An old friend messaged me today asking if I remembered the date of the last Franklin show. I immediately responded, “1999” because while I did not remember the specific month or day, I absolutely swore I knew the year.
Franklin broke up in 1999 after playing two final shows in Philadelphia. The first final show was an all ages show with Unwound and Atom and His Package. Our second final show was a blow-out at the Khyber where we tried to play every song we ever wrote. When I asked him why he was curious about the dates he responded with a wonderful surprise – he had digitized a video he made of that final show.
This friend spent his own valuable time encoding this video to share it with whomever was interested. Amazing.
Thank you Joe Coyle. Oh, and those final shows? They were played in 2000 not 1999. It seems the details of even the most cherished memories get fuzzy over time.
Joseph A. Gervasi continues his excellent interview series Loud! Fast! Philly! with a very candid conversation with Ralph Darden. There are no words that could describe Ralph’s importance in my life and the value, exploration, insight and humanity he brought to the experiences we shared together personally and creatively. This interview, however, reminds me that we are all always and at all times desperately trying to learn from (and understand) those we surround ourselves with and this challenge is central and never ending. Ralph continues to work as a DJ under the name Major Taylor and splits his time between Chicago and Los Angeles.
I got around to spending a few hours compiling the Franklin discography onto a dedicated Bandcamp page. The goal of course being a clean, easily traversed roadmap of our time as a band for those who may be interested in easily downloaded/digested digital files.
I’m still not sure why it’s so important to me to dedicate resources and energy into documenting these materials but the guiding force of, “If not me, then who?” seems pretty logical.
With that being said, please feel free to have a visit to the brand new Franklin bandcamp page located on the internet at http://gokidgo.bandcamp.com. Enjoy!
As I mentioned last week, Fracture reunited on Friday, July 18 to play a show at the Ruba club in Philadelphia. While tons of photos will be coming and additional video, I wanted to get these up. They were shot by Chris Zang. Thanks Chris.