WM004: Various Artists - Extremely mild and pleasant tasting The best of Bob Chaos Recordings 1984-1986released 2 december 2004
It would be way too easy to write about these bands, because I was
there when the first Muncie Sampler tape was being made. Instead, I
want to mention my band at the time, followed by some general
comments that will add context to the recordings themselves, as well
as the music of the day.
My band "THE BEERTONEZ" made it to the first side, 2nd song with "Who Killed The Clownz." True, we didn't make it onto this compilation, but it's nothing to cry about. We were in the scene; in the moment. That is what mattered.
Our band was doing quite well in the music scene during the 1984-85 school year. When we went into the record store, we were told about the Muncie Sampler and knew we had to bust ass and get on that release!
We recorded our stuff in a basement owned (rented) by John McCool, guitarist and vocalist for THE CONVERTIBLES. He was a gracious producer who showed us the ropes and left us with enough to hang ourselves. We enjoyed doing just that, just like everyone else around.
There were no Pro Tools software, no Internet, and no PhotoShop. We were left to our own creative defenses and spent our milk money at the copy shop making our own tape covers, after spending 86 cents for a 60 minute generic tape at the drug store. Bob Chaos not only captured the beauty of this creative time, but he preserved it through the look of the website, www.bobchaos.com
There were a FEW bands, like CHEMOTHERAPY, who had some money and actually had 45s pressed on vinyl. Very few bands.
We witnessed the birth of The Suedetones in a drunken rage. After that school year, I went on to work in a band with Gregg Guffey. Jon Rans and John Scott Sheets were inspirations of mine during that year. THE CONVERTIBLES (John Mc Cool, Alan Draine and Von Robinson) were inspirations as well, and they were also facilitators (by renting us a PA system for $25).
The other musicians who inspired me during that time (see below)
We also witness times of togetherness, like the NO AID concert to help save the NO BAR & GRILL. The on-campus and off-campus shows were at times outrageous and more often than not just plain uncalled for. But they were fun. The Thursday Night Club was killer, as were the shows for The Ace Street Babes (Kim Callahan, Leslie Gore, Aimee Wuerzberger, "and the rest" as they say). Queen Street was a great outlet for bands on the verge of breaking the law.
While he wasn't responsible in any way for wrong-doings, BOB CHAOS was the glue -- the commom thread that ran through everything. Even if he wasn't at the shows physically, he was there in spirit.
It was 20 years ago today that THE BEERTONEZ officially broke up and went their separate ways. I since moved to Los Angeles to become a professional studio/session drummer. I can still feel Bob's presence when I work, as well as the spirit of everyone who was around during the 1984-85 school year.
THANK YOU, BOB CHAOS!
PS - I want to give shout-outs to anyone reading this, as well as the following people and places. You can find me at www.drumwild.com, or email email@example.com - and if I left anyone out, harass me about it.
THE BEERTONEZ: John Ross, Jim "Cuozzo" Burnett, Melanie Hostettler, Mike Krzycki, Dwight "Kilo" Keillor, Jim Anderson (and me)
THE CONVERTIBLES: John McCool, Alan Draine and Von Robinson
THE PLAYTEX LIVING BRAS
THE ACE STREET BABES: Kim Callahan, Aimee Wuerzberger, Leslie Gore, and the two other young ladies I didn't hang with much.
712 QUEEN STREET
QUEEN STREET LIQUORS
Anyone who dropped before recording with us on the song FUNKY WOMAN.
THE MUNCIE POLICE DEPARTMENT AND CAMPUS POLICE
BETA THETA PI
THE LOUNGE PIANO
.... literally, the list could go on, but the beers are taking over. If you get a chance to buy any BOB CHAOS, please do so. It is highly recommended.
-- Dan Snellenbarger, www.drumwild.com