Posted: Sep 9, 2007 9:35 pm
Not bad mouthing Memphis. This wouldn't bother me so much if I didn't love this town. I'm not talking about the current local band scene, how many people go out to support them, or how many venues we have either. Just talking about acts like...classic underground music.
There are more options clubwise, better local bands, better promoters, etc.
I never said there wasn't. Just saying there just aren't enough folks here that show much intrest in bands like the Silver Apples. In a town of 670,000 people, 50 of them just isn't enough to keep a steady stream of artists like these coming to town. Also, time is running out to see these classic 50's,60's, & 70's acts. I know weather, day of the week, your job, and promotion(spelled correctly or not) are MAJOR factors when it comes to shows like these but not competition. To many times have I seen shows like these unattended because another local band that is probablly going to be playing 2-3 more times that month, are playing the same night. I think sometimes folks like the comforting feeling of "that's where everyone is going to be tonight" rather than "damn, I might not ever get to see this band again."
we do have a considerable number of people who go out to shows. people who would come out to shows if they were told about them and if they were sure that this was the real silver apples and if maybe it was somewhere else that does a considerable amount of their own promoting and was a more known venue.
True, but it's not enough people. My whole point of discussion here. Just sayin, in the past, good promotion has but mainly hasn't always helped. It just seems like there was more support for shows like these 10 years ago(when I was out of my diapers), than there are today. What is it that Little Rock and Oxford are doing to get acts that we don't? Rich club owners that don't mind taking a blow?
As for the Apples, truthfully I might not have gone myself. I've heard pretty bad reviews from several reliable folks who have seen him elsewhere. I'm not a big fan of synthiziers or drum machines, so just seeing Simeon doesn't sound that appealing to me. It is cool that he invented parts of synths that are still used today. Has anyone ever seen a official "Simeon" synthizier? Yep, he had equipment named after him. The best part of the Apples for me was the drummer. The beats that guy was laying down in the late 60's where mind blowing! Still are! They were both in a band called the "Overland Stage Electric Band." Story goes, one night Simeon plugged in a oscillator and drummer Danny followed by playing crazy off beat rhythms with him. The 3 other guitar players left after that, just leaving Simeon and Danny together. The rest of the members went on to form the "Overland Stage Band" which I picked up their LP a few months back and it sounds like Blues Hammer. The duo pretty much invented "House" music. If your a fan of house, you should have been down at Printer's Alley bowing down to the almighty Simeon. I still would have encouraged folks to go see Simeon though if they enjoy the deep synth. I agree with Andy about the 2nd album. It's a way better listen and damn...dude plays banjo on those tunes! Kapp records was pretty bold for releasing those records when they did. Years ahead of their time. Those records didn't sell for shit upon their release. Kapp also got sued by Pan-Am for the cover of Contact. The Apples had a friend at the airline who let them on a plane for the album shot. Got good stories about finding those records around town also. Anyways, done here. If Simeon comes back, go see him. You may never get to see such a pioneer of modern electronic music ever again. Also, I think Overjoid would be a good opener. Roy looks like Simeon's long lost son anyways.