Thursday, June 29, 2006

"Moore" Band Additions

Since contacting superb songwriter R. Stevie Moore about an interview to be included in "The Other City Of Nashville" book, this underrated and far-too-often overlooked artist has been most gracious and helpful, supporting the project with valuable information about Nashville's mid-70s rock music scene and LOADS of CDs.

It seems that not only was Moore a prolific songwriter and a home recording pioneer back in '75, he was also involved with an impressive rock music scene that thrived underground, beneath the notice of Music Row and the major labels. Moore was a good friend of Victor Lovera of the Smashers who, it is apparent from Moore's information and recordings, was making ultra-cool music almost a decade before that band ever recorded a note. Moore and Lovera played together in the local band Ethos, later to become known as Roger Ferguson and Ethos. A number of mind-blowing Ethos songs were caught on tape in 1973-74 and Moore has them available on CD-R, exclusively through his web site.

Another local Nashville band that the Reverend knew absolutely nothing about before Moore smartened me up is Hopper, a heavy rocking band mixing pop/rock influences with the newfound joy of Ramones-inspired punk rock. Fronted by Mike Hopper, who has also collaborated with Moore on several other musical projects, the band was around from 1975 - 83 and are certainly worth checking out (again, vintage CD-Rs are available only from Moore).

Engineer/producer Tom Der also contacted the Reverend about the project and we're very glad to hear from Tom. Der worked in the studio with a bunch of Nashville rockers during the '80s, most notably Dessau and Sixty-Nine Tribe. Tom recommended a few more bands that I didn't have on my list, including File 13 (duh!), Faith Like Guillotine, and another band that I NEVER should have forgotten, Mary Kay and the Cosmetics.

Swapping emails with Donna Frost, she brought up several bands that her brother Tony had played in other than Sixty-Nine Tribe, rockers like Triple X and Asfalt Jungle. Donna and Tom Der both mentioned Snakehips, which is where Tony Frost, John Sheridan and the old Sixty-Nine Tribe are now making music. Music Row publicist Mary Sack reminded the Reverend of Dave Olney, the excellent folk-rock musician that had a really cool band, the X-Rays, back in the early-80s. All these folks and a couple more that I discovered on my own are heretofore officially added to the list!


Sometime over the holiday weekend I'm going to combine all 227 (!) bands onto one single list and create a separate page here on the site to include them all. If you have a Nashville non-country band circa 1976-2006 that you'd like to see added to this (still-growing) list, email me, the Reverend at rev.gordon (at) Thanks to RSM, Tom Der and Donna Frost for their great recommendations!


Blogger Party Queen said...

Does anyone know where Mary K and the Cosmetics are now. I saw them at the Exit/In in 1982. Did their songs ever get published

5:01 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

We are all alive and well as far as I know. I was the drummer. MK lives in Belvue. Our Bassist lives in Hendersonville I believe. The guitarist was living in Nashville last time I spoke to him, and I, currently live in Smithville.
No, our songs were never published and we only released on EP that we sold from the stage. We were never really a recording act. We were primarily a cover band. The thing about the Cosmetics was the show not being recording artists. None of us were really very good songwriters and we had no producer.
I played in several even lesser known bands in the late 80s and early 90s. In the late 90s, I played for Susan Marshall and the Electric Range on Reptile Records.
I now just write and record in my home studio. I'm not sure about the musical career of fellow cosmetics.
Thanks for asking about us. Makes me feel good that someone remembers our shows. Those were fun times indeed.

9:23 AM  

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