"Strongly influenced by the fabulous Flaming Lips, this Chicago quartet the group changed its name from Fix Your Wagon after releasing one fine indie album, and it has returned with another that is even stronger. David Singer has a journalist's knack for telling detail and a poet's way with words, while guitarist Tim Riff (perfect name, eh?) is a psychedelic noise monster. The band deserves a much wider audience, and if you doubt it, just check out "Skinner Box," the opening track from Heaven, and an emotional diatribe against falling into the 9-to-5 world."
-- Jim Derogatis
released June 15, 1997
Kid Million is Brendan Phillips, Tim Riff, David Singer, Howard Windmiller.
"Heaven Smiles On Every Bastard"
Produced and Engineered by Brian Deck and David Singer, assisted by Mark Schwarz. Recorded at Windmiller Custom Sound and The Hat Factory, Chicago.
Additional recording at Chicago Recording Company and Metromobile, Chicago. Mixed by Brian Deck at Chicago Recording Company, assisted by Ron Lowe. "Couldn't Get Arrested" mixed by Brian in the truck at Metromobile.
Paul Adelstein plays keyboards on "Skinner Box", "Iris", "Ash Wednesday", "Unwanted Toy" and "Sport of Kings". Max Callahan plays violin on "An Open Letter" and "Couldn't Get Arrested". Brian Deck plays marimba on "Unwanted Toy". Alice Kirwan and Mary Launder sing on "Unwanted Toy".
Thank you Brian Deck, Mark Schwarz, Joe Shanahan, Todd Kasten, Lee Windmiller, James Van Osdol and Timothy Powell.
All our love to our friends and families.
Cover designed by Steve W. at Screwball Press. Cover photo by Stephen Deutch; reprinted courtesy of Chicago Historical Society.