Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Nature of the Beast - Title Track

My profile on the right claims that I'm an "ex-touring musician..." I think this old picture of me on the left says enough.

I literally spent the entire decade of the 80's on the road, most of it with a band called Livingston Fury. We were a very hip 80's "hair" band for the era (think Duran Duran with a spicy funk female lead). This combination made us very successful in the large dance venues of the time and enabled us to tour non stop for years on end.

In addition to playing night clubs we also recorded this album in 1987 which received air play in the Minneapolis market. This gave us the opportunity to open for some very popular national acts, the biggest being Loverboy at Riverfest in St. Paul in 1988.




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This was an extremely exciting and rewarding phase of my life. My music has taken me around the world, given me experiences that most people can only imagine and led me to my wife via a performance in the Sammy Davis Jr. Telethon in St. Louis in 1987.
My journeys have been so interesting in fact, that I am currently in the process of writing my autobiography which I will someday publish on another site.

Ironically, it was our success as a road band that ultimately led to our demise. Because we were in such demand, our group was easily booked well over a year out. The easy money commission we drew for our agency provided no incentive for them to "shop" us to the record companies of the day. Two years of being ignored by the big guys left us frustrated and unfulfilled. Therefore, in an effort to move on with our lives, we mutually decided to dissolve the band in 1989 and go our separate ways.

Now, because of digital reproduction technology and this blog, I have the opportunity to share what I think was a very overlooked album with the whole world. So, over the next few months, I'll be publishing one song about every two weeks for you to download - and post them in a drop down box on the right as well.

I think you'll find the music stands up to anything else released in the 80's, and maybe even today. I'll let you be the judge of that.

Here is the link to the title track - Nature Of The Beast

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Harmonica Man: Have you ever thought about putting your observations together and selling them at airports. They are quite good.

Harmonica Man said...

Thanks, but I'd hate to take business from the Hare Krishna folks. It's a very tight market you know!

Mike said...

Hey, I have this album...how many did you press? Did the band sell out of them or do you still have some available for sale?

Harmonica Man said...

Mike, if you check back every 2 weeks you can download all the tracks over time from the Music Downloads dropdown box in the sidebar. We did eventually sell out but I still have a couple of unopened records if you're interested. Send me an email if you'd like to know more.

BTW, where did you pick up the album in the first place? It's been awhile - but it sure was fun!

Jeff

Sheila said...

I posted in the wrong place , but I used to watch you guys rock the house at The Green House! I took money at the side door by the stage =D Had your tape but someone liked it better then me I guess lol. Thnx for posting the songs much MUCH appriecated! =D

Sheila said...

Is something wrong w/ hotseat? Its only partially there. *cry* I got the rest tho Thank - You! Yea you guys were the best band that played there! And I enjoyed our brief chats at set breaks =D Ill email you for sure, see what is up w/ nancy and the gang. Do you still keep in touch?

Harmonica Man said...

Thanks for the head's up. Something was wonky with it. It should work now.

I just received an invite in the mail today - Our drummer Lee is getting married this summer! (it's about time :-) )

Anonymous said...

I saw Livingston Fury perform at a hotel bar in wyoming , Amazing Band, Nancy had my attention she was captivating
I expected to see the band get famous
Jim