Notes on the 2000 CD re-release of Pronounced “Snausages”:
Among the many mysteries of this album and this period in the history of the amazing band that recorded it is simply this: what does the elusive title mean? It is said by many band historians that this album (also referred to as The White Album) represents a time of band-wide identity crisis and deep self-examination. It should be remebered that ROQUE had dissolved spectacularly in 1992 with no plans to reunite, but that the success of the SPLAT MONKEY sessions and the peripheral involvement of elite bassist John Fried made it clear to the members of EL SQUEAKO that something had to be done. Yet it was also clear that this was --despite the familiarity and camraderie among the participants-- a new band, needing a new identity. Before “settling” on EL SQUEAKO, the band performed a series of non-publicized “danger gigs” at Denver-area coffeeshops under an interminable host of names: Randy Napkin, The Algae Salesmen, The Ex-Camels, Haardvark, Cody & John, The John Fried Solar-Powered Love Machine, Moose & Squirrel, and countless others lost to the din of history. But, you protest, what of the name of this album? Does it mean that the members have prominent genitalia? Is there a word, misunderstood by the masses, which can only be accessed through the universal password, clued here? Does it mean that John Fried is dead, as we come to symbollically realize in later efforts such as River Dreams? Well, you must understand that this band is --above all else-- a groundbreaking band. A band that leads the way for other bands --other bands that you admire and possibly view as more important are, in fact, subservient to the whims of El Squeako. To wit, astute observers of the national scene may recall that this was the summer that Prince changed his name to a hermaphroditic glyph, entirely unpronounceable by any English-speaking fan. History has shown this to be a poorly-calculated move, opening Prince to a parade of ridicule. How could he have made such a gross error in judgement? Looking at Prince’s phone records, we discover the answer --a three-hour telephone call to Cody Weathers on 8/9/94. I submit that the artist-formerly-known-as-Prince-who-never-really-stopped-being-known-as-Prince became so enrapt in the concept behind the new El Squeako album that he stole its greatest conceptual milestone: the band is spelled E-l-S-q-u-e-a-k-o, but true fans know that it is pronounced “Snausages.” Ibid and Op Cit.