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Brant Bjork & The Operators
BB Operators 1
Album cover for the CD version.
Album cover for the LP version is below.
Studio album by Brant Bjork
Released April 30 2002
Recorded November 2000 at Donner and Blitzen in Silverlake, California
Genre Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Alternative Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Length 45:40
Label The Music Cartel, Duna/Low Desert Punk
Producer Mathias Schneeberger
Brant Bjork chronology
Jalamanta
(1999)
Brant Bjork & The Operators
(2002)
Keep Your Cool.
(2003)
Alternative Cover
BB Operators 2

Brant Bjork & The Operators is the second solo album by desert rock musician Brant Bjork, released in the Spring of 2002. Despite the implied band name, the near-entirety of the album was written, performed and recorded by Bjork. The sound of the album itself derives more from punk rock than the loose desert sounds on the previous effort. Also unlike Jalamanta more songs feature vocals, this time in seven of the ten tracks.

With help from The Music Cartel, Brant Bjork & The Operators is notable as the first release on Bjork's own label imprint Duna.

BackgroundEdit

With a degree of success to Bjork's previous record Jalamanta, Brant would eventually begin work on a second studio album in the fall of 2000, this time working with Mathias Schneeberger. Roughly a year and a half later, Brant Bjork & The Operators saw it's release on CD. After the release of the album, Brant was at a party in Palm Desert and talked to Cale Bunker about the album to which Cale expressed interest in a music video. Soon after, Bunker and Bjork would make the music video for "My Ghettoblaster".[1] Eventually, Brant Bjork would perform live with a group of musicians (Billing them as "The Operators" on 18 June 2002, in what would be known as one of his earliest known solo performances and predating the formation of Brant Bjork and The Bros by almost a full year.[2]

"Electric Lalli Land" is a wordplay on the iconic Electric Ladyland by Jimi Hendrix. The album itself is dedicated to the memory of Joey Ramone. The vinyl edition would also be dedicated to Johnny and Dee Dee Ramone, both of whom passed away between the CD and LP releases.

In 2008 it would be announced via Low Desert Punk (Brant Bjork's second solo-based label) that Brant Bjork would be issued as a 2LP for the first time. The pressings are as follows:

  • Grey Marble (2008, unknown amount)
  • Black Vinyl (2008, unknown amount)
  • Blue Marble (2008, unknown amount)
  • White Vinyl (2014, unknown amount)

TracklistEdit

All tracks written by Brant Bjork, except tracks 2 & 5.

  • 1. Hinda65 (5:05)
  • 2. Smarty Pants (Lyrics by Bjork, Music by Schneeberger) (4:02)
  • 3. My Ghettoblaster (4:48)
  • 4. Electric Lalli Land (5:11)
  • 5. From The Ground Up (We Just Stay The Same) (Lyrics by Bjork, music by Bjork & Schneeberger) (3:41)
  • 6. Cheap Wine (4:09)
  • 7. Cocoa Butter (3:13)
  • 8. Joey's Radio (4:01)
  • 9. Captain Lovestar (6:33)
  • 10. Hinda65 (Return Flight) (4:57)

PersonnelEdit

  • Brant Bjork - Guitar, Bass, Drums, Vocals
  • Mathias Schneeberger - Keyboards, Producer, Engineer, Additional Guitar (2, 5)
  • Mario Lalli - Lead Guitar (4)
  • Franz Stahl - Backing Vocals (9)
  • Debbie - Princess Lovestar (9)
  • The Low Desert Punks - Handclaps (3)
  • DUNArt - Layout, Artwork
  • Tony Tornay - Photography
  • Peter Black - Vinyl Mastering

External LinksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. Low Desert Punk on YouTubeAccessed 9 July 2018
  2. Setlist.fmAccessed 9 July 2018
V·T·E Brant Bjork
Solo Albums JalamantaBrant Bjork & The OperatorsKeep Your Cool.Local AngelSaved By Magic (As Brant Bjork & The Bros) • Tres DiasSomera Sól (As Brant Bjork & The Bros) • Punk Rock GuiltGods & GoddessesBlack Flower Power (As Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band) • Tao of The DevilMankind WomanJacoozziBrant Bjork
Other Solo Releases SabbiaFalling To SpaceEurope '16
Fu Manchu No One Rides For FreeThe Action Is GoJailbreakGodzillaEatin' Dust(Godzilla's) Eatin' DustKing Of The RoadCalifornia Crossing
Kyuss Sons of KyussWretchBlues for the Red SunWelcome to Sky Valley
Mondo Generator Cocaine RodeoA Drug Problem That Never ExistedUse Once and Destroy Me Tour 2003I Never SleepAustralian Tour EP 2008
Other Associated Bands and Selected Releases The Desert SessionsVista ChinoPeaceChéSounds of LiberationFatso JetsonSolarfeastGossamerBalls For Days
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