Photo - Anne Laurent

2010/02/23

EXPLODING F*CK DOLLS RECORDING 1991/92



The line-up in the photo is the line up following the one in the recording below. Duane Peters (center) was brought in as bassist originally, to replace our old bassist, Kevin died and Duane replaced him. Left to Right - Paddy, Steve, Duane, Art and Goatman. The original F*ck Dolls was sort of glam/punk. Kevin and Devin looked like chicks... song below is called "It'll be Alright" was the first song the Exploding F*ck Dolls ever wrote. It was recorded on a 4 track in 1991, among 7 others, in the back room @ "Shackster", our house in Encinitas. The bathroom was he vocal booth, the bed room was cleared out, drums were set up and mic'd...That 4 track only had 3 working tracks... so there was alot of bouncing of tracks to get what you are listening to here.

There was an album worth of material from this literally "home recording session" which we have ready to release. Kevin (the singer) died, before we had a chance to record in REAL studio. In fact, we were all slumming it pretty hard and didn't have money to record. Kevin's dad was a millionaire, he wrote a check for $475.00, gave it to us to give to a club in Solana Beach called "The Belly Up Tavern". (Incidentally, Deniz used to frequent this place when he was working in San Diego at the Naval hospital) this was where we were gonna do the recording of these demos, live/studio feel, on a stage in an empty bar. The sound would have been crazy.
Kevin died a week before the recording date.
Will post more songs soon

2010/02/22

HOW DO WE DO IT???

Deniz and engineer Mike Gittens at "the Hive", Vancouver working on "Ride"

HOW DO WE DO IT??????
STEVE- FACT-we all live far apart...Danny and me (Steve) are room mates in California, Art lives near Troy in western Canada and Deniz drifts from middle America to Australia...so as far as the "normal" function of this band...heres how it goes:
RECORDING- well, we exchange demos...Art, Deniz and Troy write the music...Danny
writes the words I just play the drums...we do individual practices & its rare that we ever get to practice together as a band...only a day or two before shows or before recording do we practice together....so we really NEVER get to hear what any of the other members are playing until they lay down their tracks in the recording studio...which is SO RAD cuz then we really see what this band is made of.
When we recorded 'Ride', (which was a total surprise by the way, due to the fact that many songs were modified from the original formats that we each practiced with on the demos!!!...changing tempo, arrangements & backing vocals-all last minute, with only one practice together before diving right in to record!!!)...we were all impressed with not just the outcome but it proved to us that this band is not an amateur band...it proved that our formula and our chemistry is definately something that hardly any "normal" bands could ever manage to achieve even practicing 2-3 times a week!!!
FACT- we all work for a living...we arent funded by any labels...nobody pays for our recording time...so we gotta be quick, precise and focused...listen to 'Ride' and see for yourselves. The first CD 'Nowhere is Safe' was the same way...this long distance arrangement is truly a way to separate the amateurs from the experienced...from the Golden Breed recordings to tours with Deniz to the Bad Men's CDs and touring...it all has been done this way...and of course it brings out the best in all of us and even more excitement to live shows cuz its not all rehearsed and predictable.

ART- Steve normally gets all the drums down in one or 2 takes... Danny does lots of tracks and filters through em when we mix, he's very particular on what he sings and how he sings it.. as for Troy, he's as solid a bass player as they come, when we were recording the "Ride"record, he was in and out doing his parts. Deniz is always great... he doesn't always have to be rehearsed, and most of the time
the stuff is off the top of his head. People picture Deniz as precise.. but in reality, when playing with him, it's about "loose tightness", the improvisation is what makes things special... Personally, I love going in the studio with this band because it's always a surprise. The ingredients everyone brings to the table individually, really blends into amazing results. BELOW: Troy and Steve, the Last of the Bad Men live in Harrisburg PA.

GUESS SONG AND BAND WHO PLAYED IT AND WIN CD AND SHIRT

"ONLY KNOW YOUR VIEWS ARE WRONG, YOUR FLOWERS AND YOUR HIPPY SONGS, IT'S UP TO THE BOMB WHO'S LIVES ARE LOST, SPARE AND NOT WANT OR IT'S HOLLOCAUST..."

2010/02/18

THE LAST OF THE BAD MEN LIVE


We did a midwestern tour when Nowhere is Safe was released, Deniz couldn't make all of the shows, due to work scheduling at the hospital but we played anyway. It was a great show, we were on! This gig was in Ohio. Most of the crowd was at the back of the club, only the brave came to the front. Despite taunting and threats and violent encouragement to come up front, they remained in the back playing pool... lame...that's what college does to kids! If we were the Jonas Brothers, maybe they'd be up front.

DENIZ TEK SIGNATURE GUITAR

DENIZ TEK SIGNATURE GUITAR



I was f**king around at the tattoo shop, between appointments and came up with this guitar idea. I don't understand why nobody has made a Deniz Tek guitar yet. I mean, how does he get into the top 100 guitar players (according to Rolling Stone), get into the Rock n Roll hall of fame, be part of a LEGENDARY band, who in my opinion, are to Australia, what the the Sex Pistols are to England, and as far as their contribution and influence on TONS of bands...


He has collaborated with members of the MC5, Sonic's Rendezvous Band and many others.. has kept working musically ever since Radio Birdman... Look at this guitar, it's ureal!!! Imagine the tone...all the pickups ON all the time, and controlling the tone by blending the volume knobs. The toggle switch, has it's own job to do... it's a secret. I'm working on it...Who's gonna step up and make it?


Art Godoy

2010/02/09

BAD MEN TOUR...

As a band, we get along great, I mean, we're a unit. So connected and determined. We feel the sense of urgency to get the message out, to get the music out there! Having to hold down jobs makes it hard to be out the mandatory 6-8 weeks, so we toured 2 weeks at at time... we never did a month long tour with the bad men because the climate was never right. Stating with a deadbeat label who offered little or NO support, not even in the form of sending posters to any retailer contacts they had. It has been all DIY for us. But despite it all, we toured both records, same cities repeatedly - Chicago, Milwaukee, Racine, Detroit, Cleveland, Athens Ohio, Columbus Ohio, Washington DC, Harrisburg, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, San Diego, Los Angeles, Orange County, Long Beach, Vancouver, Victoria Banff, & Calgary.... and it was always a good time. In this photo, we were booked to play in New York at the Trash Bar. The club looked cool, but there was no promotion on the part of the promoter so we didn't play this was prior to 2 sold out nights in Harrisburg PA and Cleveland Ohio! Fuck face, our driver, got us city to city in half the time, speeding tickets and all.. when asked "do you know how fast you were going?" he says "dunno? how fast" the cop goes "120, may I ask why?" he goes " It's embarrassing but I have to take a shit!" the cop goes "you passed 14 rest stops, 14 opportunities to shit... I'm giving you a ticket" ha ha ha ha. Fuck... too funny. We had just barely reached the border of Pennsylvania and Ohio! In New York, we went to Manitobas, and then to the wall which was painted in memory of Joe Strummer...L. to R. - Fuck face, Troy, Art, Steve and Danny.

2010/02/04

SO. CALIFORNIA GIGS PLANNED FOR MAY 2010

We are planning to record in Aril / May, and to do some Souther California gigs as well...
We have been in contact with Loren Molinare and it looks like we may be doing a few gigs with the Detroit Dogs... great band...here's the link: www.myspace.com/thedetroitdogs

2010/02/03

NEW RECORD IN THE WORKS

The Last of the Bad Men are currently writing for the new record.... as usual mp3's of the demos will be exchanged, a studio will be chosen, a date will be set... we will get together to work out the kinks and then go for it.