|[Last Update: ]|
Doin� The Modern Mojo
Released: 1989 (CS)
Long Beach, CA
Produced by: Mike Malone
What can I say? No other band among all of these demos was more deserving of world conquest than these guys. Phenomanal material and performances. This is their early demo, and it comes off as such, but so much raw energy is buried in here. Dealin' Dirty is a thrash/punk monster, and I still like this version of Ridin' The Third Rail to the (relatively) slicker Howlin' At The Moon version.
Two different 8-track sessions are presented here, with Doors Open In, Bleed Love and Drunk Indian coming from an earlier and much rougher recording. The rest is just below the par of the Howlin' material, though not as well mixed.
Howlin� At The Moon
Released: 1990 (CD)
Long Beach, CA
Recorded at: The Toledo Studio
Produced by: Wade Wilkinson and Lost Souls
This is just a must have! The despair I feel everytime I get to that scratch in Third Rail, knowing that I'll never own a new copy of this rare CD, is heart-wrenching! Rather than go on for days about these guys, just know that they live up to and surpass anything I or anyone else may say about them. Too punk for the metalheads, too metal for the punk kids, and way too bluesy for both of them. Biker rock from Hell. Get off your Harley and get on the dance floor (or even in the pit).
Peppering their live shows with amped up versions of The Doors' Down So Long, CCR's Fortunate Son, and an incredible slow-then-fast-then-brooding-then-fast medly of blues classics I Just Wanna Make Love To You and Spoonful, playing harsh and heavy enough to make you wanna brawl and slow and moody enough to make you wanna cry, teeming with swaggering bravado and enough cool to freeze over Hell if they weren't so busy raising it, I can't say enough, so I'll just stop now.
UPDATE: Here's a fun story for you: As a result of this page, I was contacted in 2003 by a woman named Sonja who was now a cleaned-up hard-working middle-aged woman, but back in the 80's she partied hard and did her heroine, and had briefly known Malone. Until stumbling on this site, she'd never heard or known of the song "Sonja And The Heroine Girls" but to her surprise she strongly suspected it had been written about her. I burned her a CD and delivered it personally for free. The internet has truly made this a small world.
The Canadian Sessions
Unreleased: 1991 (CS)
Long Beach, CA
The band did a short tour of colleges and bars in western Canada in October of 1990. During this time they also did some recording sessions of newer material, copies of which circulated among the friends of the band, but were never released.
UPDATE 2011: I know I haven't touched the barn much in years, but Scott's ex-wife Shannon just contacted me and sent me mp3s of these songs that are much better quality than the worn out copy of a copy cassette I had. In exchange I'm sending her mp3s of Hard As Nails, Cheap As Dirt, so I need to get that done...
Shannon's brother Adam used to have more on Lost Souls on his site, but I think the links are all dead now.