Here’s a total surprise.

I’m not sure why, but for one or two shows, Franklin and Fracture thought it would be productive and valuable to furthering our agenda to create, print and distribute propaganda fliers at our shows. Each band created double-sided hand-outs that seemed to introduce folks to our methodology.

Not surprising, Fracture’s is more adorable and and Franklin’s is more ridiculous. The art on the Fracture flier was done by Mark Scott and the writing on the Franklin insert was done by Greg Giuliano.

P.S – This might be the only time !Franklin went on record as describing where our band name came from.

P.S.S. – I have a feeling revisiting this Fracture insert will inspire Jeb for some additional commenting.


Atom suggested I post this and after thinking about it, I thought it was a pretty good idea! Thanks Atom!

Rewind back to 1991. I was booking all-ages shows at JC Dobbs and started asking bands from DC to come and play the shows. Not only would it help draw more folks to see our local bands play thus hopefully building more of a community, but my friends and I would get to see some of the bands we were completely in love with. A win-win situation.

(On a side note, it still cracks me up that when I booked Jawbox I thought their guarantee of $150 was outrageous.)

Anywhoo, one of the bands we were very interested in booking was Superchunk. Their No Pocky For Kitty album had recently come out and while side 2 was kind of a boner, side 1 was freakin’ awesome.

Not knowing how to get in contact with them, we reached out to the kind women at Simple Machines Records who had assisted us in producing 7″s. Kristin Thompson and Jenny Toomey of Simple Machines played in a band called Tsunami. Greg, Roy and I tried to sneak into a show they had recently played at the Khyber Pass which was a (GASP!) over 21 show. However, being only 17/18 years old, were denied entry. Roy got into a comical shouting match with one of the door guys, but that’s a story for another time.

Nonetheless, since we didn’t get to see Tsunami we decided to add them to the list of bands from the DC area that we would love to have play in Philadelphia.

Again, because this was pre-internet/email, booking a band would usually require some work and persistence. One would have to make a long-distance phone call from their parents land-line phone and (since people weren’t tied to their phones) leave a message. Hopefully, a member of the band would call you back and you’d try and lock something in. In Tsunami’s case, Greg and I decided that we would leave a series of messages on their answering machine, each more hilarious than the other. This would then impress the women of Tsunami into calling us back immediately to book, what they would only be able to assume would be, one of the most awesome shows they might ever play.

Tsunami never did play one of our all ages shows.

They did however call us one evening asking if they could use our recorded messages on their answering machine as a hidden track on their upcoming album, Deep End.

Here’s those messages.

P.S. – Jenny Toomey and Kristin Thompson should be given punk rock awards for providing so much information to young punk kids the world over. Their patience and kindness? Out of this world.



Dug up some oldies…this flyer was for a show at the thunderous 508 House in Tom’s River, NJ. This was the final show of the Fracture/Franklin summer tour of 1995. That’s actually a picture of me singing for Astir-Few on the flyer.

These two photos of Franklin playing a Cabbage Collective Show at the church at 48th & Baltimore appeared in a zine that I no longer have. Looks like I just kept the photos. The ego, I tell ya.

From what I can recall, these photos were taken from a show we played with Hoover and Hose.Got.Cable but I can’t be sure.

These two photos were taken in a basement outside of Baltimore, MD. in the fall of 1996. Franklin went on a 2 month US tour taking Atom and Schumow with us. Fracture had disbanded, so Atom had been spending time learning how to use sequencers and 4-tracks to record his own music. Atom booked the tour for us so we wanted him to also play some of his songs before we played on the tour. So, at each show, he’d perform 3 or 4 songs.

This was the start of Atom & His Package and this show here in this basement, I believe, was Atom’s first, actual performance as Atom & His Package.

Another flyer I found of a show that was held out in the Philadelphia suburbs. While we didn’t play the show that’s me playing guitar in Franklin on the flyer.


I’m spending a couple hours this evening scanning in random odds and ends. While I was going through a large file I found this photograph. This might be one of the first photos taken of !Franklin. We had only started the band in the spring of 1992 but by May, we were all attending Stavroula’s Senior Prom.

This photo was taken at our good friend Olivia’s house as we prepared to head to the ball. I believe we hoped to use this photo on a future record if anyone ever asked us to do one, but by the end of the summer Sula would leave the band and thus this photo went into the vault.

I think Ralph has been asking me to give him this photo back for some time. I told you it was safe, Ralph!