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Posted: Sep 19, 2007 10:00 pm

they're on myspace now, too.
Posted: Sep 19, 2007 10:11 pm
i said FIREWORKS! you fucking faggots.

nevermind. i don't even know why i bother.
Posted: Sep 19, 2007 11:45 pm
my band used to share a practice space with them, Darin was a nice dude...but kinda disappeared off the face of the earth...havent seen him in 10+ years
Posted: Sep 19, 2007 11:57 pm
He's got a new band called Cat Fur, also on myspace
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 12:15 am
Cat Butt + Yummy Fur!
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 10:51 am
new band
new car
new wife
new knife

pretty lively for '94
thanks Joey

and they kinda remind me of
Mudhoney or Nearvanna
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 5:42 pm
Darin and I have buried the hatchet after over 10 years of not speaking to each other. It's great to see him back in action.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 5:46 pm
i assume you mean the shit that's in that blacktop cd booklet? damn, sounds like it was a nightmare.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 5:49 pm
i assume you mean the shit that's in that blacktop cd booklet?

That Blacktop booklet is chock full of wrong. Some of it is true, yes - but a lot of it is wrong. Factual errors galore. Not to mention the tone. It kinda sucks that Darin & Janet & I weren't asked to contribute our sides of the story - it would have made it much more interesting.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 5:50 pm
we're all ears alex! hook it up right here!
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 5:55 pm
There's a Blacktop page on myspace with Darin's account if you want another point of view. Mine would also be different from both of theirs, and I'm sure Janet's might too.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 6:05 pm
btw, blacktop sucks and i'm gonna kick your asses after i move. you're like, just around the corner from where i'll be living.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 6:07 pm
Wow - I guess they kicked us ALL out. I thought for sure they would have kept Mick in the band.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 6:12 pm
this shit is great:

Darin Lin Wood and Janet Walker (FIREWORKS) had an idea- that it would be cool to do a project with Mick Collins (THE GORIES).The idea was embraced by Larry Hardy from In The Red Records, who got things together to make this "Project" happen. Tim Warren from Crypt had also expressed alot of interest.I decided to do enough material to make 2 records, and give the one I liked to Crypt (Later Tim would bemoan to Larry)" You got all the good shit, and Darin left me the filler crap!" And huffed out of the scene. And cursed me with a pox. To this day, I maintain that this was not the case. These songs would be snatched up almost immediately by Au-Go Go from Australia,and would be released as "Up All Night". Other Bands who released records on Au-Go Go were: The Birthday Party and The Scientists, and Blacktop loved this. Altogether there were two 7"s and two LP's. Later some other things only those putting it out knew about.(except for Mick, seemingly). The frenzied and volatile history of Blacktop is a matter of conjecture, some would place all the blame on My "bad behavior", and intolerable vitriolic character. Some would turn it around and nod in Micks direction, or in Larry Hardys direction with his Malcom Mclaren like tactics of divide and steal. Allegedly. Whatever the case....Blacktop kicked me and Janet out of the band, (securing well known asshole Peter Davis) to deliver the news. Who from my recollection seemed almost thrilled. Mick and Alex then tried to continue on as Blacktop replacing me with Tim Kerr, and Janet- with a girl named Stephane. I recall Tim calling one day (we were acquaintances before) and asking what the hell is going on?" They want me to play like you, and do these songs by Blacktop, but thats not what I signed on for....And Mick and Alex are really laying you low....I just think you deserve better." Tim explained to me that Stephane had quit already, due to the fact that she couldn't stand Mick. This project would become "King Sound Quartet". I don't know what it sounds like because, I have never heard it and; neither has anyone I know. The end came pretty fast. But, the music Blacktop made turns out to have been powerful and long lasting. Sometimes bad chemistry creates interesting monsters. Now I will address some points about the liner notes to the release of the "complete recordings" I find to be either contrary or just stupid.And by the way...I was never even told by Larry from In The Red, about this release, although we had seen each other a handful of times during his putting this out! And now that I think about it he seemed really shocked to see me when we did meet....like he was seeing a ghost! Now I know why. Ha Ha Ha!!! I will state emphatically that Blacktop was My Band. Not Micks! (As some seem to think, Creatively and technically.) Also I just had to laugh when I saw how they credited the song writing....Mick, when he arrived at my house said wearily "I just don't have any Ideas...Can I look through your books?"...."Sure Mick,no problem Mick". When I say books, I mean my personal writings and such.My songs etc. wether or not he absorbed any inspiration from my shit or not I don't know. But I will tell you that there was no lack of song writing inspiration from then on. He had nothing. I had songs in my head already.Who wrote these songs? Whose Ideas were they? I guess its all there in writing.....believe what you want. As far as the money? If it was Micks band, why were they sending me the money? Here is the rundown. I bought A 4500$ van. Bought some equipment, paid rents, studio time, food, Etc. Was I handling business?( Did all this get done in some drugged out Heroin stupor?) And that is just a fraction of the duties I took on. Mick was the biggest self centered "duty" of them all....I just wanted to play music with him...not be his fucking mommy. And thats the role he put on me. This guy could not or would not do anything by himself. That shit was charming at first, then, just pathetic. He would sit brooding for hours, darkly, complaining about everything, he couldnt drive, demanded shotgun because he got car sick, would ask us to get his clothes for him, was afraid to play the south because of the ku klux klan, and or other threats, wouldn't help load the gear in and out of the places we played.....acted like a silly (I hate this expression but it suits Mick perfectly) prima donna. The few times I did get high...for better or worse....just soothed my nerves for a couple of hours. I was never in posession of" the stash" that eventually ran out. That is nonsense. A paranoid dream that would later become true. It would be difficult to express my disappointment in this whole affair......but being a person with a sense of humor, I totally accept the whole mess as being just what it was. Chaos, electricity, laser guided weapons, hate, disgust, and impotent blaming. And a few great records. What Mick forgets to tell people, is that he signed a personal deal and recieved a bunch of money on the sly, as a result of our dealings. That he conveniently never mentioned to any one of us. And that he spent on a comic book convention, but was supposed to use it for music.....That is what some call "the pot calling the kettle black!" Then he comes to me and demands that he get a laptop computer, with me footing the bill! Blacktop had recieved 15,000$ from Warner Bros. Paid directly to Larry Hardy, Who sent me less that half of that sum. Which is how I paid for all of the bands activities. When Larry sent me the first sum we agreed that the rest would be used as needed when we toured, Micks computer, etc etc. Right after I hung up the phone with Mick I called Larry to tell him I needed more money so Mick could buy his computer, and Larry literally exploded at me " I dont have any fucking money, why are you asking me" I was fairly confounded and just sort of left it at that. When questioned about the money and such....what could I say...I thought we were all friends. It is assumed by most that I spent it all on drugs, (WOW! those must have been some good times!) but I want to shed a different light on the bullshit that has me cast as the demonic drug crazed criminally insane scapegoat that I have been portrayed as. Well I think I have said enough for now. Love Darin Lin Wood
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 6:32 pm
Wow. That was something.

Those Fireworks lps & 7"s still kill me. So fucking good. They had a live-on-the-radio album that I think was CD-only called Off the Air. That might've been their best stuff. Wish I'd seen them play live.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 6:33 pm
Fireworks fucking KILLED IT live.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 6:38 pm
They had a live-on-the-radio album that I think was CD-only called Off the Air. That might've been their best stuff.

hell yeah.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 6:45 pm
The OTHER side of the story! That's great! I guess I won't hold my breath for the reunion tour...
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 7:05 pm
Thanks for the video clip. One of my favorite bands. They do my favorite version of "Down Home Girl." Set the World on Fire lived up to the album title.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 9:50 pm
I guess I won't hold my breath for the reunion tour...

Yeah. Prolly a good idea.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 10:07 pm | Edited by: Shawn Carpetbagger
Fireworks was awesome.

Is Cat Fur a new band? Maybe I'm imagining things but I could swear I have a compilation CD of Dallas band from the late 90s that has a Cat Fur tune on it.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 11:15 pm
Yeah - I think he resurrected the name, and prolly/maybe some of the songs. I really like the one on the MySpace page called Nova. It's about his daughter & has a kinda sweetness/JMC vibe to it. It's unmistakably him vocally, and song structure-wise.
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 11:47 pm
Does anyone know if they could get me the lyrics to Raw Deal ?

or bad man?...
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 11:47 pm
Posted: Sep 20, 2007 11:52 pm
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 12:12 am
what a week! between this and jarthur getting a myspace page i dont even know what to believe in anymore. i guess if it wasn't for my lucky astrology mood ring...
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 2:27 am | Edited by: levon
Fireworks RULE! Lit Up is a motherfucker of a record, I think if blows Set the World on Fire out of the water, and that ain't no easy feat. Just listened to the live cd today, and its great too. At one point I had a Cat Fur "demo" cd-r that included the guy from Jacknife in the band. And it ruled. What ever happened to that cd???
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 4:16 pm
look here! being as close as anybody to that blacktop situation. I am convinced it had something to do with fucking stuffed animals in bunny suits. Come on Alex, you of all people should know how addictive that is. It wrecks lives.
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 4:18 pm
and yes I now have a myspace page and am officially G-G-G-AAAAAAAAYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 7:34 pm
look here! being as close as anybody to that blacktop situation. I am convinced it had something to do with fucking stuffed animals in bunny suits. Come on Alex, you of all people should know how addictive that is. It wrecks lives.

I really wish you hadn't brought that up James. What if someone finds our pictures??? Way to keep a secret, asshole!
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 9:57 pm
What if someone finds our pictures???

I am NOT ashamed of anything...
I've been telling you guys for years that we need to be proud and "in your face" about this! You were all agreeing with me the last time we were together and I said this... you chicken-shits!
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 10:00 pm
...he couldnt drive, demanded shotgun...

Best quote of the rant.
Your Honor, I rest my case.
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 10:27 pm
We're here, we fuck stuffed animals in bunny suits.

Get used to it.
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 10:32 pm
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 11:21 pm
I don't understand. Why are the stuffed animals wearing bunny suits?
Posted: Sep 21, 2007 11:50 pm
Why are the stuffed animals wearing bunny suits?

If you have to ask...
Posted: Sep 22, 2007 12:52 am
No! I'm in the bunny suit.. wait. shit
SHOTGUN! My tummy hurts.
Posted: Sep 23, 2007 1:13 am
What if someone finds our pictures???

Posted: Sep 23, 2007 1:30 am
god... i met DLW when he was in the red devils, then '68 comeback. had some hilariously funny times with that dude, and some terribly bad ones too. when he first started coming to memphis, he and his galpals were somehow hooked up with vanilla ice, who employed most of em. a year or so later, when fireworks cut at easley, tim warren stayed at my place. that saturday we danced at green's lounge all night long, and jarthur got his wallet stolen. tim was obsessed with '30s and '40s era antiques and spent hundreds of dollars on a maniacal shopping spree -- in those days, that bought a ton of shit in memphis. I worked at a comic book store, and mick took me to a furry convention once. it was weird! darin would stay awake all night to watch little house on the prairie at 6AM. it would make him teary-eyed, and he also claimed he got his moral code from pa wilder. jack taylor lived, and he died. dave katznelson was the warner bros exec who fronted all that cash -- he wrote some genius liner notes in a blacktop compendium. years later, jarthur worked with me at towery publishing, doing all the direct mail projects. he laughed in the old lady's face when she offered him my job (i'd already quit to go work for this millionaire hedge fund analyst who bought a blues label) and, for $30K, turned the job down cold, all while wearing calf-length cut-offs held up by a white pleather belt. then he and d'lana moved back to texas, the label i worked for went belly up, and darin lin wood completely disappeared. that is all.
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