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Invisible Idiot CD "Outta Sight, Outa Mind" (EAR 7) on Earring Records, released 1999
Invisible Idiot CD “Outta Sight, Outa Mind” (EAR 7) on Earring Records, released 1999


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Invisible Idiot is actually the original Margaret Explosion and this is the first cd. It was recorded and released while a new Margaret Explosion lineup was performing around town.

Invisible Idiot song titles include:
1. son of telly savalis listen/download
2. kudzoo
3. slinky
4. pimientos de padron
5. suitcase of beer
6. sparky’s shed listen/download
7. mega lounge
8. abstract express listen/download
9. millions of brazilians
10. harmonium continuum
11. coconut
12. knight shifter
13. pipedreams
14. beach fires
15. jujubee
16. as is
17. jack lord
18. lava lamp
19. spit

Invisible Idiot is:
Peggi Fournier -sax
Jack Schaefer – guitar, bass clarinet, cello, tenor sax, flute, piano, glockenspiel, field tapes
Pete LaBonne – bass
Paul Dodd- percussion
Shelley Valachovic – shakers, dancing

All songs by Invisible Idiot, Published by Lint Music ©1999
Recorded in the Living Room,
Mixed at Arpad’s,
Mastered by Tom Green at Grenadier
Package design by 4D Advertising
Engraving by Paul Klem

Margaret Explosion playing at Bug Jar Happy Hour in 1998. Jack Schaefer on guitar, Paul Dodd on drums. Pete LaBonne on bas guitar and Peggi Fournier on soprano sax.
Margaret Explosion playing at Bug Jar Happy Hour in 1998. Jack Schaefer on guitar, Paul Dodd on drums. Pete LaBonne on bas guitar and Peggi Fournier on soprano sax.

Fun with Father Time

by Chuck Cuminale — City Newspaper

Invisible Idiot — Outta Sight, Outta Mind

Invisible idiot is a first cousin of the Margaret Explosion, an otherworldly lounge band that, from October 1996 through June 1998, played an esoteric weekly Friday night happy hour at the Bug Jar. The ethereal soundtrack they provided cast and often eerie, slow motion effect on the just-out-of-work crowd’s revelries. The group’s improvised minor key melodies bathed the room in a melancholy glow, suggesting old 8-millimeter home movies, and blurring the lines between experience and reminiscence.

The music on Outta Sight, Outta Mind was made by many of the same musicians. Mostly recorded in six sessions during March and April 1997 in Paul Dodd and Peggi Fournier’s living room, the pieces collected on Outta Sight capture much of the same mood as their Margaret counterparts. A feeling of calm detachment pervades the disc along with a dreaminess that brings to mind Personal Effects’ (Fournier and Dodd were the forces behind that beloved Rochester band) gorgeous classic Don’t Wake Me.” Not every dream is a good dream, though, and I am pretty sure I heard a stifled cry or two coming from that soprano sax, and maybe an exhortation from old Father Time to keep things moving. Outta Sight, Outta Mind is a brilliant soundtrack, for whatever movie happens to come along. 

In celebration of the release of the new CD, Invisible Idiot (for the record: Peggi Fournier, Paul Dodd, Pete LaBonne, Shelley Valchovic, and Jack Schaefer) perform live at Monty’s Korner on Saturday, August 21 from 10 pm to midnight. Outta Sight, Outta Mind can be purchased at local record stores or ordered direct from earring records at P.O. Box 40313, Rochester, NY 14604.

Cocktail Jazz

“Outta Sight” by Jeff Spevak — Democrat & Chronicle

In a blind-hearing test (how’s that for an oxymoron?), Outta Sight, Outta Mind sounds like a new release by John Lurie’s great fake jazz ensemble, the Lounge Lizards. But Outta Sight, Outta Mind is a new limited-edition cd by Invisible Idiot, a Rochester jazz ensemble featuring too-hip scenesters Paul Dodd, Peggi Fournier (both formally with Hi-Techs, Personal Effects and Margaret Explosion), Pete LaBonne, Jack Schaefer and Shelley Valachovic. 

Invisible Idiot celebrates the release of the cd at 10 pm tomorrow at Monty’s Korner, 355 East Avenue. With vaguely Eastern influences, and we’re not talking about New Jersey — Fournier’s sinuous sax winds it’s way through songs like Son of Telly Savalas, which seems to be less a composition than a thought, and the John Cage — style piano atonalities of Suitcase of Beer. It’s the song titles that hint at what you’re hearing: Mega Lounge, Jack Lord, Abstract Express and Lava Lamp. 

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