The SpongeBob SquarePants soundtrack has been honored with a 2014 ASCAP Film & Television Music Award. Thanks to all at SpongeBob! And thanks ASCAP.
The Raybeats first LP, recorded in 1981 is now available. Peter Buck (R.E.M) wrote a brief essay about the band.
The Raybeats came out of New York City in 1979 combining early Sixties instrumental rock with post punk experimentalism , Italian Spaghetti Western soundtrack music, and a bit of free jazz. The end result was like nothing else happening at the time, a scorching, joyful, reinvention that felt as current and up to date as it was a sly look back in time. I had the pleasure of seeing them live as well as opening for them and they were a mighty band. They were fun too, and fun was in short supply in those days. I hope these reissues will remind everyone how great they were. And I haven’t even mentioned the majesty of their apparel. (Peter Buck, March 2014.)
The long out of print second album by the Raybeats is now available as a digital download via iTunes. Originally recorded in 1983, the record was remastered by Patrick Derivaz, and to my ears sounds like a new recording. There’s also a booklet available that includes unpublished photos, Andy Schwartz’ moving obit on George Scott originally published in the New York Rocker, as well as notes I wrote while we were pulling together the unreleased material we recorded with Philip Glass.
Pat Irwin has been living and making music in New York City since the late 1970′s. He is currently composing the score for the Showtime series Nurse Jackie.
Past credits include HBO’s Bored to Death and numerous independent films including: “But I’m A Cheerleader,” “My New Gun,” and “Bam Bam And Celeste.” Documentaries include HBO’s “Fall To Grace,” written and directed by Alexandra Pelosi, (Sundance 2013) He has scored hundreds of cartoons including “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “Rocko’s Modern Life,” “Pepper Ann,” and “Class of 3000″ (with OutKast’s Andre 3000). He received 2011, 2012, and 2013 ASCAP Film & Television Awards for his contributions to the “SpongeBob” soundtrack.