Melt-Banana Monday

At work today, I greeted every person on the phone with “Happy Monday!” They all responded with a short subdued laugh and then on to the business at hand. My second statement should have been, “have you ever listened to Melt-Banana?” One of many bands I regret not seeing, but I have listened to a fuck of a lot of their music. At one point I was trying to collect all their vinyl, but there’s a shit ton. Anyway, this isn’t the first time I’ve mentioned how radical they are and probably won’t be the last. Ran across these early raw as fuck vids and thought they were worth passing on…

Fear – Welcome to the Dust Ward

clockwork-orangeWas messaging my pal Jeff Langdon about getting his phone number, and told him now that I had it I was going to call him randomly and hopefully catch him while he was taking a shit.  Of course this gentleman is not taking a shit, but if you can name that flick, you are up on your popular cult films.  I feel this way first thing Monday mornings before I’ve had my coffee and a smoke…tomorrow unfortunately.

The vid below was one of my early introductions to punk rock, New Wave Theatre baby!  Late 70s/early 80s with my chum Alex Wallace at his apartment in Beverly Hills.  “For my pills!”

Imagine…

My Wife has been on this John and Yoko kick lately. A little bit of a divergence from the usual Mustard Relics fare (whatever that is), both musically and in optimism. I can appreciate them, who they were and what they stood for, but I feel like we humans are a long ways from this dream…

Imagine there’s no heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today… Aha-ah…

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion, too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world… You…

You may say I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

Grout rehearsal 03.11.93

gageTalked to my old friend Gage yesterday, it was so good to hear his voice and catch up, it’d been a few years (unfortunately it’s been 20 years since we’ve hung out). On March 2nd we’re gonna hook up at the Red Hot Chili Peppers (sold the fuck out) concert at the Pepsi Center in Denver. He’s working for them, off and on for some time now and got us on the guest list, a first for me. I don’t know a lot of songs by the RHCP, but there’s several that I like, and I really dig Flea. The main thing is getting to see an old friend, one who has been through some shit like I have and one I hold in very high regard. We are ones who made it out of the metaphorical pit, battered, bruised, bloodied, but better for the experience.

Grout was the last of the three bands I played in and most definitely the heaviest. Not too much to say about this, except I don’t remember doing it, the where, how and who was there, the tape had the date on it (that’s how I knew that). Two good things going for this recording, you can barely hear my shitty vocals (after I left and Jeff took over on vox, they sounded fucking awesome) and the first two songs are off the hook. Cheers to Jeff, Ty and Steve, for the great times we had…

The only pictures I have, pretty sure the last time we played in public, at a friend’s party…
grout

Crutch – Disgruntled Employee 7″

A re-up baby of a must listen to band…

Nothing worse than being cool to someone and having them spit in your face.  “Fucking fucks!”

All kinds of bullshit in my house, in the garage, in the shed and in the barn, but not one fucking fly swatter. Must be a closet, Jain.

Even faced with the truth, I wonder if the average Joe would choose to accept it.  Me, I know something going on, I just can’t quite put my finger on it.  Even if I knew, I’m not smart enough anymore (maybe I never was) to articulate it.  It’s there, the bullshit is deep.

My email account is through Yahoo, not that I’m a big fan or anything, it was just the first free email site I ran across when I discovered the internet.  So, If you’ve been there, you know that home page has a little something for everyone (yeah, right).  The news, I’ve never cared much for headlines, they never approach the root issues.  My buddy at work who sees things eye to eye with me politically and religiously (which is a big deal when you’re surrounded by extreme right wing Christian fanatics), swears by Freespeech TV. Worth checking out if you want something a little different, all I want is facts.  Back to Yahoo…so what I pay attention to sometimes, is this little section where they give you a top ten list of what’s “Trending Now”.  For instance at the moment it is,
1. Emma Stone
2. Heather Morris
3. Rick Sanchez
4. Renee Zellweger
5. Sleep
6. Will Ferrell
7. Sharron Angle
8. Furlough
9. Visa
10. Depression
Now that, is a reflection of the American people (or at least the ones with computers), and it doesn’t really matter what’s going on, that’s it. Do you see the problem? Maybe I’m just trying too hard to be “deep”, but damn, all kinds of shit going on in the world, and that represents the trend.   So…anyway…did you here what Renee Zellweger did?

Got this one recently and actually today the CD came in the mail.  Put it under the Humboldt category, cuz all the dudes where there when I was, but they were actually calling Sonoma, Kali home at the time.  These three dude all kick ass at playing music and if you look through the Humboldt section you’ll see their names mentioned several times.  Little Jimmy gave me the lowdown (but not down low) on Crutch, “I left for Sonoma in 90 and I guess Darren came down there to go to ssu.  Marten was at my wedding in 92 @ redwood park and said he was moving to sf and we should jam.  We started soon after.  Darren was out in 97-ish due to irreconcilable differences. We had Jesse Wickman for almost a year then Eric Nevis played until Nov 98.  Our last show was with Victim’s Family @ the cw saloon in Nov 98.  Eric quit soon after.  We kept trying drummers until around Feb 99.  Marty moved to Santa Cruz and I was going blind and spent a lot of time with doctors until 2002 when I came back to Humboldt.  We put out a cd & a 7” on Bongload Recs.  We toured a bunch and even played 2 shows in Canada.”  Crutch were,
Bass, Vocals – James Forbes, Big Ed “The Crippler”
Drums – Darrin Talcott, “Potential Killer”
Guitar, Vocals – Marten Bradley, “The Krook”
This thing has got to be way out of print and the only site I could find for Bong Load Custom Records (made famous by Beck) was a myspace.  I did find this bad boy, released in 1995, here if you’re interested in your own copy (shit I had to have one).  Not sure what else to say except that this is some serious, tight ass, multi-influenced rock n roll, played by some cool ass dudes, who have been around the block a time or two.  Dig it or don’t, it won’t change how I feel.