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Peter Krug recordings - scorpio ladies & chainsaw


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Erika 11 Nov 09 - 01:16 PM
Bill D 11 Nov 09 - 01:19 PM
Joe Offer 11 Nov 09 - 01:58 PM
autoharper 11 Nov 09 - 02:32 PM
Joe Offer 11 Nov 09 - 02:36 PM
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Subject: RE: Mudcat FAQ - Newcomer's Guide
From: Erika
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 01:16 PM


are you the Joe from SFFMC Camp Harmony?

i just finally signed up with Mudcat - and sorry, really have no idea how to use it. not sure that it's ok to send a message like this.

i'm looking to either get in touch with peter krug. or see if there are now digital versions of his 'scorpio ladies' and 'woman with a chain saw' songs.

any ideas?

thank you,

    I saw Peter Krug at San Francisco's Camp New Harmony this last week, and he confirmed that he is the author of "I Gotta Find a Woman With a Chainsaw." If you want to obtain permission to record this or any other Peter Krug song, you can contact him at this e-mail: (leave out the dashes). Peter gave me permission to post his e-mail address.
    -Joe Offer, January, 2010-

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Subject: RE: Mudcat FAQ - Newcomer's Guide
From: Bill D
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 01:19 PM

Erica...that's Joe.... you can send him a private message also by clicking beside his name where it says PM

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Subject: RE: Peter Krug recordings - scorpio ladies & chain
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 01:58 PM

Hi, Erika-
Nice to hear from you again.

I think Peter has had cassettes for sale, but nothing more technologically advanced. After all, the guy evens needs somebody to operate a chainsaw for him.

The most recent address I have for him, is from the 2005 directory of the San Francisco Folk Music Club. I'll send that to you in a personal message (click here).

I haven't heard "Scorpio Ladies." Can anybody post the lyrics?


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Subject: RE: Peter Krug recordings - scorpio ladies & chain
From: autoharper
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 02:32 PM

Peter lost his home in a fire in 2008.

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Subject: RE: Peter Krug recordings - scorpio ladies & chain
From: Joe Offer
Date: 11 Nov 09 - 02:36 PM

Oh, that's a shame. I suppose that may be part of why we haven't seen him at Carmp Harmony lately. I hope he's OK. has a not-too-complimentary biography, but I learned some things I hadn't known about Peter:
    Biography-by Richie Unterberger
    Peter Krug would be totally forgotten today had he not, by circumstance, ended up on the very collectable first release by a major California psychedelic group. In late 1965, Country Joe & the Fish -- still a folk jugband for the most part -- put out their first two tracks, early versions of "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' to Die Rag" and "Superbird," on a four-song EP accompanying the magazine Rag Baby. Country Joe & the Fish were only on the A-side, however; the B-side was devoted to two solo acoustic performances by Krug, a San Francisco Bay Area folk singer/songwriter. The two songs were mediocre mid-'60s topical folk tunes, not helped by the drab melodies and Krug's unsteady, inexpressive vocals. "Fire in the City" mixes a Dylanesque delivery with a vague lyrical sense of apocalypse, and "Johnny's Gone to the War" was an anti-war statement. Although the original EP release on which these tracks appeared is quite rare, the Krug songs (as well as the Country Joe & the Fish ones) were reissued on Country Joe & the Fish's Collectors Items: The First Three EP's collection.

There's a YouTube Video of "Fire in the City," and Peter's "Migrant Song" was on the Best of Broadside box set. Oh, and it looks like somebody named Marion Brown has recorded three or four Peter Krug songs.

Oh, and there is a group called Motherlode who has recorded "Chainsaw."

Hmmm. I didn't find "Scorpio Ladies, but I did find this:

    Scorpio ladies have a reputation of being femme fatales;
    Mata Hari is the usual quoted example,
    but Princess Grace of Monaco was a Scorpio too.

It would work to the tune of "Mamas Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys"....


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