I sure did pull this one out of my ass!!! Some where in between and for the life of me I don’t remember the time line on this one. Ken, Myself and a drummer named Tim started a trio to see if we could play the local bar circuit to earn some pocket change. I was rummaging through my cassette tapes the other day and low and behold, I found this musty old practice recording tape of this band (I’m pretty sure Gary joined in at one point as there is keyboards on this recording). I don’t even think we had a name for the band but we did have quite an eclectic repertoire of songs that we played.  The Stones, “Brown Sugar”, David Bowie’s, “Suffragette city”, Jimi Hendrix, “Fire” were just a few songs in which we were doing at the time. If my memory serves me right, we never did play out any where either, but Ken and I brought these songs to the Lampshades and when the Lampshades first started playing the bar circuit on Long Island, New York – we were playing a lot of cover music and only a few originals. Reality was to play the bar circuit on Long Island you really had no choice but to play covers to get your foot in the door just to get a gig and earn a little cash, albeit not much after the bar tab was rung up.

Here is “The Rolling Stones” and our unnamed band version of Brown Sugar 


Cover Photo by: Maria Badasian

This was a very late night recording at the bar Heckle and Jeckle’s on Long Island, New York. I always had our sound man throw a mic out and hook up the cassette recorder to tape the performance. Funny to say cassette recorder, now that is really dating the times. This recording is towards the end of the Lampshades tenure as a band. We were still playing out a lot but the band started going into different directions and band mates started pursuing different parts in their lives. I remember Ken got married, I started to lose interest and frankly we all just faded out and stopped playing as the band ,”The Lampshades”. When we played out at bars and clubs we still incorporated some cover music that we liked and had fun with. This song “Mustang Sally” is a rhythm and blues (R&B) song written and first recorded by Mack Rice in 1965. Ken really liked this song and it was a fun song to play and sing on stage. Ken did the lead vocals and myself, Gary and Jim did the back up vocals. Really liked the harmonies and as said we just had fun playing it – Listen at the end of the recording you will identify that there was only a few souls left in audience at the bar as it was the last song of the last set of the night.



Cover photo by: Darren Nunis