Punk-Goth-Horrible Hymnz. I put myself in the PUNK genre as that is what I play by default, but here you will find a general Cross section of my music.
Born: 1957, last year anything COOL was made (as in the 1957 Bel Air Station Wagon... and them pennies with the leaves on the backside.
My dad bought me a huge snare drum when I was 9. It was real cool, it was a very old WOODEN snare. Problem was, a drummer needs a trap set, not just a snare drum. I Didn't know what to do with it, so I took lessons from the drummer in my brother's band and he taught me how to read snare and kick parts off the page.
I actually really liked that wooden Snare drum, but my dad took it back and when I was 11, he got me an electric guitar with Blue Chip stamps,and he had traded the Snare Drum for a Jordan J-50 amp. They were both pieces of *BEEEEEEP*- the guitar had the nut higher on one side than the other, I think I eventually sawed it in half. But my mom had a huge F-Hole guitar... I took a microphone out of a radio shack 2-way wrist radio and I wrapped it in the rubber tire from one of my model cars, and THAT guitar sounded great.
I don't want to use up this space on my guitar history, so I'll break this up by talking about the music I listened to at this time.
I started by listening to Classical Music. My Mom had this Offenbach record, and I was trying to learn the piece that ends with the Can-Can... I actually had a guitar and bass part worked out for it, but I never could find guys that could play what was in my head, Until I met Alan Brown who introduced me to Steve Morgan, and these guys could barely play. Steve especially did not know where to put his fingers. I discovered that Alan and Steve HATED the radio, and that I did too. This is a quandary for young musicians... Cos we played out own original music, and as we listened to The Bonzo Dog Band, Henry Cow, Frank Zappa, Alice Cooper, and all this crazy stuff, well most people asked us "Was that a song by Frank Zappa?" - Once we got pelted with rocks and beer cans at a party cos I announced loudly "Led Zeplin SUCKS! and THAT did not go over too well.
Well, later, w tried playing Rolling Stones covers, and Kinks covers, we LOVED the KINKS. Ray Davies Rules and Dave Davies is my favourite Guitar Player.
So, I wrote out ALL the scales for Steve, and them he just GOT it, and When He got it, so did Alan, and the first song we ever played was "Till The End of The Day" - I had my Vox Bulldog, and Steve had a all-black P-Bass. I also had a Pro-Reverb, it was a cool amp, I sold it to my art teacher's son and bought the Vox Royal Guardsman.
I had a string of POS guitars, An Italian Vox Bulldog, a Dutch? A Hagstrom III. I did not know that they were classic guitars until; AFTER I sawed em in half. I sawed a lot of guitars in half... And then In one move I assembled all of my guitars and a couple of guitars that I didn't own, cos a friend of mine had a Gibson EB-O bass. I traded ALL my guitars for that. I had an Ariel acoustic Martin copy, and I had stuck one of those sound-hole acoustic pickups, it was actually a humbucker, and it distorted when I dialed it up.
I would play this monstrosity out of a huge Thomas Organ Vox Royal Guardsman, and I had my friend rebuild the power supply and after that, it was a great amp... It had Auto-Wah, Tone-X, all kinds of stuff. I still have the thick metal Vox footswitch, I've used it for other amps.
So, after easing my conscience for stealing Alan Browns red ES-335 copy, I gave him the Ariel acoustic with the pickup in it, he used it for blues for a while then he smashed it up, so at least it got some use, heh?
For about a year, I had a copy of one of those Gibson F-hole electrics, the thick jazz ones, and it had flatwound strings on it, so I got used to those.
I almost traded the Gibson Bass to Steve Smith for an Ibanez ELECTRIC mandolin- And that was the biggest mistake I ever made, it was a swell instrument.
Now, at that time, I was in a band called Orthel, Fogg and the Good Doctor. I even have letterhead I made up in print shop in high school. Steve and Alan were a huge part of my High School years and I also played with them until I was 22.
But going back again, in 77 I bought two telecasters and learned to play light handed as well as heavy handed. At that time I was in a band called Vision, a Christian band, we played a few Youth Houses, but I made a horrible mistake: I GAVE our Bass Player, a cool Brother, great voice, he had a Telecaster bass: Well I gave him my royal Guardsman.
Well not one month after that, he QUIT and he would not give it back to me. That was too bad, he was great. Then I joined a band called Millennium, and I had just bought a Les Paul Custom and my brother had given me his Black Face Fender Super Reverb. Now THAT was the second best amp I had. And then I bought a drum set, a bunch of mikes, and my Mom got me a Martin D28 and a Rickenbacker 4003 Bass.
And So I was in a band called Colour TV and this was my last band with Steve and Alan... Then I went on tour for Young American Showcase from 1978-79 and this was a tour all through the South to Virginia, to Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, Nebraska, and we wound up in Los Angeles so I was able to just have the guys drop me home at the end of the tour, which suited me, I hate flying.... On th way out to Florida to Camp, I flew 8 hours straight and I was Scared +BEEP+less.
So in 1980 all my hippie friends were no longer hippies and had stomped all their Jethro Tull albums and shaved off their hair and were listening to The Selector and The Specials and Black Flag! And I had my Les Paul, and a Gibson RD-77 Artist, great guitar, and a Lab Series L-5, combo amp with a Viking Road Case, got it for 400 bucks.
I was bummed. Here I had all this stuff, and I did not know what to do with it. But then I heard a song that kicked my arse: I fought the Law by the Clash. I learned it was a Buddy Holly song, and that was just better. So I had to absorb all the punk rock I could absorb!
So, in 1980 I joined a band called Social Spit
. Then I moved to SF and joined AlieNation, fronted by Naomi Vice. Then I joined Umbrella Defence which became Fade to Black after they kicked me out. And I became Dangerous Visions.
In 1986 we re-assembled Social Spit, In 2005 we did our 25th anniversary shows, and that was that, a few of them went off good, but I am ollld and tired and I really do not want to play clubs that much. Especially lugging around a 200-lb Ampeg VT-22 (REALLY great amp) and my Gibson Flying V and Epiphone SG- The Epi SG is great, it is one of the first made.
So Now I have my Martin D-28, but she is as old as I am so she's is in semi retirement- For playing at places I bought an Ovation Elite Special... I love it. Later I will re-upload "Be Thou My Vision" and you can hear it, it is marvelous. And I also have a 1979 Martin SOLID BODY Electric Bass, Very Rare. I play the basses out of a 100-watt Kustom KB-100 bass amp, it is basically a cube that sound comes out of, pretty good amp.
The, I have my Gibson Flying V which I traded my Hamer USA Diablo and a Les Paul Junior for. You can hear the Hamer on "104" - I used to have a Kramer Striker ST-100, which had the bridge pickup from my Les Paul-You can hear that in A Mighty Fortress... By the way that is a 30-watt CRATE Amp, betcha thought it was something a little bigger eh? That was stolen from me in 2002. But I bought a Martin A-Series Mandolin, I thought it was 40's but it was made in the 70's... Good Enough. Then for 80 bucks I bought a Dean Statocaster- The guitar is SO crappy, that DEAN does not even acknowledge that they even made it. I also had a Trace Elliot Amp that I bought in 1997... But in 1005 it needed a new speaker transformer... So I sold it to Glenn Taylor, and I bought the Ampeg VT-22 from him... It originally did not work, but I brought it to Top Gear in La Mesa and Tim Pinnell rewired it and stuck EL-34s into it, so it is WAY louder than it's 100 watt RMS. But the downside is... It weighs 200 pounds. I have two Celestion speakers in it, but the wood is very thick plywood. Well Made.
From 1996 to 2002 I played a little with the Vineyard Christian Fellowship of San Diego, and I ran sound for Mark McCoy who led worship at VCF from the time I started there until Summer 1999, who passed away on 2000. From 2000 to 2001 I played for Jodie Feldman's church in Hillcrest... From 2001 to 2003, I led worship, by the grace of The Lord and also my Home Group leaders, the Kramer family... Who allowed me to do a lot of experimental things. And I also want to give my appreciation to Carol Kiger-Rice who took over Worship at VFC and when they became Third Day Churches... She let me play with her a few times and I really appreciated that, she tolerated a lot from me during those years.
I have to say that being allowed to lead worship was the single highest honor ever bestowed on me, and I tried to do it the best way I could. But at this point I am not worthy to do it, well there is that, but also because I lost my home when our Home Group broke up.
This is the hardest thing, you get used to a group of people, and I suppose I am selfish, as I have not been able to find a group of Non-Religious people who I can be comfortable with.
This is why I say, you go where you do the most good, and if you can not do good, well you look more.
So there you have it... Later I will insert Pics of this gunk.
From 1974 to today, I have been writing my own Brand of garbage, so here it is, you punks!