In 8th grade, my friend Eric said we should start a metal band called
The Satanics. He already had a guitar, so I was going to be the
bassist. I quickly took to the instrument and practiced it and rhythm
jazz guitar 3 hours a day thru High School. I have been playing bass in
rock bands, cover bands, Church musicals and Tejano groups. Here is the
best of them in reverse chronological order:
Ace Noface and the Misdeals (2004 - )
A collection of songs with vocal and instrumental collaborators from all over the world. Although I expirament with many genres, the best stuff, notably "Primary Colors", "Paisley Butterfly", "Chinese Waves", "Pluto Blue", "Zihuatanejo", "Jubilee" and "Goin' Alone" are jazz-rock influenced by Steely Dan and Frank Zappa. Click the link below.
Don't Get Around Much" From the Austin Music Network studios.
"Spray Job" A terrific political song
about terrorism. Verse about Baruch Goldstein
- 10 Miles Out Of Town Country song with a
not-so-country bass line
- Never Question The River
Hard rock song. Includes the only recording of my $3000 custom Tobias 5
string bass. You can hear it during the breakdown; a fuzzy deep sound, as
I was plucking the low B string, and runing the signal thru a bass
Talk Zack Talk (1997)
- Munch Very funky bass work. The strange sounds at
the begining of the song are digital samples of me striking a jar of hair
gel with my thumb.
- Pop Star Quick" Complex bass lines with lots
- When Your Lover Has Gone A Billie Holiday cover.
I played rhythem guitar, electric fretless electric upright bass (the only recording of
my Zeta bass), and my best bass solo ever (I transcribed it from the guitar
solo on the original, and it turned out that the highest note in the solo
was the highest possible note on a standard electric bass).
Fake Johnson Trio (1995)
That's me on stage at Austin's legendary club Steamboat on 6th Street.
I'm wearing an Elvis stamp t-shirt that I bought at Graceland, and a hat
that silkscreened "Bad Motherfucker" written on it. I'm playing a Paul Reed Smith
bass, one of only 800 ever made. My stage name in this band was "Umberto
Agua" Here are some catchy tunes written and sung by the leader, Mark
Violet Wine (1993)
- Pause at 13 Acoustic Rock. I played
slide guitar on this track, and wrote the melodica solo.
- The Chinchilla Song I wrote this,
and played guitar, and sang on this song. That's me yelling "GET SOME!!!"
during the breakdown.
A short-lived project with Eric
- S.M.D. Our notorious satire of hair metal.
- The Drunken Irishman Our equally notorious nautical folk song. I am a drunken Irishman, A sailor lost at sea, I drank me fifth of whisky, and I filled me boat with pee...
- Granny's In The Cellar Even more politically incorrect than the campground classic, on which it's based.
- World Champion Speller Dan Quayle's V.P. acceptance speech.
- Livingston County The county neighboring mine, with the 2nd highest Klan activity in the country.
4 Track Session (1991)
- Two Redheads Bass Solo,
accompanied by my Boss DR 550 drum machine pushed to its limit.
The Doublespeak (1986)
I came up with the name for my High School band. We were me, Mark on
guitar, Rob on saxaphone and keyboards. Mark was influenced by the
Beatles and alternative rock. Rob, a great musician, was influenced by
jazz and progressive rock. I was going thru a
"Geddy Lee" phase, and most of the songs on our demo are nearly ruined by
frantic bass playing. Sorry. Mark is an English professor in
Wisconnson. Rob plays with a klezmer band in New Orleans. I'm retired.