Thursday, June 28, 2007


most of The Uncultured, April 1988 me, Michael Million, Jeff Sampson, Mark Ward

Ian, Mike & Ray "Physical Love Song" MP3

The first time I jammed with Michael Million & Raymond Lilly....February 20, 1988... we came up with a handful of feedbacky, riffy punk rock anthems. They had already been playing together for a while by the time I stepped onto the scene. They had one terrifyingly enthusiastic & catchy song, sensitively referred to as the Anti-abortion Song. Politically incorrect from the word go.

Those guys were a year ahead of me in high school & they represented the future. Up to that point, every time I tried to jam with anyone it was usually in a heavy metal capacity. Iron Maiden, Queensryche, KISS inluenced. Raymond & Michael liked metal but had weird haircuts & Suicidal Tendencies logos on their jackets. Scary.

And I loved the fact that even though it was just the two of them, Ray singing & Michael playing this awesome, weird, fake Randy Rhoads shaped guitar, they played really loud. So loud that the guitar fed back. Scary!!

I haven't listened to this tape in ages, maybe never. So I'm still kind of shocked by the second song, which I think was called "Physical Love Song." The, uh, open E chugging riff, I guess you could call it, became the basis of "the Anti Whacking Song," so I was surprised to hear Ray come in with the different lyrics.

I just showed up at their rehearsal with my notebook full of bullshit lyrics & we all made up a bunch of songs on the spot. It was thrilling and deeply unsatisfying at the same time, as most teenage endeavors are. It was literally incredible that we could just do whatever the hell we wanted, we didn't need to be Iron Maiden clones or Metallica clones or anything, we could just do what we did.

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