Widespread Panic will reissue their first-ever single in honor of Record Store Day‘s Black Friday promotion on November 27th. Coming 34 years after the original 7″ release, the limited-edition vinyl will feature alternate versions of Panic staples “Coconut” and “Sleepy Monkey”.
Recorded on February 9th, 1986 at Panoramic Studio in Arnoldsville, GA, these two tracks served as the band’s first studio recordings. The 45 RPM singles were limited to 500 pressings and distributed via the band’s Space Baby label. The songs are listed as “Coconut Image” and “Monkey Image” and are shortened, radio-friendly versions of the now-classic songs.
This announcement comes just weeks after the Athens, GA-bred outfit released “Sundown Betty“, its first studio effort since 2015. Attached to the band’s only live version of “I Swear It Wasn’t Me”, the songs were released as a “virtual single” that allowed the jam-friendly act to go beyond the normal time limitations imposed by 7″ vinyl.
Pick up Widespread Panic’s debut single on November 27th as part of Record Store Day’s Black Friday event. Click here for a list of participating stores, and scroll down to read the full announcement from frontman John Bell.
Our first single was pressed in 1986. The Band jumped into one car – my Cutlass or Mikey’s Delta 88 – can’t ‘member – Oldsmobile. We drove to Atlanta from our King Avenue house to pick up a box of 500 45’s from the presser. Beer and chicken wings may also have been involved. We gave a few (45’s) out to strangers at stop lights on the way back to town. There was a Cat puffing a Sherlock Holmes tobacco pipe, taking in an Athens neighborhood stroll. Big Al from the Squalls – one of our local musician Heroes. We shared a single with him too. We were living a combination of proud and happy and “in this thing together.” A Band with a record… That felt like a really big deal.
Thirty-four years later, we’re sharing that feeling again on record store day, November 27th. This is a new pressing of the our first single – versions of Coconut and Sleepy Monkey – cut to 3 1/2 minutes for quality and radio play potential, like the original.
Thanks to Everyone – Concert-goers, Producers, Managers and Agents, Promoters, Record Companies, Publicists, Radio Folks, Office staff and Road Crews, and… Record Stores. Because of you, we’ve been able to feel that “Happy” over and over again through the years.
A Safe and Happy Thanksgiving to All, JB