I totally agree, they weren't recognized for catchy choruses but ... The Phoenix is full of them. While it's pretty short, I'm really satisfied by this album! Now they just have to play these new songs live - something they're not doing since IDR.
Too bad there aren't any bonus tracks or unreleased songs on the remastered Vol 1. Seems like everything they've ever recorded has been released in some way and that's kind of a bummer. Always hoped for an(other) album of demos, random throwaways and maybe some live tracks and more prank calls like they did with Vol 2. I've always wondered if they had stuff lying around from the time between recording An Answer Can Be Found and Carver City. There's gotta be more recordings of them fucking around too.
I think there's a lot of demos around, especially alternative mixes from the Carver City sessions... I used to lurk pretty often on the CKY Alliance boards and a couple of guys somehow had DIY box sets filled with that stuff, probably given to them by members of the band. Maybe Deron put some of that stuff in his money-grabbing CDRs, I don't know if it's available somewhere but it sure exists. Regarding the prank calls, that stuff was made by Dico of the CKY crew (the Jackass-related group) and he released a compilation not too long ago, it's on iTunes I think
Ok, NOW it's been officially announced. Turns out the remaster was handled by Tom Volpicelli. It's being stocked in a bunch of US stores, and should be online in the 'coming days' for all us foreigners. Also might be worth mentioning that Deron plans on self-releasing his own version of the vinyl, but I'd be pretty wary of that, given his recent track record.
Urban Outfitters are releasing Volume 1 on coloured vinyl for the first time ever, with a brand new remaster by Chad and Jess. Hasn't officially been announced yet, but some US stores broke the street date. Hopefully more info soon!
I find the path Deron has taken a bit sad in a way... for years he dug in his basement to find stuff to sell that he refused to publish before CKY's end, last year he decided that he wants to make music again and announced something like three albums. I really like CKY but it seems to me that he just tried to avoid getting a job for all these years, like if he can't make music without making a living out of it... oh well, hope Foreign Objects' new album will be as cool as he says.
I think everyone should give Carver City a listen. There's some great riffs on there and it really is a unique sounding album. It's a shame that everyone only knows them by 96 because they have so many songs that are better.
I'm a fucking huge fan of cKy (see my scrobbles, you'll see) and yes I agree, Afterworld is kind of garbage, the pre-chorus riff is kind of nice, but that's it. Even if cKy is dead, I'm happy I can listen to all these great songs anytime I want. Still disappointed to see that 96QBB is the most popular song, so far from being the best. Deron's acoustic album is coming soon though, should be ... fun to listen to.