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Marley - It's Rock-n-Roll / Killer 7" acetate
Here's an unreleased 1977 acetate from a Rochester, NY band predating the Now and the Times. It is one of four copies pressed on acetate only.
Steve "Static" Fritsch from the Now plays rhythm/lead guitar and lead vocals on one side. His brother, Larry "Luxury" Fritsch, who was lead singer in the Now, plays drums and sings lead on the other side. The other guitar player's name was Ted, who called himself Dow Jones when he was in the Now (another source says Dow Jones' real name was Mark Mastrella). The bass player, whose name I don't know, quit the band before the record could be pressed (this was to be his copy of the acetate). In short time they recruited Marty Duda on bass and John Perevich on 2nd guitar, changed their name to the Now, and released the "I'm Eating Off a Fashion Plate / Switchblades To Swizzlesticks (Ballad of Larry Luxury)" single on Duda's Out Of Print Records in 1978. A year later, after minor personel changes (Duda gone, Dow Jones moving to bass/keyboards, and adding Carl Mack on drums), they changed their name to the Times and released the "Atomic Blonde / A Television Reality" single and the track "Rock 'n' Roll Reds" on the "From The City That Brought You...Absolutely Nothing" compilation LP.
Marty Duda said in 2003: "We all knew each other from working at The House Of Guitars. We split after about 3 gigs and the Fritches released "Atomic Blonde" under The Times name, although it was recorded by The Now. I think they may have done some overdubbing after I left, but that's me singing the backing vocals...Nowadays, I'm living in Auckland, New Zealand working in TV production, producing and hosting radio programmes and working as a music journalist. John Perevich went on to play in a band called The Cliches. Unfortunately, both Larry and Steve have passed away."
The Fine Recording Studio of Rochester, NY had been around since the late 1950s. Gene Cornish (Young Rascals) recorded there, as well as every 60s punk group in the area. Vince Jans, who owned and ran the studio, recorded everything that ever came out on Fine Records. This was his last recording, as he died about a month later and his wife shut down the record label and studio in 1977 and sold all the equipment. The studio's master tapes and records survived untouched until 2002, when they were sold to garage rock collector (and former Psychosurgeon and Lipstick Killer) Mark Taylor in Australia. No material relating to the Marley was found. See Mark's Fine Recording Studio website for more details.
So what's it sound like? I had been told it's kind of like the Now, only with a psych edge, but that's not quite accurate. I can't even tell which side is the one sung by Larry Luxury. The winner here is the b-side "Killer" which sounds remarkably like some lost Mike Rep and the Quotas outtake. If you like his "Stupor Hiatus" LP on Siltbreeze you'd love this track. Punk purists probably wouldn't be interested, but it's a really good garage/psych/punk song. The A-side "It's Rock-n-Roll" is much weaker. It's more on the psych side, and the lyrics are too bubblegum for my taste. If you'd like to hear "Killer", send me an email.
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The labels. pictured below, are covered with glue stains, but the grooves have surprisingly little wear for an acetate.
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Last Updated: 02 September 2009