Good N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story

EggsOverEasy_GoodNCheap_cover-350x350In this day and age it’s rare to find any further unreleased records from the heyday of the rock era, let alone one from a unknown band that is at the absolute root of a giant rock family tree…but Yep Roc has, and it’s a doozy.   

Have you ever heard the band Eggs Over Easy?  They are the American group who inadvertently jump started a UK music revolution that culminated in the British punk of The Damned, Elvis Costello, The Clash and Rockpile.

If you admire The Band but wish they weren’t so damn serious, The Eggs are the band for you.  Their criminally forgotten Link Wray produced LP “Good and Cheap” released on A&M in 1972 opens: “We’re gonna have a little party/It’s gonna last for a week or two”.  Welcome to the pub!

Gigging the Tally Ho, their Kentish Town local, in 1971, their punchy songs, soulful singing and stripped down effect/affectless sound were a breath of fresh air in the land of Yes and Pink Floyd.  A whole flock of players, writers, producers and managers that came to dominate pub and punk rock first had their heads turned ’round witnessing the Eggs’ anything-goes mastery and their rapidly swelling audience of punters.  Just listen to Nick Lowe testifying how he never truly got over the effect Eggs Over Easy had on him.

I’ll never truly get over the effect the Eggs have had on me, either.  In 2006, I learned that original member Jack O’Hara gigged regularly at BB King’s in Times Square.  I looked in the paper.  There he was.  I drove down to the gig and was seated for dinner.  There he was.   I said hi and there was that same beautiful bass voice I knew from the “Good and Cheap” song “Arkansas”.  He said we’d catch up after the show and went up on the stage and proceeded to lay down three subtly smoking hours of Jimmy Reed, Jimi Hendrix and Santo and Johnny.

After the gig I got to hang with Jack and he confirmed it.  He’s a lifer who’d never stopped.  Eggs Over Easy were a great time but he wrote tunes every day, and had a new CD filled with moving songs and performances (“Selected Shorts”).   He’d been mixing monitors at the world famous Blue Note for the last 10 years.  He’d helped friends cut records, booked clubs and mixed front of house at venues around the world.  His life was filled with music before, during and after The Eggs.

But my life wasn’t filled with anywhere near enough Eggs Over Easy music.   “Good and Cheap” had been reissued on CD once in the UK but there was so much more that so few had ever heard:  the unreleased Chas Chandler debut record “London ’71”,  “I’m Gonna Put a Bar In My Car and Drive Myself to Drink” b/w “Horny Old Lady”, a punk-as-fuck single released on Buffalo Records in 1976, and 1981’s “Fear of Frying”, a record that ranged from home recorded madness to Big Star/Steely Dan shimmer.  I knew that someday some smart record company would set the record straight and get this largely unreleased/unheard trove of music on the shelves. 

That day has come.  Today Yep Roc is righting the wrongs of forty years of music business oversight with one big, beautiful package (double CD or triple vinyl).

Do yourself a favor, check this release out.   It’s some of the greatest American music I have ever heard.  It’s funny, it’s sad, its reverent, it’s irreverent.  It’s the whole ball of wax.  It swings and stomps.  It is stripped down and dressed in the richest harmony three fellas could create.  I love it.  It’s spare, it’s snappy, it’s straight ahead.   It’s good and cheap.  It has a warmth of spirit that radiates inclusiveness so open that anything could happen and everyone was invited……even Sid Vicious.

a href=”http://yeproc.11spot.com/eggs-over-easy-good-n-cheap-the-eggs-over-easy-story-pre-order-6-24.html” target=”_blank”>Good N’ Cheap: The Eggs Over Easy Story (Yep Roc)

In The Studio + New Releases: March/April 2016

In The Studio: April / May 2016

Jon Butcher remixed.  The Great Madness got on the radio.  Geoff Small inflated his airbag.  Telamor tracked and shot.  Soul Rebel Project cut guitars. Will Vincent played all the instruments.  Megan McKenzie souled the soul.  Ally Doody sang the hits.  Chelsea Berry worked up new tunes.  Pete Minigell picked up where his brother left off.

New Releases: April / May 2016Red-Bird-crop1

The Great Madness premiered their newly released track “Our Town” on Radio 92.9.

Friend to all (and especially to Bang-A-Song) Willie Alexander and The Fishtones promised “I’ll Be Goode”, on their new full length LP.

Lastly, the Full Length, Red Bird, Dynamic Duo, CroonSome TwoSome release from Renee and Joe has hit the streets.  The album is entitled “Red Bird” You can buy it, gift it, stream it, and even acquire it on CD.  You will be gratified.

New Releases: February 2016

February was a busy release month for Bang-A-Song artists (and we’re pregnant with some March releases, too), but just to make sure you can quickly add the latest tunes to your playlists/downloads/collections, here’s the rundown.

Graham Neill / Band of Wolves has released a new track and music video entitled “She Played”, and you can even see a bit of our own Warren Babson tracking the Wolves in the studio.  If this is the teaser track (featuring Megan McKenzie!), look out for the full LP!

Matt Minigell has a new single that drops in two days (Saturday, 2/27/16), entitled “Lucy” (b/w “Elivette”), and you’re going to want to head over to his BandCamp to pick that up.  Set your alarms!

*Edited: The video for his new single just dropped, too, and Bang-A-Song is part of the musical soundscape….

The ever dynamic Telamor released the ten-track LP “Outside The Lines” in February, and the whole thing is available on BandCamp, Spotify, and CD Baby, if that’s your kind of baby….!

We are derelict in having not noted the release of “Mostly Awake” from The Instinct late last year.  As compensation, here’s a review from Francis DiMenno in the Noise so you know that we’re not the only ones who like what these Gloucester punks are doing!  (Also streaming like crazy on Spotify!)

In The Studio: Oct/Nov/Dec 2015

Karen K and the Jitterbugs mixed some magic.  Matt and the Lower Standards cut another batch of soon to be standards.  Jon Butcher is this close to finishing his next album.  The Instinct finished their new record “Mostly Awake”.  Sandra Lee baked a melody.  Pocket Tanya channeled his inner Purple.  Renee and Joe married melody to tape.  Mexican Ape Lord went ape. Telamor recorded more.  John Jerome took us home.  Leo Ciaramataro practiced his strokes. Sophia Gadbois cut her college application.  The Poor Sports scored a hit. Graham Neill and the Band of Wolves howled into the mics.

3rd Annual Bang-A-Song Holiday Jam

Tony at the BoardPlease join us Monday, December 21st from 6pm-9pm for the 3rd Annual Bang-A-Song Holiday Jam at Bang A Song Studios in Gloucester.

We’ll have pizza and beer, instruments and amplifiers. Come perform your best version of “Jingle Bells in Dub”, “Christmas with the Martians” or “Santa’s Got an Airplane”!

Here’s the Facebook Invite with all the details.

After 9pm we’ll head to the The Rhumb Line for Monday Night OPEN JAM to continue the merry making.

Please help us get a head count by RSVP’ing via Facebook or via email to tony@bangasong.com.

Please forward this to other musicians and email tony@bangasong.com or warren@bangasong.com to book a session in the new year.

Best,
Tony & Warren
Bang-A-Song
www.bangasong.com

(photo by Louise Welch)

In The Studio: August/September 2015

Mosse finished their excellent debut. Jon Butcher continued to pave 2 Roads East. Grudge Roots brought the grunge.  Ally Doody wowed us.  Telamor finished an amazingly original EP of Rolling Stones covers. The Instinct mixed LP#2.  Geoff Small got big sounds.  Gary Shane transferred Johnny’s Coaltrain.  Josh Cominelli snapped some pics.  Simon Ritt paid tribute to Madeleine Albright and Jim Lauderdale in one song.  John Jerome started something great.  Pocket Tanya got his radio edit on.  Sandra Lee sang her heart out.  Lisa Manning touched up her mixed emotions.  Missus Goddess cut background stacks.

In The Studio: June/July 2015

Mosse mixed.  Jon Butcher continued to travel Two Roads.  Telamor recorded more. Kenny Chambers consulted.  Harbor Walk updated their app. The Modern Kitchen swung.  Sandra Lee developed her originals.  Matt Bowie recorded with his Brothers (Instinct).  Renee and Joe recorded moe.  Satch Kerans finished his latest record.  The Instinct massaged their mixes.  Dan King and Russ Lawton grooved.  Alexandra Grace and Josh Cominelli cut acoustic demos.

I was asked to contribute a piece on Guster to the Boston Herald’s “Guestlisted:  Boston 101” series.  Here’s the lovefest that ensued….

Tony at Gloucester Writers Center Rock’n’Roll Fish Tales

Last month, Tony told a story at the Gloucester Writer’s Center storytelling event “Rock’n’Roll Fish Tales“, alongside lots of great musicians, writers and storytellers.

Tony’s story about why Papas Fritas only played in Memphis three times during their many US tours features GG Allin, Alex Chilton’s bass player, a knockout punch thrown by a club owner, and some trumped up larceny charges.

A video of the full event can be found here.

In The Studio: May 2015

Jon Butcher jammed.  Lisa Manning performed poetry.  Telamor channeled Kanye. The Instinct mixed it up.  Mike Francis and Wren Sound created songs from thin air.  Hot Lemon squeezed out a mix. Pulp Free OJ squeezed out a senior project.  Don(na) Freylue started a track on acoustic.  Sonic Euphoria cut another collection.

Tony taught a Music Production and Engineering class through the excellent auspices of Sound Harbor.  Thanks to everyone who attended! Look out for more classes in June.

Also coming up in June:

Mosse is growing songs.  Jon Butcher is making magic, Spanish Castle style.  Sarah Kilborne is creating an audio calling card for The Lavender Blues.

In The Studio: April 2015. Upcoming: May 2015.

Here’s what went down at Bang-A-Song in April: The Heavy Denims rocked their roll.  Telamor recorded more. Don(na) Freyleue mixed the hits.  Satch Kerans mixed one of his.
Colin Rosso gave himself a beat and broke it down on the mic. The Instinct took LP 2 to the next level.  Geoff Small channeled Chris Bell (yes!).  Matt and the Lower Standards cut two soon-to-be standards. Lisa Manning cut 17 tracks for her fourth LP.  Soul Rebel Mike Francis and Wren Sound wrote some top lines. Jon Butcher showed us how it’s done.

Here’s what’s coming up in May: 05222015RockandRollFishTales

Monday, May 18thThe Goddesses help host Monday Night Open Jam at the Rhumb Line with an opening set at 9:30 and a closing set at midnight.  It’ll shake, it’ll rattle, it will likely roll.

Friday, May 22nd – Tony will be telling a story at the Gloucester Writers Center’s Rock & Roll Fish Tales event at Short and Main starting at 7:30pm.  Rock & Roll details will be divulged.

Saturday, May 30th – Tony will be hosting one of Sound Harbor‘s Spring Workshops at Bang A Song Studios. “In-Studio Production and Recording” will be a three hour workshop (1pm-4pm) for anyone who ever wanted a chance to learn record production by doing it: using microphones, mixing boards, effects and computer based digital audio workstations to make a recording. Reservations are $30, and you can sign up at soundharbor.org.