In 1994, Mass Giorgini recorded and mixed the Screeching Weasel album How to Make Enemies and Irritate People on the Leaping Lizard Mobile rig of Sonic Iguana Studios. That album was recorded in the basement of drummer Dan Panic and mixed in the living room of the singer songwriter Ben Weasel. Rest and coffee breaks were taken in the kitchen of guitarist John Jughead, who also happened to be Dan Panic’s next-door neighbor. The only then-band member of Screeching Weasel who did not live in Chicago at the time was bassist Mike Dirnt, whose obligations with his other band meant that sessions had to be scheduled around minor details such as appearances on the David Letterman Show. The sessions were crazy, but great fun, and ended up producing a fantastic album!
How to Make Enemies and Irritate People has gone on from its initial long sold-out Lookout Records pressings to a later edition on Asian Man Records, and most recently, on Recess Records.
Mike Dirnt is doing his part to help the Save Sonic Iguana Kickstarter campaign by autographing three of the rare and sold out vinyl LP editions of How to Make Enemies and Irritate People originally released on the Lookout Records–which will be the new reward for the $350 of contribution!
Here is a link to the Save Sonic Iguana Kickstarter campaign: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/912734450/save-sonic-iguana