News about the re-releases of some underground garage and punk bands: The Hi-Fives, The Ne'er-Do-Wells, Thee Shatners, Judy & the Loadies and Brent's T.V.

Parental Advisory version of "I Wanna Leave My Brain To Science"

During the 1990 recording sessions for Gift of Knowledge, things often got a bit...silly. Here's an out-take of a John and Jess vocal track. It starts off well enough, but about half way through Jess starts barking a bit, which leads to John trying not to laugh, messing up his memory, and then they both descend into and expletive-filled epic finale. NOT SAFE FOR WORK: Use headphones people...HEADPHONES!

Brent's T.V. "Live at the I Street house" is available

26 songs recorded live on April 4th 1990 in front of a few nice folks who danced and tried not to holler too much. This recording was originally made into a "demo tape" that we sold and gave away. Later on, in 1996, twelve songs from this recording were put onto the Sweet Baby/Brent's T.V. "Hello Again" split CD on Lookout Records. Now we've restored and re-mixed it from the original 8-track recordings.

You can get this digital album now on bandcamp, or pre-order it on iTunes and Google Play for release this Friday (June 16). $5.

Brent's T.V. laundromat show 1988(?)

There are some really nice people in these three photos of a Brent's T.V. laundromat show. The laundromat was on 9th street almost at I street in Arcata, California.

All three of these were used on the "Lumberjack Days" 7"  (Lookout #36)

(The 1st photo)

(detail of the 1st photo)

...and notice the guy actually doing his laundry! 

(The 2nd photo)

Alicia tripped!(detail of 2nd photo)

In hindsight, this guy doing laundry is the real star of the evening (detail of 2nd photo)

3rd photo, used on the label of the Lumberjack Days 7"

March 13, 1993: A Day That Will Live In Infamy

The Shatners LOSE a Battle...of the bands.

Here's is the text of the article (spelling errors included):

Battle of the Bands

As the smoke clears, It's Lakota with the $100

By Frank Minna, Lumberjack Staff

A mangle of music and sound erupted from the Kate Buchanan Room Saturday night as the KRFH radio-station-sponsored Battle of the Bands gave students and community members a taste of the musical scene in Humboldt County and beyond.

Audience members sampled sounds from the grungy music of Grout to the parodies of Bocephus Und Ed and a dozen styles in between.

The winner of the $100 first prize was Lakota, a seven-member band comprosed of HSU students: vocalists DJ. Maube, a physical education senior, and Pete Collins, an art senior; bass player and engineering sophomore Brian "Moose" McFadin; guitarist and music sophomore Isaac Vanderveer; drummer Gabe McDowell, a journalism junior; percussionist and political science senior Dave McGillis; and tenor saxophonist and music senior Bar Mckinon.

Lakota will put its prize winnings into a general group fund. The group wants to make a demo album with the nearly $500 saved from parties and other gigs it has played.

McDowell said the band, like its music, comes from all over, with members coming from Marin, Oakland and Berkeley.

"Basically no one’s doing what we're doing,” McDowell said. "We take our influences from all over. I'd describe our music as rap-funk-reggae fusion with a little bit of jazz, a little rock.”

Perhaps it was this "bit of everything" sound that made judges KHSU disc jockey Shannon Donahue, speech communication Professor Gary Melton and Residence Hall Association President Kevin Murphy, choose Lakota as the winner of the contest.

The criteria used by the judges were originality, workability, potential to be marketed, and audience participation.

All proceeds from the Battle of the Bands, organized by Vandals Production Manager Summer Nastich, go to KRFH to be used for the purchase of more music for the radio station.

One of the most original bands at the contest was The Shatners. Its members, dressed in baby blue and yellow coveralls, undressed on stage to reveal their Federation uniforms from Star Trek and showed the concertgoers why the name Shatner had sounded so familiar.

As the band pushed their coveralls down around their ankles and found themselves facing technical difficulties, a friend of the band, journalism senior Lee McCormack, played on trumpet the theme from the late-’60s TV show Star Trek.

Donning plastic helmets wrapped in duct tape, Chris Imlay, philosophy junior presently on leave, and Jess Hilliard, multiple subject teaching senior, played riffs of music reminiscent of the surf sound from the early ’60s.

"We believe Star Trek was the greatest moment in William Shatner's Classical acting career and so we chose to honor him thusly,” said journalism senior John Kiffmeyer, The Shatners‘ drummer.

Of his reasons for kicking over his drums at the end of 15- minute set, Kiffmeyer said, "Every great drummer in history never left their drum set standing and it's mandatory that drums be kicked over to show the set is final, complete and resolved.”

Kiffmeyer said The Shatners never planned on winning, and if they had, they would have refused the $100 first prize.

"We challenge all bands to a dead heat,” he said.

He described a dead heat as a contest where bands set up across from each other and play for the attention of the audience, the band which receives the most attention wins.

Kiffmeyer admits to never listening to KRFH, which he said "is completely out of touch. We just didn't win and screw them if they (KRFH) can't take a joke."

After The Shatners’ set, the group was asked to play at the wedding of one of the audience members.

"And that,” Kiffmeyer said "is the true first prize.”

1990: Judy & the Loadies first show

We believe this was the first show of Judy & the Loadies, sometime in  1990. It was at a bar called the Jambalaya on H Street, between 9th and 10th in Arcata, California. I think it's still there, but it's a restaurant now. 

Judiths friend Catharine was in the band for this show, seen at the far left of the photo. The only clue Chris is there is from the kick drum in the lower right corner.