Years back, for a fleeting moment I had the best Band in NYC.
Johnny Skilsaw is/was a unique NYC band most active in the mid 90s centered around music conceived on my Swiss Army Bass (more about that here www.jaysmuseum.com)
We performed at any and every NYC club, through various incarnations especially CBGB and Brownies,, freaking out unsuspecting audiences with indefinable,exacting, controlled musical chaos.
The band finally became quite successful with the lineup that included Nick DiCorato (drums) and Mark Hutchins ("Octopussy") gaining the attention and assistance of music luminaries such legendary record producer Jack Douglas. We had a real management/production deal and things in place to do all sorts of fun stuff ......like make it so you could hear this record.
We signed with Tag/Atlantic in early 96 -Yes indeed, a dream come true. Unfortunately mere months after we signed the Tag imprint was discontinued due to a corporate merger.
Another ill fated deal went down with Wild Pitch Records in '98 for the second album "Blood Lead". Wild Pitch also folded - thus the bands two LPs were never formally released ....
....and the world moved on.
Tragically Nick Dicorato died in 1999 and Mark Hutchins later in 2016, both leaving a trails of countless loved ones who desperately miss them. One couldn't hope for two better guys and great musicians to be in a band with. They're completely irreplaceable both as friends and musicians. We went through virtually every dream and nightmare a band could possibly have. We were only ever successful enough to be recognized and signed because because of each of their individual skills as musicians and hard work as band members. I could literally write a book.
Stuffed And Motorized was recorded at various studios in and around NYC including the one I lived in and maintained. It was created admits nonstop chaos of playing scores and scores of gigs to larger and larger crowds and endless all night recording/mix sessions that didn't end until well into the next day. There wasn't a single bar in the east village that we couldn't and didn't drink for free when we weren't rehearsing or working on this record. The drama was high and cast of characters and situations surrounding us while trying to navigate or way through the music industry was extreme. I'm exhausted just sitting here thinking about it let alone trying to describe it.
I've recently gotten around to explore and field alternate versions of songs we recorded for the album that were dis-guarded back at the time in the interest of making a deadline imposed by the record label. I came across a slew of drastically better versions of tracks including "Something Bad" through to the last track "Cornucopia Of Pain" and remixed them.
I had a bitter/sweet time going through this and working on it. Every nuance bringing to vivid memory the intensity and passion Nick, Mark and I held.
I dare say our record holds up well. We put our hearts and souls into every note. I hope and wish more people get a chance to hear it.
Album flash website www.unquantized.com#!__stuffed-and-motorized