Posted: Sep 18, 2006 4:39 am
I thought we were the same age, Ned. I was born 10/20/62. I started my 1st band in 1977, the Hurricanes. It was two guitars and a drummer. No bass. Nobody wanted to sing either. But we were a band, we had regular practice and "songs". We used to do House Of The Risin Sun, too. We stopped when the other guitar player got too good. He traded in his strat and got a big fat gibson hollowbody and wanted to play jazz. Well, that was the end of that. Nobody knew what the fuck was goin' on anyway. It's funny 'cuz Brett and I were yappin' about this stuff today.
Anyhow the 70's sucked for me. My parents might have taken me to see Johnny Cash And Carl Perkins, but the 1st concert I went to with my friends was Marshall Tucker Band opening for the Charlie Daniels Band. That pretty much sums it up. Punk rock did not exist in New Rochelle. Nobody except for the (really) gay kids knew about going to cb's and Max's. Nobody I knew or hung out with liked anything but southern rock or hippie Neil Young type shit. Nobody liked metal either. Except for Kiss. There were no punk rockers and if there were they would have gotten their sissy fuckin' asses kicked all day long. That's just the way it was. We read about punk in Cream and Circus and it was off limits. For Homos only. Of course when I finally heard the ramones and the pistols I thought they were great but I kept my mouth shut. I had to. Nobody liked the 50's rock 'n roll I dug either.
Most of my energy was centered on getting high. Weed was $35 an ounce and I could smoke as much as I could get as fast as I could get it. If there wasn't any weed, I would hit the solvents. The whole idea was to stay fucked up as much as possible. I know I have brain damage from all that shit. I can hardly remember a thing.
Nor do I want to. It was a shitty time. Once I got out I never went back except for a visit now and then. So, no I have no great memories of the 70's punk scene. It was right down the block, but it might as well been on Mars. I tried my best to get bands together, but for the most part it was hopeless. People didn't get it back then. It's a lot easier now.
So I tried doing the home recording thing and I never really liked that too much. I like playing with other people in real time fairly loud.
When I was in college in philly, I had a fairly regular thing happening with a rotating cast of crazy characters, and the music ranged from weirdo almost surf type of shit to pure noise. A couple of guys I knew tried to get me involved in a powerpop thing but it didn't stick. It was too bad 'cuz they were great guys and talented. That lasted til '85.
Eventually I made my way down here, Dave and I started the Sea Monkeys in '86. We had been writing tunes together as early as '80 at least. We didn't know a Goddamn thing about getting a gig or anything. That lasted til the end 2001. The last five years or so we were a great live band, A lot of fun. I was never happy with any of the recordings, but live we were really good. We played this past summer for the 1st time in 5 years. It was exactly the same as it always was. We play too loud for my taste, though.
While the Sea Monkeys were together I had a couple of other things that I did. I played guitar in a band called the Haney Brothers. My friend Ed Strelecky wrote a lot great songs for that band, he was a super talented guy who taught me a lot. Great guitar player. Actually he was a five tool player, if I ever knew one.
I started the Little Killers and the Spittoons in 2000. The Spittoons came about when my girlfriend, Kris decided to start playing drums. I was working on Rivington Street at a guitar shop that had rehearsal rooms in the back. Kris started to come in and bang on the drums. I started to come in and play guitar and sing oldies like Be My Baby. We tricked our friend Sam into coming by to play bass one night. And we continued right up until the end last year. We only did covers and it was always a lot of fun. Sam wanted to play guitar so we got Brett to come in and play bass. Everybody writes and sings so it's a different band all together from the Spittoons. And that's the Underthings.
The Little Killers is the band that most people know. We got together and played oldies for about a year and then started doing our own stuff. I really love playing in the Little Killers. I wish we could do it more than we've been able to recently, but hey that's life.
So there you have it my whole fuckin' life in a nutshell. Let'r rip. If I cared what anybody thought I never would have gotten anything done.
I like coming here and yappin' about music, even though every topic eventually turns into monkeyshit toss.