I bought two LP's this morning at a thrift shop, a Sunny Ade album and a field recording of whale sounds. I almost left the whale sound record there. If I had left it there I wouldn't have found this Flexi-Disc.
Mike Enright who performed on this record recently came across this post and dropped me an email:
Nice blog! I like the idea, and I like the execution!
I was looking around the web for info on Eric Darton, whose band was Salon Bon Ton and whose flexi-disc recording of “Firesale” you posted on 2/15/12. I played bass and produced the thing; it was bound into copies of a magazine called High Performance that documented avant-garde art (mostly performance artists) through the 80s. It was a big deal for us to be in it, at least as far as we were concerned.
Salon Bon Ton played around NYC for a good part of that decade, mostly in art spaces, occasionally in rock clubs. We’d play a song or two, Eric would do some performance art, then we’d play some more, etc, etc, etc. He maintains a web site at http://www.ericdarton.net. He’s had some success as a writer since those days.
My main band was called Desi Desi and Desi. If you click the link you can see some pictures and hear some tunes. A guy named Mike McShane was the drummer, Fran Slater on bass and vocals, Byron Stevens on lead guitar every once in a while, and Eric would sit in on synth and percussion sometimes. I played guitar, sang, wrote the tunes, and produced the recordings.
Fran and Mike and I all played on the “Firesale” sessions, along with a fellow named Clive Smith on an early Fairlight synth. Eric (piano and vocals), Katie Kehrig (clarinet), and Paul Shetler (vocals and percussion), all from the Bon Tons, are heard on the track also.
Anyway that’s the history of that recording. Very nice of you to mention it, and keep up the good work.
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