Pretty Mary Sunshine

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Pretty Mary Sunshine was a band formed in Seattle, Washington in March 1993.

Almost as quickly as they were formed, they were signed to A&M Records. Instead of unifying the five piece, being signed to a major record label hastened their disintegration. "PMS" was contracted to produce two albums for A&M Records but they only "officially" released one. What was intended to be their first album was recorded in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma by Record producer Keith Cleversley (one time producer of The Flaming Lips).

The only song from the ill-fated "Oklahoma sessions" that A&M Records released, was "Can I Stay?" (featured in the cult movie soundtrack of S.F.W.). In an attempt to market Pretty Mary Sunshine as an indie-rock band, A&M Records also released two previously recorded tracks from the band's demo tape recorded at the Electric Eel Studio, in Seattle.

"Bird Medicine" - the full-length disc the band did manage to release was recorded at A&M Studio "C" in the Winter of 1994-1995. The band was completely dissatisfied with the recording process in Hollywood, with tensions between Kurt & Patrice escalating as the producers steered the band into a sound neither liked. "Bird Medicine" was released with no marketing, support or promotion from A&M. The release date was held back for nearly a year due to attorney squabbles about credits in the liner notes. The band supported the release of this album solely to fulfill contractual obligations with a disastrous tour of the United States in 1995.

The band broke up in early 1996, after finally being dropped by their label after a debauched U.S. tour.

Kurt and Patrice went on to form Frownland with the original drummer, Pam Barger, Paul Hutzler (guitar, multi-instrumentalist and bass guitar player, Sean Wheatley, of Pretty Mary Sunshine. Joe Howard, aka Joe Skyward, went on to join the Posies and Sunny Day Real Estate. Jerry O'Neill went on to record some solo material and then seemingly dropped out of the music world entirely.



  • "Jessica b/w Can I Stay?" 7" (Spontaneous Underground aka A&M Records) 1994 - Featuring Pam Barger, Kurt Elzner, Patrice Tullai, Joe Howard and Jerry O'Neill.
  • S.F.W. soundtrack "Can I Stay?" ([2])(A&M Records) 1994 - Featuring Pam Barger, Kurt Elzner, Patrice Tullai, Joe Howard and Jerry O'Neill.
  • Bird Medicine (A&M Records) 1995 - Featuring Kurt Elzner, Patrice Tullai, Sean Wheatley, Andy Harderson and Mark Wilcox.

i.e. Pretty Mary Sunlight- Scooby Snack Tracks Song by Jerry Reed