A Flash from the Past!: The 1970's were a very big time for the Baltimore Music
scene. Concerts in the park abounded and there were several small ecclectic
clubs offering a wide variety of music. Of course with all variety, there is a "fringe
element"in every mix and OUTRAGEOUS was certainly fringe.
Be kind in your evaluation - this was the 70's. The effects available at the time
came in two flavors - Fuzz & Wah. There was a smattering of new stuff on the
horizon, but not the buffet table of Fx there are today. Double tracking was done
with two tracks. Loops were pieces of tape spliced together, and a flanger was
somebody's thumb on the rim of the tape reel (hence the name!)
Glory Days: This isn't meant to relive my past and say "back in the day . . ." I
prefer to always stand on who or what I am today. It IS here for those who are
interested and for those who appreciate something a little different for it's time
(and maybe for this present time.)
IF YOU NEED MORE: Best of Baltimore's Buried Vol. 2 A 2-CD compendium of
rare progressive, avant garde, acid folk, psychedelic, and thrash symphonic
recordings spanning 4 decades (1972-2003) of under-the-radar musical activity in
Baltimore, MD, USA is available here:
And Check out OHOmusic.com for more Avant Garde music
A Letter From Kevin:
Yes it's alright, - - as long as they're filling your head with Lead!
When you care enough to wish the very worst, forget Hallmark
and send this instead. If the guitar riff at the end of the song
sounds familiar, it was intentional.
Faggy Goats at the Neck of the Woods:
A decade before Spinal Tap did Stonehenge with dwarves, Gyro J.
Scope wrote this masterpiece about elves, bowling (again, ahead
of the curve) and Goats of an alternative persuasion. Listen to
what may be the first Bass Solo run trough a Fuzz box. I
channeled Ethel Merman for the ending vocal.
It's not about the pancakes, it was about some seemingly
disjointed lines that all fell together. We always had a good
assortment of percussion toys around and used them
shamelessly. Yes, the chicken solo is truly wonderful.
The Laughing Man:
It's all grins and giggles until the Laughing Man changes his route.
The opening percussion line was done by just one person, Choppa
Whit, maniipulating all the "toys" by himself. Unique for the day
was the end "die-out" accomplished by unplugging the playback
reel during the final mixing. The thing that sounds like a trash can
lid falling was just that.
Actually, pretty tame,
but you are warned.