new tape transfers
March 18, 2009
recently set up a new system for going through old tapes and converting them to digital. here’s some early transfers and a bit of history…
to start things off, here are some excerpts from an interview Julie lindemann did with LSOK singer RJ, manty record store manager (now owner) Jimbo, and the Rev. Norb regarding the legend, the cover of maximumrocknroll (which had literally just happened) among other subjects. this is immediately followed by an introduction by Timebomb Tom, and the earliest demo of our classic hit “Dad Rapes Me” (Yeah, Yeah). like most of our early recordings, this demo is me playing all the instruments and RJ wrote some words and overdubbed vocals. then i would make copies of the tape for other band members to learn from. suffice it to say this recording was never meant to see the light of day, and i will let the song itself do the rest of the talking. the interview is from 12-96, the demo from January or February of the same year.
fast forward a few years to 1999. LSOK were still technically “together” though RJ lived in Florida and we only played about twice a year. we had tried out several different singers, including myself, and one guy who was always around was Jamie king (Jamie evolution).
i first met Jamie back in junior high when he was backup singer in my first ever band. manu, who you will meet in a few paragraphs was lead singer. Jamie was the replacement singer in many of my bands because he was always around and did a fair job. better than me, anyways.
in 1999 i had my first apartment without a girl, it was above a dentist office. before that i had been living above a bar, and in general hadn’t been doing alot with music. LSOKs last show was a few months before, though none of us knew that yet. finally i convinced mark b to sell me his drums and i was ready to get a band together, but didn’t know what.
the dropouts literally started the day i dropped out of school. the original lineup was Jamie on vocals, manu on guitar, and me on drums. bass was played by whoever was there and felt like playing it. that was early in 1996, and with LSOK writing and recording so many classics at that time, the dropouts were an afterthought at best.
over the years manu drifted in and out of the picture, and gradually a fella named Roy started being around all the time. we picked him up as a part time bass player and eventually he tried playing some guitar. that’s when Steve (smut), the latest LSOK groupie and hanger-on got handed the bass.
although me Roy and Jamie were all LSOK members, we were old enough at that point to realize it wasn’t the same band without RJ’s vocals, so already in 1997 we resurrected the dropouts. because RJ lived in Florida it was the dropouts that played all the shitty parties and slogged it out in manty town so when LSOK did do our twice yearly shows at least there would be a couple people there.
anyways, back to 1999 and my first apartment on my own. we had been the dropouts for almost 2 years at that point. since we started out as a straight ahead punk rock band, we had begun to listen to endless GONER type shit and decided to ditch our ENTIRE set and start a new band (with the same people) with ALL NEW songs and THE EVOLUTIONS were born!
we made one recording before Steve got kicked out of the band and replaced by my girlfriend (at the time) Liz, who also played on LSOK’s “Boredom” single (the first songs she ever recorded) and the second smuts single(split w/evolutions). the recording was done live with a tape deck. the songs are both covers, psychotic reaction and busy kids.
a few months later LSOK “broke up”, me and Liz headed to Florida to work on the smuts with RJ, and Jamie and Roy continued the evolutions and released their first couple singles.
only a short time later i ended up back in WI, only to return to FL yet again, this time with Steve smut and to continue the smuts band. we had some adventures and recorded another single (CP-001 She Got Me Hot) before, you guessed it, coming back to WI during the summer of 2000.
if i may digress a bit, let me take you back to my high school days, pre LSOK. mark b and ninja Paul were two of my friends, and we had some crappy bands together. after high school they went into the military, and only maintained sporadic contact with their hometown friends. upon returning home they found things had changed and people had moved on to some extent, and themselves as well.
steve also knew ninja paul, and he was an obvious choice for drummer as he was completely outside the “scene” we were becoming aware of at that point. no ego, no bullshit, just crappy music for the sake of it. we started a band called “ninja paul and the lickwid schitz”. oblivians, persuaders, and reatards were the holy trinity. we practiced in a barn with goats, we never put out a record. we played weddings and parties. it lasted for about a year, at one point we kicked out steve and mark b played bass until he freaked out and we got steve back.
here’s two songs from our demo tape, an original called “you’re crazy” and a cover of the trend’s “band aid”. i recorded these on an 80s cassette 4 track.
ok, one more story and several more songs for tonight. after returning to WI in 2000 i played drums for evolutions for awhile, quit, and was replaced by another guy we went to high school with, boner. bone isnt a bad drummer, but they broke up in early 2001.
jamie and boner hooked up with manu from the original dropouts and they started fast eddie and the slim pickens. they practiced and wrote songs together for several months but were unable to find anywhere to play live. during the summer of 2001 ninja paul and the lickwid schitz broke up, because my new girlfriend (and now wife) could play a better drumbeat than paul, or at least i was convinced she could. i listened to alot of gories at that particular time. amber and me started a band called alpha 66, and we determined to do a split single with fast eddie and the nigs. we all got together in our tiny upper apt. one night and recorded this masterpiece.
the first song is manu on vocals/guitar and he wrote it. next is an alternate version of the evolutions classic “me and lee harvey” followed with a cover of culture vultures by wire. its the first recorded version of what eventually became one of the highlights of the evolutions split 7″ with france’s fatals.
the other side of the record was supposed to be me and amber. now we are the porch honkees, these are the recordings we made that night. the first song is an original of mine, “free money”. the second is a cover of John Lee Hooker’s “Shake it Baby”.
b&w photos by shimon/lindemann
well, thats all i got for today. stay tuned for next time, i still have another big box of tapes to go through sometime soon!!!