cassette transfers pt 2
March 19, 2009
lets start with the inevitable LSOK. several months after roy and myself had moved back to wisconsin back in 1997, he decided he wanted to start a record label. the first release would of course be a Last Sons of Krypton single, and at the time, as RJ still lived with his parents down in Florida, we were performing and recording as LSOK with Jamie King on vocals.
Trent and Brent from the Bulge single were still in the band. eventually Brent AKA “black girl” left, but Trent “banana ass” stuck it out and was drummer for most of my projects (that i didnt drum in) for several more years.
here’s a demo of one of our core originals at the time, “ground zero”.
after RJ heard about the opportunity to make a record, he hopped a bus and headed back up to WI. we kicked out the other band members and worked on some riffs, here’s the original demo for “screaming” with RJ on guitar and me on drums, recorded just minutes before we taught it to the rest of the band and recorded the teenage trash record.
Roy had to call united record pressing and have them delay the single while he sent a new master with the latest recordings. both screaming and ground zero were the exact same band recorded in the same room with the same mics onto the same 4 track within weeks of each other, the only difference is singer and songs, yet the sound could hardly be more dissimilar.
after having his debut record shitcanned in favor of RJs on the spot teenage trash farts, we wouldnt hear from jamie king for awhile. while RJ was still in town for the week to record, we picked out his replacements replacement. there was even time for the whole group of us to pose for some pictures at the local cemetary.
nigel was something of a local legend, especially to me and RJ who pretty much learned to play guitar along with a live video of his band “thee insects” when we were kids. he had played at my 16th birthday party. later we became thee insects ourselves, and were his backing band at many early LSOK gigs. i also took over some of the lead vocals, and i do this version of the still fresh “break my heart” which we had only recorded recently for the teenage trash record. the other 2 songs, “nice boy” and “baby”, are nigel originals.
around that time i met liz, who ended up being my girlfriend and bass player for about 2 1/2 years. roy didnt want to play most of the time so i put her to work. a few years later, after LSOK broke up and the smuts started, we moved down to FL to do music with RJ again.
it was late 1999 when we lived down there and recorded our side of the split smuts/evolutions 7″, and that wasnt our only band. we also had a surf band called “the eldoradoes” (with the exact same members). it was the custom down there at the time for sound guys to record your set of you provided a cassette, so here is a soundboard recording. 2 instrumentals, one original and BATMAN!!!
eldoradoes didnt do smuts songs, but we did lapse into late set LSOK covers at times (we were, after all, the exact same band and singer that played the LSOK boredom single), this is from the brass mug, tampa FL. I Want Action and Teenage Trash.
i wasnt working at the time so i also had time to join another band on drums. i found them through the local entertainment paper, and they were called “the other side”. i walked in, set up my drums and the first song they tried me out on was “hang up”. of course i knew the song so right away i had the gig.
the band was 2 hot blondes on keyboard and bass and a guy guitar player. it was great, we didnt even need a demo to get gigs, all they had to do was check out the girls and we had no problem getting booked into some nice places. at one of our first practices i set up a tape deck to make a recording so i could learn the songs quicker. here’s several songs from that tape. the first song is an original by the chick with the nice rack. i dont remember her name, i wouldnt recognize the face if i saw it. i do remember how her tits looked in a skintight top though. second song is hang up, then an instrumental, and finally, an original by the guitar player dude.
thats all for this installment, but stay tuned!!!!!!!!!!