Nine Bands Share Their First Recording
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For musicians of all ages, one of the most exciting things in the world can be digging your teeth into a brand-new project. With fresh faces and skill sets, the experience can make music feel brand new again for many. So we appreciate it when bands are willing to step back and share earlier works that haven’t seen the light of day.
2. Jimbo Mathus – “Chokin’ on a Lude”
“In high school in 1983 in Corinth, Miss., I started hanging out with the pot/acid-head Quaalude popper dudes that had graduated in the late ‘70s/early ’80s. They were more interesting to me for many reasons. Mainly, many of them had electric guitars, amps, drums and P.A. systems. I was intrigued by their redneck rock-and-roll lifestyle. One of these older dudes had a job dying panties at his dad’s hosiery plant on the edge of town. He had pink spandex pants, a huge pickle green Buick, and a killer peroxide frosted mullet.
“He also had a band called “The End,” and I wanted in! I auditioned and was hired as the lead singer when I was a junior in high school. I quickly infiltrated the organization and “Johnny Vomit” emerged. We were unsanctioned and unwanted. We set up a jam box to demo our bizarre, sub-rural primate noise rock. The subsequent tapes were eventually acquired in the 90’s by Goner records and released on a 7-inch titled Johnny Vomit and the Dry Heaves, “Chokin on a Lude.”
I’ll let Jack Oblivion (Johnny Goopa) describe the scene from his liner notes from this release.
They put on one hell of a show at their practice/ rehearsal loft located upstairs in a factory in Corinth’s industrial park. The loft was actually the space for the local new-wave band, “The End.” Goopa (Jack Oblivion), who was the bassist for The End, would swindle the keys to the loft from the responsible hands of the End’s drummer. Then he would wait on his friends ‘Bart Barf ’ (Mathus) and ’Johnny Vomit’ to come along and hang out and maybe, ROCK.
The rest is history. Enjoy! Jimbo mathus, taylor ms 2012"