Steve Moramarco and
David Markowitz aka Hill of Beans on the set of the video
for "Satan, Lend Me a Dollar"
Hill of Beans was an acoustic "folk/punk" or "freak
folk" duo that existed in the Los Angeles area from 1988-91.
It consisted of Steve Moramarco playing
the acoustic guitar and singing, with his partner David Markowitz
singing and playing a variety of acoustic instruments including
accordian, fiddle, and mandolin. They were popular in the local
coffehouse circut, and would often play unannounced in a style they
referred to as "terror folk."
Hill of Beans recorded a six-song
CD that was released in the beginning of 1990. The response to it
was immediate and positive, with top tens and number ones on college
stations all over the country. The song "Satan, Lend Me a Dollar" was
one of the hits, a tune which would later inspire a young folksinger
named Beck to write "Satan Gave Me a Taco." They also shot a hilarious video for
Hill of Beans was a rowdy,
fun, often funny, more often silly, sometimes sweet, weird folk group.
They didn't record much in the studio proper. They mostly just played
live and delivered their songs in the old Woody Guthrie tradition.
Those few that do own a copy of the 1990 CD often go back to play
it again and again. "Satan, Lend Me a Dollar" is still heard on college
radio stations and iPods around
the world. Recently, "Satan, Lend Me a Dollar" was featured
on Showtime's "Weeds" starring Mary Louise Parker, and featured
on the Rykodisc soundrtack.
And now, you can finally get your hands on a Hill of
From the original album HILL OF BEANS:
1. DOWN & OUT
2. TWILITE TIME
3. SATAN, LEND ME A DOLLAR
4. S P A C E S
5. MAGIC TOE
6. OZONE LAYER
Plus these Bonus Tracks:
1. Ozone Layer (demo)
2. Satan, Lend Me a Dollar (demo)
3. Twilite Time (demo)
4. Biological Change (demo)
5. Appreciate (demo)
6. Lunatic Asylum (demo)
7. Hobbies (Live on WZRD, Chicago IL)
8. American Car (Live on WAJC, Indianapolis, IN)
9. Turpentine (Live at Duffys, Lincoln NE)
10. Run Sister Run (Live on WFNX, Boston, MA)
11. The Sh*t Has Hit the Fan (Live on KXLU Los Angeles, CA)
12. Swimmin Naked (Live on WMSE, Milwaukee, WI)
PLUS the "Satan Lend Me a Dollar" Video (Quicktime for PC or Mac)