Click on the song titles to hear music by The Memos, Phase II and Variety.
Well, in some parts of the country Fall is here! Every year in September, my mind is full of great memories of New England autumn days. In particular I’m reminded of The Memos’ first road trip of any consequence. We were booked to play at a club in North Conway, NH called The Oxen Yoke in September of 1982. Up to this point we had only been playing pretty local in the Merrimack Valley with an occasional gig in Boston or at the beach during the summer. This gave us a chance to get out of town and try our act out on people who had never seen or heard us before. We would return to the Oxen yoke during the summer of 1984 with Cindy, but this trip was the original Massachusetts lineup with Mike Sheehy on bass. The gig didn’t include accommodations but our manager Wilson, had some relatives who had a home on a nearby lake so we stayed with them. We had a great time, went out on the boat and Mike stuck his head in the water while we were moving in what looked like an effort to catch fish. Mike had also gotten a fresh haircut which resembled a mohawk but by today’s standards looked more like a “marine” cut, but it did get quite a few looks. We got stopped by the police because I apparently resembled somebody who had killed a state trooper in Pennsylvania, we tried to watch the Cornhusker/Penn State game on TV with bad reception. We had a great trip socially and professionally.
At this time, we still traveled with our own small PA system that consisted of 2
“EV” cabinets and a 100 watt mixer. We would usually only “mic” up the kick drum
and snare and sometimes the guitars besides the vocals. On this particular night
I can’t recall exactly what we did. To record the gig, we hung 2 microphones over
the audience and fed them directly into a cassette player. The results weren’t too
bad, it is a pretty clear house mix and actually an unintended pseudo stereo mix,
Because Dana and i were on opposite sides of the stage, the microphones picked up
the two guitars in different channels. Dana’s on the left and mine on the right,
you can clearly listen to what both of us were playing. The bass is clear and Dave’s
drums come through nicely, especially his cymbals and hi-
Drag me Down-
Is she really going out with him-
Johnny B Goode-
(What’s so funny about) Peace, love and Understanding-
Did you no wrong-
Harder they come-
Start me up-
Tainted Love -
Next to You-
Below you will find assorted videos on You Tube for The Memos, Phase II, Variety and Kangaroo Kourt
TV news story about a popular club The Memos used to play frequently, featuring an interview with Dana and music clip.
Alternatives video shoot 1984