Around the time that Tin Brood stopped performing, Joe Dean and I recorded this experimental vocal music.
I was in the bands Laughing Academy and Tin Brood in the early and mid 1980s. My main artner (no pun intended, I meant to type Partner but I like Artner better) was my significant other at the time, Joe Dean AKA Joseph Raymond Viegas Dean. Prior to Laughing Academy and Tin Brood, Joe and I had been in bands together in Santa Barbara called fX and a few Circles (I will be posting music from those bands at some point). When we moved to Los Angeles in 1983 we formed Laughing Academy which morphed later into Tin Brood. We wrote a lot of material that never made it onto an album. We were good at writing, but bad at selling ourselves. A lot of our music was recorded live with a single microphone or once or twice off the mixing board, but we did also record ourselves on a reel to reel 4-track on a few occasions. I will be adding to this collection of songs over time.
These recordings include myself, Elizabeth Montague, Joe Dean and Thom T (that was the name he went by most of the time, but his real last name was something like Tankionovich) on guitar. Joe and I switched off between synthesizer, bass guitar and vocals. We had various drummers over the years and at the moment I’m not going to be able to tell you all their names, but I can tell you that Rod (China) Figueroa recorded with us early on when we were Laughing Academy. Also at one point, we had a drummer named Steve Roth. We also played with the drummer from the band DV8 because Thom used to play with him in that band. Towards the end of Tin Brood, Joe started playing the drums because we were always losing drummers. Joe was an amazing bass player, I had just started playing bass when we started Laughing Academy. If the bass is ripping, it’s Joe playing, if it’s simple with fuzz on the bass, it’s me.
If I sang the song, I wrote the song initially and then took it to the band to collaborate on, and that’s the way it worked with Joe’s songs as well. If he sang it, it means he wrote it and then brought it to the band to write our own parts. A couple of songs may have deviated from this method, but for the most part that’s how it worked.
So far most of the songs here are songs that I wrote and sang, I have more invested in those songs, and they were already in MP3 format. It will take a little work to dig up more of Joe’s songs, but I’ll try to get to that eventually. As a band we did about half my material and half his material.
This post is a work in progress.
Thanks for listening,