The Show Business Giants Story
Parts I, II and III
Show Business Giants softball team
Perhaps it's only conjecture, but Herman Melville, in a preface to one of his later plays, stated, " I date my life from my 25th year." As no one reads fiction anymore this may be particularly poignant. Therefore this band dates from Mr. Holliston's 25th year. I will not be more specific.
It's hardly his life anymore; anymore than it ever was mine, but inevitably where nothing is asked a question, they're most likely answered... or at least provided.
A young handsome Grant Lawrence
This is all by the by, because ready-made answers to ready-made queries are much the better of the two. Doubting Thomases don't take my word for it! For, should you do? Well, there are any numbers of other sites. Some of them (apparently) are wont to preach to the converted. I can't think why - ergo cogito ex rictus, etc. Obviously, as the Quisling roared to the Stoolie, "You Must Pay Attention!"
Years! Oh, years ago... when still 'twixt teen and twenty' (which is also on record as the title of a Pat Boone parchment) and "LET ME STOP THIS RIGHT NOW BEFORE SOMEONE LOSES AN 'I', namely me". It was FORD PIER himself, to the man.
"Readers! The opinions expressed herein are not necessarily those of the others, who for the clarity of solipsists everywhere shall remain so."
HOLLISTON (hoists conch): "I am morally certain they are in fact exactly so. Has anyone else bothered sitting down and coming up with anything better? (quickly slips valise into bed) Good People...I rest my case."
Author's note: "Not that it won't be done in time, not after they see this." (WHEREBY A TERRIBLE FIGHT ENSUED...ASTERISKS WRESTED FROM THE MOST BITTER OF PEOPLE). No and again No! No more foot notes.
I offer the following suggestion, which I dug up somewhere. Dear reader, if unsatisfied by this account, write your own, and it shall be posted in due time. As the Pelican berated the Pure Finder "No Lie, Free Pie". You up there in the cheap seats... Pliny Herodotus Earl Warren Charlotte Tuchman, the pride of the Yankees. Come up with something, "History will prove me right, for I intend to write it", uttered the ink of Churchill. Some called him the Cassandra of Singapore. (Here everyone stops and looks mournful were looked)
SCOTT HENDERSON has a rash take: "That Inane Turkey Christo is constantinopally calling and harassing and harassing me. He wants to swath a holding of mine in tin foil, or some such like. He won't get near my Isle. Not atoll not at all but an isle for an aisle if I may usher this in". He then sat down and shortly thereafter, excused himself, saying, "Do you know of any unemployed martyrs? Sirs! I beg you to aid me in this nauseating quest of mine, you see... I am in the market for one. Naturally he or she must be willing to travail". He then made his exit by driving a backhoe through the wall... Yes, we were stupefied.
Scott Henderson and Tom Holliston in Las Vegas
To return, "So...many summers ago. No, I take that back." Mr. Holliston (the Butcher) began, "Take the summers bit back. When I was in my small teens, I discovered not for me was it to traipse academe and her groves. To make a career one must careen. Is that pompous enough yet? No? You want more? " It was then he was led away.
TELEVISION WAS A BIG INFLUENZA ON THE SUBJECT'S WORLDVIEW. THE PHENOMENOM OF MINOR CELEBRITY REACHED ITS PEAK IN THE MIDDLE 70's AND DID NOT GO UNNOTICED. WHILE OTHERS WERE NURTURED BY CHANNELING, ROLPHING OR WATCHING PAINT DRY, MR. TOM HOLLISTON WAS WEENED FROM INCIPIENT CRASSNESS WITH THE HAUNTING HARK OF THE LOON. HIS CLAIM MANY PEOPLE HAVE THEIR HEADS UP THEIR ASSES WENT UNHEEDED IN SOME QUARTERS.
There were groups like The Drop Outs, The Marubis, The Big F. None of these came to anything. Pat Bay and The Malahats played one and a half shows. The group named itself after a popular labour camp in hometown Victoria, BC, which is like any other hometown. At the bands final rehearsal, Tom and John Lyle covered the floor with plastic, lay down, poured the contents of one dozen beers upon their persons and rolled around in the hoppy chop.
JOHN WRIGHT: Hah!
FORD PIER: The greasy sheen of career fostering like the crow scrape arrangement of an errant bra strap before the withering gaze of betters can and will lack panache. You can't afford me.
Thus, for us, ends the first part
(as suggested to Tom Holliston)
This might be a dull section you'll want to skip over. It is a listing of the SBG gigs to date. There is not much to look at so your patience will be rewarded.
- AUGUST 16: UVIC Sub Upper Lounge - Victoria, BC (Steve Bailey and Tom wear shepherds hats)
- SEPTEMBER 18: Harpo's - Victoria, BC (Steve, Tom and Marcus Pollard open for Deja Voodoo)
- OCTOBER 14: White Eagle Hall - Victoria, BC (the trio opens for The Gruesomes. Carolyn Mark played there recently
- NOVEMBER 20: Harpo's - Victoria, BC (with Incentive recording artists Silent Party. Singer Kim Linekin later toured with "songwriter" S. McLaughlin)
- DECEMBER 8: La Boheme - Victoria, BC (last time with Marcus who shortly after sustained badly broken wrist)
- December 23rd marked release of GOLD LOVE cassette...
- MARCH 16: La Boheme - Victoria (joined by Scott Henderson and Ken Kempster, who knew some of the songs)
The Famous La Boheme Lineup
- MARCH 27: Harpo's - Victoria (opening for the mighty Shovlhed)
- AUGUST 3: La Boheme - Victoria (debut of Jennye Rieper, herself lured by the promise of a cookie. Chris Buck played some bass, and show was [this portion redacted by RCMP authorities] by Dr.and Mrs. Roy Green who later did the cover for 2nd CD!)
- SEPTEMBER 22: Mystic Lane Art Studios - Victoria (with the Vinagrettes and The Revolvers. The latter remembered by the author chiefly as the ones who got all the Money)
- OCTOBER 1: Harpo's - Victoria (with SHOVLHED, band on this date is Tom, Scott, Jennye, Ken, and Andy Kerr)
- OCTOBER 5: The Bronx - Edmonton (first appearance at the place where the Bad Brains got mad at the promoter over "Advance Tickets")
- OCTOBER 6: Westwind - Calgary (billed as Shoveled and The Show Biz Greats. Became box office poison this night. May have stayed in the band room where Ed Dobek shit on top of the TV on a prior visit)
- OCTOBER 7: Westwind - Calgary (King Apparatus headlined; very nice people as well as a terrific band. Show was a lot of fun)
- OCTOBER 21: Hurricane's - Victoria (open for Mojo Nixon. Steve Bailey plays on 10 songs. Tom plays through Fender twin. Realizes it's too fucking heavy to lug up a 1,000,000-flight staircase and it is returned next day to the shop)
- NOVEMBER 6: Harpo's - Victoria (played with a band called Purple City, who are no longer together)
- NOVEMBER 16: Felicita's - Victoria (first time the Love Boat Theme was performed)
- NOVEMBER 17: Felicita's - Victoria (this was one of the last shows SHOVLHED did)
- DECEMBER 16: JBAA Hall - Victoria (first time shut down by Victoria's "finest" owing to noise complaints. Brought on, methinks, by the PA's lack of a crossover. Pigment Vehicle also played.)
- The Benevolent Horn cassette released August 3
- JANUARY 24: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (one of the few clubs named after a Hockney painting, putting on punk rock. First show in the big town)
- JANUARY 25: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (castigated by student reviewer over in-jokes about the Garden City. We sold some tapes!)
- FEBRUARY 13: Felicita's - Victoria (line up is Tom, Scott, Andy, Jennye, and Ken. Pigment Vehicle also played. A university pub, this. Named after a famous custodian.)
- FEBRUARY 14: Felicita's - Victoria (Opened for The Sweaters. House sound tech was not obliging. Lucky us... despite his acerbity he was competent, unlike most sharing like humour)
- FEBRUARY 28: White Eagle Hall - Victoria (opened for long defunct Jo Nek Bone who proffered an environmental paean about whales. Show under the aegis of students. Turned out someone made a mistake and actually paid us well. We bolted this aerie ere the error was discovered)
- MARCH 2: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (last show with Andy as he was about to be reclaimed by the Infamous Scientists. Part of a music festival where bands are ostensibly there to be signed... some bands. Jerry Jerry played after us. We ended with a 15 minute version of Daddy Big Boots. Those who have made it through the recording can well imagine. Scott wore a Firefighter's hat with a revolving red light inside it and I think the tiny siren harbouring therein was miked. Jerry Jerry guitar player Arch told me after the show that he'd never heard it done like that before. No one signed.
- June 26: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (With Nomeansno connection severed, band's gate potential suffered drought)
Jennye, Ford and the Giant Edible Puffball
- JUNE 27: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (Band is Scott, Ken, Jennye, Tom, and Chris Buck)
- JULY 2: Harpo's - Victoria (Apparently I played through "my new amp" at this show...a little Dean Markley. Shithead later borrowed it for a DOA session - who knows why - and it never worked the same)
- JULY 4: The Bronx - Edmonton (Opened for the Nervous Fellas who had a drummer who played a couple of Ramones gigs
- JULY 5: Westward - Calgary (Found out we lost a show in Regina, so we got to know the city quite well. I think I'd have become better acquainted with it if I had had a little ready cash. Jennye and I walked a lot. Saw a church advertising a sermon to be delivered by "Reverend Calvin Mitchell: The Mighty Midget with a Mission". Scott bought many, many records)
- JULY 6: Westward - Calgary
- JULY 11: White Elephant - Calgary (6 people came to this show, which commenced around 1:00 am. We played 3 sets! The show was put on by Craig who is now involved with the Night Gallery, a swell and better attended club in Calagry)
- JULY 13: Westward - Calgary (I had a temper tantrum and threw my guitar down. Scott screamed at me in the parking lot, which I deserved. When a night as shitty as this one is lived through, someone invariably describes it as the "Best Show Ever". Have I mentioned yet the entire time we were in Calgary the Stampede was going on?)
- AUGUST 2: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (A first anniversary show for the club. Drank a lot of free beer, hardly an anomaly. The Smugglers played as did Gorilla,Gorilla an old band of Bif Naked's, from Winnipeg. The Giants consisted of Tom, Jennye, and Gary Field, who was on The Benevolent Horn. David P. Smith, with a clarinet, did well with his rendition of the Mary Tyler Moore Theme. Ken Jensen played drums on Sugar Town. He raced up to the jukebox to hear it for the first time; as the rest of us took the stage. He played well... One Take Kenny Jensen. Backstage someone from The Bombshells, who split up years ago, spilled wine on Jennye's keyboard, none of the other bands talked to)
- SEPTEMBER 14: UVIC Sub Upper Lounge (Played last after some 'innovators' by the name of Drone smashed television sets. SBG consisted of Tom, Ken, and David P. Smith. Played 11 songs, including Fun To Work With Chuck, which sounded like that big hit Julian Lennon had in The Year 2525. It came off predictably. Pigment Vehicle also played. They had a puppy with them named Bela. Over the years they managed to inadvertently separate themselves from this canine numerous times)
- SEPTEMBER 16: Harpo's - Victoria (Just before we started Scott convinced me that the mushrooms he had taken before the show were starting to kick in)
- NOVEMBER 2: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (band was Tom, Scott, Ken, Jennye and Craig Vishek of Pigments on bass). It was a
really great show, this one. We played with The Squirrels. A record release for a shared single. First performances of Pauline and Go Away... stolen soon after by the Hanson Brothers.
- Released I Thought It Was A Fig cassette, May 28, I'm Always The Last One To Know (song on Blobs Vol.1. A 7 inch compilation) July. All Night Man/You Are A Leper (Split single with Squirrels) November
That's the end of this installment of the History lesson. Look for more to follow. Namely more, though fewer, shows 1992-1995.
(as told to Cyrus of Persia)
The setting: Still Victoria - It remains the same until late fall. In January some recording is done at the Rat's Nest, where Fig was recorded. NMN rehearsed here. There were shows in the basement at times. DRI played once, The Amazing Rhythm Aces did not. While recording, a documentary was made for cable TV in Victoria. Lots of folks saw it. This spate of sudden popularity rocketed to Jennye Rieper's collarbone, but Oh! Fame how fleeting! It just as quickly dissipated ere it went to her head. Ken Kempster, after recording 5 songs in 3 days, laid to rest his drumsticks and briefly went to work for his Uncle, strangling new born kittens.
The Stylish Tom Holliston
- JANUARY 13: Harpo's - Victoria (with Bum. SBG Line up is: Tom, Scott, Jennye, John, Craig. This was a real good show. Over 200 on a Monday night! Kev Lee, Bum Bassist was in the Infamous Scientists with Andy and John. He plays with Roy Loney sometimes. Bum were huge in Spain (some fans actually came to the airport in Madrid once to meet them)
- FEBRUARY 5: Felicita's - Victoria (Volume complaints about sound rather than beer. John McBain did sound. He's been doing it for years at various clubs in Victoria. With gusto effendi, gusto)
- FEBRUARY 7: Felicita's - Victoria (Open for the Sweaters. Quote from journal: ..."I don't like hanging out before a show. One sees all these cuties. When you play, you know they are out there: Unimpressed, Not Clapping, Gathering up their jackets and preparing to leave..." By this forlorn excerpt It is immediately evident... No one confused us with Menudo)
- FEBRUARY 8: Felicita's - Victoria
- FEBRUARY 15: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (the venue had moved from Granville street to the lip of Gastown. Paul Moes still ran it. In later years it was run by the biggest asshole in Vancouver music. It's strange how these Brian Mulroney venal types are always so utterly incompetent. A sold out show, a gala. Mr. Wrong, the Sweaters, Bum. Last gig with Scott for awhile as he and Ken, tired of Cat Strangling, were "working on a groovy thing"... Swell Prod)
- MARCH 19: Railway Club - Vancouver (I think this was another Music West conference. Ford Pier made his first appearance... snorking on a kazoo. A business type was so utterly impressed by us he told Jennye he planned on quitting his job, buying a Jeep and trekking across Canada. The Railway Club has long been very supportive of bands, obscure and known, from all over the world. The litany of the many celebrated acts who've played there is a fascinating read too numerous to mention here. We went into Profile Studios the next morning and after 19 hours, emerged with 5 songs completed and mixed, thanks in large part to Brian "Who" Else who let us in for next to nothing and contributed so unselfishly of his time. Saw a drunkard hitchhiking in a cul-de-sac at 5 a.m. The tunes recorded are on Maybe It's Just Me)
- MARCH 29: Buffalo Bill's - Whistler (Opened for the Smugglers. Craig Vishek found a huge bag of pot. He took half and gave the rest to John and Tom, who were not smokers themselves, but decided they would pass it on to the fellow who did live sound for Nomeansno. Next day, SBG made the lovely wend to the stately Tsawassen ferry terminal, where Craig and Jennye caught a boat back to the Island. BECAUSE the ferry traffic was so heavy, John and Tom opted to wait it out by going across the border to Point Roberts to have a beer at Gene Kiniski's bar and gas up. Just as they reached the border, Tom, in the passenger seat realised that a bag containing roughly HALF A POUND of marijauna reposed comfortably on the dashboard of the van. He pointed this out to John, as the American Border Patrol guard waved them forward. Suddenly the van made a quick U-turn, which it was not supposed to do, into that GREY ZONE between the 2 countries and was of course stopped immediately by a Customs and Immigration Official, clearly evidencing the determined demeanor of a Civil Servant Gravid With An Unmitigated Desire To Do His Part in The War On Drugs. The pot was now in the back seat behind a chair. "What the hell do you think you're doing? I could IMPOUND this vehicle !", he bellowed, "You can't turnaround like that!" We made our way back into Canada determined never to carry Hemp into the United States again, after convincing the Beadle at the Border we had turned back so thoughtlessly because "We forgot that we had to meet some friends". We decided it was best not to carry marijauna in the van under any circumstances, and this became a tenet. Alas,a certain soundman of NMN was apparently never appraised of this simple by-law as his recent "Discussion" with the California State Highway Patrol would indicate. This is a story best left unwrit.)
- APRIL 3: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (Played with Fracas - Cal Dick on drums - and Tom debuted as a member of a group called the HANSON BROTHERS)
- APRIL 12: Harpo's - Victoria (with Scott and Ken in Swell Prod, as well as Mr. Wrong and the Hanson Brothers)
- MAY 2: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (This WAS a Music West thing. I remember now, because the bass player for one of the other bands wore Buttless Chaps which no one ever does unless an A&R guy is around)
- MAY 3: Railway Club - Vancouver (Music West gig. We had an ostensible liason boy with whom we didn't liase. Someone was there filming and told us to play our best songs first. I said all our songs were our best songs and our set was captured in its entirety by those toters of cameras)
- JUNE 15: Harpo's - Victoria (With Swell Prod. Some Asshole named Mike did sound)
- JUNE 16: Railway Club - Vancouver
- JUNE 17: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (Ford played with us half the set)
- JUNE 18: Bronx - Edmonton (Hotel Rooms! Food money! Jennye graciously declined the invitation of gentleman amongst the throng to progenate)
- JUNE 19: Republik - Calgary (There was an accident on the way into town, so a cop redirected us, along with many, many other vehicles, into a cul-de-sac. Though we didn't meet any hitchhikers, it did make us late for the show. Craig and I amused ourselves by putting condoms on John's brushes)
On Tour in Manitoba, 1992
- JUNE 21: Royal Albert - Winnipeg
- JUNE 24: Satyricon - Portland (When one is anxious to play a show, one will book a gig anywhere, regardless of distance and other logistics. At the time this club epitomized, as well as any, the archetype of a place where shows were often booked by a sleazy fool)
- JUNE 25: X-Ray Cafe - Portland (An afternoon show. The windows on to the street were open... played to bus passengers. Had a lovely time)
- JUNE 26: Up And Up - Bellingham (A door deal. How we made 50% of $72.00 out of 7 people at $3.00 a head, remains a mystery to this day)
- JUNE 27: O.K. Hotel - Seattle
- SEPTEMBER 11: UVic - Victoria (Line up was Tom, Jennye, Scott, Ford in his SBG debut, Eric Lowe. Some sort of university opening day gala. I fear we may have spoiled it for some judging from the complaints about volume)
- SEPTEMBER 11: Java - Victoria (Former La Boheme, run by Ric May who is a friend of Bob Mothersbaugh's. Ford had a Hagstrom guitar. The inevitable tuneless cacophony produced much gaping. He doesn't have it any more. Scott is the proud owner of a wretched Hagstrom 8 string bass with which he occassionally irritates Tom)
- SEPTEMBER 22: Harpo's - Victoria (opened for the Beat Farmers. I think this remains one of the top 10 SBG gigs ever. I can't recollect much except that I puked afterwords. John back on drums)
- SEPTEMBER 25: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver
- SEPTEMBER 26: X-Ray Cafe - Portland (We made $100.00!)
- SEPTEMBER 28: John Henry's - Eugene (Played with Mr. Wrong who parted at the merch stall with 20 tee shirts. Ford ingested some garlic pills and produced some absolutely repugnant farts)
- SEPTEMBER 29: Railway Club - Vancouver
- SEPTEMBER 30: Colour Box - Seattle
OCTOBER 2: Sandy Cove - West Vancouver (With Thor's Son... ask thee Goblins. Forgot about this place. It paid well.)
Fun SBG Fact:
The two remaining Show Business Giants dealt with this Brobdignagian setback setback with stoic resolution (resolute stoicism??) Rather than walllow in their misfortune they released an EP, Facts About The Troy Ounce, and set off across the world on a grueling eight-month tour accompanied by hired musicians who performed behind a drape. Among these was apple-cheeked Tom Holliston, one-time cobbler-emeritus of the Southern-Aleutian Mung People, as well as the husband and wife team of Craig and Jennye Vishek, whose Vishek-Brand stilts concern was sufficiently prosperous as to allow them time to experiment with alternative lifestyles. This lineup formed the core of the group appearing on The Show Business Giants' next tape, I Thought It Was A Fig..
- OCTOBER 3: Hall Show - Kelowna, BC (With the Smugglers. After the show someone insisted that we attend a party which turned out to be 6 or 7 twelve year olds in a suburban backyard staying up late for the first time. We did not tarry)
- OCTOBER 31: Town Hall - Galiano Island (Opened for Roots Round Up, a great band Ford and KEITH ROSE played with. As it was Halloween, Ford and I dressed up as Siamese ghosts by sewing two sheets together. We were fed the best pizza on the island. Those who have EVER toured with a band will know what this means. Both bands were billeted in a house, obviously under construction, the lone article of furniture was a shitty drum kit in the basement. In the morning when I popped outside to attend nature's call I saw the sign which I had missed in the inky blackness the night before which read 'CONDEMNED; ALL WORK SUSPENDED')
- NOVEMBER 6: Eagle's Hall - Nelson (5-piece. Tom, John, Jennye, Ford, Beez (of the Smugglers))
- NOVEMBER 7: Westward - Calgary (We played a song of Ford's which none of us knew. Can't recall the name of it now. It was messy)
- NOVEMBER 9: Spectrum - Winnipeg (With Junior Gone Wild. First big snowfall of the year = first small crowd of the year)
- NOVEMBER 10: Royal Albert - Winnipeg
- NOVEMBER 11: Channel One - Regina (Run by two brothers with whom it is best not to truck. Opened for the Phantoms; their sound guy was a real jerk. A man in the audience believed I WAS Jello Biafra! No idea why he thought so)
- NOVEMBER 13: Amigo's - Saskatoon (A nice place where they do you right no matter what, the operative description of this show)
- NOVEMBER 14: Amigo's - Saskatoon
- NOVEMBER 15: Westward - Calgary
- DECEMBER 27: Town Pump - Vancouver (With the Hanson Bros. Carolyn Mark replaces Jennye on keys, otherwise line up is the same. Bad flu. SBG relocated to Vancouver)
John Wright, post marathon van drive
- JANUARY 8: Java - Victoria (played with Mr. Wright and Mr. Wrong)
- JANUARY 11: Harpo's - Victoria (various guests involved in a card game on stage. Egg and spoon race with Fracas which they won, by cheating blatantly)
- JANUARY 19: Railway Club - Vancouver (line up: Tom, Ford, Beez, Carolyn Mark, Brad Lambert on drums. Mr. Lambert is playing with the Real McKenzies this era)
- JANUARY 20: Railway Club - Vancouver (joined by Smuggler Dave Carswell on the mandolin. Ford preformed a new song called Of Course He Is A Magnificent Driver which he later demonstrated convincingly was not autobiographical)
- JANUARY 23: Town Pump - Vancouver
- FEBRUARY 3: Cruel Elephant - Vancouver (Micheal Turner took some photos of us which were in the first edition of Hard Core Logo)
- FEBRUARY 5 X-Ray Cafe - Portland (don't drive over the border hungover, unshaven and with lip stick all over your face. No information pertaining to this gig will be released. A trio: Tom, Carolyn, Cal Dick)
- FEBRUARY 6: Sandy Cove - West Vancouver
- OCTOBER 23: Station Street - Vancouver (Tour lineup of Tom, Carolyn, Ed Dobek, Brock Ellis. Ed had an abscessed tooth the entire tour. A blessing)
- OCTOBER 27: Railway Club - Vancouver
- OCTOBER 28: Railway Club - Vancouver
- OCTOBER 29: R.A.T.T. - Edmonton
- OCTOBER 30: Channel One - Regina (joined up with Roots Roundup to play a few shows. Ford Pier plays, too. We had the PA turned off on us early. Started set with a cover of the Shagg's classic 'Halloween')
- OCTOBER 31: Royal Albert - Winnipeg (NO ONE CAME TO THIS SHOW)
- NOVEMBER 1: Alternative Caberet - Winnipeg (Last night's crowd)
- NOVEMBER 2: Amigo's - Saskatoon
- NOVEMBER 4: Bronx - Edmonton
- NOVEMBER 5: Mount Royal College - Calgary (tour highlights supplied by Barry Taylor's guitar solo and Ed drinking 24 beers backstage to celebrate cessation of antibiotics prescription)
- Released: Maybe It's Just Me July 23
- AUGUST 22: Harpo's - Victoria (lineup was Tom, Ford, Cal Dick, Scott... I think)
- AUGUST 23: Railway Club - Vancouver
- AUGUST 24: Railway Club - Vancouver
- AUGUST 25: Malcolm Lowry Room - Vancouver (this place used to give free beer to the band all night. The practice was stopped the weekend before we played, when the 5 piece the Vinagrettes, who rarely tippled, featuring Carolyn, Ed and Scott)
- SEPTEMBER 7: Malcolm Lowry Room - Vancouver (lineup was Tom, Ford, Scott, Ken Kempster, John. There was lots of recording this year. Excuses excuses)
- Released : Let's Have A Talk With The Dead Care to Dance! On Virgin !
Virgin Records wanted us to do a video. O.K. Originally they said they wanted to do one of the song Soundcheck, and have one of us look like Dee Snyder of Twisted Sister. This idea was nixed immediately. Our own plans were not encouraged. Most suggestions were met with worried statements about "Production Values". DOA made a video with the fellow who was maybe going to do ours. It was full of production values. SBG was only one of the pieces of spaghetti Virgin threw at the wall that didn't stick. DOA was another. They are nice people who will buy you dinner. We were given an advance which paid for the recording costs and more.
Scott Henderson wrote the theme music for the Keflavik Summer Olympics. Sadly there weren't any Summer Olympics in 1995 so he took a job with Ken Kempster's Uncle Ryan, who had expanded his business of feline flagellation. Scott became a dab hand with the sprocket grinder in next to no time.
John Wright nearly became Joan Wright, but a last minute change of mind put paid to it. An profound example of Mind over Matter. Instead he constructed a massive styrofoam Dagwood Sandwich for the neighbourhood' kids to play in.
Ford Pier published the landmark Digitalis vs.Analogous: The Coming Tape Worm Tide. A book so controversial and hotly debated it spawned an entirely new PUBLISHING INDUSTRY devoted exclusively to copycat literature pertaining about worms. An amatuer fishing enthusiast was so inspired by a plastic mug brimming with night crawlers the Where's Waldo craze began.
Tom Holliston became a dishonest Herbalist and is currently serving thyme.
NOW YOU KNOW.
end of part three...
Howard Zinn is currently researching the missing years of 1996-present and will present a "Peoples History of the Show Business Giants", time permitting.