Bands & Performance ?-1979

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Jacamar

improv rock, jazz, funk, pop, space music & more...

1974-1976

Playing The Old Brewery in 1975

me playing electric bass in Jacamar at The Old Brewery 1974

more Jacamar

Jacamar featured Robbie Kaplan on keys, bass, guitar & vocals, Paul Kraushaar on traps & perc, and me on bass, guitar, keys, perc & vocals

 

playing at an outdoor festival near Malakof Diggins State Park in 1976 - one of our last shows

playing at an outdoor festival near Malakof Diggins State Park in 1976 - one of our last shows

Jacamar featured Robbie Kaplan on keys, bass, guitar & vocals, Paul Kraushaar on traps & perc, and me on bass, guitar, keys, perc & vocal

business card designed by George Parsons

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Sub-Rock aka PUNK

The Negatives

1976-1978

the negatives 1976 - I was the only musician amongst a housewife, two artists and one of the coolest party animals I've ever known. Ray Johnson (MIA) took these photos at the beach bathrooms by the old Funland park in SF and we sent them out to many magazines during the beginnings of what later became the heyday of the PUNK era with a fictious bio and got picked up by several underground music mags in NY and SF which led to us being invited to play at Mabuhay Gardens in SF, the only problem being that we had no band only a look and a bio.

The band featured: Kanga on vocals & shouting; David Breton' on background vocals & knife; MR Snake (a real punk) on lead vocals & sneer; Andy Applesause on lead vocals and general attitude; Fred (Freddy) Gordon on guitar, bass, drums, synthy stuff & vocals.

I wrote all of the music and Andy & Snake & I wrote all of the lyrics to epic original songs like:

Feeling Homicidal • Rock & Roll Makes You Stupid

& our classic anthem of the day

"We Hate You"

all photos by Ray Johnson R.I.P.?

More Negative promo shots in 1976 • photos by Ray Johnson R.I.P.?

following the Mabuhay invite we decided to form a real band and I recruited my old pals from Jacamar to fill in on bass & drums and off we went coming up with enough originals and covers (see above) to play about 4 gigs with no opening act. Were we any good? Soon you'll be able to listen & decide for yourself as I hope to have a few NEGATIVES mp3 clips in my audio section of this site soon.

below is the final incarnation of The Negatives as seen at the end of 1977

the pic below is from the rear cover of The Other Issue #2

The final Negatives promo shot in 1977

The Negative 1978 final lineup

The Negative 1978 final lineup
Andi Climax • Little London • Fred "Freddy" Gordon • MR Snake

 

Below is a letter that Fred "freddy" Gordon wrote in reply to a 1977 Art Show
he messed up at Tyler Micoleau's gallery on Commerical St., Nevada City, CA
ah yes the bliss & innocence (or is that "ignorance"?) of youth...

Fred's Letter 1976

 

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HERE
a folk, jazz, Latin funk, pop group
featuring
Tom MacDonald vocals & guitar
Rick Fabano sax, flute, perc & vocals
and me on bass, perc & vocals

1975-1978

HERE in 1975 with Tom MacDonald on guitar & voice, Rick Fabano on sax & voice & me with the afro

HERE started out as a trio in 1975 festuring Tom MacDonald on guitar & voclas, Rick Fabano on tenor & soprano sax, flute, perc & backup vocals, & me on bass, electric guitar, perc, occasional woodwinds and vocals

HERE in 1978 featuring from left to right: Stephen Holland, me, Bob Scarlett, Rick Fabano & Tom MacDonald

the final expanded lineup of HERE in 1978 featuring from left to right: Stephen Holland, me, Bob Scarlett, Rick Fabano & Tom MacDonald

 

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