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Cut The Covid 2020- Current River Playlist.

Well, Folk’s 2020 is now almost behind us but let’s hope for a better 2021!

So to ring in the New Year what better way to celebrate than to have a 4 pack of tracks of Current River videos at your disposal! 

2 Live Tracks (recorded live on TV 1994) which many of you have seen and 2 Studio Tracks (recorded at Graceland North late 1992 early 1993) that Tbone a little ways back made videos for which a few of have seen.

Now your wondering where the title of this post came from? Well, when I told Tbone I was doing this he chirped “Cut The Covid” which is what I went with as back in 94 we released a live tape called “Cut The Crap”

Crap in 93 and Covid in 2020 go hand in hand don’t ya think?

“Masonry Man” posted below was the leadoff track of the infamous “Hodder To Hell” cassette tape that was written about a friend of ours who had I swear to god a noggin made out of cement. The lyrics are self-explanatory for the most part and the best part of the song is the guitar solo in which Tbone goes from a George Harrison vibe to an attempted Eddie Van Halen rapid picking clip and somewhat miraculously pulls it off!

I can honestly say that this is easily in my all-time TOP 10 Guitar Solo’s as no one to my knowledge has inner channeled George and EVH in 15 seconds like Tbone did back in the winter of 1993!

The second track below is “57-90” which is us attempting an Irish Jig like song. For many when they saw the title and heard the lyrics of “57-90” they thought we wrote about someone passing on. Not the case folk’s as 1957-1990  were the years our highschool was open and you can watch the video and spot a young deKe’s (wearing a Krokus shirt) and rock god in waiting- Tbone during the clip.

As many of you have recently seen and commented( God Bless You All!) are the two live songs from the local TV appearance back in the spring of 94. “Cops At Robins” and “Bush Jacket Boys” is our attempt at goofy rock!

Robins was a donut shop in town that the Cops all migrated to for their coffee breaks and living in Current River we had Robin’s donut shop so the Cops were an easy topic to write about!

One of my fav lines in the song is…

“Strap their one-ton truck to the bank machine push the pedal to the metal and get away clean”

That line actually rings true as a couple of dudes did indeed back a truck through a bank here in Thunder Bay and stole a bank machine and supposedly drove it by a donut shop back in 1992! 

Not too sure if they ever got caught but it makes for a great story!

“Cops At Robin’s what do we got here, enough coffee and donuts to last us a year!”

The second song “Bush Jacket Boys” tells the story of a young grunger dude going up to an old aging rocker in the early 90s.  The chorus says it all…

“Before Seattle and the grunge rock noise Current River gave birth to the Bush Jacket Boys”

Happy New Year Folks!

See ya in 2021!

 

 

Current River: Cops At Robins/Bush Jacket Boys-1994

Tbone was digging through his Rock N Roll Vault at “Castle Del Erickson” and has unearthed rare lost footage that is now available for you all to watch.

Here we are in our infinite glory. “CURRENT RIVER” Playing in local talent show here in Thunder Bay back in 1994  which was filmed. 

If anything you will get a good laugh out of watching this.

At the talent show that night there were I believe 8 local bands/artists that competed. We did not Win. Let’s put that out there now. 

It didn’t matter as just three months earlier we put out our “Hodder To Hell” tape and I learned to play hacker-style Bass that Tbone taught me.

We played three songs two of which are featured here.

“Cops & Robins” and “Bush Jacket Boys” were televised whereas our third song “Rockin In A Rubber” was left on the editing room floor. 

Keep in mind when watching we weren’t pros we were just having fun. 5 knuckleheads pretending to be rockers.

Enjoy…

Current River Band:

Tbone- Vocals/Rythm Guitar

Fernando-Lead Guitar and Porn Stache

Moose- Rhythm Guitar/Backing Vocals

dEKe-4 Letter word called Bass

The Baker-Drums

SONIC WAVES….CURRENT RIVER/57-90

So since Masonry Man was the leadoff song on Hodder To Hell. 57-90 is the final song on Hodder To Hell track #8 to be precise!

When me and TBone decided to take this idea back in 93 and run with it  we decided at the very earliest to write a record about growing up in Tbay/Current River we bashed out ideas that were Current River related and one of em was our Highschool which was Lakeview High School (public school) which opened in 1957 but was sold to the Catholic School Board in 1990. There ya go folks there’s the title of the song 57-90 I remember some people asking if it was about the years of someone’s life……aaaah nope! What are we U2??? We ain’t getting serious here people,nope ,nada not happening In our backyard!

So yeah me and TBone did things ass backwards we tossed around song titles and than it would be our job to figure out everything else well in this case TBone grabbed the bull by the horn and wrote the damn thing overnight lyrics included and when I went to his house he said check it out! Told him I dug it and no changes needed to be done!

Thats the thing with TBone, some people will sit in there houses and dabble in all kinds of shit illegal/legal but with T he was dabbling in music and to his credit he figured out everything on his own! Trial and Error and like I always said the dude has a ton of patience. Figured out the guitar,drums ,singing and than purchased a 4 track Fostex and ran with it! Dude had so much patience he taught me to play bass! Hahaha…

I also forget to mention that Tbones solo in Masonry Man is one of  of my all top 10 fav solos of all time and no I’m not taking the piss out of it. Seriously listen to the solo section where T starts off doing a George Harrison picking solo and than ramps it up into Van Halen territory and than slides back into 80s Hair Metal power chording. Love it !

Acoustic guitar and good ol electric make up a lot of 57-90. We called it our Irish Jig Tune whereas someone has told T that 57-90 reminded them of Green Days Time Of Your Life?  Well say what you want but we were 5 years ahead of the  Green  Day song.

During the recording of this and many tracks were all done in the winter months of early 1993 and when it came time to do the drums I would push record on the fostex and Paul Mitchell would do his best Peter Criss/BunE Carlos and bash out the fills  and we would have to beat the furnace kicking in or we would have to start over as the furnace would pick up in the recording.  That’s one reason why our songs were all under the 5 minute mark. We called it best the furnace!

So yep here is another track for ya all to dig and also if you push the CC setting ya can sing along with the lyrics after some beers/scotch/hemp whatever your deal is! Here’s some clues about thè video.I’m in it and I know guys like Ladano and Aaron   are always up for a challenge,so the deal is I’m wearing a tshirt of a band I have mentioned on http://www.mikeladano.com but not yet on my blog! Can ya figure it out ?

Wanna thank my fellow blogger pals especially Mike,Aaron,Sarca,Scott and my pals from work Yahnmower and Rockstar Super Paulie who have downloaded Masonry Man to there iPods via MP3 ! Me and T were just talking about releasing these tracks via my blog a week ago and now a week later our pals are downloading em!!

So here’s a heads up to all of ya’s. Here’s the track listing and writing credits  of the Hodder To Hell release.

This Side (side 1)

1-Masonary Man(Tbone)

2-Boulevard Blues/Strathcona Shuffe (Tbone/Deke)

3-Rockin In A Rubber(Tbone)

4-To Hell With 92(Tbone/Deke)

That Side(side 2)

1-Hodder To Hell(Tbone)

2-Cops At Robins(Tbone/Deke)

3-Bush Jacket Boys(Tbone/Deke)

4-57-90(Tbone)

All songs  written & recorded between Jan-March 1993 at Graceland North Studios.

The Band….

Tbone-lead and backing vocals,electric and acoustic guitars.

Deke- a four letter word called Bass and the odd vocal line.

Paul Mitchell-drums

Special Guests,

Todd aka Ed Jr. – lead Guitar on Boulevard Blues/Strathcona Shuffle

Rugg- lead guitar on Rockin In A Rubber

Also,

PLEASE REMEMBER TO ENJOY CURRENT RIVER RESPONSIBLY!!!!

SONIC WAVES….Current River/Masonry Man

The WORLD PREMIERE  VIDEO  RELEASE OF….(21 years later)

As 1992 rolled into 1993 January to be precise. From Tbay a part of town that housed no Rock N Roll came Rock N Roll in the form of Current River named after the part of the city that TBone and myself grew up in! Current River was formed by myself and TBone  and we played to a few hundred people over a few years and we rocked em all!  Were getting ahead here….

Due to TBone digging thru the vaults in Graceland North In early 2014 came the discovery of the tracks from Current Rivers 1993 cassette only release Hodder To Hell! ( for all you out of town friends Hodder  is the street that young Deke grew up on in Current River) . This song posted here is a true story of a friend of ours that well has a hard head hence his nickname was Cementhead!( you will read about him on certain concert road trips thru the pages of this blog) TBone found inspiration and well he had a four track fostex recording deck that we jammed up with a ton of Maxwells and pushed record!

NOW THIS PART OF THE STORY THAT IS VERY IMPORTANT!!!

Now TBone and especially myself  had no real live jamming experience well TBone did as he was always f*%kin around with the fostex, recording stuff solo kinda like if  Aldo Nova   was on a year long bender! But give the guy credit he was honing his chops and figuring shit out while I was figuring out a four letter word called Bass!  So one night in Jan of 93 TBone called me and I sauntered up to his place in the cold dead of the night kicked the snow off of my boots said hello to Mrs E and went into Tbones recording studio..well basically a store room in his basement which housed his amps/drums and the furnance!

He played me  a ruff copy of Masonry Man and I laughed my ass off this is what’s missing  from rock. We gotta go live I bellowed at him he laughed I said we need to do a full album about Current River,growing up ,high school,goofing off…..I said we need about only 8 more songs and we got a record! Ha! This is a concept record about growing up in Tbay! Rush has there concept record with  2112. Current River has well ,Hodder To Hell as there  record! Never had been done before and even Neil Young who lived in Tbay never thought of it!!

So Masonry Man is the first song on the Hodder To Hell cassette! (I will review and post more Sonic Waves as I receive them from Bob Rock errrrr I mean TBone). But here’s like I said the first track as Current River! I just want to share this with all my friends and basically tell ya you can have zilch experience (like me) and bang out some noise and have a laugh about it!

Sit back and crank the video! Give TBone full props he did it all the video editing himself! Just remember this is the original recording from Jan 1993, just two guys back than being a couple of Knucklehaeds!

Current River Hodder To Hell (1993)credits

Tbone-lead and backing vocals/guitars

Deke-Bass

Paul Mitchell-drums*

* Paul Mitchell was the drummer on the studio tracks of Current River. He was never seen or heard again after the recordings.