Loverboy was released in the middle of Ariel Pink’s prolific run of albums as Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti. Written and recorded between October 2001 and July 2002 (a creative burst during which House Arrest was also conceived), Loverboy is a wonderfully warped portrait of Ariel’s musical world building. On Loverboy, Ariel Pink conjures some of his most memorable melodies and intricate arrangements under the spell of his trusted 8-track cassette recorder. This definitive version of Loverboy was transferred from the original tapes, expanded with unheard tracks, and remastered as part of Ariel Archives, Mexican Summer’s reissue series which revisits Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti catalogue with new editions of out-of-print releases.
released October 25, 2019
All songs written by Ariel Pink except “Loverboy” and “Ghosts” co-written by John Maus, “I Don’t Need Enemies” written by Matt Fishbeck, “The Birds Sing In You” written by Colin Lipe, “Hobbies Galore” written by R. Stevie Moore, and “Don’t Talk to Strangers” written by unknown / Pink.
All songs performed and recorded by Ariel Pink.
Keyboard and background vocals on “Loverboy” and keyboard and programming on “Ghosts” performed by John Maus.
Vocals and guitar on “I Don’t Need Enemies” performed by Matt Fishbeck.
Drum programming on “Phoebus Palast” and guitar on “The Bird Sings In You” performed by Colin Lipe.
Recorded at 1245 Norton Street (Los Angeles, CA), 2001 - 2002.
Produced, engineered, and mixed by Ariel Pink.
Tape research, audio transfer, restoration, and editing by Paul D. Millar.
Mastered by Dave Cooley at Elysian Masters (Los Angeles, CA).
Front obi-strip photograph by and courtesy of Geneva Jacuzzi.
Inner sleeve photography by and courtesy of Jason Yates
Insert collage contains photographs by and courtesy of Alisa Daniels, Geneva Jacuzzi, and Jason Yates.
Liner notes by Hedi El Kholti.
Copy editing and proofreading by Chris Peterson and Zonder Titel.
Artwork and layout by Ariel Pink and Bailey Elder.
Additional materials provided by Eddie Ruscha.
Material production assistance by Eli Welbourne.
All songs published by Brill Building Songs (ASCAP), administered by Kobalt Songs Music Publishing, except “Hobbies Galore” published worldwide by HP Music / Spunky Monkey Music (ASCAP), and “Loverboy” and “Ghosts” published by Brill Building Songs (ASCAP) and 2011 Ribbon Music (SESAC), administered by Domino US Publishing Company.
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