.
So we started a very democratic process of
voting amongst ourselves as to which songs would go on the album,
and once the tunes were chosen, began diligently arranging and rehearsing
them. "Bag" was by far the most pre-rehearsed album we ever
made; knowing we wouldn't have much studio time, every note was preplanned
and rehearsed and even the order of songs was clear in our minds before
the first note was recorded.
Most of the actual recording was done at the
House Of Music in West Orange, New Jersey; bits and pieces of overdubs
and mixing were done at a number of other studios around the New York
area. We would come in at a moment's notice whenever Joe said he could
get us in for cheap! The recording stretched over a period of about
two months but I don't think we used more than about ten full days
of solid studio time.
The title of the album was Dan's idea, and
came when the album was about three-fourths complete; we all adopted
it immediately. We then came up with the cover concept and the idea
that the inside graphics would look as if they were hand-drawn on
a brown paper bag (I did all the handwriting for the lyrics and album
credits). Rob "Squibb" Sinclair, a friend who had designed
many posters for the band, drew the "Bag Guy" cover and
the back cover showing the song titles on the bag. Jon's girlfriend
Toni took the solarized picture of us in the insert, while the back
cover of the booklet was a picture of us outside of Aiko's in Saratoga
Springs, New York. We pressed something like two thousand copies of
the CD to release at a big show at the Wetlands, Thanksgiving weekend
1992; they sold out in a few weeks, more were pressed, and eventually
we contracted with our friend Mango at Ripe'n'Ready Records to distibute
the album nationwide.
And the rest is history!