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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 05:47 PM
I told this story in the Trower thread, but just in case, I wanted to tell it again here.

During 1980 we saw Gamma at a small venue, I was sitting on the floor..actually on the floor...there was a space with no chairs and if you get there early..you could sit right up to the stage and the stage was low. I was right in front of Ronnie Montrose and I was drunk as hell. I could have reached out and pulled his guitar out of his hands. Ronnie was doing this long killer solo by himself. I was drunk and doing the "Wooooooooooo....yeah..Do it Ronnie....tear that F*ckin guitar up....Wooooooo" all of a sudden Ronnie stopped playing and busted out laughing...he looked at me and winked and started playing again. After the song he shook my hand and smiled. I'll never forget it.

I'm sure he thought I was just another drunken idiot...which I was....but he seemed like he got off on it also !

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 06:29 PM
Sounds like Ronnie let you off easy!

A while back I watched a video of a recent Mountain show taped at the Mystic theater in Petaluma Bay, California. Between songs, this guy in the audience hands Leslie West a cell-phone and says, "say, hey to my friend, John". Leslie grabs the phone and yells into it, "hey John, PHUCK YOU!" then tossed the phone back to the guy.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 06:35 PM
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Sounds like Ronnie let you off easy!

A while back I watched a video of a recent Mountain show taped at the Mystic theater in Petaluma Bay, California. Between songs, this guy in the audience hands Leslie West a cell-phone and says, "say, hey to my friend, John". Leslie grabs the phone and yells into it, "hey John, PHUCK YOU!" then tossed the phone back to the guy.


He did...I was not yelling like that the whole show...it was only during a hellacious solo...if I had been annoying him the whole show...he might have attacked me with the guitar. But you could tell he was getting off on it..because he smiled the whole time he was looking at me.

To be honest I hate it when someone yells through an entire show....and usually i'm sitting next to them.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 06:58 PM
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I told this story in the Trower thread, but just in case, I wanted to tell it again here.

During 1980 we saw Gamma at a small venue, I was sitting on the floor..actually on the floor...there was a space with no chairs and if you get there early..you could sit right up to the stage and the stage was low. I was right in front of Ronnie Montrose and I was drunk as hell. I could have reached out and pulled his guitar out of his hands. Ronnie was doing this long killer solo by himself. I was drunk and doing the "Wooooooooooo....yeah..Do it Ronnie....tear that F*ckin guitar up....Wooooooo" all of a sudden Ronnie stopped playing and busted out laughing...he looked at me and winked and started playing again. After the song he shook my hand and smiled. I'll never forget it.

I'm sure he thought I was just another drunken idiot...which I was....but he seemed like he got off on it also !


Hell of a cool story. I'm laughing pretty good and the Leslie West story is crackin me up also.

 

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Hell of a cool story. I'm laughing pretty good and the Leslie West story is crackin me up also.


Then you should like this one.

There was this punk band called the Restraints...they had this crazy singer named Chris Wood.
He used to stick a burning syringe in his head on stage.....really. it would be dangling out of his bald head.

Mel, Doug and I went to this punk bar in Atlanta. We saw Chris sitting at the bar. Doug kept going over and talking to him. Mel and I stayed put. We could tell Doug was getting on his nerves. Doug had this shirt on that was a Dead Kennedy's shirt that said "F*ck off Nazi Punks"

Chris gets this napkin and starts drawing on it with a black marker. Then he handed it to Doug the next time Doug came over.

On it he drew himself sitting at the Bar with a beer in his hand and a syringe in his head, next to him was a figure that was supposed to be Doug...it even had the t-shirt with the Nazi words on it. Chris drew a caption over his own head that said "Hey Doug...F*CK OFF!!!"


Mel and I laughed our ass off....Doug still has the napkin...LOL !


Chris Wood with a syringe in his head.







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The Restraints - I Can't Be a Nun
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The Restraints formed in 1977 and by doing so became Atlanta's first punk rock band ever. Playing to wild acclaim at Atlanta's Agora Ballroom, Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom, and 688, The Restraints never failed to entertain with their eccentric brand of theatrical musings: Leather and chain clad Chris Wood lead the charge with the odd mix of a lounge MC and S & M god, David Barge,founder,main song-writer,and general eminence grise, held solid bottom on bass in Lynchian pose complete with pinstripes and wing-tips, as svelte rocker Dan Timmers screamed axe leads and punk basher Rodney Chandler kept time.

The spit, the beer and the empty cups flew, and Chris Wood filled syringes with lighter fluid and set them on fire while sticking the needles from his forehead. And all this in the late 70's/early 80's era South where good ole boys still hollered "breaker breaker one nine" from their confederate flag-draped pickup trucks!

The Restraints never released a record in their day, besides appearing on an LP sampler and a later single by Chris Wood and a different band, but a lost 1980 demo surfaced in 2001 and was remastered for a CD release on Scarred Records.

There's a sordid tale too long to tell about the final destiny of Chris Wood, but sadly, he died in prison in 1989 after being convicted of murder for a tragic fire arms accident involving the death of his girlfriend.

Chris was a crazy S.O.B.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 07:32 PM
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There's a sordid tale too long to tell about the final destiny of Chris Wood, but sadly, he died in prison in 1989 after being convicted of murder for a tragic fire arms accident involving the death of his girlfriend.

Chris was a crazy S.O.B.


Nice, he sounds like a cross between GG Allin and Jeff Clayton, another crazy southern punker.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 07:37 PM
Good stories, had forgotten about the Restraints but their song has remained with me, "I, can't be a nun, cause I'm too damn fond of fun!" Also liked the Swimming Pool Q's from then, I heard their first album was recently rereleased and remastered. Calder and Boston are still out there, I'd like to catch up w/ them sometime. Thanks.

 

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There's a sordid tale too long to tell about the final destiny of Chris Wood, but sadly, he died in prison in 1989 after being convicted of murder for a tragic fire arms accident involving the death of his girlfriend.

Chris was a crazy S.O.B.


Nice, he sounds like a cross between GG Allin and Jeff Clayton, another crazy southern punker.


G.G. Allin may have been the sickest/craziest of them all....I actually did a thread on him here a few years ago. The stories that Dude was involved in...freakin' unbelievable.

 

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 09:01 PM
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Good stories, had forgotten about the Restraints but their song has remained with me, "I, can't be a nun, cause I'm too damn fond of fun!" Also liked the Swimming Pool Q's from then, I heard their first album was recently rereleased and remastered. Calder and Boston are still out there, I'd like to catch up w/ them sometime. Thanks.



Is this the first one ? I got it on CD a couple of years ago.....had it on LP back in the day. Bonus Tracks also.




* Fave songs

1. Little Misfit*
2. Big Fat Tractor*
3. Stick In My Hand*---------------------------Love this one !
4. The A-Bomb Woke Me Up
5. Rat Bait*
6. Restless Youth
7. Stock Car Sin*
8. Walk Like A Chicken
9. Black Bug*
10. Overheated
11. I Like To Take Orders From You
12. Model Trains (Are Better Than Rock & Roll)
13. Tussle (I Wear Glasses)
14. Stingray
15. White Collar Drifter
16. Home-In
17. Working In The Nut Plant
18. Walk Like A Chicken
19. Going Through The Motions
20. Short Stuff
21. 1789
22. Building A Clock On Top
23. I'm A Q

 

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  posted on 12/30/2007 at 09:47 PM
Yes Kenny, that's the first and only album. I concur on most of your faves. I have it on vinyl here too. What was the song that said something like, "Last night I had a dream I was in Jackson Mississippi, only problem is, I've never been there before in my life!" Loved that record, gotta get the turntable going again.

 

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Yes Kenny, that's the first and only album. I concur on most of your faves. I have it on vinyl here too. What was the song that said something like, "Last night I had a dream I was in Jackson Mississippi, only problem is, I've never been there before in my life!" Loved that record, gotta get the turntable going again.



Actually Brock, they did have more albums:


1984

1986

This was a very good ep, on Danny Beard Records.1987


1989


2003
Not many bands work up the ambition to record a new album ten years after going on long-term hiatus (and after 14 years away from the studio), but "ambition" is certainly one of the first words that comes to mind while attempting to describe The Royal Academy of Reality, the first recording project since 1989 for the Swimming Pool Q's. Anyone who remembers the intelligent, intricate, and idiosyncratic pop of the band's previous work is in for a very big surprise with this album; spreading 20 songs over 70 minutes and recorded with a lush, wide-screen grandeur that puts the group's major-label catalog to shame, much of The Royal Academy of Reality suggests a blend of psychedelia, prog rock, and new age soundscapes as interpreted by a handful of college-educated eccentrics from the deep South. Jeff Calder and Bob Elsey, the group's frontmen, recorded this album in bits and pieces with a massive cast of supporting players over the space of nearly ten years, and they have to be congratulated for the strength of their vision; while these 20 pieces run from smart pop to semi-orchestral anthems to aural backdrops as delicate as spider's webs, there is a remarkable cohesion and thematic unity here as the reconstituted Q's musically ponder the fate of the Earth and our corner of the universe. Given its stylistic and thematic scope, it feels strange to report that if The Royal Academy of Reality has a flaw, it's that this album needs more material to tie together its many disparate elements; this set covers so much ground that it sometimes sounds as if a few of the stops along the way got lost in the re-telling. But the striking scale and superb craft of this album are impressive by any standard, and you have to congratulate the Swimming Pool Q's for pulling off such an accomplishment while left to their own devices; if it isn't quite a masterpiece, it's an accomplishment no one who hears it can casually dismiss.

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Atlanta's Swimming Pool Q's were one of the first Southern new wave bands to gain nationwide recognition in the early '80s after the breakthrough of the B-52's made folks aware that there was more to Southern rock than what Q's leader Jeff Calder called "the Boogie Establishment." However, while most of their Georgia brethren were famous for serving up light, off-kilter pop, Swimming Pool Q's music had a darker and more challenging undercurrent, balancing twisted guitar patterns against lyrics that played on Southern Gothic archetypes in a manner that was often witty, and sometimes ominous.

Born and raised in Lakeland, FL, as a teenager Jeff Calder developed a fondness for both the eccentricities of Southern literature (he would study writing at the University of Florida with acclaimed novelist Harry Crews) and the sonic fragmentation of Captain Beefheart. When he discovered the music of warped Georgia visionaries Hampton Grease Band, Calder found a group of kindred spirits, and in 1973, after the band broke up, he struck up a friendship with HGB guitarist Glenn Phillips. Through Phillips, Calder met Bob Esley, a gifted Atlanta guitar player with a passion for Jimi Hendrix and a taste for left-of-center rock.

Eager to form a band and believing Atlanta was a more conducive venue for his ideas than anywhere else in the South, Calder moved to the Peach state, picked up a guitar, and began writing songs with Esley. In 1978, Calder and Esley had formed Swimming Pool Q's (the name came for mishearing someone talking about a redneck "swinging pool cues" is a fight), fusing the energy of the nascent new wave scene with the musical adventure of Beefheart and Hampton Grease Band. With Esley playing lead guitar and Calder handling rhythm and taking most of the lead vocals, the Q's were rounded out by percussionist Robert Schmid, bassist Billy Jones, and Anne Richmond Boston, who sang lead on several numbers, played occasional keyboards, and brought samples from her impressive toy collection to shows.

In 1979, the band self-released their first single, "Rat Bait" b/w "The A-Bomb Woke Me Up," which generated enthusiastic press and sold well enough to gain the band spots opening for the likes of Devo and the Police. The band hit the road on their own, touring well before a Southern new wave club circuit had been established, and they developed enough of a following that Danny Beard signed them to his trail-blazing DB Records label. In 1981, the band released their first album, The Deep End; by this time, Pete Jarkunas had taken over on bass from the departing Billy Jones. More touring and positive press followed, with the album eventually moving close to 20,000 copies, and before long the band signed to A&M Records.

In 1984, the group released their first major label album, simply entitled The Swimming Pool Q's; by this time the rhythm section had shifted again, with the addition of new bassist J.E. Garnett and drummer Billy Burton, and the band's sound had become a bit more streamlined, with Anne Richmond Boston handling a greater number of lead vocals and adding more keyboard textures to the songs. A third album, Blue Tomorrow, followed in 1986, but despite college radio airplay and continued touring (including a high-profile slot opening for Lou Reed on his New Sensations tour), the band seemed to have hit a commercial plateau, and they were dropped by A&M. Undaunted, the band soldiered on, releasing an EP for DB in 1987, The Firing Squad for God, and an album for Capitol in 1989, World War Two Point Five; Anne Richmond Boston appeared on neither of the band's post-A&M albums, opting for a low-key solo career and a day job in publishing and design, though she did create the cover for World War Two Point Five. By 1992, Swimming Pool Q's had tired of life on the road, and the band took an extended break. However, Calder and Esley never broke up the Q's, and they continued to perform live on occasion, while Calder pursued a career as a writer and performed with old friend Glenn Phillips in his band the Supreme Court. In 1998, a new lineup of the band began working together. A remastered edition of The Deep End appeared in 2001, boasting 12 bonus tracks and a lengthy historical essay by Calder. The band played a number of shows throughout the South in support of the reissue, with Anne Richmond Boston returning to the band's lineup, and in 2003, a new album which Calder and Esley had been working on since 1993, the elaborate and ambitious The Royal Academy of Reality, was released.

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 09:19 AM
Hey Kenny,

Great stories, used to love to go to the 688 club back in the day. I always enjoyed seeing Pylon there I think I saw The Residents there too.

Remember the club, I think it was called Hedgins(sp?) in Buckhead? On Roswell right past where it split off Peachtree, past the Capri Ballroom and Billys. I lived in Buckhead Plaza Apartments for 4 or 5 years almost across the street from Hedgins. A lot of cool bands played there too, I know the Black Crows jammed there before they hit the big time. Man, a lot of partying went on in those apartments and in that club in the late 70s and early 80s.

 

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Hey Kenny,

Great stories, used to love to go to the 688 club back in the day. I always enjoyed seeing Pylon there I think I saw The Residents there too.

Remember the club, I think it was called Hedgins(sp?) in Buckhead? On Roswell right past where it split off Peachtree, past the Capri Ballroom and Billys. I lived in Buckhead Plaza Apartments for 4 or 5 years almost across the street from Hedgins. A lot of cool bands played there too, I know the Black Crows jammed there before they hit the big time. Man, a lot of partying went on in those apartments and in that club in the late 70s and early 80s.



I went to the 688 a lot also my friend. I never went to Hedgin's though.

The 688 club is now a Concentra Med. Center of all things.

The Residents....those were the eyeball dudes right...LOL !

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 10:07 AM
Hey Kenny, my bad on the Q's output. I must have been thinking of the recent Pylon article about their sole album being reissued. I went to Hedgin's maybe twice, but the Buckhead Plaza Apts, my friend lived there and we'd play poker at his place once a month back in the early 80's. Good location, but yikes!

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 10:11 AM
Hey Brock, what was your friend's name? I knew a lot of hippies/punks in that place when I lived there.

Happy New Year to you too Kenny!

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 10:24 AM
Wayne, his name was Steve Barrett, lived on the 2d floor in the righthand set of bldgs, toward Roswell Rd. Not a punk, but he had some hippie tendencies!

 

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  posted on 12/31/2007 at 10:34 AM
Brock, I lived in the 3rd from the end building for about 2 years and in the end last buildings my last 2 years there. I don't remember Steve, although there was a guy named Ken who played guitar in a band called 714 (I think that was there name ) who lived in that set of buildings. I lived above the guitarist Jim Weider who was in the Atlanta band Full Tilt along with Richard Bell. They both played in The Band after that and now Jimmy has several killer solo cds out. Sadly Richard died last yaer from cancer. Those apartments had a lot of characters over the years.

 

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G.G. Allin may have been the sickest/craziest of them all....I actually did a thread on him here a few years ago. The stories that Dude was involved in...freakin' unbelievable.


No doubt, I have a friend that used to tape GG so I have some crazy videos from his last few tours, he was, thankfully, one of a kind

 

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