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Part One - Part Two - Part Three - Part Four - Part Five - Part Six - Part Seven - Part Eight
Part Nine - Part Ten - Part Eleven - Part Twelve - Part Thirteen - Part Fourteen - Part Fifteen
Part Sixteen - Part Seventeen - Part Eighteen - Part Nineteen - Part Twenty

August 1998

Fourteen years after the band Cherry Beat split up, the leaders of the band Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby got together to discuss a possible band reunion. All those past years without playing together as a group had certainly seemed to ease the tensions that had happened between them in the late 70's - early 80's.

While they knew that a band reunion would not be easy, they felt that it could certainly be possible, provided they were willing to work together, and provided they were able to get some additional musicians to play, unless either Torquil Dohrn, the band's longstanding lead guitarist, or Devon O'Connell, the band's longstanding drummer were willing to rejoin the band.

Both fellow ex-members of Cherry Beat were invited to rejoin the group, but both Torquil and Devon turned down the opportunity to rejoin. With Gregory Dogan back as the band's producer, and Chudley Maron - who was also the band's original producer - back as the band's music supervisor, the band knew that until they could find more band members to join, they would need to either play all the instruments themselves via overdubbing, or employ session musicians.

8th September 1998

With Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby back together as a group, the band held their first recording session in over fourteen years on this day. As a warm up, they recorded a couple of cover versions on this day, instead of original compositions.

The said recordings were a cover of a Rockabilly song "Rock This Town" written by Brian Setzer and originally recorded by Stray Cats. And an old 50's song "Judy Drownded" which was written and originally recorded by Irving Burgie.

"Rock This Town" was completed on this day, while future overdubs would be needed to complete "Judy Drownded".

The main reason "Judy Drownded" wasn't completed on this day was because the band was unsure exactly what instruments were played in the original recording, and they felt that to record a decent version of their own, they needed to use a similar lineup of instruments.

Luther Canup and Percy Duncan, two session musicians that had previously performed on certain past Cherry Beat recordings would play on the band's recordings of "Rock This Town" and "Judy Drownded".

Rock This Town

Album: Paintball Arena [2004 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 25th July 2004
Recorded: 8th September 1998, 12:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:32
Genre: Rockabilly
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Brian Setzer
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Double Bass
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Luther Canup — Rhythm Guitar
Percy Duncan — Ludwig Drum Kit

Judy Drownded

Album: Paintball Arena [2004 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 25th July 2004
Recorded: 8th September 1998, 3:49 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
6th October 1998, 3:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:32
Genre: Calypso Music, Pop Music, Vocal Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Irving Burgie
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Spanish Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Backing vocal
Chudley Maron — Backing vocal
Luther Canup — Backing vocal, Venezuelan Cuatro
Percy Duncan — Backing vocal, Bongo Drums
Keven Chapel — Backing vocal
Marcellus Folger — Backing vocal
Dallas Guertin — Backing vocal
Milton Holbrook — Backing vocal
Junichi Ishimoto — Backing vocal
Demetrius Kingsbury — Backing vocal
Modesto Laberge — Backing vocal
Markus Labriola — Backing vocal, Conga Drums
Kristen Liggett — Backing vocal, Librarian Percussion
Coleman Lovell — Backing vocal
Cinderella McGee — Backing vocal
Ty Pattillo — Flute
Wilmer Rode — Backing vocal
Lane Yates — Backing vocal

6th October 1998

A handful of session musicians were brought in to add additional instrumentation and backing vocals to "Judy Drownded" on this day. Most of these session musicians had never performed on a Cherry Beat recording before, but there were a few familiar faces from previous recordings.

25th October 1998

British musician Milford Ekdahl is now officially a new member of Cherry Beat, in which he joined as a guitarist and keyboardist. As Peter and Sam both pointed out, Milford wasn't involved in the group's original incarnation, so he had nothing to do with the conflicts and tension that resulted in our breakup, so it was nice to have a new addition to our group, though it would never be the same without Torquil and Devon.

29th November 1998

Former Cherry Beat drummer Devon O'Connell subsequently agrees to rejoin the band, after turning down recent invitations to rejoin the group from August until late November. With three of the core members of Cherry Beat back together, along with a fourth new member, the band felt that even if it wasn't a success, they would at least be able to record a new album.

4th January 1999

This was the band's first official recording session for their thirteenth album. Gregory Dogan would serve as a co-producer for these recording sessions, with Chudley Maron serving as the band's music supervisor.

On this day the band recorded a new composition "Mochaccino Springs" which was written by Sam Whitby, although both Peter and Sam later claimed that it was Peter who put together the ultimate version of the song, as well as contribute a lot of the music, though the initial draft of the lyrics were written solely by Sam.

Peter said that it was Sam's song, and that he may have put together the final draft of the song, and he may have contributed a lot of the music, but it was primarily his work, and it was his concept. The song was described as an attempt to write a song with a mild Indian flavour, but also with a dark and moody feel to it.

This would be the first recording by the band to feature Milford Ekdahl as a Cherry Beat. Ironically even though Sam was the primary composer of the song, it was Peter that would serve as the song's co-producer along with Gregory Dogan.

Mochaccino Springs

B-Side: Ocean Ripple
Chart Position: #1 (UK Single)
#5 (US Single)
Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 6th December 1999 (Single Release)

10th January 2000 (Album Release)

Recorded: 4th January 1999, 2:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
8th January 1999, 3:26 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
10th January 1999, 4:41 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
11th January 1999, 9:21 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
31st March 1999, 4:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
19th May 1999, 4:35 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:05:17
Genre: Art Rock, Experimental Rock, Hard Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Raga Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Rhythm Guitar, Music Sequencer
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Drum Programming
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Fuzzed Electric Guitar, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Moog synthesizer
Chudley Maron — Keyboard
Ivory Copenhaver — Tabla
Elnora Jardine — Tambura
Ezra Wichman — Sitar
Ciera Batz — Double Bass
Tracey Lessman — Cello
Ned Morphis — Cello
Emma Picou — Cello
Morris Savala — Cello
Royce Shoop — Double Bass
Duncan Utsey — Double Bass

8th January 1999

Session musicians Ivory Copenhaver, Elnora Jardine, and Ezra Wichman respectively add tabla, tambura, and sitar overdubs to "Mochaccino Springs" on this day. Royce Shoop

10th January 1999

Peter McDonald and session musicians Tracey Lessman, Ned Morphis, Emma Picou, and Morris Savala record cello overdubs while Ciera Batz, Royce Shoop, and Duncan Utsey record double bass overdubs for "Mochaccino Springs" on this day.

11th January 1999

Peter McDonald records a harmony vocal for "Mochaccino Springs" on this day, while Sam Whitby records a backing vocal and a fuzzed electric guitar overdub. Sam's lead vocal was also double tracked on this day.

12th February 1999

The band recorded a new composition "Ocean Ripple" on this day. It was written primarily by Peter McDonald, with input from Sam Whitby. This was the band's first recording to feature Milford Ekdahl on backing vocals.

Ocean Ripple

A-Side: Mochaccino Springs
Chart Position: #45 (UK Single)
#57 (US Single)
Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 6th December 1999 (Single Release)

10th January 2000 (Album Release)

Recorded: 12th February 1999, 5:57 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
21st March 1999, 6:43 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
5th April 1999, 4:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
13th April 1999, 11:26 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:03
Genre: Art Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Swamp Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion, Straw and Steel Pan with Water
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Double tracked backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Electric Piano
Leticia Angert – Violin
Ciera Batz – Double Bass
Jeremiah Dibernardo – Viola
Eleonore Hinojos – Violin
Daryl Laffoon – Viola
Weston Montufar – Golden Harp
Neal Nobriga – Viola
Emma Picou – Cello
Morris Savala – Cello
Katy Taranto – Violin

19th February 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A dreamy psychedelic rock song "Mortar Skies" which was written solely by Peter McDonald.

Mortar Skies

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 19th February 1999, 4:12 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
21st March 1999, 8:04 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
18th April 1999, 9:27 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
23rd April 1999, 10:26 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
4th May 1999, 11:36 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th December 1999, 12:27 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:49
Genre: Blues-Rock, Folk Rock, Psychedelic Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar with Tremelo
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, 6-String Bass Guitar, Slide Guitar, Mortar Mixing
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion, Tambourine, Maracas
Sam Whitby — Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, 12-String Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Lowrey Organ, Castanets
Chudley Maron — Electric Piano, Grand Piano
Stacey Cuyler — Clavinet
Chauncey Dehoyos — Zither
Elnora Jardine — Tambura
Dino Tunison — Harmonium
Gregorio Wuensche — Zither

27th February 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Paintball Attendant" which was written solely by Sam Whitby. The song would become the titular track for the band's thirteenth album. Like "Mochaccino Springs", "Paintball Attendant" would feature Sam Whitby as the primary songwriter, but Peter McDonald as a co-producer.

Paintball Attendant

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 27th February 1999, 10:45 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
21st March 1999, 7:36 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
25th March 1999, 9:12 AM, 10:02 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:23
Genre: Art Rock, Blues-Rock, Experimental Rock, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Paintball Gun
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Paintball Gun
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Double tracked lead vocal, Fuzzed Electric Guitar, Paintball Gun
Gregory Dogan — Moog synthesizer
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Eleonore Hinojos — Violin
Tracey Lessman — Cello
Neal Nobriga — Viola
Katy Taranto — Violin

4th March 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Striped Cone" which was written solely by Sam Whitby.

Striped Cone

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 4th March 1999, 10:25 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
21st March 1999, 7:02 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
8th April 1999, 10:33 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:07
Genre: Blues-Rock, Country Rock, Psychedelic Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Danelectro Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Danelectro Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Percussion
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano
Percy Duncan — Ludwig Drum Kit

18th March 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. "Palette Knife" which was written primarily by Sam Whitby, with input from Milford Ekdahl. This was the first Cherry Beat composition that would credit Milford as a co-writer.

Palette Knife

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 18th March 1999, 2:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
9th May 1999, 3:26 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th December 1999, 11:11 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:31
Genre: Folk Rock, Psychedelic Pop
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Milford Ekdahl
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Keyboard
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Keyboard
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Grand Piano, Knives
Gregory Dogan — Percussion
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano, Hammer Dulcimer

21st March 1999

Peter McDonald double tracks his lead vocals on "Ocean Ripple" and "Mortar Skies" on this day. Sam Whitby would do the same with his lead vocals on "Paintball Attendant".

It was during this same session that Sam records and double tracks a backing vocal overdub for "Ocean Ripple". Devon O'Connell recorded percussion overdubs for "Ocean Ripple", "Mortar Skies", "Paintball Attendant", and "Striped Cone".

25th March 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Milford Ekdahl record paintball gun overdubs for "Paintball Attendant" on this day. It was during this same session that session musicians Eleonore Hinojos and Katy Taranto recorded violin overdubs, while Neal Nobriga and Tracey Lessman respectively recorded viola and cello overdubs.

31st March 1999

Sam Whitby records a Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar overdub for "Mochaccino Springs" on this day. Peter McDonald was busy at the time so Sam seized the opportunity to record a bass guitar overdub using Peter's bass guitar for "Mochaccino Springs" himself.

Sam later said that it wasn't exactly easy trying to play on Peter's bass guitar since Peter was right handed, as was his bass guitar. Sam was left handed, so trying to play on a right handed bass wasn't the easiest thing he'd ever done, but he managed it.

5th April 1999

Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby respectively record cello and electric piano overdubs for "Ocean Ripple" on this day. They were joined by session musicians Leticia Angert, Eleonore Hinojos, and Katy Taranto who contributed violin overdubs, Jeremiah Dibernardo, Daryl Laffoon, and Neal Nobriga who contributed viola overdubs, Emma Picou and Morris Savala who contributed cello overdubs, Ciera Batz who contributed double bass overdubs, and Weston Montufar who contributed golden harp overdubs.

8th April 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and session musician Percy Duncan respectively record Danelectro Bass Guitar, Acoustic guitar, and Ludwig Drum Kit overdubs for "Striped Cone" on this day.

13th April 1999

Devon O'Connell records himself blowing through a straw into a steel pan with water to create a bubbling effect and adds it as an overdub to "Ocean Ripple" on this day. The song was now completed.

It should be noted that there are two mixes of "Ocean Ripple". Both mixes use the same instrumentation, but the mix released as a single in the UK and most other countries, as well as on the UK album release of "Paintball Arena" has a slightly rawer and crisper sound, a more prominent electric piano, as well as more prominent percussion, and more prominent water bubbling, particularly during the final fade.

The mix released as a single in the US and on the album release of "Paintball Arena" outside the UK has more a slightly fuller sound, and more prominent strings, although the remaining instrumentation in this mix is more balanced.

The mix released on most Cherry Beat compilation albums from 2001 to 2010 is the one that was released as a single in the US and on the album release of "Paintball Arena" outside the UK. The mix released on most Cherry Beat compilation albums from 2011 onwards is the one that was released as a single in the UK and most other countries, as well as on the UK album release of "Paintball Arena".

18th April 1999

Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby record backing vocal and acoustic guitar overdubs for "Mortar Skies" on this day. Devon O'Connell and Milford Ekdahl respectively record tambourine and acoustic guitar overdubs. Chudley Maron and Gregory Dogan respectively record electric piano and lowrey organ overdubs.

Session musicians Stacey Cuyler, Elnora Jardine, and Dino Tunison respectively record clavinet, tambura, and harmonium overdubs for "Mortar Skies" during this same session. Session musicians Chauncey Dehoyos and Gregorio Wuensche recorded zither overdubs.

23rd April 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Devon O'Connell, Milford Ekdahl, Chudley Maron, and Gregory Dogan respectively record 6-String Bass Guitar, 12-String Guitar, Maracas, Electric guitar with Tremelo, Grand Piano, and Castanet overdubs for "Mortar Skies" on this day.

4th May 1999

Peter McDonald records a slide guitar overdub for "Mortar Skies" on this day. The song was now completed.

9th May 1999

Peter McDonald and Milford Ekdahl record keyboard overdubs for "Palette Knife" on this day. Sam Whitby records backing vocal and grand piano overdubs while Chudley Maron recorded a hammer dulcimer overdub, making "Palette Knife" the first Cherry Beat composition to feature a hammer dulcimer.

13th May 1999

The band recorded a cover version of "The Ballad of Lucy Jordan" which was written by Shel Silverstein who had passed away three days earlier. The band knew the song well before Shel's passing, but it certain that they had chosen to record their own version of the song as a sort of private tribute in his memory.

Marianne Faithfull had recorded a new wave version of the song more than a decade earlier, but Cherry Beat saw recording their own version of the song, which wasn't intended for immediate release as an opportunity to revisit the power pop style of some of their earlier songs, while taking a slight break from recording their thirteenth studio album which was already destined to become a psychedelic and experimental rock album.

The Ballad of Lucy Jordan

Album: Paintball Arena [2004 Compact Disc Reissue]
Released: 25th July 2004
Recorded: 13th May 1999, 2:59 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:07
Genre: Power Pop, Rock Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Shel Silverstein
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Lead Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Percussion
Chudley Maron — Keyboard

19th May 1999

Devon O'Connell added some drum machine overdubs for certain parts of "Mochaccino Springs" on this day, while Milford Ekdahl used a music sequencer for additional effects. If Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby weren't 100% satisfied with the master recording of "Mochaccino Springs" before, they were almost certainly satisfied now. Sam Whitby later said that the opening and ending instrumentation and sound effects were loosely inspired by The Sisters of Mercy's "No Time to Cry". "That's why the style of the song is somewhat darker than a lot of our other recordings" he said.

"But we had to keep the Gothic style to a minimum since it would have sounded out of place alongside the other songs that we recorded in 1999". "It also has a mild Indian flavour to it" added Peter "And a psychedelic feel to it, which a Sisters of Mercy song would never have, so "Mochaccino Springs" never really ended up sounding like The Sisters of Mercy, but we were looking at the instrumentation of "No Time to Cry" when we decided how we were going to do "Mochaccino Springs".

It should be noted that there are two mixes of "Mochaccino Springs". Both mixes use the same instrumentation, but the mix released as a single in the UK and most other countries, as well as on the UK album release of "Paintball Arena" has a slightly rawer and crisper sound, more prominent Indian instrumentation, more prominent Moog synthesizer sounds, and a more prominent echo effect, particularly during the final fade. The mix released as a single in the US and on the album release of "Paintball Arena" outside the UK has a slightly fuller sound, more prominent strings, and a more prominent fuzzed electric guitar, although the remaining instrumentation in this mix is more balanced.

The mix released on most Cherry Beat compilation albums from 2001 to 2010 is the one that was released as a single in the US and on the album release of "Paintball Arena" outside the UK. The mix released on most Cherry Beat compilation albums from 2011 onwards is the one that was released as a single in the UK and most other countries, as well as on the UK album release of "Paintball Arena".

23rd June 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A psychedelic rock song "Stained Glass" which was written by Peter McDonald.

Stained Glass

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 23rd June 1999, 12:36 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
27th July 1999, 3:28 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
5th August 1999, 1:45 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th December 1999, 2:36 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:37
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Keyboard
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Cello, Cloth and Window
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kits
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboard
Gregory Dogan — Percussion
Chudley Maron — Grand Piano

7th July 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A psychedelic rock song "Mosaic Tiles" which was written primarily by Peter McDonald, with input from Milford Ekdahl.

Mosaic Tiles

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 7th July 1999, 1:05 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
25th July 1999, 3:37 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th December 1999, 3:12 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:43
Genre: Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Milford Ekdahl
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Rhythm Guitar, Mellotron
Peter McDonald — Vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Clavichord, Tiles
Devon O'Connell — Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead Guitar, Slide Guitar

13th July 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A pop rock and soul song "Craquelure" which was written primarily by Devon O'Connell, with input from Sam Whitby.

Craquelure

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 13th July 1999, 3:33 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
20th November 1999, 4:45 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
30th November 1999, 12:48 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
1st December 1999, 9:07 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:32
Genre: Pop Rock, Soul Music
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Devon O'Connell, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Slide Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Tambourine
Chudley Maron — Lowrey Organ
Bob Brannon — Oboe
Raphael Carnegie — Alto Saxophone
Tamar Crafts — Violin
Jeremiah Dibernardo — Viola
Kayla Haycock — French Horn
Corliss Sancho — French Horn
Katy Taranto — Violin
Gaylord Whelpley — Trumpet

20th July 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A psychedelic folk rock song "Diffuse Glow" which was written primarily by Devon O'Connell, with input from Peter McDonald.

Diffuse Glow

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 20th July 1999, 2:21 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
22nd November 1999, 11:01 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
27th November 1999, 3:01 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th December 1999, 1:06 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:12
Genre: Psychedelic Folk, Raga Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Peter McDonald, Devon O'Connell
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Swarmandal
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Grand Piano, Electric Leslie-Speaker Guitar, Sitar
Devon O'Connell — Lead vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Maracas, Tom-Tom Drums, Moog Synthesizer
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Acoustic Guitar, Tambura

25th July 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Milford Ekdahl respectively record clavichord, slide guitar, and mellotron overdubs for "Mosiac Tiles" on this day.

27th July 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Devon O'Connell, and Milford Ekdahl respectively record acoustic guitar, electric guitar, Ludwig Drum Kit, and acoustic guitar overdubs for "Stained Glass" on this day. This is one of the few examples where a member of Cherry Beat would re-record themselves playing the same instrument and overdubbing it over the first recording instead of double tracking the same instrumentation whilst modifying it to make it sound different, or double tracking a different take from the same session.

30th July 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A pop rock ballad "Tie-Dyed Silk" which was written by Sam Whitby.

Tie-Dyed Silk

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 30th July 1999, 5:53 PM, Moonlight Bay Records, Oxford, United Kingdom
1st December 1999, 10:43 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:04:17
Genre: Pop Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Synthrock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Electric Piano
Tamar Crafts — Violin
Jeremiah Dibernardo — Viola
Katy Taranto — Violin

5th August 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Devon O'Connell, and Milford Ekdahl respectively record cello, keyboard, Ludwig Drum Kit, and keyboard overdubs for "Stained Glass" on this day. The song was now completed.

16th August 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A baroque pop song "Angled Strokes" which was written by Peter McDonald, but produced by Sam Whitby along with Gregory Dogan.

Angled Strokes

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 16th August 1999, 11:56 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
16th November 1999, 5:51 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th December 1999, 11:44 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:55
Genre: Baroque Pop, Classical Music, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Acoustic Rhythm Guitar
Peter McDonald — Double tracked lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Cello, Paint Brush
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar
Gregory Dogan — Maracas
Chudley Maron — Harpsichord
Leticia Angert — Violin
Tamar Crafts — Violin
Jeremiah Dibernardo — Viola
Eleonore Hinojos — Violin
Daryl Laffoon — Viola
Weston Montufar — Golden Harp
Emma Picou — Cello
Morris Savala — Cello
Katy Taranto — Violin
Duncan Utsey — Double Bass

20th August 1999

Peter McDonald double tracks his lead vocals for "Angled Strokes" on this day.

25th September 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A pop rock song "Polar Coordinates" which was written by primarily by Peter McDonald with input from Sam Whitby. Though the track would be produced by Sam Whitby and Gregory Dogan.

Polar Coordinates

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 25th September 1999, 11:56 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
13th November 1999, 6:00 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:07:00
Genre: Pop Rock, Synthrock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Peter McDonald, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Keyboard
Peter McDonald — Lead vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar
Devon O'Connell — Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Percussion
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Vibraphone

20th October 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. A jazzy pop rock song "Conté Crayon" which was written primarily by Devon O'Connell, with input from Sam Whitby.

Conté Crayon

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 20th October 1999, 12:45 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
25th November 1999, 11:24 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
28th November 1999, 2:45 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
4th December 1999, 3:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
5th December 1999, 1:52 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th December 1999, 10:52 AM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:39
Genre: Jazz Music, Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Devon O'Connell, with Sam Whitby
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Devon O'Connell, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Rhythm Guitar, Electric Piano, Handclaps, Lowrey Organ
Peter McDonald — Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Tambura, Handclaps, Grand Piano, Pianet
Devon O'Connell — Double tracked lead vocal, Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Conga Drums, Handclaps, Crayon
Sam Whitby — Backing vocal, Lead Guitar, Vibraphone, Handclaps, Rhythm Guitar, Virginal
Wilburn Charboneau — Trombone
Kayla Haycock — French Horn
Teodoro Orterga — Trombone
Erich Phong — Trumpet
Corliss Sancho — French Horn
Reggie Valez — Flute

10th November 1999

The band recorded a new composition on this day. An art pop rock song "Charcoal Bubbles" which was written primarily by Sam Whitby, with input from Peter McDonald.

Charcoal Bubbles

Album: Paintball Arena
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 10th November 1999, 3:47 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
2nd December 1999, 4:27 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
3rd December 1999, 4:42 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
7th December 1999, 5:06 PM, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Duration: 0:03:47
Genre: Art Pop, Pop Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Author: Sam Whitby, with Peter McDonald
Producer: Gregory Dogan, Sam Whitby
Personnel: Milford Ekdahl — Backing vocal, Electric Guitar
Peter McDonald — Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Höfner 500/1 Violin Bass Guitar, Tambourine, Tape Loops
Devon O'Connell — Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Ludwig Drum Kit, Bongo Drums, Djembe
Sam Whitby — Lead vocal, Harmony vocal, Backing vocal, Electric Guitar, Lowrey Organ, Maracas, Bubble Blowing

13th November 1999

Sam Whitby and Devon O'Connell respectively record vibraphone and percussion overdubs for "Polar Coordinates" on this day.

16th November 1999

Peter McDonald recorded cello overdubs for "Angled Strokes" on this day. His lead vocal is also double tracked. He is joined by session musicians Leticia Angert, Tamar Crafts, Eleonore Hinojos, and Katy Taranto who contributed violin overdubs, Jeremiah Dibernardo and Daryl Laffoon who contributed viola overdubs, Emma Picou and Morris Savala who contributed cello overdubs, Duncan Utsey who contributed double bass overdubs, and Weston Montufar who contributed golden harp overdubs.

20th November 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Milford Ekdahl record acoustic guitar overdubs for "Craquelure" on this day.

22nd November 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Devon O'Connell, and Milford Ekdahl respectively record electric leslie-speaker guitar, tambura, maracas, and swarmandal overdubs for "Diffuse Glow" on this day.

25th November 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Devon O'Connell, and Milford Ekdahl respectively record tambura, vibraphone, conga drums, and electric piano overdubs for "Conté Crayon" on this day. Devon also recorded a backing vocal overdub and his lead vocal was also double tracked.

27th November 1999

Peter McDonald and Devon O'Connell respectively record sitar and tom-tom drum overdubs for "Diffuse Glow" on this day.

28th November 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, Devon O'Connell, and Milford Ekdahl record handclap overdubs for "Conté Crayon" on this day.

30th November 1999

Sam Whitby and Milford Ekdahl respectively record acoustic rhythm guitar and slide guitar overdubs for "Craquelure" on this day.

1st December 1999

Peter McDonald recorded cello overdubs for "Craquelure" on this day. He was joined by session musicians Bob Brannon who contributed oboe overdubs, Raphael Carnegie who contributed alto saxophone overdubs, Tamar Crafts and Katy Taranto who contributed violin overdubs, Jeremiah Dibernardo who contributed viola overdubs, Kayla Haycock and Corliss Sancho who contributed french horn overdubs, and Gaylord Whelpley who contributed trumpet overdubs.

Peter McDonald would also record cello overdubs for "Tie-Dyed Silk" on this day. He was joined by session musicians Tamar Crafts and Katy Taranto who contributed violin overdubs, and Jeremiah Dibernardo who contributed viola overdubs.

2nd December 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Devon O'Connell recorded overdubs for "Charcoal Bubbles" on this day. Peter recorded backing vocal and tambourine overdubs, Sam recorded harmony vocal and lowrey organ overdubs, and Devon O'Connell recorded backing vocal, and bongo drum overdubs.

3rd December 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Devon O'Connell respectively recorded tape loops, backing vocal and maracas, and djembe overdubs for "Charcoal Bubbles" on this day.

4th December 1999

Peter McDonald, Sam Whitby, and Milford Ekdahl respectively record grand piano, rhythm guitar, and lowrey organ overdubs for "Conté Crayon" on this day.

5th December 1999

Peter McDonald and Sam Whitby respectively record pianet and virginal overdubs for "Conté Crayon" on this day. They are joined by Wilburn Charboneau and Teodoro Orterga who record trombone overdubs, Kayla Haycock and Corliss Sancho who record french horn overdubs, Erich Phong who recorded trumpet overdubs, and Reggie Valez who recorded flute overdubs.

6th December 1999

Single Release — Mochaccino Springs / Ocean Ripple

7th December 1999

Devon O'Connell records overdubs of himself drawing with a crayon for "Conté Crayon" on this day.

Sam Whitby records overdubs of himself using knives to create a slicing noise for "Palette Knife" on this day.

Peter McDonald records overdubs of himself brushing a paint brush against a wall to create a brushing noise for "Angled Strokes" on this day.

Peter McDonald records overdubs of himself mixing mortar to create an effect for "Mortar Skies" on this day.

Devon O'Connell records moog synthesizer overdubs for "Diffuse Glow" on this day.

Peter McDonald records overdubs of himself wiping windows with a cloth for "Stained Glass" on this day.

Peter McDonald records overdubs of himself making sound effects using tiles to create an effect for "Mosiac Tiles" on this day.

Sam Whitby records overdubs of himself blowing bubbles for "Charcoal Bubbles" on this day.

10th January 2000

Album release — Paintball Arena

Paintball Arena — Album

Chart Position: #1 (UK Album)
#1 (US Album)
Released: 10th January 2000
Recorded: 4th January — 7th December 1999, Moonlight Bay Studios, Oxford, United Kingdom
Genre: Art Rock, Blues-Rock, Pop Rock, Psychedelic Pop, Psychedelic Rock
Label: Moonlight Bay Records
Producer: Gregory Dogan (tracks 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15)
Peter McDonald (tracks 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14)
Devon O'Connell (tracks 2, 4, 5)
Sam Whitby (tracks 1, 2, 5, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15)
Track Listing: Angled Strokes
Craquelure
Mochaccino Springs
Diffuse Glow
Conté Crayon
Ocean Ripple
Stained Glass
Mortar Skies
Paintball Attendant
Charcoal Bubbles
Polar Coordinates
Striped Cone
Palette Knife
Mosaic Tiles
Tie-Dyed Silk

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