Sunday, June 11, 2006

Steve Woods' Band List

We get emails! Lots of them, more than I can promptly answer, tho' probably not as many as I'd like to get, considering the scope of the project. To answer one electronic missive, the "Victor" named below is not the late Victor Lovera of the Smashers, but rather a local reggae artist that released one 7" 45rpm gem sometime during the '80s. As for "Vee Elle" speaking to me from the grave...there's no need to haunt the Reverend...the Smashers are on the list already, and friend Thom King has already given me permission to reprint his fine 1980 article on the band from Take One Magazine in the book. The Smashers were one of Nashville's first original rock bands, so their place in local history is set in stone!

Steve Woods, who now lives in Memphis but used to play in the ultra-cool local band Vegas Cocks, emptied his brainpan out in a series of emails to the Reverend, providing an embarrassment of band names that I had forgotten, or half-remembered, or didn't know in the first place. Some of these bands should have been on the first or second list...really, how could I have forgotten Simmonz or the Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies...but Steve brought up some really good ones that I didn't remember, folks like Alien In The Land Of Our Birth, or the Rayon City Quartet. He also provided links to band sites and articles that will prove to be valuable to the project. Thanks, Steve!

I have included the bulk of Steve's suggested bands below, along with a few more that I discovered by looking through my old record review files. This brings the project band list up to a whopping 216 names, but I may have counted wrong. I'm sure that the total will only go up from here. However, I'm going to need help with a lot of these. I have included contact information below...if you know of anybody that was in any one of the bands on our list, tell them to get in touch with me. I need info on band members, etc to ensure that the book has as much on the scene as possible.

ALIEN IN THE LAND OF OUR BIRTH
THE BUNNIES, THE HOLIDAYS
IODINE, ROBERT JETTON
MILKSHAKE, MR. ZERO
OWEN'S ASHES, OWSLEY
PASSAFIST, RAYON CITY QUARTET
ROCKFISH, SCREAMIN' CHEETAH WHEELIES
THE SHAKES, SIMMONZ, STARING AT THE SUN
STELLA, STRANGE TONGUES
TODAY IS THE DAY, TONE PATROL
TRANSYLVANIA COWBOYS, VAGANTIS

Get in touch with the Reverend! You can email me: rev.gordon (at) gmail.com (you know what to do in the middle of that email address, don't you?) or leave a comment on this blog and I'll track you down. You can find a complete profile of the Reverend at www.myspace.com/reverendk and you can find abundant samples of my writing at www.mondogordo.com. The official page for "The Other Side Of Nashville" [click] has more info on the project, including how you can get involved.

Later this week on the blog...the results of my weekend local music buying spree, and I'll try to get the third part of the zines article done this week as well. And yes, I did find a near mint LP copy of the the Smashers' 1980 album yesterday. Yikes!

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