Contrary to not particularly widespread opinion, Infamous Menagerie recorded a fair amount of music considering that they were still working under the paradigm where four tracks on a cassette tape were often the most a struggling band could even hope to afford. That said, a few of the following were recorded in one studio or another. Some were released on independent labels, but most were not. Thus you now have, for possibly the first time, a chance to own more Infamous Menagerie music than you even knew existed. There may be something here for almost anyone. Right- or Ctrl-click to save if your browser is set up to automatically play mp3s.

All these mp3s are hosted for free at File Den
and are © 1989, 1990, and 1991, Machiavellian Music

Immediate Impound Zone is the one song to have escaped the gravitational pull of the 90s Seattle music scene, being
included on the very first Kill Rock Stars compilation album. Produced by Steve Fisk and Infamous Menagerie; engineered by Stuart Hallerman. Recorded at Avast Recording, in Beautiful Ballard, Seattle.

Toast was the a-side and Spit the b-side of the only single the band ever released. It was sold under the sign of Lisa Orth’s Big Flaming Ego Records and was recorded with Steve Fisk at the now-ghostly Music Source in Seattle.

Although the lowest-fidelity recording available here, Drunken Boat remains one of the band’s favorite tunes and is included so that you might be able to get some sense of where the band was going towards the end. A fan named Gary recorded this on a little mono cassette deck from back in the crowd at Re-Bar, in Seattle. Considering the equipment and the setup, it’s not that bad a catch!

Structure and Night of the Subaru were recorded at the same time and place as Immediate Impound Zone, but never found a proper home as releases.

Losing an Eye and Feast on my Car–a medley of Pylon tunes–were recorded by Erik 4-A and Infamous Menagerie at the studios at Evergreen State College in Olympia WA. The production is idiosyncratic but appealing in a kind of off-kilter sort of way.

The Clock is Broken, as well as Song Three and My Home, were recorded by the band on the aforementioned cassette four-track machine at the also now-ghostly Fashion Factory in downtown Seattle. The Clock is Broken is the band’s only song to be captured on a cart at the UW’s KCMU, the ancestor station to KEXP. We do not know what became of the cart, but you might email KEXP and request it to see what happens.

The band’s very first recording efforts consisted of Snakepit, along with Running Amok and
Beneath the Ground. Same four-track, different basement: a house in the University District, where so many Seattle legends got their start. Not us though!