I was rummaging through one of my many compartmental spaces in my home and came across some interesting memorabilia from my days managing the production at the Mudd Club. I still must search the web for pictures as I really do not have many from those days, only the few that I have when I played at the Mudd with my band, The Lampshades. (So, forgive me for plagiarizing some photo’s-actually who cares). I vaguely remember the Mudd club deviant cards that was made up and I think it was done in the 4th floor art gallery, and they were laminated too! Surprised that Steve (Dr. Mudd) bought a laminator. I also think it was given out by Keith Haring, but I’m not sure as most of the time after the bands were set up it was hard to distinguish who was who and what the hell, they were doing but it was all fun and debauchery at the end of the night. Here is my deviant Mudd card – Yes, I looked extremely deviant.
The next 2 items I came across was a couple of buttons — for the life of me I don’t know how I got these. Altough a good piece of lost memories, and when I say lost, I mean lost, not to be found.
As said, I really don’t have any other photo’s of the club except when I played the Mudd – I posted these before by what the hell here they are again. My time at the Mudd Club was only in the early 80’s for about 2 years or so. I was not there when it first opened in 78, I started working there in early 81 until about 82ish. Experienced a lot of good bands and some real shit ones – The DJ’s where Hot, Anita Sarko, David Azarch kept the place moving. I Worked when Frank Zappa played there, mixed Johnny Thunders in his acoustic set (what a trip), set up Question Mark and the Mysterians, Sam and Dave, Reggae, Samba, & Punk bands–You name it I worked it.Usually ending the night at 4am or so in the morning and then out to an afterhours club and when those doors opened the sun was out and my trek back home to Long Island to bed or crashing in the city at a friends place and start all over again later that night back at the Mudd Club!
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Aldora just released a new compilation on Bandcamp called “The Hawk” – YES! – Aldo Buzzi contributed from his newest release “Simple It’s Rock n Roll” a song for this compilation to support Aldora. In pounds it cost £2.90 on Bandcamp in which is about $3.78 USD – 26 separate artists -Now that’s a bargain to expand your music library.
I wrote this song at the tale end of the pandemic year in 2020. It was an instrumental piece that I did not get around to putting any vocals on it and it didn’t have a solid drum track. I was looking to send it over to my old band mate drummer from “The Lampshades”, but alas everybody was on lock down. So what are we going to do to get this drum track down? Texting back and forth with Gary the drummer, he had an idea to send him the track with the click track and he would figure it out and take it from there. A few weeks later, he sent me this Youtube video of him and his take on the drum parts for the song. I just came across it the other day and felt I had to share,
How do you know if you have a good song title and the song has good lyrics? Well isn’t that the fifty five thousand dollar question?
Working on this new album in which all the songs are finish (with names I must say) I have not yet come up with a name for the album. So let me go into how I name songs as I write them. Believe it or not, all of the songs I write I first throw a random name on my DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) as a placeholder, a thought, an object just a random name. Sometimes that random name sticks and it becomes the name and the muse for the lyric’s yet to be written. Sometimes I have the lyric’s and one line or word in the lyric’s becomes the songs name and then sometimes it’s just a feel of the song and that becomes the name.
The name for the album on the other hand is a greater bigger picture. It has to encompass the whole album and what it stands for or the vibe and feel of what it needs to convey. Take the first album I put out a few years back, “TEST DRIVE RAW”, as it was my first solo album and published music in a long while, I felt it was a test drive to see where I was at musically and the raw feel of the album fit the way the music was on the album. Raw and basically uncut with minimal production quality, thus Test Drive Raw.
The second album, “Eclectic Collaborations” was a collection of music collaborated with other musicians. So I wanted to convey that it didn’t have a common theme and each song had a different feel.
The third album was more about experiences in my life thus the album name, “This is My Life” Welcome to it. Many musicians have different ways to come up with names of songs and titles, lyric’s come from many different sources as do names and titles.
To the end of it all within the next few months you will find out what the name of the new album will be named!
Yes–it’s been a rough couple of months – Starting at the end of January, I contracted Bells Palsy – It’s a virus that attacks the nerves on one side of your face and paralyzes that side of your face – Happens to be my left side of my face. I was on anti viral med’s and steroids for about 3 weeks. I had the Bell’s Palsy once before when I was about 29 years old, it really sucks. Things that you take for granted , like blinking your eye does not happen and the percentage of folks that contract it a 2nd time is about 5% to 8% – Lucky Me!
The second thing that happened to me is an upper respiratory infection in which I had to be on heavy antibiotics for over 2 weeks.
The 3rd was my kidney stones started acting up. I have an 8mm and 2-5mm stones all in my left kidney. I was supposed to get them blasted (lithotripsy) in which is a shock sound wave that breaks up the stones to more passable sand. Alas–due to the Corona-virus that procedure had to be postponed. Thank god the little bastard stones have not moved or I would be in serious trouble. That means i’m on a holding pattern and still nee to have this procedure.
What a fucking horror show the last few months!
In between all the above, I have still been able to keep writing and playing. Actually if I do say so my self–I have a few songs written in this time period that are really smoking good!
And now this, “COVID-19”
Thank God I did not contract this virus – I would like to hope the world recovers extremely fast from this virus so we can get back to our lives. Please be safe, be healthy and help each other through this pandemic. Call a friend or a neighbor -stay in touch, share some love.
With Latin percussion through out the song — a song with Spanish Flair – You must know how to dance to the Bossa Bass a Nova? If not you should take the time to learn, it’s just a two step – slow- quick quick 1-2 – Now that you got it, I know you got it – Let’s take it Uptown!
Come on – Come on–was inspired by Paul McCartney’s Eygpt Station album -I enjoyed the back and forth guitar sounds from one of the title tracks, ” Come on to me”. I think you will hear that in the beginning of my song if you compare the two. Obviously by no way am I comparing myself to such an accomplished and ground breaking artist of one of the founding fathers of the Beatles. Although the influences are there and I would say any inspirations from any artist helps develop more songs and music is a great thing! (I hope Paul would appreciate that point) – The words are an anthem to being yourself and not caring what anyone else (or the Establishment) Thinks – Enjoy, “Come On Come On”