I've been slacking off on posting new stuff, but no more. David Seaman air-mailed me two disks chocked full of goodies all the way from Osnabruck, Germany, so I'm going to let him do the heavy lifting on this post. When I first met him I thought his name was a punk rock pseudonym like Johnny Rotten or Lorna Doom or something. Of course it wasn't. It took me a while to catch on though.
When I was still living in Richmond and doing the radio show, my friend Kelly wanted me to play some Nudibranch one night. I did her one better, I played all I had. She was into it, so was I, and ideally a few truckers speeding up 95 hitting the seek button on their stereos got a little taste as well.
These first songs are off the Logic Studios sessions recorded by Joe Kusterbeck. Launch Of Saturn Rocket One and Ten Minute Role Model appeared on the Chutney/Nudibranch split cassingle on Tenderette, a classic Richmond label. If anyone out there has the Chutney stuff I'd love to have it passed my way (hint, hint). Hydrophobia is a cover of a Jolly Mortals tune. After we heard the Nudibranch version we changed the middle part to the way they played it.
Ten Minute Role Model
Launch Of Saturn Rocket One
There was a four-track demo from about this same time period and most of the songs overlap, but there is one that doesn't. Both of these recordings feature the original line-up of Flossy on Vocals, Dangerous on Guitar, Nasty (though don't call him that to his face) on Bass, and the Commander Deveroe on Drums.
Soon after I started playing with these guys Greg Darden's birthday was approaching and some of his friends decided to make him a tape. We recorded a happy-birthday tune for him but wound up having pretty comical trouble with the tape recorder. Flossy on Vocals, the Reverend on Guitar, the Nurse on Bass and the Commander on Drums.
Five Minute Slow Model
The next batch of songs are from when Pete played bass in the band. It was recorded on his four-track. Pete tragically died of cancer before he even made it out of his twenties. He was one of the best bassists I've ever seen play and losing him was one of the worst things to happen to the music scene in general and to those of us who loved and respected him specifically. He also did some fine work with the seminal Sister Sound and the Venusians, a tape I listen to to this day. Rest in peace, Pete.
Three Laws of Robotics
This next batch of tunes belongs to the Tony Brown era of Nudibranch's history. There is a painter living in Richmond named Richard Bland who did a series on bands. One of my favorites is with Tony playing bass in the red devil mask he used to wear on stage. This album is called Bio-Luminescence.
Three Laws Of Robotics
Levers And Meters
In One Ear
Tony was also the bassist when the following songs were recorded. This session is called Moral Affections.
This last tune has Chris Wade playing on it. Dave told me that the engineer fell asleep while recording it and that it comes through. In the spirit of completeness (more or less) I'll include it anyway. Ian (whose last name I can't remember, much like Pete's) played bass for a while as well.
The following videos off Chrisuede's YouTube site.