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Wonkavision – Just Like Heaven (1995)

July 9, 2009


I was going through some old reels today of recordings I made in the summer of 1995, and I found this old cover of the Cure – Just Like Heaven. Nick Bechard played acoustic guitar, Ian Clary played bass, and I sang and played the lead guitar parts.

We recorded onto the 2-track reel to reel pictured above, through the Traynor head and Peavey cabinet I play bass through in the Bang Bangs.


The most significant thing about this track is the novelty of it being Nick and I playing together 14 years ago in June 1995, but hey, it’s free entertainment!

Here we are in Nick’s backyard. Ian’s friend Rachelle took the pictures. Check out the holes in the bottom of Nick’s shoes! Nick used to be famous for those holes in his shoes (and socks).

The fourth guy in the bottom picture is Randy Hillman, the first of 5 drummers we had play in Wonkavision over the following year and a half.

As an extra bonus, here’s Wonkavision’s hit song from our tape $3 Basement Party, Chicken Pop inspired by Loeb Cola.


Macready as Macbeth

April 28, 2009

I bought this book today for 99 cents at the Salvation Army and found this picture inside of William Charles Macready. I wonder if I’m related to him? The guy with the big beard in my icon is my great-great-grandfather McCready. From what I understand he was an orphan, and came to Canada from Scotland. The McCready family has been in Canada for 5 generations, but the spelling of the name has changed a few times over the years. We also have a few ties to the family name Moorehead in the past 5 generations.

Inspired by Gavin McInnes writing about his recent trip to Scotland, I also got this book for $2 a few weeks ago. The closest name I could find to McCready was Macrae.

I was told a couple of times growing up that my mom’s side of the family is related somehow to the mistress of the famous Scottish poet Robert Burns, Jean Armour, but I looked up her Wikipedia entry for the first time today, and found out she was actually his wife, not his mistress and had 9 kids with him. He had 4 illegitimate children with other women. My Grandpa Armour was born around 1912 and died in 1978. There’s about 80 years between her death and my grandfather being born, but considering he had the family name Armour, we’re not in the Burns bloodline.

Things Getting Weird Is Normal For Me

April 24, 2009

I received some more scans of negatives from 2002 from my intern Kristin this week.





Down the Rabbit Hole

April 17, 2009


Disneyworld Christmas Parade, Orlando FL, Dec 1983

Mrs Nye’s 2nd grade Winnie the Pooh class play, John McCrae Public Elementary School, Windsor ON 1985.

Front row is Ryan Arrey, Brandy Baird, Ayse Osmond, me, Courtney Philips, and I don’t know who the last girl is.

Is it just me, or did my eyes look the same then as they do now?

Youth Youth Youth – Repackaged

October 2, 2007


I just transfered my copy of Youth Youth Youth – Repackaged to mp3 a couple of days ago. As far as I know, it’s never been reissued since then so I don’t feel bad posting it. YYY were a Toronto hardcore band around from 81 to 85. My Moral Outrage band-mate Shawn Duguay introduced me to their music in the mid-90′s when I was in highschool.

If they were a brand new band I don’t know that’d I’d be such a big fan, but this album came out in 1983 and was a re-release of material they’d put out in the couple of years previous. It’s furious, but melodic and easy to listen to, and sounds like so much music that’s come out in this past decade. I find it crazy that it’s 25 years old! Check out the song Louie Louie/Part Time Punks where they diss all the trendy kids on Queen Street. “The kids look strange, but they all look the SAME!”

My other favorite song on there is Fire In the Rain.

Somebody put together a great myspace page for them

Download Repackaged here.

Motor City Bible Quizzing

August 30, 2007

From 7th grade to 9th grade (1989 to 1992) I was involved with competitive Bible Quizzing. Bible quizzers would memorize a chapter of the New Testament (like 1st Corinthians Chapters 1 and 2, NOT the whole book of 1st Corinthians all at once) word-for-word and then meet for monthly tournaments against other church teams around Michigan.

The above drawing is an artists’ interpretation of one of the “quiz boxes”. Instead of a button you’d hit with your hand (like on game shows), there was a button in each of the chair pads that the quizzers sat on. When all the pads were depressed, the “ready” light would come on. The Quiz-Master would ask a question, and whoever jumped up first’s light would go off, while the rest of the lights were disabled.

My dad’s church, Walkerville Baptist, and Chatham Baptist were the only Canadian teams. At the end of the year there was a big Midwest conference in Indianapolis for the ultimate Bible Quizzing Championship! They combined the church teams from Detroit to make stronger teams, and my last year I got placed on the All-Star Team!

It was me and the 4 best quizzers in the league. Those guys were way beyond me, but I was the best Bible quizzer from the Canadian churches. The only 2 guys I can remember from the dream-team were Pat, the best quizzer in the league, and Calvin, the 2nd best quizzer in the league; he looked Jewish and went to Calvin Baptist Church. I was the sub-in bench-warmer, so I didn’t get much action at the tournament, but we won, and I still have the trophy.


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