Utah, Gateway to Nevada — The Book
Utah, Gateway to Nevada was an illustrated satirical book by Neil Passey, Mark Knudsen & Tim Kelly — Published by Dream Garden Press. ISBN-13: 9780942688054 – ISBN-10: 0942688058
Ken Sanders Rare Books is an excellent place to search for this out-of-print classic.
Ken Sanders, as Dream Garden’s publisher, teamed Robert Crumb and Edward Abbey on a complete edition of The Monkey Wrench Gang in 1985. He also commissioned Neil Passey’s classic painting, which once graced the Cosmic Aeroplane’s calendar.
Read the list of books currently in print from Dream Garden Press
Utah, Gateway to Nevada — The Song:
Utah, Gateway to Nevada! Not as cool as Colo-rah-dah.
The beer here gives ya’ stronger blad-dahs, but you’ve got to drink behind the barn!
A PLAGUE OF LOCUSTS: Rick Culley, drums; Charles Culley, bass; Greg Howes, keyboards; Dave Faggioli (Cosmic Aeroplane Crew) saxophone; Dave Orgill, guitars; Paul Veenstra and Gary Zanelli, accordions; Rob Jensen, vocals; Background vocals, Bishop Boyd. Marc Brown, an editor at Dream Garden Press, wrote songs with Rob Jensen.
There was also a reference to the Cosmic Aeroplane in their song Jack Mormon:
From JACK MORMON ©1984 by Jensen / Brown (Robbie Jensen & Marc Brown)
… Raised up in Provo, where piety’s cheap, he finally decided his buddies were sheep. He started smokin’ and drinkin’ and hangin’ at bars. He grew out his hair and started playin’ guitar. Married a girl who wasn’t uptight. They smoked pot together and thought they were bright.
They shopped at the Cosmic when they went to town (Salt Lake City)
and they bought beads and bells and they wore ’em around.
… “Hey Jack, they’ll baptize ya’ after ya’ die.”
Hey Jack, you’re gonna go back. Ya’ better get on back to the fold.
Face facts, you’re gonna hafta backtrack, when bein’ Jack Mormon gets old.
Peruse the complete visual EP archive by A Plague of Locusts!
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Listen to ALL the songs HERE!
MORE INFO: Copyright © 1984 by Jensen/Brown and *Dream Garden Press; Recorded at Sacred Grove Studios, Salt Lake City, Utah; Cover drawings by Mark Knudsen and Neil Passey; Design by RAF; Engineered by Orin Hatch; Special thanks to Voyda Richards Cannon Smith Young, and Gateway Editors; Produced by Marc Brown.
For explanations, read the Catalyst article about Plague of Locusts in 1985
Utah, Gateway to Nevada — On Turkey Television:
Utah, Gateway to Nevada, outdoors,
un-posterized, with the VERY SERIOUS introduction:
From GORDY UTAH ©1984 by Jensen / Brown (Robbie Jensen & Marc Brown)
While Gordy was despondin’ he invented a hairdo,
and with it he tamed the split ends of the west.
He called it a beehive.
The pioneer gals loved it.
To this day, in Grantsville, they think it’s the best.
Utah, Gateway to Nevada as Official State Song !?!?
Vocalist/songwriter William Robert (Rob) Jensen (1952 – 2011) passed away on St. Patrick’s Day. Besides the Plague of Locusts EP, he did a CD called Hungry? with the group Turnip Truck (featuring Whiskey for Lunch).
As the Great Salt Lake actually started to deepen in the early 80’s
A Plague of Locusts sang their sea chanty about Trollin’ for Moronee:
Live at the Utah Arts Festival 1985:
All videos thanks to Kent Maxwell;
Additional thanks to Sensible Media.