Sunday, August 23, 2009

Mike Viola - Kenmore Square

For completist Candy Butchers fans, here is the Kenmore Square album by Mike Viola and Snap. This album, originally released in 1990, is quite good. Catchy songs that sound very much like later Candy Butchers tracks. "One More Word" for instance, foreshadows "The Killing Floor" from "Falling into Place", released nine years later.

To my ears, this album has more to do with later Candy Butcher albums like "Falling into Place" or "Play With Your Head" than the more acoustic self titled "Candy Butchers" album released on Blue Thumb or the "Live At La Bonbonniere" EP. Anyway, its Mike Viola and that means its great. Well worth a listen.

Sorry about the low quality tracks. I got these years ago and I forget where I got them....also please let me know if anyone has any more Mike Viola or Candy Butcher rarities.



Anonymous said...

Thanks for this. I've been wanting to hear this for awhile! Enjoy your blog.

Untenable said...

AWESOME!!!!! Any more rare Mike??

Haper said...


The good news is that this blog is working and I've gotten some amazing contributions of some really rare Mike Viola/Candy Butchers tracks recently. I'll try to put them together and post soon.


Michael said...

Thanks for all the great tracks
I can help you upgrade the kenmore square disc
get in touch

Haper said...


Thanks for the offer. Would love to post better quality versions of these tracks. Let me know the best way to get in touch and help me replace these 128kbps ones.

Untenable said...

I have most of the Play With Your Head outtakes already, but what else is there from the vault of Viola?

POPPHIL said...

A million thanks for this on!
I did not know it existed.
Keep on with your fantastic blog.

Untenable said...

Any updates on those rare tracks?

J. Son said...

Thanks for this rare treat!

Do you happen to know the songwriting credits for this album? I'm assuming it's all Mike...but I can't know for sure!

Also, would it be possible for you to upload the back cover?

Thanks again, man! Awesome stuff!