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MP3 Good Girl - The California Recordings

Guitar oriented rock with killer vocals and a massive rhythm section

10 MP3 Songs in this album (44:53) !
Related styles: Rock: Classic Rock, Rock: Extended Jams, Type: Vocal

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As the warm Santa Ana winds blew in over L.A. so did four ambitious young kids eager to make their mark, start a band and make it big in the city of angels. This is the story of how Good Girl among thousands of L.A. bands got their shot at stardom and what did and didn’t happen to them.

It’s not often that one gets goose bumps when seeing a brand new band – or any band for that matter – but that is exactly what happened when I first saw Good Girl at Club Spice on La Brea and Hollywood Blvd in the summer of 1992.

The club was crowded, the air was electric and the band was on fire. This was their first public gig and Monica, the lead singer, was like a butterfly coming out of its cocoon tearing each song apart. She had a majestic stage presence and an unmistakable rock voice. That show was their first show in L.A. and an instant success.

A few nights later they played again at the legendary Whisky a Go-Go on Sunset Strip. The club was jam packed and there was a line around the block to get in. They had sold out the Whisky! Again, Monica tore the songs apart and the band played in another dimension making the crowd go absolutely wild. Just two gigs under their belt in L.A. and they had already managed to create an incredible buzz both in the press and in the Hollywood rock scene.

As I watched the show I realized that I was witnessing the birth of a star.

I knew instantly that I had to make a record with this band. A few days later we had signed a deal and I was equally exited as the band. Two recording studios were booked to make sure the recordings would move on at a steady pace. Half of the songs were scheduled to be recorded in Chatsworth and the other half in Pasadena. The future looked very bright.

The recordings started out really well, even though temperatures in the valley that summer were hitting the hundred and ten degree mark, and needless to say the studio was scorching hot like a sauna even though the air conditioning was at full blast.

Over in Pasadena it was a different story, as the studio was in a big house up in the Pasadena foot hills, not far away from the Rose Bowl, where the cool summer breeze was a soothing element.

Most of the sessions went really well without any major interruptions, delays or problems. The three P’s, Paul, Pontus and Petter, were very organized and extremely professional as well as being very skilled musicians, so, the only thing we had to deal with was Monica’s other interests.

The sweet and friendly Monica liked to spend time with her friends, and so she did into the wee hours of the morning, even though she had recording sessions the next day. Regardless to say, she always showed up on time and sang her heart out. At the time of making the record, she was at her peak, and everybody who witnessed her both on stage and in the studio said the same thing… Monica is a star.

Later that year, after several months of recordings, the sessions came to an end and rough mixes and reference mixes were done. Everybody felt that they needed a break before the final mixing sessions which would begin at the start of the New Year.

One month later, as we started up the sessions, one of the engineers who had the master tapes over the holidays had gone missing and was nowhere to be found. This is the kind of stuff one only reads about, but, this crazy and insane situation went on and on and he literally vanished without trace from the face of the earth. Of course, I have kicked myself a million times that I didn’t safe guard the tapes myself.

Obviously the momentum soon died. The band tried to carry on, but band members left and new ones arrived. The setback was too hard of a blow and eventually Good Girl disbanded for good. The band members went their separate ways and made new careers in different fields.

Years later… I eventually got hold of the engineer. He had gone off to Europe and apparently he had experienced an emotional and personal meltdown and just disappeared and totally gone off the radar. I finally got the tapes back – all except one – from a storage place in Marina Del Ray. They had been there all the time, exposed to the hot California weather for over 10 years. Due to that, the two inch master tapes were ruined, literally glued and stuck together. They could not be used in order to make final mixes of the material.

Almost two decades later, one can only begin to wonder what could have happened to Good Girl if the album had seen the light of day. Regardless of all the circumstances, here are the surviving reference mixes of the Good Girl recordings from December of 1992. So for all of us that have been deprived of them during all this time, we can now make up for lost time and enjoy The California Recordings.

Stockholm in October 2010

Fredrik Trägårdh

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