The Best of Tony Mentzer

by Tony Mentzer

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Tony Mentzer was very talented. He had a knack for writing songs, and creating music from disparate sources. Tony heard music where most people didnt. He mixed sounds that clashed in just the right way. Tony's very first solo release was called Anti-Music, and it was the perfect title, what with playing a record of a 30s Italian Opera singer, by hand, backwards, while having a dog barking... or throwing a drumset down the stairs... then later on, writing proper songs and making better recordings and experimenting with what a 4 track and delay pedal can do, all in his living room at The Space Station. That eventually led to full blown Mad-Scientist, hermit-like behavior recording a new song every day, just to have fun with it. Then Computers came along, and .. well... That led to a LOT of material.

I have often thought of how difficult it must be for anyone new to Tonys music to know where to start. Tony has 20 solo albums, with a huge variety of styles; acoustic folk, rock, ska, punk, psychedelic, thrash, garage, dance, noise, and experimental sound collages, all mixed up in a jumble, not to mention several cd's from 4 or 5 different bands. Where to begin??

When I originally put together a "Best of Tony" playlist, it had 87 songs. I wanted to keep it closely confined to just Tony's solo stuff. No Infidels, no Illuminatus!, no Glory Stompers... just Tony. It was difficult, and I strayed from the path just a little, but I managed to narrow it down to 25 songs. A primer for the new-comer to have some place to start, while still getting the full Tony treatment.

I hope that is what this becomes. A starting block to begin your journey into the weird, Mad-Scientist musical mind of the one, and only, Tony Mentzer.



-Jim Jewell
March 24 2019

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released April 20, 2019

The Best of Tony Mentzer
compiled on 8-28-2018, March 23 2019 by Jim Jewell
everything re-mastered by Jim Jewell for this release only

01 Falling - available on In Another World
02 I Still Can Think - available on The Tom and Tony Show
03 Whiskey and Reds - available on Mama's Boy
04 Pop-A-Wheelie - available on Mama's Boy
05 Ethel Had a Raincoat - available on Smell My Finger
06 Over The Hood - available on Smell My Finger
07 Closet Space - available on Anti-Music
08 50,000 Watt Subaru - available on Uh-Oh! Vol 1
09 My Green Shirt - available on Test Phase 5
10 Far Out Exploding House - available on The Kings Bicycle
11 Pollution Blues - available on The Tom and Tony Show
12 Killer On The Road - available on this release only
13 A Day at the Races - available on Uh-Oh! Vol 1
14 Bet She'd Do Me For Coke - available on Smell My Finger
15 Everything's a Lie - available on Mama's Boy
16 Wake-N-Bake Morning - available on Smell My Finger
17 By The Light of the Glowing Tombstone - available on Uh-Oh! Vol 2, and The Tom and Tony Show
18 Genius - available on Smell My Finger
19 That Makes Me Laugh - available on this release only. alternate recording available on Squid The Owl - Wall of Death
20 She Dont Care - available on Mama's Boy
21 Stairs Mishap - available on Anti-Music
22 Oh My God My Brain's On Fire! - available on Uh-Oh! Vol 2
23 Religious Nut Supports The Bolt - available on Snortitude
24 Your Love Will Hide Me - available on this release only
25 Bowl of Soul - therapeutic remix by Josh Roman, currently on this release only. otherwise available on Glorystompers - Killing Time

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Tony Mentzer Sharon, Pennsylvania

Singer, songwriter, multi-instumentalist, Tony Mentzer, a native of West Middlesex, PA, was a founding member of regionally successful rock band, The Infidels, before leaving in 1985. It was around this time that Tony began to experiment with the wonders of home 4-track recording and though the equipment has changed over the years, the mission remained the same. Tony passed away in April of 2018. ... more

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