Today, we’ve got the rest of the recordings I have of The Tazmanians. The first post I put up about our songs targeted the music we had recorded over the summer of 1989.
This final batch were all recorded at various times prior to The Tazmanians morphing into The Random Children somewhere in the spring of 1990. By this time, we were sophomores in High School when our friend, Haim Koenig introduced us to a fella named Ralph Darden.
Ralph grew up in Mount Airy, the final stop in the city of Philadelphia before one succumbs to the suburban wasteland. Haim knew Ralph because they had played in a band together called Grooving Power. Haim, always the most direct of people, thought The Tazmanians were good, but that our singer Ron wasn’t all that keen. Because Haim was a year older than us and had a way more impressive record collection than any of us, we pretty much considered him, “Right” in most topics about music and bands. So, one night, Haim brought Ralph to one of our practices at Niles Martin’s parents house. We liked Ralph instantly. A few weeks later, Haim would bring Ralph to see us play at Springfield High School’s Battle of the Bands (photos coming!). We sort of knew instantaneously that we wanted Ralph to be our singer. He was hilarious, creative and most of all, fucking punk. He was from the city (which gave us the feeling of being way cooler than we were) and he knew about the city, he knew kids in the city…it just made sense. Plus, he could sing.
Thus, being completely shallow, self-absorbed High School kids, we kicked Ron out (a life-long friend at the time) and Ralph joined. Kind, kids are not. Especially kids in bands.
Here are some photos I dug up from the particular night we met Ralph for the very first time. It’s odd to have a visual document of the moment you meet someone who will go on to be one of your longest running friends…but I’m glad we do!
End – Recorded 9/18/1989
Take a Stand – Recorded 11/4/1989
Reunion Time – Recorded 11/4/1989
In the Past – Recorded 12/9/1989
Thieves Guild – Recorded 12/9/1989