I never gave much creedence to the gun sale story, although like James I heard it too. Fact is, in the U.S., there are very few legal restrictions on the private sale of guns. Full Auto requires a class 3 license, but semi-auto is easier than selling a car to someone. (a car at least requires registration.) Heck, if you want a semi-automatic, just go to Wal-Mart and buy one! As to the timing, it was probably about the time of Iran/Contra,,, another weapons transfer that went unpunished!!
Saturday, August 31, 2002
Tuesday, August 27, 2002
OK...I may be wrong about Sam. Rumor had it that the reason all those cats cut out and left Burt to run the place was due to the sales of semi-automatic guns to an undercover agent in the club during off hours. I often wondered about the validity of this storie due to the harsh penalties for such actions...even in those days. If you know the real scoop on this please let me know.
I remember the first time I met Bleu. I was having a party for Angie's b-day at that place I lived in with Susan and Vicki. Stinky was doing a rehearsal/show in the living room. when we were finished this "old" drunk dude walks up to me in the kitchen and starts railing about how "the shit you guys are throwing down is too hot man". He blathered on for a while about keeping it real. The next thing I know is Angie is telling me to get Frankie away from her mom. Yes, her mom showed up to party and make sure everything was above board with the event. However, it seems that she had a few and started propositioning Frank in and around my room. She has passed on now and I will say that though she was an odd bird she does get much respect from me as her life wasn't a bowl of cherries yet she fought hard the whole time to keep everything together.
Hello Bloggers. I’ve been enjoying your amazing fucking memories. How the fuck do you people remember all that shit! Between the chloroform, acid, draft beer, bong-hits and lack of sleep—it should not be physiologically possible (ah—but the kicker is, you can’t remember where you parked today—hard-drive is full).
I remember our first gig. John, Kurt and Donnie Poole had booked a gig and needed a singer. Yes they booked a gig and did not even have a band—very nice. I was playing bass w/Bleu Jackson (the first name IS spelled correctly) and the bugeouse blues band. I was jonesing for something more than shuffles in “G”, so I worked up some rockabilly shit to do at open hoot. They saw me, and said – this guy doesn’t totally suck, so why not ask him to sing.
We worked up 10 songs in John’s basement and in a couple weeks, there we were, in the parking lot of the McDonalds on Market St. No flatbed, just on the blacktop. We were billed as Brian and the Howling Tomcats of Doom (the “Doom” quickly disappeared. There were about 10 people there—and 3 we didn’t know, Mike n Lynne and Johnny Hicks. We were paid in food. A couple weeks later we played an encore at the McDonalds on Walnut St. Again…more food—and more people.
What sticks out are the rehearsals where I was trying to sing and play guitar—I could barely play guitar (I’m sure there are those of you whom I have played that are right now saying “you still can’t play”…fuck you) and it hurt to play an F chord, so I remember just playing the chords I could play without hurting. John, Kurt and Donnie were very cool, they could play great and had just graduated high school—I was very envious. I was 24 and would regularly hear comments like – “man, when I get to be your age, I hope I’m not still playing in a garage band (translation: I hope I have a life).
We did some open hoots afterward and people started coming out. Boy, we thought we were hot-shit. They offered us our own night at Down Home and before that gig we changed our name. John came up with Brian and the Nightmares. He and Kurt wanted to change it later on—many, many “band discussions” about dropping the Brian, cause it gave the perception that it was me with a backup band-- but it was too late—the name was ingrained. Of course I argued to keep it just the way it was…I mean, fuck man, shit…I was Brian.
Monday, August 26, 2002
I thought "Sam" and "Burt" were the same guy.....but then again it seems one was from Iraq, one was from Iran, and one was from Jordan.....no, I still think Sam and Burt were different names for the same guy.....and depending upon which country the average college student hated the most he was from any of the three countries....anyway, more later on the early history of the pub, I was there and saw it all,,, but it being a bar, it will take me a while to piece it all together.
Sunday, August 25, 2002
WHAT I CAN REMEMBER 1.
I was finally out of school! I had been given a new drum set (the old white Tama Swingstar kit) by my father as a graduation gift. I was given the choice of the drums or a car. I sometimes wonder if that wasn’t the biggest little decision of my life. Anyway, my graduation present and I were playing in this glam rock band called Damage Inc. or “Damn It I’m Constipated” as many including myself would come to call it…ha ha. It was a really bad name for a band that did a good job of doing some schlock music. It was the brainchild of guitarist Steve “Wolf Boy” Blevins. The rest of the band consisted of Mark Eads on guitar (went on to do Scull Soup…a rock ass band of the best bunch of people you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting), Pat Malone on bass (later to do Punchin’ Judy), myself, and Steve’s right hand man Bobby-----(brain laps) on vocals. One day Pat came to a rehearsal and said he’d heard of a new dance club that was having an all ages night once a week. It was called Club Venus and was located behind the Italian Pizza Pub. We went down one night to check it out and knew immediately that this was the place for us to play. It was filled with our target market… young girls. The Guy running the club (not Burt but the other guy…help me if you can remember) seemed both apprehensive and quite shady. He had never had a band in his club and didn’t understand how he could make any money off of it. That was until he saw the attention we garnered from the girls in the club. He agreed to let us play the next week. We played a couple of shows to great crowds…of young girls…and had a lot of fun, but it wasn’t my bag.
I had always been the guy who liked that weird “punk-new wave stuff”, you know…no need to list them as all of you were me. This led me to want to play with a another act at the same time to satisfy my jones. It was a geek rock outfit made up of friends from high school band. We called it Beat Your Mother With A Putrid Herring. It was literally the first name that came out of my mouth. I said it stumbling to tie words together…a joke. Russ loved it. It was a working title at best I thought. The members changed almost every show, but Russ Onks, Mike Hilliard and myself were the constants. Wolf Boy and Bobby didn’t understand why the hell I was so interested in doing this comedy act with tunes like “Doctor Ruth” and “The Time Warp”. Pat and Mark however got the joke and appreciated it for what it was, a lot more fun. Lets face it, who would you rather spend your time with, Mike Hilliard or Steve.
BYM wanted to play out. I had been to this listening room of a bar called “Down Home” the previous year with my late friend John Chandley to visit with Ed Snoderly and catch an acoustic show. I told the guys that they had a writer’s night for unknown acts to come play original material. We arranged a slot on the next show and practiced till the cows came home. We were unsure how a venue with a bluegrass/folk vibe would react to a rock band. Our only hopes were pinned on the fact that we had heard about Brian and the Nightmares, a rock band that had been playing there to a good response. We were a little nervous…full of piss and vinegar…and ready to dork out hard.
Friday, August 23, 2002
One fast, overwhelming memory I have of Ditty is at the Down Home when the Nightmares were playing. I hadn't known Ditty long; it was really crowded and hot, might have been the summer of '89. Some drunken hombre had been rubbing himself suggestively against Ditty's backside for almost an entire set of songs, under the guise of "dancing." When at last she'd had entirely too much of him, she turned around and VERY SWEETLY announced, "If you prod me one more time with your penis, I'm going to tear it off and feed it to you." He suddenly remembered something very urgent he had to go do, and was not seen again that night, nor do I think ever.
Ditty here. If anyone is in need of an old fart's memories from the 80's on up, you'd best ask me, I suppose, not that I guarantee I'll remember anything - the overwhelming image I have from those years is seeing my son perform in Heather's black lace pantyhose at the Down Home on New Year's Eve. By the way, for anyone who already doesn't know about them, I run three web sites in a partnership with my husband Ernie (yes, I got married - isn't that a hoot?) called Dear Aunt Nettie, The Museum of Depressionist Art and The Gallery of the Unidentifiable. It's fun and it keeps me off the streets and out of trouble.
Tuesday, August 20, 2002
The Dialogue benefit would've been in April of '88. It took me a while to decide whether it was '87 or' 88, but I finally nailed it down because I remember going to Barb and Ann and Paul's place on Holston after school to change clothes. If it was '87 then I would've still been living on the tree streets. I really think Plane Jane themselves may have played that night as well, although I don't know how that would've happened unless it was through them being neighbors with Brook and John at Melubro Court. And I guess Brian and Heather were living there too at the time, in number 8. Anyway, there were three bands. I was mostly occupied with taking money and handing out literature to promote student activism in the era of Reaganomics. Ann gave me a break for a little while, I remember. She had that great jacket that had all the archie mcphee toys sewn into a little fringe along the back. I was down there for ages for some reason, watching Hicks climb up into the ceiling and change light bulbs, dangling from these flimsy little fixtures and doing pre-"mystery science theatre" voice-overs to whatever was on tv. (In the front? In the back? Was there ever a tv in the back? Doesn't seem right.) Brook had gone out of town on some campus rabble-rousing, or maybe the model UN at Appy State. The background on the indebtedness was, Dialogue never started out to be a newspaper; it was just a student organization, an attempt to revivify Brook's earlier "Students for Peace and Justice" by inviting conservatives or anybody with a point of view to participate, so that we weren't just all the time preaching to the converted. Some kid we didn't know just insisted it would be this brilliant idea to get a 606 loan and put out a paper, and of course vanished before the first issue ever had to be laid out or taken to the printer or distributed...or the loan paid back. I never did see the figures on that (I was the poetry editor, for christ's sake) but I assume the benefit must've cured a large part of our problem, because no irate SGA senators ever repossessed my car. I also remember it getting freezing cold and Hicks loaning me his black leather jacket- underneath it all, perhaps some species of a southern gentleman? Nah...
Monday, August 19, 2002
Ah, one can only wish that more of your performance-art concepts had made it to the stage, Prof. Ugly...Never (in those days) being quite sure which side of your mouths you boys were joking out of, if not actually both, an entire set of let's say, "Afternoon Delight" or "Chevy Van" and/or a pre-emptive strike of an entire Plane Jane set would've cleared that issue right up. I think the first show I ever saw was the benefit y'all played with the Nightmares to help drag mine and Brook's impoverished little student newspaper, the Dialogue, out of the fiscal hole, when you called yourselves "Ordinary Mary" as a stab at the Jane-sters. Did I say thanks for that, ever? Merely an oversight, I assure you. Have your sub-committee speak to my sub-committee about it.
Julie Fann used to tell the story that on that night, John Hicks was inscribing everyone's hand with a particularly trenchant summary of their personality, in indelible sharpie ink. On her hand, she said, he wrote, "Fuck me now." Hicks was a wonder of nature and a force all his own. He refused to mark on my hand in any fashion whatsoever, thereby declaring me either the stealth bomber or the absolute zero of humanity.
Sunday, August 18, 2002
Chris: I know the guy you are talking about, I think it was Steve. I run into him from time to time, for a while he was working at the Hay House (or living there) in Kingsport. When I was still a probation officer I would see him there. Later I ran into him at scouting events, and I'm not sure why he was there either. Really nice guy, but was from a different mold from the rest of the Dracula gang. As I read your first entry today, I remembered that The Olde West had a full time bartender on staff, but served neither liquer nor beer. The bartender was a recovering alcoholic. Strange business model. To complete the off stage troika of bad nicknames, our sound/light man was Ric Milhorn, who you nicknamed "Hell Hammer." Ah the memories are flowing back like Pabst Blue Ribbon on quarter beer night at the Horseshoe Lounge....
As to your abilities as a director, anytime you want to put on another show here give me a call, I'm in. Especially if you let me be the "won''t feed a line to the forgetfull actor a week before opening, stage managing Nazi" again!
By the way, for anyone interested in party games, as a result of the Dracula production, Stinky Finger is a mere five (5) degrees of separation from Kevin Bacon.
In my defense, what Chris fails to mention is that was probably the tenth time that night I had been sent by him to quiet down the "chatty" actors. Also worth noteing is that calling a conversation between Puke and Coker "chatty" is akin to calling a Husquavana chainsaw "a mild hum." That not withstanding, I did later feel bad as the offending party in this case was as I recall Pat Tabor, who was normally quiet as a church mouse.
Working with Chris and company was an interesting experience to say the least. We had no budget for props, so we found ways to manufacture what we needed from what we found laying around. A cane was required for Dracula to break a mirror in one scene, and we had to obtain both from what we had on hand. We stole the mirror from an apartment originally used for the night watchman, and as it was broken each night it became smaller and smaller, until in the end it was the size of a postcard. As it was taped to it's backing to prevent glass from flying into the crowd it became harder and harder to break. The cane began it's life as the coat rack in the lobby. Each night Chris and I would steal another section and I would take it home and lovingly craft it into a gentleman's cane, which was broken the next night trying to smash an increasingly smaller mirror. In addition, we needed a gunshot to coincide with the attempted shooting of Dracula. For this we used caps and a 12 lb. hammer we had found amongst the tools in the back room. Every night Chris complained that the gunshot was not loud enough, so that in the end we had about 6 rolls of caps duct taped to the head of the hammer. When I struck it to what we used as an anvil, the shock was so strong it blew the hammer out of my hand, and that night's shot was followed with the sound of the hammer slamming into the floor.
Then there was the day of the crickets. The Olde West was teetering on the brink of finacial disaster at the time, and so to sell more tickets they had matinee shows for one of the local middle schools (Blountville I think). Instead of having dinner for the kids, the theatre served free popcorn. Imagine 250 children eating popcorn in unison, and then imagine trying to preform or hear stage ques in what sounded like a room full of gigantic crickets.
Until reading Chris's posting I had not thought of Dracula in years. Now I remember why.....
Thanks ever so to all new JC bloggers out there (hail, UglyUgly)--
It is a more formidible task than I realize, sometimes, for even good writers to reconstruct emphemera from their past lives. I was talking with Scott Plez about this just last night. (We went to see an AC/DC tribute band- from Knoxville- at the local sports bar. Who says the surreality has stopped?) It is my hope to achieve, in this electronic format, the same sort of thing that happens whenever a bunch of us old-timers get together at something like a Stinky reunion show and start those conversations where one tiny shred of memory leads to another, and a contradiction, and usually a few revelations as well. We always end up saying, "Damn, we shoulda taped that," but there is something so invasive about dragging recording devices into casual social settings. I just hate that. But I'm hoping this will take off in the way those beautiful, spontaneous conversational rambles always seem to. We're hoping to start posting pictures on the blog soon, which I think will help. So just remember, if you want to avoid me coming to your house with a tape recorder, POST!
Friday, August 16, 2002
Wednesday, August 14, 2002
For all you Cheese Heads out there:
The tent's gettin' bigger, the tent's getting bigger, the tent's gettin' bigger...it's a MONSTER!
Tuesday, August 13, 2002
I may have a very low-fi copy of some of the Paralyzers' tunes on an unmarked cassette somewhere. "I Break Down" is a great song that I use to do in my blessedly brief solo career before playing in The Bystanders (b. 1997 d. 1999 RIP).
Other tunes I tried to cover were the Nightmares "Look the Other Way" (GREAT bass line John) and "Daydream"
Did anybody go to the Nightmares' Knoxville gig at Geronimo's? Oh, the humanity! Dirt floor. A guy sportin' a Mohawk screaming: "Play more Bowie!" First time I heard the Nightmares cover the Dead's "Truckin'." My friend Munch tripping over the owner (doing God knows what) on the way to the bathroom located at the end of a pitch-black corridor.
What current bands (local to JC or otherwise) do you think would have dug (or sound like they were from) the JC mid-80's music scene?
Death Cab for Cutie?
Guided By Voices?
Hey Allan Maki! I remember you...
The Paralyzers! I would love to have a recording of theirs! What an understated, underappreciated band they were. We've run into their drummer a couple of times in an Atlanta band called Donkey USA.
Here's a 63 Eyes link... http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/44/63_eyes.html
and Eyes' frontman Todd Burge... http://artists.mp3s.com/artists/37/todd_burge.html
This is a noble cause.
I hope to contribute what I can to it. Only a few of you may remember me: Allan Maki. I surmise that I am a few years older than most of the bloggers that have posted thus far and, due to that, I was on the periphery of the whole "scene" back then. I finished up my undergraduate time at ETSU in '84 and was a working stiff in the mid 80's when JC exploded (musically speaking). I did get out and see a lot of shows. Mainly Nightmares, Plane Jane and a couple of Sticky Finger shows. I remember going to see Gov't Cheese, The Paralyzers, Blooshrooms, 63 Eyes, Uncle Green, Dillon Fence and beholding Southern Culture for the first time at the Highlander.
I was living on 10th Ave for a time in '87 when the Nightmares used our basement space for practice, and what not. I recall coming home from work one day and seeing a neighborhood boy of about 10 twisting away on the sidewalk outside our house as the Nightmares jammed in the basement.
Will publish more when time permits.
Elvis' brain in a jar,
Monday, August 12, 2002
FROM DREW VANCE (who can't post to the blog from work at Gibson -- Brook)
I can recall being stuck in NC after my father died, feeling as though I was totally missing out on everything. Finally, the bands were playing out, John had a new, good bass--the Daion, I think; it was used for the first N'Mares tape --Donnie had a hot Mustang, Ryalls had gotten those huge black Tamas, and the Rellava guy from Bleu Jackson's band was singing with them. Kurt had even moved out of his Mom's place. Meanwhile, I was floundering in Gastonia, trying--and failing, no doubt--to affect an outsider, alterna-image. In reality, I was 22, living with my mom, working at a pawnshop, and had a mullet that reached halfway down my back. Dear God, it was miserable. Thank god for The Replacements, Jason and the Scorchers, Husker Du, Let's Active, Bangles--"All Over the Place", natch--Lone Ryders, Hoodoo Gurus, and above all of course, REM. I craved the days that JC folks would come down to see the Scorchers at Kidnappers' in Charlotte. It made me feel connected to the JC scene, such as it was at its nebulous stage.
Roland Tester was working a construction job in Charlotte in the summer of '86--the hottest on record, I think, with temperatures higher than in Phoenix--and he and I would make the occasional weeknd trip to JC to see the old gang. They were hanging out with these freaks whom I had never heard of. Mike and Lynne? Johnnie Hicks? Ann, Barbara, Paul...who the fuck were these people? And why were they turning my innocent little nerd friends into beer-sloshing slobs? I had to go back to JC to save them from the evil outsiders.
When I finally made up my mind to go, I ran to JC. Flopping on couches, going out of town with the Nightmares, riding my bike all over town, eating nothing, and--best of all--honest-to-god sex with real girls (in my case singular; I wasn't a player). All the stuff I missed over 2 years in NC I had to cram in as fast as possible. Goddam, was it fun. And FINALLY getting my band. I was one of the Stinkies, and part of the larger "scene". Suddenly I was one of the evil outsiders I had come to fight, and all was beautiful and well. We CREATED our scene, we owned it, it was ours. I recall when Gov't Cheese, The Dusters, etc, first came to town. All of us "musicians" held them at arms length...who were they to be coming into our scene? After all, they hadn't been invited like 63 Eyes, Fab Motion, etc. They had just strolled in to capitalize on what we started. Such jealous bitches...
Looking back on it, I think the best part of it all is that it lasted. Even though with everyone gone, Club Venus is still there, still booking bands because the Nightmares, Stinkyfinger, Scott Pleasant, Plane Jane, Beat Yo Mother, GSI, Electric Middle Earth, et al took it over. The Down Home was cool, but it was so un-rock & roll. Even when the scene died and we had to resort to massive LSD consumption, it was still cool, 'coz we were so much cooler than anyone else. The fact that the scene died after a couple of years is for the best, I think, before it had a chance to lose its identity.
I think my favorite memory of it was the 2nd time that Uncle Green played there, and they had a full house. The Do It Now Foundation--god, how do I remember that?--opened, and I remember them saying that Uncle Green was gonna be up in a few minutes. That was greeted by polite but highly charged applause; we were really chomping at the bit to see Uncle Green. It made the scene seem SO real for a great band to be there, loads of people there to see them, and for me to have escaped NC. If I could have frozen the scene at any stage, that would be it.
Thanks to everyone who saw the Stinkyfinger show on 7/27. The best rock experience I ever had. Great time for us, and deeply appreciated.
Wow...does anyone have email for Martin? The little kibble-eater should be here to give an account of himself. I also never knew Brook and Heather met in the Philosophy department. More on that later.
But first I must ask about this place O'Malley's. Was it what later became the Offshore? (I'm guessing because of the Bristol locale.) The weird place in Johnson City was indeed called Cowboys, and it was actually my favorite place to see the Nightmares, mainly because they made them play something like four sets a night. I think that was every song they had, twice. Which was great for me. Every Thursday night, all summer long, 1986. There was that mechanical bull in the middle of the dance floor, which was kind of a nuisance but could be useful if you were trying to avoid someone. And speaking of covers, this is how I knew I'd found a home...The first time I saw the Nightmares, as I walked through the door at Cowboy's, I was greeted by "Suffragette City." My jaw hit the floor and pretty much stayed there. Something I could get behind? I'd already had a contretemps with JC alterna-culture in the form of James Arwood, fannying about with his mohawk and PiL jacket, along the lines of "sticking your neck out this far for image eradicates all your self-professed nilhism. If you were a real nilhist, you'd just wear sweatpants from K-Mart, like me." Never one to pass a hornet's nest without swatting at it with a big stick, me. I was burning my bridges before they were even built. Nevertheless, if there was a band in town that could play "Suffragette City" and do it justice, I knew something was happening that I had to keep my eye on.
The first place I met Heather was at Cowboy's. In the bathroom. She was wearing a fabulous red mini-dress with maribou trim around the hem. She was attempting to comb her hair, which was terribly tangled, and just ripping chunks of it out. She was saying to Lynne, "Maybe I should take another one. Do you think I should take another one?" and Lynne was saying, "For god's sake, no." I was trying to wash my hands and get out without opening my big mouth and letting mom come out, but every individual hair that was left on Heather's head screamed to me for help. I took her hairbrush away from her and finished brushing out her hair. I was pretty sure she'd never remember it, and in fact I think Heather and I "met" each other a grand total of eleven times before she would remember me at all, and then only because I told her to quit bothering. It probably came across as snotty, but only 50% of it was miffed arrogance on my part; the other part was just truly a feeling of why should it matter. It was at least as amusing as it was offending, and I felt really prepared to embrace that state of affairs, but I don't think it went over that way. I remember where we were; Brook and I had stopped at Lynne's, and she and Heather were having a cherry pie baking contest. Holy domesticity, batman.
Sunday, August 04, 2002
Hey Lisa! Martin Patrick was one of kibble eaters at the choloform party. There might have been others, but Martin is the one I remember. Cabin co-proprietor, Chip Dollinger had a really big dog/wolf (what was his name?) and no less than a hundred pounds of bagged dry food stacked was on the porch. If you sat on the stack, your feet wouldn't touch the ground. The pieces of kibble were so big they seemed like sausage balls. Popping the kibble was such a lovely gesture.
Bill, I think you were the first person I met in JC. I was in Joe Corso's Political Life class and you were hanging out in the poly sci dept and introduced me to Heather who was standing at the opposite end of the hall in the Philosophy department. That is hilarious about you guys drinking at John's.
Here's a story and a rant.
BURNING HOUSE OF LOVE
One cold nite Nina and I were the only ones home at the Hippie House. The fire was dwindling, we were broke, hungry and butt-ass cold. Wood needed to be chopped, and for some reason (probably herbal in nature) we felt that we were not up to the job. The only food in the kitchen was popcorn, peanut butter and corn cob jelly. So we popped the pop corn and mixed it up in a white plastic bowl with the pb and jelly. We were sitting back to back for warmth on top of the cold wood stove as the last embers were dying out, eating the sticky mixture with our fingers, when we heard what sounded like an army invasion on the porch (thick boot heels on cranky wooden floorboards). The door flies open and Susan swirls inside followed by Brian, Donnie, Martin, John, Mike, Lynne, Heather, Robert Blevins and who knows who else. Every person who came thru the door had a 12 pack of beer and was wearing a black leather jacket except for Susan (woolen poncho) and the Blev (a light gray Members Only jacket). Nina and I, with had our hands in our white plastic mixing bowl, could not have been more happy to see MEN capable of chopping some damn wood and building a fire.
Brian stuffed the stove FULL of wood. The stove-pipe glowed red and the varnish on the antique mantle bubbled and wheezed. "What a bunch of reckless boobs," I thought. But, they brought beer, so I bit my tongue and then watched as Donnie (mumbling something about Quaddafi's enemy lines) "shot down" my battery-operated, flying airplane which was tied to the ceiling, whizzing in circles. John donned my pink heart decorated scooter helmet and repeatedly head-butted the wall trying to knock a hole in the plaster. Escaping the madness I went outside to the porch and spotted Martin across the street at the pay phone. I went over. He was calling Paul Westerburg -- just to chat, I suppose. It was his second choice. Peter Buck wasn't home.
Right now I am listening to Westerburg's new record (Stereo/Mono) thinking it couldn't possibly be 17 years ago that all us young bastards were high on "Tim," thinking there was something special about that place in time. Standing on our toes in china doll shoes, we could almost see past the horizon to a post-Reagan, post-MTV, post-pre-packaged-bullshit world. Seemed something meaningful and good was about to happen.
There's no point getting older if you can't claim a bit of wisdom along with your gray hair, so, here goes: The meaningful and good stuff was happening right in front of us. It was and (still is) up to us to head-butt the wall, to shoot down enemy planes, and to place a call (or two) to "greatness" -- just to chat. We thought the world was fucked up then, with Reagan and Iran/Contra, and the "War on Drugs" and shitty corporate rock and roll. Take a look around. The stakes are higher now and our responsibility is greater because we wield more power as full-grown adults. Don't settle. Demand the good shit (from ourselves and our leaders -- or better yet, lets just lead for a while). Write more songs. Blog. Have a good day.
Friday, August 02, 2002
I remember Andy Boy. Andy Boy and "The Plain Truth" represent the Genisis of the J.C. music scene, or at least the expulsion from paradise. The Plain Truth was arguably a Knoxville band, although as I recall only one or two members were from Knoxville. Thier drummer, Tommy, is still in the area and works for Bridge Computers last I heard. Anyway, how many folks out there remember the Shooters Lane show? It was I beleive the first punk show in J.C. Final Curtain would not come along for 6 months to a year later (the fall of 1984) Unlike Andy Boy, Final Curtain and The Plain Truth did drink at the time. Alot. Often in John Smith's basement.
Ah, good one Scott. The median surfing event… That was one “off-roading” experience I was glad not to be part of. :^P
As far as the turnip goes, I believe we have most of those archived in a file folder. A great mag!
Let’s start at the beginning of my music career (and quite a few others in JC). There was a “band” called Andy Boy. Yes, it was named after the produce company. This “band” consisted of quite a few of my musical friends and was formed in high school. Our deal was writing and recording songs on the weekends. Since none of us drank at the time, we were very productive. I still have 20 or 30 cassettes and many open reel tapes of our music; but that’s another story.
The great thing about Andy Boy was our musical timeline. We essentially went through a 10-year average band lifespan in a year and a half. We had:
1. Our skiffle period
2. Our heavy rock period
3. Our experimental period
4. Our breakup and split into two bands period:
a. The Acid Cows
b. DKM (Drew, Kurt & Mark) Sorry guys, I can’t remember the name.
5. Our get back together and suck period.
It was good stuff and great training ground for later musical careers.
By the end of its existence, probably 30 people had played in Andy Boy. I might be bold in saying, but quite a few of the most influential musicians in the JC scene played in AB at one time or another. In the next few months, I want to start a timeline/family tree of the musicians in JC. Also, I’m going to start digitizing the best of AB stuff before the tapes all rot and start a companion site that is music of this time.
I’m done rambling’ now. Keep the stories coming!