Poster Art by
1988, I made my first trek to California from Austin to
gigs in one day. Acoustic solo at Bee Bop Records
Oaks, and later, a rock trio gig at the Anti Club on
in Hollywood. Jonie Hell brought his boom box to
shows - only a couple of Bee Bop songs were captured but
all of the
Club show. I will cut the live gig down to a live LP to
go on the Mike Alvarez
song release site.
interviewed with several recording studios while in California
this mini-tour, including Capitol Records. I walked in
there and talked my way in to an interview. I interviewed
at Paramount Recording Studios and got a job. A beat up
Firebird and a room under construction above the 5 recording
studio rooms the great studio has. I produced
that walked in without a producer. That sucked.
At the time it was Madonna clones and Motely Crew clones.
I didn't appreciate what I had there , but I didn't want
to be a commercial producer. Jonie Hell got me a
job at Sony Broadcast Division's The Sony Video Institute
and I was there for 8 years.
picked up an $80 guitar from a pawn shop next to Thunder
on Lamar, jumped back into the taxi and on a plane and
I headed to L.A. That guitar turned out to being a Hondo
Tokai - a guitar brand fellow South Austin musician Stevie
Ray used I recently found out. The guitar is valued
today at $1400.00 (It's not at my house, its at the Hollywood
Police Station break room.)
got the name Cricket Eaters from mainly, Buddy Holly and
Crickets. Onetime when I was at Roky Erickson's
house where Roky was living, I went to the rest room,
hands, and there was a half eaten cricket sitting in the
I just assumed they may have a cat and left it at that.
I passed this old cassette through the digital process
did it backwards. Digitized Side B first, then Side
a bit of the Bee Bop show on the cassette, some Ken Jones
recorded somewhere, a version of "On the Beach"
just after I had
writing it. Polish is not in my task list.
was blessed with King Kinglsey on bass and Jonie Hell,
from Max and the Makeups, on drums. I had just produced
ep demo for the group they were in at the time, Haunted
"Little Green Men", #1 on KXLU. We were
Cassette Cover: Joni Hell
HERE TO LISTEN
Club - Side 2
Night I Watched You Sleep (M. Alvarez)
Image (M. Moore)
Clown (D. Everly, P. Everly)
Down (L. Williams)
Bop Records and other locations:
Jones interlude from somewhere
Club - Side 1
Love (M. Alvarez)
House (M. Alvarez)
Day All Night (M. Alvarez)
Aged (M. Alvarez
For Your Love (R.K. Erickson)
Gonna Love You Too (J.B. Maulden, N. Sullivan, N. Petty)
Lo Aton' (M. Alvarez)
I hope you get
some joy out of this blast from the way past.