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January 28, 1978
"Tonight" (Cook), "Fairy Tale" (Cook) [later released on "Shirly Goodness & Misery"], "Mary Baker Eddy" [later released on "Preachers From Outer Space], "Only One" (Taylor) [later rekeased on "Shirly Goodness & Misery], "Secret scripts & 3D glasses" (Taylor) [Later released on "Preachers from Outer Space"].
Jerry: "We were going to do an all "cult" songs album and Man In The Moon was originally supposed to be part of that. So was Mary Baker Eddy. But it never materialized. MBE just never got recorded in the studio. We have a few live versions of it, though."
March 16, 1978
(DA at Whitefield Studios. Left to Right: Alex MacDougall, Terry, Beau MacDougall, Jerry Chamberlain. Roadie Dennis Baxter is seated in front. Photo courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
Alex: "We recorded the basic tracks for Horrendous in our pajamas (seems to be a theme), and locked all visitors out (how Very rock and roll!). We even had a sign on the studio door claiming the sessions to be locked and that we were xenophobic!"
Marty: "I don't remember much but I do remember recording 'I love You #19' and 'Tidal Wave' at Whitfield Studios with Thom Roy engineering, not Mike Stone."
(Marty Dieckmeyer and Mark Cook at Whitefield Studios. Photo courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
March 16-18, 1978
March 24 1978
April 14 & 15, 1978
(Mark Cook & Jerry Chamberlain in Whitefield Studios, recording Horrendous Disc. Photo Courtesy of Marty Dieckmeyer)
Marty: "We had already recorded everything on HD. The only thing left to do was mix it and do the art work. After we finished all the work in the studio, we started meeting with all the different labels that showed interest in us."
Terry: "There was never any consideration of disbanding. While true that we had left Maranatha! Music, we were actively seeking a new recording contract, and we were always on the road. Obviously, even having an album unreleased for several years didn't break up the band, which attests to the bands commitment..."
Terry: "I'm On Your Team" was a song that was really kept alive by fan requests. It was one of those songs that was written during the Horrendous Disc sessions, and for some reason it didn't go on the record. It was written in response to some of the criticism that got heaped on the band in that Horrendous Disc era when we began to shed the country clothes of the first two albums. I remember the first time we performed that song, it was in Hawaii and we were there with the Calvary Chapel pastor. We were getting a little flak for what we were doing, so we included that song in every set as kind of an answer back. (Source: Brian Quincy Newcomb in "The HRS-Terry Taylor Interview Part One")
Jerry: "We gave ILY the #19 designation because Terry and I took a trip down to our local record shop and perused the yellow-paged directory of recorded music that used to perch atop the counters of major record stores in America. I remember counting the number of songs listed with the title, "I Love You". There were 18 listed at that time..."
August 5, 1978
September 9, 1978
October 5, 1978
October 6, 1978
October 9, 1978
Ed: "a good contract, but not the kind of thing we wanted."
Terry: "Al (Alex MacDougall) had toured with Randy Stonehill and knew Larry Norman. Al said we were getting a lot more serious about touring, what we ought to do is approach Street Level and see if they would book us. We talked to the people and they said they wanted to book us, but about a week later we were told that it had been their policy only to book Solid Rock artists. To us that was a switch, they'd changed it. So it was decided, Larry would put us on Solid Rock, and he'd go ahead and get us the secular deal, and Street Level would book us. It looked like a beautiful package, and we bought into it. We signed all the contracts, and then came the delays.
Larry: "...At the time, I really didn't think me signing Daniel Amos to the Warner Brothers/Curb contract would be the best thing spiritually for some of the members of DA." (quoted from Larry Norman's "Blue Book", although Daniel Amos turned down the Warner-Curb deal before signing with Solid Rock/Street Level)
(Left to Right: Ron Salsbury , Jon Pantano, Larry Norman, Mark Heard, Tom Howard (seated), Randy Stonehill, Mark Cook, Ed McTaggart (back row), Terry Taylor, Alex MacDougal (seated), Jerry Chamberlain, and Marty Dieckmeyer.)
Larry: "I didn't want songs similar to 'Fairy Tale' to be on Horrendous Disc, but telling a band that you don't like some of their songs can sometimes have an effect similar to telling a mother of ten that some of her children are ugly. I was determined not to release the album until it had been reassessed to include better songs which I believed would make the project more distinguished, but actually inject a stronger gospel message into the album."
Terry: "Mike Stone was the producer of Horrendous Disc the whole time. So, Larry's involvement with the record was peripheral, he had nothing to do with the recording at that time. He might remember it differently, but the truth is he had nothing to do with the recording of that record. I think Larry did step in and direct us as to where he wanted it mixed, and it was mixed by someone Larry had confidence in, but again he was not there and had nothing to do with it.
Marty: "Our intention for the album was to record more songs then needed and then pick out the ones that had the best feel and continuity with each other. So, we had a tenative order and at the last minute we changed it...
...I overheard Terry, Mark and Jerry discussing the album order. The song 'Never Leave You' (written by Mark Cook) and 'I Believe in You' were going to be dropped from our final tenative order, and 'I Love You #19' was going to be added. I wanted 'Never Leave You' and I Believe in You' on the album and after some heated discussion we ended up with 'Fairy Tale' being dropped 'I Love You #19' being added and 'Never Leave You' and 'I believe In You' remaining on. I think 'Never Leave You' was dropped after the second or third pressing anyway. They wanted each side of the album to have the same amount of running time, (or at least close to the same) and by keeping one more song (I Believe or Never Leave) would make it uneven. I didn't care about that I thought both songs were worthy of the album... We weren't quite sure which songs were going to go on the album, and I'm sure we bounced the order of the songs off Larry but, he didn't tell us what to put on the album, he kind of left that up to us. But, I specificly remember talking with Larry about not dropping 'Never Leave You'."
Daniel Amos shopped many of these demos around to mainstream record companies.
(Note: "Happily Married Man" was NOT recorded at this time, as was reported in Karen Marie Platt's March 1981 CCM Article, "Whatever Happened to Horrendous Disc")