Five years before becoming co-founders of Fort Apache Recording Studio [along with Treat Her Right's Jim Fitting & Sex Exec Paul Q. Kolderie] Sean Slade & Joe were introduced to one another as "the punk rock guy from Yale" & "the punk rock guy from Harvard", and quickly formed a friendship based on shared musical tastes and an admiration for one another's work. Joe's band, the bones [formed Dec. 2, 1979] shared bills with Sean's group Sex Execs, & before that with Mod Lang & the Reader, both of which featured Sean &/or other future Execs, so it was natural in '82 that they team up to produced the bones first LP.
Of a dozen or more basics recorded live to 2-track, eight songs were eventually finished by adding vocals & a 2nd JH guitar track & sequenced for 'Discover'. A ninth basic from the session, a cover of the Fugs' "Couldn't Get High", would surface on Joe's 'Buy American: 1984, the Year at So-So' in 1985, bounced from a rough mix cassette to the 1/4" Fostex 8-track at So-So with vocals & a drunken crown subsequently added. The original, vocal-less basic track is included among other instrumental tracks from the Discover session on the Bandcamp collection 'the bones Story'.
When completed less than a dozen cassettes were copied from the master 1/4" four-track tape - i.e. there was no mix-down stage, & these tracks are taken from one of those cassettes, found & transferred by Steve Nickerson in 2011. The LP has never been released, until now.
Sean Slade went on to produce Dinosaur, Jr., Hole, Radiohead. Men & Volts & Warren Zevon among many others, often in partnership w/ith his old band-mate Paul Q. Kolderie. It was their 4-track basement-and-attic recording operation that inspired Harvard to open his own 1/4" 8-tr studio, the bedroom-centered So-So Studios in '84. As So-So became too busy for a domestic environment to sustain, co-opting the upstairs living room and often the kitchen as well, Joe's room-mates became increasingly restive. By 1985 he sought other options. The loss of 82 Kenwood, the Sex Execs' Dorchester HQ, plus the expense of opening a dedicated studio space, made joining forces an obvious move. They pooled resources & opened a warehouse room at 169 Norfolk Ave in Oct., 1985, adding Jim Fitting as fourth partner. Both the original room -- Fort Apache South -- & the newer 24-tr facility Fort North at 1 Camp St. in North Cambridge would become pioneering indie facilities.
Joe used Sean's '66 Ampeg Reverbrocket on this LP, which Slade later traded to him in '87, & which has been JH's main amp since then. JH used a red '66 rosewood neck Teli & a heavy-ass, rosewood neck Teli copy w/a DiMarzio Bridge p/u for gtr sounds, assembled by Aerosmith guitar tech Neil Thompson. Dave Bone used a maple-neck P-bass w/a lefty neck that he & Neil Thompson put together.
released August 6, 1982
Produced by Sean & Joe Harvard. Recorded by Sean at Contempt Studios, Dorchester, MA in summer 1982, on a Teac 1/4" 4-track.
All songs by Joe Harvard except "Lonely" [Joe Fagan & James Straight / Mick Abbott] and "Can't Spell Romance" [Frank Rowe].
Dave "Bone" Pedersen bass
Richie "Cunningham" Madallo drums
JH gtr & vocals
Sean Slade [alto] & John Dunton-Downer [tenor] arranged & play the saxophones on "I Hate to Wake Up"
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