Click on the song titles to hear music by The Memos, Phase II and Variety.
Happy Birthday USA! Welcome to a new month of music here on The Memos website. I was wondering what to post this month and found that I had been thinking a lot lately about Phase II and our early beginnings. If you haven’t been to the “Family History” page on this site, please do so. I just posted an interesting column from a french website about the band. I have been thinking about how way back in 1975/1976, we hadn’t really thought about music as a career, yes we were dreamers and always thought “what if?” But I don’t think we believed it was possible especially at that time. What is was, was good friends learning and experimenting together. In those very early years most of our equipment was sub standard even by technology in 1976. Most of it we paid for out of our own pockets, and none of us were old enough to have jobs other than paper routes and mowing yards. My first guitar was purchased at a pawn shop just outside the south gate of Offut AFB for $20. Subsequent guitars were purchased similarly and I didn’t get a name brand guitar until 1982. We bought a PA system at a garage sale for under$50 and it was actually a rarity in today’s market. A Silvertone mixer that was tubed with two 12” speaker cabinets. We bought our microphones at Radio Shack and our friend Craig Pendergast was kept busy soldering connections on a regular basis. What fun we had as young teenagers, we never thought that we weren’t any good. Maybe if we had the best of equipment we would have sounded better, but we had heart and determination. The Memos story was always about friendship and still is, these are my brothers. We have been through a million things together and in the end our friendship endures.
Phase II was predominantly a cover band live, but as you will see below, we spent most of our time recording original music. This was the launching ground for what would be The Memos!
Time and Time Again-
Summer 1977 -
More Today than yesterday-
Suicidal you are-
1978 This was the peak of our accomplishments. Steve had bought a bass and was learning how to play, we had been getting some gigs and saving the money which culminated in recording our first and only record. Our expectations were starting to get a little higher and a little more serious. We were high school juniors with little to no training but had absolutely no fear.
Be with me-
Feel it! -
Do you think I am? -
I started a Joke-
Another of mistakes-
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.