Since I uploaded that high school project with Jordan, it made me think about another band I was in with Jordan in high school. This band was actually the best band in the world. Seriously. We had the formula for success and world domination. Great looks. Awesome rocktastics. Killer licks. Wonderful bulges in our jeans. Somehow things fell apart when we left for bigger things, a la higher education.
Regardless of the lack of success, the times we had were priceless. The music isn’t bad for the time and some of it I still really enjoy.
Today, I have remastered and uploaded a live show from the project I was in with Jordan and John. We were called Twisted Fish. We came from a band called Undertow which had a different singer/guitarist while John played a blue bass that wasn’t ever properly grounded. Twisted Fish was me on drums, Jordan on vocals and guitar. John played lead guitar and did harmony vox. And our bassists were abundant. I think Dave Karpf was the first. Then we played with Lauren Rostek for a few times. It was then when Annie came in to save the day. She played bass a few times with us live. Perhaps too few. She also ripped it up on the cello for a bunch of shows. I consider her time with us as Twisted Fish v2. The golden years were more with Dave on bass. Sadly he wasn’t the greatest bassist, but who ever is and the times with Annie were more fun for me. However, Dave made up for it in his hair styles. Which in the case of bass, is just as good.
So this show is live. From Manny’s in Rockville, MD Very early spring of 1994. I think it was very cold that day and/or it snowed. The venue was more a metal club and it was a day show. I think there were about 15-20 people there. Perhaps including us and the engineers and bar tenders. There was another band called IRE which was Jesse Bartz’s band. They kinda rocked my ass. Totally amazing shit. I only remember there being a few people there beacuse when we were originally “mastering” the DAT we added echo for the applause to make it appear larger. Again, we ruled. Hardcore.
So here we go:
Live at Manny’s 1994
Jordan Hirsch – vocals, guitar
John Argentiero – lead guitar, backup vox
Dave Karpf – bass
Mat – drums
1. We’re All Liars
I think this was one of the last songs we all wrote together before John left for college in the fall of ’94. One must notice the incredible sounds of solid state magic that can be heard from not just Jordan’s guitar but John’s as well. It’s incredibly metal. Not like Metallica or whatever, but like actual physical metal. Like steel. It’s amazing there was actually wood in their guitars. But I would never have replaced it for a million dollars. I can’t remember much about this song other than I think Jordan mumbled a lot of the words. Also, this is the longest song of the night tracking in at just under 5 minutes. Just after the 3 minute mark is a stellar John solo. There are some hints of Warrant sounding solos. Much of which one gots to love.
If we were to have a single, this would have been it. I was a left over from the days of Undertow. You know, typically breakup song. Except this was for real. For real. I always was pissed with the singer of Undertow, because this was Jordan’s one song he got to sing in that band and the singer would always fuck around and roll his eyes during this song. It was very disrespectful. But I guess that’s what you get when you are 15. I can’t remember if this song was about Kelly or not. 2:20: “Was she an evil girl” – I love how Jordan takes on an english accent. “We were as one but so was she” – It was such a classic line for 1994. Wasn’t it?
3. Run Run
Like it’s indroduced by Jordan. This was a cover of a band from Brazil, called Second Come. Jordan’s good friend Eduardo was from there and always brought back cool music when he’d visit. I always thought we covered it better than they performed it. Is that cocky? I think people actually danced during this song. The breakdown at 2:26 was always fun. I always liked what John did there. Also note the stellar Neil Peart ride ripoffs. What was I thinking?!
“An old Smashing Pumpkins tune…” – Well it was only 3 years old. But I guess for people that thought Siamese Dream was their first record as it was their first record on a major, well, it might be old for them. The lyrics were copied in our basement one day. We had no clue what he was saying. In fact I wrote to the fan club at that time period to confirm and heard back from Laura Ann and said there were no lyrics. Great. I am not sure if they ever officially came out, but I saw some lyrics for them somewhere online recently and we were so off-base for a bunch of lines. You can hardly tell though live. We also eventually started covering Starla with Annie on cello which I think turned out better. It was awesome. Also, take note of the ending. I fluff it like no bodies business. I rushed the song so incredibly hard that I couldn’t pull off the triplets. Good times. As bad as I remember my time being, it’s not too bad at this show.
Ah, masturbation songs that have no meaning. They were awesome. I think the best part about this song was computing the delay time on our demo for the echo in Jordan’s voice at the end. The live version came out ok. “Playing Manny’s makes we wanna pee…” I thought that was so punk rock. I guess it sorta is. Go Jordan! I don’t know how the rest of the guys felt, but my playing is all over the place. 2:03 – see what I mean about John and Warrant? 2:06 – Nice Lenny Kravitz lift. 2:13 – Why did I stop playing?
If you ever played Sonic The Hedgehog on Sega Genesis, you’d understand. I always thought Jordan’s lungs and/or innards were going to project out of his mouth when he sang this song. You know, like projectile vomit.
Did anyone else hear Julie Bindeman say, “Go John, Go Mat, Go Dave, Go Jordan” at the intro? Looking back on this song I hear a lot of Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots. Bands I never really got in to, but it sounds obvious Jordan and John were in to them. I think the lick in this song was used in a NOT song. 0:38 – John’s guitar was mad moody! 1:59 – Stellar drum break and smooth transition to swung time. I hated swinging and I still do. Unless it’s in jazz or hiphop. Did anyone mention how awesome John is on guitar? And Jordan said Eduardo co-wrote this song.
8. Kill Fred
Next to Shattered, this joke of a song was pretty successful. Our take on that silly music they called Ska. At least I remember it that way. Maybe it was how I wanted to remember it. At 0:46 John really gets out of wack. I always wondered what he was thinking about there. Perhaps Molly’s boobs? And nice mention of “plastic spoon” – I am not sure of the significance of it, but I know it meant something. Jordan? John?
So what did we learn from this show? We learned that if you ever want to remember the titles of the songs years from the performance, tell your singer to announce all the songs prior. Genius. John, Jordan? Would love your takes on this performance.