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Burning into the Spirit World

by Crazy Mary

Punk-Psychedelic with a strong sence of rhythm and pop sensibility.
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Rain in Memphis
3:00 $0.99
2. Voices of Freedom
2:25 $0.99
3. Monkey Magic Medicine
3:15 $0.99
4. Crazy Mary (But I'm Not)
3:35 $0.99
5. Freak Out
3:29 $0.99
6. Dose Me On Up
2:35 $0.99
7. It Calls Your Name
4:36 $0.99
8. Confusion Reigns
3:46 $0.99
9. Moon Song
3:06 $0.99
10. Chicken
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11. Astral Telepathy
2:26 $0.99
12. Voyage to Uranus
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13. Dancin' with Snakes
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Album Notes
In most cases CRAZY MARY is some insane woman at the center of a deranged folklore. In this case, CRAZY MARY is guitarist CHARLES KIBEL, bassist GEORGE KEREZMAN, drummer NICK RAISZ and vocalist SOPHIA JACKSON.

March 2001 finds CRAZY MARY hard at work on their next album, "BURNING INTO THE SPIRIT WORLD", which the band feels is their strongest effort to date. The record will be released in the beginning of May and is destined to be another college radio smash.

CRAZY MARY's third release, "ASTRONAUT DUBS"(Humsting Records 2000)) is currently riding the college radio charts. It's featured on over 360 stations and charting on 27 stations top 30. Johnny Thunders, (Radioactive Dub) was featured in February on the nationally syndicated Spin College Radio, and also appeared on CMJ's (College Music Journal) compilation "Certain Damage" vol. 114.
CRAZY MARY's second recording called "SHE COMES IN WAVES" (Humsting Records 1999) charted on CMJ's top 20 adds despite a busy week of 63 CD's going for adds. It has been played on over 370 stations and charted on 40 stations top 30 as reported to CMJ. In addition, the title track will appear on CMJ's "Certain Damage" vol.109. Tracks from this release have been played on the prestigious "Idiot's Delight" radio show, hosted by legendary DJ, Vin Scelsa.
on commercial radio station WNEW FM, New York, The band's first release "PASSION PIT" (Humsting Records 1998) was played on 350 radio stations across the country, 30 of which reported the CD on their top 30 playlist.
CRAZY MARY gigs at many New York City clubs including The Mercury Lounge, Coney Island High, Luna Lounge, Arlene Grocery, The Elbow Room, and Acme Underground, as well as at Washington, D.C.'s Metro Café, and Philadelphia's Pontiac Bar. The band was one of only 200 selected to showcase NEMO 99 (New England Music Organization) in Boston. Reviews of the band have been published in The Village Voice, The New York Press, and The Boston Globe. CRAZY MARY's style of urban hallucinogenic music was described by Ralph White in The New York Press as "Hip and crazy get down on your knees voodoo dancing. Here comes the band that puts the twang back in your steps."



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Shadow Stone

I bet this stuff would be great live! Crazy Mary definitely has an interesting voice. The music is tight, the bass is thick and driving. Overall, I like the songs posted. The song, "Confusion Reigns" is cool, though the vocal melody is almost too similar to "Tomorrow Never Knows" from the Beatles' Revolver. But it's still very cool, and the music certainly reflects the message. The word that comes to mind when I hear these songs is - THICK. This band has a very full sound, and obviously put a lot of effort into this recording. Again, the posted songs make me want to see Crazy Mary live... and that's the idea, right?

Ben Ohmart

Truly unique acts don't come often, but they know where to park.
I remember this band for 2 reasons. 1. The music is like nothing I've heard before. 2. The lead singer is afflicted. Sophia Jackson has a method of delivery that is like David Bowie's dead wife: an ethereal, alt-pop vocal that languishes between gothic and heavy-hit surf (minus the blues repetition). That makes her as hard to forget as your best Living Dead film, especially when she's floating through new Eastern-spooked tunes like 'Crazy Mary (But I'm Not)', and the witch doctor approved 'Monkey Magic Medicine' which promises more than The Residents ever managed to deliver.

(The 3rd unofficial reason I remember them is that Crazy Mary was a main character in The Thin Man Goes Home, a component of one of the best mystery-comedy series ever. Go rent it. Okay, back to the music.) That first cd I heard was called She Comes in Waves, and it made an impression. Truly unique acts don't come often, but they know where to park.

Some have called Crazy's blend psychedelic, garage, Velvet Underground, Blondie, The Cramps, and the ever-popular alt-rock. Depends on the listener. Myself, I tend to hear an audio Swiss army knife, incredibly varied and spitting in the face of classification. Except that it ain't straight pop. Oh no. How else would they be racking up an AMAZing amount of college radio play from sea to shining sea? With the cd came pages and pages of telling airplay lists from the past several years, a feat I wonder if even our old Beatles are collecting up from today's spastic youth.

Though the lucky 13 songs here are studio grown, a true taste of their live side careens through titles such as 'Dose Me On Up,' a duet with guitar-man Charles Kibel. Nick Raisz likes to keep time like a jazz drummer in clogs, and George Kerezman busies a bass against a 3rd raised voice. Together, the pitch is like odd socks, blue and black together, and to the colorblind like myself you can barely tell who's who.

A few stats: their Astronaut Dubs release has played 360 stations, charting on 27 stations in the top 30. They have been on a couple comp albums, have gigged the hell out of NYC (like Luna Lounge and Acme Underground), and The New York Press calls them 'hip and crazy get down on your knees voodoo dancing.'

Crazy Mary is like that Wonderful Brown Sauce you see entrusted to Chinese menus. You're not sure what the hell's in it, but it's a singularly strange, exotic and at times full moon taste that's hard to take a doggie bag on. You wanna turn to the next track and finish it all in one place.