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A Letter To Lumpy

Hey Lumpy!

I thought I’d write you one last letter since I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. I guess this might be more about me and my feelings then you and what you meant to people, but I still have to give it a go.…


Added by Jbarge on May 2, 2010 at 7:19pm — 14 Comments

The Gynecologists - Original Liner Notes

Gulcher Records is releasing the Gynecologists CD, and is using the liner notes I wrote.

Or at least a version of them: here is the original in all of it's glory.

Of all the sick and sordid sagas to come floating out of the punk rock scene in isolated Indiana, none are more twisted than the ravings of Tommy Afterbirth and the band he founded in the late 1970's, the legendary Gynecologists.

This infamous band was the diseased brain child of their lead vocalist, a shambling hulk… Continue

Added by Jbarge on June 28, 2008 at 9:29am — 6 Comments

Cannon Fodder For The Class by the Walking Ruins

Hello everyone:

The Walking Ruins will be playing Friday, June 20th 2008 at Uncle Festers.

We will also be releasing a CD made many years ago and never released. It has 19 tracks and is called "Cannon Fodder For The Class War". Copies will be available at the show.

I have uploaded 3 mp3s for the masses to consume.

See you there!

And here are the liner notes from the disc:

It was the summer of 1990, & unknown to us the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq was just weeks… Continue

Added by Jbarge on June 19, 2008 at 1:44pm — 2 Comments

Jerry Lee Lewis My Musical Hero

It was 1979. I was a pseudo-jaded high school junior, already past my infatuation with the Sex Pistols though still enthralled with punk rock (and indeed would form my first band the Panics next year). In a good-faith attempt to foster understanding between parent & spawn, my father told me he had arranged for the family to go see old time rocker Jerry Lee Lewis at a small club in Brown County called The Little Nashville Opry.

Hmmm, that sounds all right, I thought, a free show and… Continue

Added by Jbarge on May 18, 2008 at 9:44pm — 10 Comments

Rock For No Reason Part Three: Babylon's Burning


I woke up Monday, very tired but in surprisingly good spirits. It was Labor Day, and after 3 solid days of music, there was a debate over whether to continue past the announced schedule. Eric had arranged in advance for the sound system to stay a fourth day, and finally that morning it was decided, what the heck, if some band wanted to play that night they could. The sound crew slowly began to set up the PA system.

I will never forget what happened next. It was mid-morning. I… Continue

Added by Jbarge on April 28, 2008 at 8:56am — 13 Comments

Rock For No Reason - The Actual Festival


Eric arranged to have a stage built with the help of a theatre group. He hired someone to record the bands and video tape it as well. Finally the big day arrived for the long awaited festival to begin. I was working my job at The Bakery when Eric came by in distress. He had gone to the music store on Kirkwood to rent the drums and amps, but they didn’t have any. Uh oh. I was helpless. It appeared he had waited too long to find out if equipment would be available,… Continue

Added by Jbarge on April 25, 2008 at 9:50am — 10 Comments

Rock For No Reason: The Beginning (Part One)


There’s been some discussion about a large festival based out of Bloomington called Rock For No Reason (referred to as RFNR from now on) that took place in the late summer of 1987. As someone slightly involved, I have decided to put my memories down. First, a caveat; Eric Spears (i.e. White) was the organizer for RFNR; it was his brainchild and it was his effort that made it happen. If anyone can give the real skinny on this massive undertaking it is… Continue

Added by Jbarge on April 24, 2008 at 11:47am — 3 Comments

My Rock For No Reason Story

Rock For No Reason had ended. The 4 day concert crashed with a large fire in a field that freaked me out. I was good friends with Eric (the person putting it on) and his brother Seth, so I pitched in where I could. They hired some skinheads to help clean up, paying them with food from Taco Bell. We dropped the skins off downtown with their food.

We had made friends with a fellow living near by the concert area, who shared his Japanese Herbal Twig Supplements, and after we complimented him… Continue

Added by Jbarge on April 21, 2008 at 12:00pm — 57 Comments

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