SVT (band)

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SVT
Origin San Francisco, California
Genres Power pop, new wave
Years active 197883
Past members Brian Marnell
Bill Gibson
Jack Casady
Paul Zahl
Nick Buck

SVT was a San Francisco power pop/new wave band from the late 1970s and early 1980s. They are perhaps best remembered for their bassist Jack Casady, who had played in both Jefferson Airplane and Hot Tuna. Other members were singer Brian Marnell, drummer Bill Gibson (later of Huey Lewis and the News, replaced by Paul Zahl), and Nick Buck, also a Hot Tuna veteran, on keyboards .

The group is said to have taken its name from the medical condition known as supraventricular tachycardia.[by whom?] A more plausible explanation is that the name was taken from a model of bass guitar amplifier, the Ampeg Super Vacuum Tube.

SVT recorded two singles in 1979, one EP in 1980, and one album, No Regrets, in 1981. They were one of the first bands ever to record on North America's first punk label. San Francisco's 415 Records released their single, Heart of Stone, in 1979.[1] The group disbanded after both Zahl and Casady left to form Yanks with Jack Johnson and Owen Masterson.[when?] Casady later quit Yanks and was replaced by bassist Steve Aliment. Brian Marnell died in 1983. Casady's former Jefferson Airplane bandmate Marty Balin covered the song Heart of Stone on his album, Lucky in 1983.

Discography[edit]

  • 1979 Single: "New Year" (live) / "Wanna See You Cry" (live)
  • 1979 Single: "Heart Of Stone" / "The Last Word"

1980 EP: Extended Play (415 Records)[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Price of Sex" (Brian Marnell) – 2:28
  2. "I Can See" (Nick Buck) – 2:59
  3. "Red Blue Jeans" (Jack Rhodes, Bill Davis) – 2:05
  4. "Always Comes Back" (Marnell) – 3:55

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Walk the Line" (Johnny Cash) – 2:13
  2. "Modern Living" (Buck) – 2:56
  3. "Down at the Beach" (Marnell) – 2:43

Personnel[edit]

  • Nick Buck – keyboards, vocals
  • Brian Marnell – guitar, vocals
  • Paul Zahl – drums, vocals
  • Jack Casady – bass

Production[edit]

  • SVT – producer
  • Stacey Baird – engineer, co-producer
  • Recorded at Different Fur Recording, San Francisco
  • Chris Coyle, Steven Countryman – management
  • Richard Stutting / Artbreakers – album art and design
  • Chester Simpson – photography

1981 LP: No Regrets (MSI Records)[edit]

Side one[edit]

All songs by Brian Marnell except where noted

  1. "Bleeding Hearts" – 4:51
  2. "Waiting for You" – 2:53
  3. "Heart of Stone" – 3:00
  4. "No Regrets" (Brian Marnell, Suzie Kobrofsky) – 3:23
  5. "Money Street" – 5:23

Side two[edit]

  1. "Love Blind" – 2:52
  2. "North Beach" – 3:07
  3. "What I Don't Like" – 3:20
  4. "Secret" – 2:44
  5. "Too Late" – 5:07
  6. "You Don't Rock" – 4:35

Personnel[edit]

  • Brian Marnell – vocals, guitars
  • Jack Casady – electric bass, Gibson mandobass, bass balalaika
  • Paul Zahl – drums, vocals

Production[edit]

  • SVT – arrangements, mixer
  • Mark Richardson – producer, engineer, mixer
  • Recorded at Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, CA
  • Eddie Harris, Jaime Bridges, Eddie Ciletti – assistant engineers
  • Michael Herbick, Steve Toby, Jesse Osborne – tech engineers
  • Mastered at Master Disc, New York City
  • Howie Weinberg – mastering engineer
  • Vincent Anton – photography
  • Suzanne Phister – album cover design, lettering
  • Richard Stutting / Artbreakers – SVT logo
  • The Walking Zombie – gear
  • Steven Countryman – management

2005 CD: No Regrets - Expanded Version (Rykodisc)[edit]

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