I found Lost Somewhere Between The Earth And My Home, released in 1995, in the cut-out bin. Somehow pigeonholed as Alt-Country, this album defies categorization. While Jessy Greene plays violin and cello, nowhere in the credits does it say “fiddle”. It’s really more like the Velvet Underground than anything from Nashville. I believe everything Carla Bozulich says even though my favorite lyric is:
(from “Dragon Lady”)
Everything I say is a stupid lie
I won’t tell the truth even when I die
I’ll pick myself to pieces ’til the end of time
Then I’ll glue them back together in a stupid rhyme
The music is a tasteful balance between noise and music, played with feeling.
I’ve never been able to get into their next, Butch, released in 1997, which I found in the same milk crate as the first, but a year later. I just checked again, and while Carla wrote a decent batch of songs, there have been personnel changes and it just isn’t the same.
The Geraldine Fibbers were an alt-country band founded in 1994 by Carla Bozulich. Initially, band members included Bozulich, Daniel Keenan, Jessy Greene, William Tutton and Kevin Fitzgerald. While Bozulich had previously been known for noisy industrial music (Ethyl Meatplow), The Geraldine Fibbers fused American roots music and blues-influenced punk.
In early 1996, Keenan and Greene departed, to be replaced by Nels Cline, the band shifting to a more guitar-rock sound.
The band later featured Julie Fowells, Jessica Moss, and Leyna Marika P. on violin.