The name The Litter was presented to the band by Jim Kane and chosen over several other suggestions including The Mustys. In the early days The Litter would learn songs from English albums imported to Jim Kane from a friend.
Not yet released in the United States, these songs were mistaken by audiences for original Litter tunes. The Litter was the first group in the Mid-West to use lights and strobes in their stage act. Dan Rinaldi was the first musician in The Litter, and in the entire Mid-West, to smash his equipment on stage.
The Litter as a group was the first band in the Mid-West to use fire and smoke as well as wrecking their equipment as part of their stage show. The Electras recorded their own version for Kendrick in the spring of , but this 45 rpm was never released and is extremely rare. The Litter 45 rpm of Action Woman also commands big bucks on todays collectors market. The song Action Woman written by Warren Kendrick, was a major regional hit, but never made the national charts.
Due to a very limited pressing this 45rpm is also extremely rare. All of these records are out of print with the exception of the Naz Nomad which is available on CD. Excluded from the original Distortions it is untitled on the re-issue.
Denny, who wrote it while in High School, calls it Harpsichord Sonata 1. Denny, who wrote it while in High School, calls it Harpsichord Sonata 1. Calling it Apologies to Warren put it together in the studio using parts of Action Woman slowed down and parts of Tallyman and Kaleidoscope played backwards.
Mixed with electronic sound effects, he used to say it was his way of apologizing to the people of the future for the crude recording technologies of the 's. The idea for the arrangement came to the two guitarists while they were experimenting with the song after being influenced by the "Doors'" Light My Fire and "Quicksilver's" Gold and Silver.
Since the vocalist was J. Frank Wilson Last Kiss fame this song was excluded from the album's final version. Due for release by J. Frank Wilson, it was pulled after a very similar type song Honey Bobby Goldsboro hit the charts big. This cut, to date, has not appeared on any "Litter" album or compilation and is the rarest "Litter" recording. Neither version became a hit song. These songs are as yet unreleased. Later he penned Coming Down for "White Lightning". Dan Rinaldi took center stage and sang the lead vocal on only one song at live "Litter" performances.
This song can be heard for the first time ever on the album The Litter - Live At Mirage - soon to be released. He was turned down. Although the record was charting in Billboard and the group was touring the U. My parents bought us a heavy duty dehumidifier so we could put the amps and instruments in the basement without them getting totally destroyed by moisture.
Beki also decked out the basement with psychedelic lights and posters and I just found the whole basement so easy and inspiring to write in because it was seriously like being in a cave. Also, as a band, we were all over the place in our musical tastes. I was going through a Johnny Thunders, Ramones, kinda thing. I had this pretty good job at a phone place where I got off work at late at night, went to the local, stayed up all night, and woke up in the afternoon.
Gregg was managing a record store at the time and was filled with inspiration and also anger! He would come to practice after work and he would really crack the whip at practice. We were laughing and crying! Totally insane.
It just seemed really organic because I was tortured and horny, but still really happy. Overall, every member had a very important part of writing that record. We might have been in different spaces in our own heads but we still all loved the same kind of music so it just came together.
Bass amp was an Ampeg Svt-8 Pro ten-inch speakers or watt head. Keyboards were Farfisa and Fender amp. But pretty quickly the college stations really picked up on it and so did the reviews and it seemed to bring the purists and a lot of new fans together. GK: One major was going back and forth and we constantly changed the sound of learn to lose. Every time I hear that LP I think some songs were not bad but the sound ended up sounded like a grunge record.
I should have shelved the record but against all band members I released since they dropped the idea. I was stuck holding the bag so to speak. Or did they try to shop it? Or did they aim to stick with their own Get Hip all along, and if so, why? GK: 11 to 12 major labels all took notice because we went to number 4 on Rockpool college charts. It was the only indie, not affiliated with major label on it and they wanted to know what they were missing. GK: Whew, a lot.
We opened for the Ramones. We played around shows that year pretty much playing most places times that year so it really got us popular and built a great fan base for life. Mitch Easter once told a younger Fred Mills that by , anybody who came out with a Rickenbacker and playing jangly melodies was asking to have his ass kicked.
GK: You can kick their ass with a Rickenbacker. It depends on how wimpy you use it I guess. If you heard me do string live, you would love it and your ears may bleed. I still bring the stringers out. What songs from the RNR will always be a part of your live sets? Listening to the record today how does it make you feel? Which songs are you partial to and why? It started out as a fuzz guitar and bass riff. I was lusting after someone and they would have nothing to do with me.
Once again, the theme of Rock and Roll, being so miserable but yet so happy and self-satisfied. Tell us about how this song came about? We would just drink and cuddle and that was the debauched life I was into then.
I still remember the face every time we play that song. I love that sound and still play most of the songs that way.
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