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777,735 Views - Youtube Video 2006 - No Takers - Clark Hagins Songs - The Rock Opera White Suburban Liars 1996 Remix - Greenhouse Effect Music Bmi 1992. / In 1995, Clark Hagins remixed and remastered 16 Greenhouse Effect Songs that he felt were the band's best and strongest material with Bill Krodel in El Segundo California. Krodel had infact recorded much of the music previously with Hagins in 1990 through November 1992 and the band's final demise as Bassist Rick Carmody left to join Redondo Beach Punk outfit 'The One Handed Readers; "I remember that night we re-did the album with remastering and the final product that I had produced out of that Texas CD manufacturing Company - somehow,..the sound quality on that Original Rock Opera Cd was awful,...it sounded scratchy and too high end ,..and it sucked,..a few people (Who were musician type friends spotted the defects and they pointed it out to me" Says Hagins "But I also think a lot of them were just being typical douchebags too ,..they were hoping for my failure...." Krodel and Studio Engineer Mark Nathanson later pointed out that the Adat machine at the studio had a defect and was infact literally 'burning the final Adat tape for CD to toast as it recorded onto it. Still, The Rock Opera White Suburban Liars would be an ultimate triumph for Hagins and G.e. as the 16 Song Concept "Story" Line was pretty much intact; "It was compacted way too tight to make enough sense and tell the story of Maury - the insane lad who went to fight in iraq in 1991" Says Haggins "It is very much semi-autobiographical ,....the way that the story of how Maury came home from the war and got even less respect and regard,...and he began to get low down and dirty and he didn't care any more and started going for the black prostitutes n all ,..he was literally hoping that he would catch a disease and end and yet he goes on,..."Hey Negrita" is so important to the story ,..it is a must song in there ,..because then, when you hear it,..you really get the feel for who Maury is ,..and on the streets of San Pedro Calif - his homeless Life .... A lot of people are so offended by a lot of my songs but they HAVE to read the WHOLE story of the concept,...its very much Ray Davies and Fee Waybill and Pete Townshend type of shit ,...I really love "Remote Control" by the Tubes and "Muswell Hillbillies" and "Village Green" by the Kinks,... they tell stories that are gritty and real. "White Black Thang" and "Big Teen Dollars" are too more songs that may be misinterpreted by listeners - G.e. fans or not; "White Black became like the big hit on the album and the big huge hit back in the day for G.e" Says Higgins "But really that song is nowhere near as good as 'Ben is Dead' and "Star" in my estimation" Says Higgins. The Rock Opera White Suburban Liar$ tells the story of a child born and then growing up through life (Not unlike the Pretty Things Sf Sorrow or the Who Tommy) who has a disease that paralyzes one half of his body; Belles Palsy. He then grows as a small and frail , skinny little guy who gets picked on and lacks respect ,..before going off to fight in the war in iraq in 1990 only to come home to homelessness and getting the affection only from prostitutes. A "Local Lad' preaches the song "Misogynistia" (Shes A Bitch....And then you Live") to him in the streets. 'Shes A Bitch is definitely based off The Tubes and Remote Control and Songs like "Turn me On" and "Prime Time". "But its much more hateful and melodic" jokes Higgins. "I was a guy who never got laid hardly,..a lot like Maury the character,...I began to hate all women sort-of and "Shes A bitch" became the ultimate release,...it was a simple melody but I remember that it was a tough song for me and Krodel to put together in the studio in El Segundo to really 'capture' it,....I wrote that song in Redondo Beach at 251 and maybe at St. Lawrence Martyr Church in 1991 but I really perfected it in the summer of 92' when i lived out in Playa Del Rey in a condo that my brother Paul rented.....it was August 92' and sunny and I remember when i heard the rough mix one day with Krodel, i was like 'this really fucking rocks....wow !!! Good !" - "Dead End Street" would be a song that Haggins named for his love of Ray Davies and the Kinks; "My music doesn't sound like anything else and you have to crank it up loud on your computer in order to really get it,....but what I really hope is that they get the story of the concept - I still think the Rock Opera is way ahead of it's time for 1992,.... People today think that it's from 1996 - but it isn't,...thats just when we remastered it ,....but we should have just left the songs as they were" Says Higgins. Hagins spent his time in some 16 different South Bay bands including Greenhouse Effect among them Gardena Punk band B.p.s. and the Jim Mellon Quartet as at the same time he desperately pursued a record deal for his G.e. Project; "I knew that I had something brilliant with G.e. - our whole image of being a simple garage yet arena three piece neo punk blues outfit was amazing and genius" - Hagins angers at Youtube who have cancelled TWO of his huge accounts for unspecified Reasons; "My Music is art - important art and Youtube deletes it unfairly and without merit - Youtube Promotes censorship if they don't agree with your message or you personally - That is stupid and wrong ...especially when they deletee my blogs which are important art even more so than the music itself !" Says Higgins. "We're the number one band and video at Funky Tv and everywhere else - We've proven what we can do online Big Time !" Adds Higgins. Rock City Productions Worchester Massachusetts. 2006.