Note: Karma Frog is planning to assemble a new album tentatively entitled The Great Lost Cockeyed Ghost Album for release in 2019. It will mostly be drawn from material and performances prior to the release of the band's debut album.

Keep Yourself Amused

Keep Yourself Amused

Released: September 1996

Remix and Remaster Planned for Fall 2019

Label: Big Deal

Keep Yourself Amused was Cockeyed Ghost's frenetic debut. Breathless and adremaline-fueled, Earle Mankey's production captured a hard working live band eager to prove itself and breaking everything in its path. Though the mostly-live backing tracks and breathless tempos sometimes obscure the songs and arrangements underneath, Keep Yourself Amused won rave reviews from otherwise skeptical writers in The New York Press and Crawdaddy and effectively put the band on the map. It's the home of "About Jill," "Disappear" and "At The Bookstore," three of Adam Marsland's most enduring songs, all sequenced at the top of the album.



Released: September 1997

Remix and Remaster Planned for Fall 2019

Label: Big Deal

Coming precisely one year after Keep Yourself Amused, Neverest repeats the same formula but with a somewhat bigger budget and ensuing better production values. Neverest also sees the band nudging away from punk rock into a more KISS-like hard rock-pop hybrid. There's more overall band input than on the debut and Rob and Adam's shared lead vocals on many songs are a highlight. As with the first album, the band's everything-on-11 approach and top-heavy mix obscures some of what lies underneath, but the heavy fuzzpop charms of songs like "Halo Boy" and "Buzz" are hard to ignore - and the band ventures into pure pop on "Special" with spectacular results.

The Scapegoat Factory

Released: March 1999

Remaster Planned for Late 2019

Label: Big Deal

The Scapegoat Factory debuted an entirely new vision for Cockeyed Ghost - though the punk-influenced guitar pop and high vocals remained, the range of the band broadened considerably, as The Scapegoat Factory also offers poignant alt-country ("Where's My Best Friend"), quasi-funk ("I Wish I Was A Girl"), quirky Ben Folds-esque piano rock ("The Fates Cry Foul") and even a six minute long, slightly jazzy piano ballad ("Something To Prove"). With James Hazley and Rob Cassell both gone, Adam was left to soldier on mostly solo, cobbling together a new lineup with founding drummer Kurt Medlin and new bassist/guitarist Robert Ramos (who played with Adam and Rob in a pre-Ghost band), along with significant input from Robbie Rist. The change in direction was a big risk, but it paid off - reviews were extremely favorable and for the first time the band's stature nationally started to grow just as its status as local heroes began to fade. The album was barely released - Big Deal collapsed mere days after it came out - but the band's commitment to continue touring in the wake of the label's demise coupled with the strong critical response and respectable (under the circumstances) sales kept the band alive to sing another day.

Ludlow 6:18

Ludlow 6:18

Released: April 2001

Label: Karma Frog; available here.

Perhaps the band's (and Adam Marsland's) finest hour, Ludlow 6:18 was the product of a year's worth of focused sessions with one design: to make a unified statement with a truly great album to justify the band's continued existence in the wake of Big Deal's demise. Unlike The Scapegoat Factory, Ludlow 6:18 was a true group effort with all four members (Severo Jornacion, later of the Smithereens, having joined the band as a second guitarist) making strong contributions and a consistent band sound throughout. Initially ignored, through the dint of the Adam's constant solo touring and word of mouth Ludlow 6:18 became a respected cult favorite, selling in numbers consistent with the band's first three albums despite being self-released. With the band's now-fading punk roots taking a back seat to indie pop stylings and a strong musical and lyrical nods to the Mojave Desert, "Ludlow 6:18", "Karma Frog", "How Can You Stand It" and especially "Ginna Ling" are acknowledged to be among Adam Marsland's finest songs.

Alternate Releases:

Rarities Vol 1 (1999)

A homemade collection of distaff tracks made to raise funds during the lean Scapegoat Factory period, Rarities Vol. 1 was a popular enough collection that it made some official discographies of the band.

Live In The Southwest

Live In The Southwest (2001)

The band's sole live album was released only in Japan (where the band's second and third CDs got a major label release) and was culled from medium-quality recordings of desert-themed shows that took place around the time of the release of Ludlow 6:18. The fideltiy is middling and the performances unenhanced and uneven, but are noteworthy for the experimental approaches the band had started to take towards the end of their run, bringing in outside musicians and experiencing with different genres.

The Alternative History of Cockeyed Ghost/Rarities Vol 2 (2004)

A second volume in the Rarities series contains some more early tracks plus a clutch of high quality recordings (and a few fun novelties) from the band's later era. Released as part of deluxe packages for Adam's debut studio solo CD You Don't Know Me, the second rarities disc sold in similar quanitites to the first.