Mining my Past
I have finished yet another CD entitled Cooler Than You: Young and Early Songs II. I am really happy with it. I am really enjoying using my 24 trak recorder, and I rock out a little more than I have been lately.
I didn't have any new songs, and at my age it is harder to write. Looking at my beginnings, I thought it would be interesting to give shape to those formative songs. And I was surprised on how much I still liked them. There are still about 40 songs out there that I think might be worth a try at re-doing. But, I have to get in the mood again. All the equipment is put away and I am enjoying a decluttered music room.
The songs I wrote with Robert Hanson I remember vividly recording these. I can in my mind see the surroundings and remember the exact moments. I have never given Robert enough credit. He put up with my idea of a "band" and took it quite seriously for the two years we made our oddball recordings. We called our band Umm a joke. We used tin boxes for drums and strummed guitars we had little idea how to tune at first. But...we amazingy got better. By the time we recorded our last group of songs we were covering some songs and moving a little away from space and science themes.
After three collections of recordings Umm kind of fizzled out. I did put up a bunch of songs on the SoundClick site and included a jokey biography:
"In the late 1970's, the pioneer rock band The Umm came into existence. Consisting of two school friends from Coon Rapids MN, The Umm carved its way into the annals of history with their innovative and creative approach to minimalist recording. Over the span of three years The Umm created music today that is difficult to catagorize. Were they pioneers or just two guys with guitars and ice cream buckets? The jury is still out on that.
Since the breakup of the band, the demand for their early material has grown to the extent that Test Tube Records (a divison of The Victorian Entertainment Corporation) is now making their music available again for public consumption. Digitally remastered, these songs will seem to literally jump out of your speakers and into your brains.
During their career, The Umm released three albums: LIFE IN A TEST TUBE (1978), MR. PEABODY'S COAL MINE (1979), and WHY I LIKE THE LAB (1979). It is hoped that The Umm will finally get the recognition they deserve."
If you want to hear some of the songs, you can go to here
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