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All the releases on this page are available for purchase. We aren't a high tech e-commerce site, so here's how you can do it:

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New releases, as well as records, cd's and tapes issued by Banana Records in its 1980s period, are available, though the older stuff is dwindling quickly in number. Listed on this page are all available titles, with prices. We ain't no high-tech internet commerce site; if you want to buy a title, we do it through PayPal, which is safe and verifiable. Basically, if you want to purchase something, send an email to jim @ bananarecords.net and we'll work out the details.

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Artist: Paul Nickels
Format: CD (Also available on virtually every streaming service, including Apple Music & Spotify)
Release Date: September 7, 2021
Includes:  Twenty original songs by Nickels & other Cleveland songwriters.
Catalog #: BR-112

The newest Banana Release is the first solo album by former Backdoor Men, Inner Ring Conspiracy, and Clifton Beat -- and current drummer of The Old Brown Shoe Revue -- Paul Nickels. Includes 20 original power pop and pop folk songs by Nickels and a slew of other Cleveland writers with whom he's worked, including the legendary Dan Cook and Terry Hartman of The Backdoor Men. CD's are $12, including shipping.

The Leisure Set

Artist: The Leisure Set
Format: 7” 45 RPM Vinyl
Release Date: 1982
Songs:  "That’s Enough” b/w “There’s No Teardrops”
Catalog #: BR-101

This first record on the Banana label is actually two artists on one record.  Mab Zab founding members Jim Butterfield and Bob Burford wanted to release a record, but they lived in two separate cities at the time (Cleveland and Cincinnati).  Not one musician appears on both sides, but in order to save money, Jim and Bob decided to combine their resources and release two totally separate projects on one 7-inch 45.  The result is a band they called “The Leisure Set”. The two offerings sound remarkably similar in style, so Banana Records was “born”.

Videos for each song were produced by the Mab Zab team of Gallagher & Gallagher Productions, and act as historical tributes to the founding days of the label.

A few copies are still available for $12 including shipping.

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Artist: The Leisure Set
Format: 7” 45 RPM Vinyl
Release Date: 1983
Songs:
“Eddie and His New Girlfriend” b/w “Over and Over”
Catalog #:
BR-9683

In 1983, The Leisure Set became a “real” band, playing in northeast Ohio 3 nights/week, and gaining a loyal following.  The lineup of the band was:

  • La Farrell – Keyboards, Vocals

  • Jim Butterfield – Guitar, Vocals

  • Chris Jacobs – Drums, Vocals

  • Joe Klubert – Bass, Vocals

Released on yellow vinyl, the “A” side, "Eddie and His New Girlfriend" features La Farrell in a “Waitresses-like” vocal that received a fair amount of local radio play.  Both tunes were penned by Jim Butterfield.  The disc was produced by long-time Butterfield friend, Kevin McMahon (Prick, Lucky Pierre).

This record is so rare that we consider it out-of-print, but if you are some kind of a collector, email us and we would consider selling a copy from our personal collection.   

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Artist: Butterfield 8
Format: 7” 45 RPM Vinyl
Release Date: 1984
Songs: “I Just Came to Dance” b/w ”Matter of Fact”
Catalog #: BR-103

By 1984, Jim Butterfield had set out on his own decided to release a “solo” record.  Wanting to release his future music under the name of a band (ala “Plastic Ono Band”) he settled on the name “Butterfield 8 (after the 1960 movie….which was named after a telephone exchange in Manhattan).  The songs were produced by Jim and his friend Pete Bell at Jim’s apartment and Pete’s studio “Tube Layout Studios”.

Eva Dilcue (The Generators, Bunji Jumpers) provided the lead vocals on the “A” side and backing vocals on the “B” side.  Long-time friend Kevin McMahon (Lucky Pierre, Prick), who had recently produced The Leisure Set’s 45, provided backing vocals on “Matter of Fact”. 

This record is still available for $8.00 including shipping.

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muchacha

Artist: Lucky Pierre
Format:
7” 45 RPM Vinyl
Release Date: 1985
Songs:
“Muchacha Latina Today” b/w “Birdman”  
Catalog #:
BR-104

Released as the “Spring” offering of Kevin McMahon’s 4-record seasonal series of releases, this 45 was released in 1984 and contains two of Lucky Pierre’s most upbeat, fun songs ever released.  By this time, Kevin McMahon was releasing his solo material under the name “Lucky Pierre”, even though he played virtually all of the instruments himself. 

“Muchacha” tells the story of finding love via the U.S. Mail, and “Birdman” tells a story that only Kevin McMahon can recollect.

Each cover is uniquely hand-colored. 

A few copies of this record are still available for $17.00 including shipping.

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Artist: Butterfield 8
Format: 12” 45 RPM Vinyl 5-Song EP
Release Date: 1985
Title: 
“Just Listen” 
Catalog #:
BR-105

In early 1985, long time friend Kevin McMahon (Lucky Pierre, Prick) visited Jim Butterfield in New Jersey and convinced him to record an album of his new material.  Kevin listened to about 20 of Jim’s recent tunes and they selected five to record at Cleveland’s premier studio, Suma Recording Studio, home of recordings by Grand Funk, Wild Cherry and Pere Ubu.

Kevin gathered a group of his Cleveland music friends to form the “new” Butterfield 8, and the result was this 5-song 12” EP.  The band features Rick Christyson on guitars, Dave Pichler on bass and Dave Zima on drums.  Additional backing vocals are provided by Les Vincent (Les Vincent & The Tree Toads) and Eva Dilcue (The Generators, Bunji Jumpers).

This record is still available for $10.00 including shipping. 

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Artist Bunji Jumpers
Format:
7” 45 RPM Vinyl
Release Date:
1985
Songs:
“Brilliance!” b/w “Maybe?”  
Catalog #:
BR-106

When the popular Cleveland band “The Generators” split up in 1985, Eva Dilcue (Vocals, Keys) and Jimmy Lee (drums) set off on their own to form Bunji Jumpers.  Both songs, written by Eva, are a new direction from the Generator “Garage Pop” and showcase the creativity of this duo.  The “Regal Drum Machine” referred to in the liner notes is actually Jimmy Lee pounding on an old car seat. 

This single was the forerunner to their debut Banana EP “A TWO Z”.

This record is still available for $8.00 including shipping. 

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Artist: Bunji Jumpers
Format: 12” 45 RPM Vinyl 4-Song EP
Release Date: 1986
Title: “A TWO Z”  
Catalog #: BR-107

This debut EP features Eva Dilcue and Jimmy Lee of the popular Cleveland band “The Generators”.  Eva and Jimmy decided to go in a slightly more avant-garde direction with this offering, and Eva’s songwriting talents shine through.  The disc features the song “These Days” which Eva sang regularly at Generators shows. 

“Eva Dilcue” is “Euclid Ave.” spelled backwards. 

This record is still available for $10.00 including shipping.

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Artist: Jinni Fontana
Format: 12” 45 RPM Vinyl 4-Song EP
Release Date: 1987
Title: “The Game of Love”  
Catalog #: BR-108

This debut EP features one of Cleveland’s finest singer-songwriters.  The title track received so much play in dance clubs internationally that a follow-up “mix” version was soon released.  Jinni still performs with Cleveland’s ultra-cool “Vanity Crash”.

Jinni is a multiple winner of Zabby Awards for “Best Female Vocalist”, and The Big Banana is constantly urging her to release a new record.  It may be difficult though because she once, during a record contract dispute, blurted out at a Mab Zab party “who do I have to sleep with to get off of this label?”.

This record is still available for $10.00 including shipping.

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Artist: Jinni Fontana
Format:
12” 45 RPM Vinyl 4-Version “Mix” EP
Release Date:
1987
Title:
“The Game of Love”  
Catalog #: BR-109

Success of Jinni’s debut EP prompted Banana to release this 4-mix version for dance clubs.  The mixes are:

  • Kozmo's Mix

  • Bonus Beats

  • Percapella Mix

  • Instrumental

This record is still available for $10.00 including shipping. 

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Artist: Lucky Pierre
Format: 12” 45 RPM Vinyl 5 - Song EP
Release Date: 1988
Title:  “Communiqué”  
Catalog #:  BR-110

A crowning achievement by Kevin McMahon as “Lucky Pierre” before he moved on to become “Prick”.  This is Kevin at his best as he issues the definitive version of “Communiqué,” a song that he released numerous times. 

The EP features Kevin’s friend Trent Reznor (before Nine Inch Nails) on backing vocals and saxophone. 

A very few copies of this record are still available for $75.00 including shipping.

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Artist: Butterfield 8
Format: CD/Cassette 10- Song Album
Release Date: 1990
Title: “Euclid Ave.”      
Catalog #:BR-111

Jim Butterfield’s concept band “Butterfield 8” delivers 10 garage/pop/Beatle-esque tunes that are infectious and pop-smart.  The band only performed the album live one time, and then Jim went into semi-retirement until 2014 where he re-surfaced in a new original band, ”The Clifton Beat.”

Nine of the ten tunes were written by Butterfield, with “I Feel Better” written by long-time friend Kevin McMahon (Lucky Pierre, Prick).  The disc also features noteworthy Cleveland musicians on backing vocals, including:

  • Jim Jones (Pere Ubu)

  • Linda Benn (MBGITW)

  • Kevin McMahon

  • Eva Dilcue (The Generators, Bunji Jumpers)

  • Les Vincent (Les Vincent & The Tree Toads)

 This title is available on CD or Cassette for $10.00 including shipping. All ten songs are also available on-line for streaming.

By Special Arrangement with Banana Records...

Generators Single

Artist: Generators
Format: 7” 45 RPM Vinyl
Release Date: 1981
Songs:
“Summertime” b/w ”Temporarily Out Of Control”
Catalog # BN-1001

The Generators were one of the most popular bands in Cleveland in the early 80s.  The band consisted of:

·         Mark Addison – Lead vocals, guitar/keys

·         Eva Dilcue – Lead vocals, keys

·         Neon Don Buchanan – Lead Guitar

·         Stutz Bearcat – Bass

·         Jimmy Lee – Drums

This 7” 45 was the follow-up to their debut single “T.V. Set”, and was released on their own “Big Noise Records” label.  The band had a distribution agreement with Banana Records, and we still have a few copies left in our vault.

Both songs are penned by Mark Addison.  The “A” side features Eva on lead vocals, and the “B” side (a fan favorite and set-ender, features the high-energy vocals of Mark. This is a true piece of Cleveland music scene history.      

This record is still available for $8.00 including shipping. 

nationofone single

Artist: Nation of One
Format: 7” 45 vinyl record
Release Date: 1986
Songs:  “Because You’re Mine” b/w ”Long Hot Summer Night”
Catalog#: NL-11103/4

After “The Generators” Mark Addison formed “Nation of One” to perform his prolific catalog of material, and the band played the club circuit in Cleveland. 

The band consisted of:

·         Mark Addison – Lead vocal, piano & guitar

·         Daris Atkins – Guitars & vocals

·         Joe Hunter – Keyboards & vocals

·         Sean Beavan – Bass & vocals

·         Chris Hart – Drums

The disc was released on the “No Label” label, and both songs were written by Mark Addison.  The band had a distribution agreement with Banana Records, and we still have a few copies left in our vault.

This record is still available for $8.00 including shipping. 

Nation of One Cassette

Artist: Nation of One
Format: 10-song Cassette
Release Date: 1986
Title: “Night Vision”
Catalog #: NL-110-105

After “The Generators” Mark Addison formed “Nation of One” to perform his prolific catalog of material, and the band played the club circuit in Cleveland.  This cassette contains some of Mark’s best writing work, with “Night Vision” being a “Generators” classic that Eddie Money was supposed to record, but, alas, that never materialized.

Of special interest to Mab Zabbers, long-time Zabber Mike Kotnik is credited on the liner notes.    

The band consisted of:

·         Mark Addison – Lead vocal, piano & guitar

·         Daris Atkins – Guitars & vocals

·         Joe Hunter – Keyboards & vocals

·         Sean Beavan – Bass & vocals

·         Chris Hart – Drums

The 10 Addison-penned songs are:

·         Devil or Angel

·         When Andrea Catches Fire

·         All the Days

·         Long Hot Summer Night

·         Night Vision

·         Because You’re Mine

·         Wasted Time

·         1000 Miles

·         TV Set

·         Passion Flower

The Cassette was released on the “No Label” label, and all songs were written by Mark Addison.  The band had a distribution agreement with Banana Records, and we still have a few copies left in our vault.

This cassette is still available for $10.00 including shipping. 

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