Gren was a mid-’90s grungy pop-punk band from California that managed to crack the top 40 rock charts with the song “She Shines” and open for The Ramones on their Adios Amigos Farewell tour in 1995 and 1996.
Their album, Camp Grenada, was their only release. It was produced by Tim O’Heir (Sebadoh, Belly, Dinosaur Jr.) at Cherokee Studios in Los Angeles. The band disbanded after I.R.S. records folded in 1996 (the label was recently revived with Chiddy Bang and Foxy Shazam on its roster).
While the album title’s obvious reference would seem to be the fictional camp in Allan Sherman’s “Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh,” it’s spelled differently than the Camp Granada of the song. This means it’s either a misspelling or some other reference, like say to the Caribbean island country of Grenada, which the U.S. invaded in 1983. Or perhaps both.
Either way, the cover is pretty amusing and should bring back memories for anyone who frequently scanned CD bargain bins in the late ’90s and early 2000s.