During the period 1986 - 1988, after recording "Children
of the Revolution", the Femmes broke up. Gordon
joined a hard-rocking gospel band called the Mercy Seat, featuring
Zena Von Heppinstall on lead vocals, Gordon on electric guitar
and backing vocals, Patrice Moran on bass and vocals, and
Fernando Menendez on drums and vocals. The Mercy Seat
released a self-titled vinyl album on Slash in 1987.
It's now out of print but copies can occasionally be found
at used record stores.
plays violin on Ben Vaughn's album "Dressed in Black",
released in 1990 on Restless Records.
appears, along with Brian and Victor, on the song "Down
In the Cider House" on Tony Trischka's album "World
Turning". This album was released in 1993 on Rounder
Records and is widely available. Tony is the banjo player
who played in "Country Death Song" on the Femmes'
plays guitar and sings on the songs "Million Dollar
Bash" (a Bob Dylan cover) and "Ice in Her Eyes"
on the album DeathGrooveLoveParty by Carmaig De Forest and
DeathGrooveLoveParty. This album was released in 1993
by Knitting Factory Records and also features appearances
by Will Rigby, Jim Sclavunos, and Sara Lapsey. It's
available online direct from
Knitting Factory Records. Carmaig was also the opening
(solo) act at several recent Femmes shows.
plays fiddle on the song "Ruthie Lingle" on 16
Horsepower's album "Sackcloth N' Ashes". This
album was produced by Warren Bruleigh and was released in
1995 on A&M Records. Supposedly Gordon was so into
this band that he kept bugging them until they let him play
on their album! They're Christian/French gothic/country,
and their music is indescribably delicious. Check out
their website at http://listen.to/16horsepower
with Warren Bruleigh, produced Rebecca Blasband's demo tape
in 1993, then an EP in 1995, and then her debut album, "Rapt",
which was released on Mercury Records in 1996. This
album is widely available.
appears with the Femmes on Elliot Murphy's album "Selling
the Gold", released in 1996 on Dejadisc.
coproduced and performs on the Irish band An Emotional Fish's
album "Sloper", engineered by Warren Bruleigh and
released in 1996 on the Pure label.
wrote and sings the song "Only the Lonely" on the
album "No Talking, Just Head", by the Heads (the
Talking Heads minus David Byrne. This album was released
in 1996 on Radioactive Records and is available everywhere.
Jerry Harrison, the Heads' keyboard player, produced the Femmes'
wrote and recorded the soundtrack for an indie film called
the Ground", directed by David Moore, which was presented
at the Seattle International Film Festival in 1996 but was
never picked up by a major distributor. Consequently,
there's no way to buy the soundtrack! However, you can
buy a copy of the film from Raven Pictures International for
an excruciating $89.95 + S&H (I'm too cheap to tell you
if it's worth the cost). Gordon wrote all the songs, which
were performed by Lou Reed, P.J. Harvey, Frank Black and others.
The song "36-24-36" on the "Add It Up"
album was the title song of the film.
appears on the album "In Their Own Words Volume 2",
a compilation album featuring numerous famous songwriters
performing acoustically and discussing how they go about writing
songs. It was released in 1996 by Razor & Tie.
Gordon's the first one on the album, doing "Songwriter's
Song". You can get it at amazon.com .
sings and plays fiddle on John Kruth's album "Last Year
Was A Great Day", released in 1998 on Gadfly Records.
This album also features Peter Balestrieri, one of the Horns
of Dilemma, on sax and vocals. It's available online
direct from Gadfly
Records, and at Tower Records Online.
produced (with Warren Bruleigh) the French band Louise Attaque's
self-titled debut album, released in 1998. This album
is in French and is only available as an import in the U.S.
(Tower Records will special order it for you). Louise
Attaque is very popular in France, and their name is derived
from that of their favorite band...the Violent Femmes!
Check out their website at http://www.louiseattaque.com
(of course, you'll get more out of the experience if you speak
FRENCH). The band's nickname for Gordon is "Flash
appears VERY briefly in the song "This World Is Something
New to Me" on the Rugrats soundtrack. I'll save
you some money and give the full transcript of Gordon's vocals
on this album: "This wallpaper here just ain't
the same". You can hear it for free in the music
section of amazon.
This album was released in 1998 on Uni/Interscope.
Gordon has written three musicals: Oresteia with a
Happy Ending, Desire by the Tail, and Carmen: The First Two
Chapters (based on Prosper Merimee's short story).
Carmen was presented earlier this year in New York at the
Knitting Factory and featured Gordon himself, Fernando Menendez
(formerly of the Mercy Seat), and several other actors and
performs on a few songs on his brother Glenn's debut album,
"Unfinished", released by Human Music. You
can buy a copy direct from Glenn on his website, http://www.alaska.net/~ggano/
performs on the song "Nature Boy" on the children's
album "Shrimp Whistles". Peter Balestrieri
and John Kruth also appear on this album.
performs the song "Capitão Romance"(in Portuguese!)
with the band Ornatos Violeta on their album (his accent is
reportedly "very good"). Check out a couple of photos
of Gordon performing with the band in Porto, Portugal