FRANKLIN – GO KID GO LP

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Franklin’s first LP, Go Kid Go would be the album of a million faces. Not because we wanted it so, but because it was a record run over by circumstance, mistakes, errors and miscalculations. However, almost 20 years after recording it, it’s another one of those situation where warts and all, it’s something I remember fondly.

After releasing Something Blue, Automotive and They Said it With Fireworks, Franklin set out to record and release our first LP. We had set our sites on launching another record label (having learned nothing from our poor showing with Elbohead) and dubbed it, Energy Network thanks to Jeb Bell’s name suggestion. Again, the goal was to document what we considered to be worthwhile music that was being made at the time. Fracture’s LP would be the first release from the label and we’ll cover that at a later date.

The second release would be the Franklin LP. As we were preparing to record, a fella named Mike Wessel from Toronto, Canada contacted us. He ran a record label called Workshop Records and was apparently, a fan of the band. He offered to help release our album so Go Kid Go would up being a split label release. I wish I could remember exactly how we hooked up with Mike, but sadly, it’s a blur.

We returned to Baltimore, MD to record with Charles Jamison and finished the LP over the course of a very short weekend.

Due to the upcoming Franklin/Fracture tour in the summer of 1995, printed record jackets would not be ready in time. So, we made due with second hand record sleeves that Mike Wessel mailed to us from Canada (details over yonder!). We slit them open, reversed them out and then glued then together again. Using a woodcut that I made with the name Franklin in reverse, hand stamped the individual covers. It was a long, long process made even more stressful by the actual LP’s not arriving at my parents house until the very day that we left on tour. I remember puking the previous night due to stress of worrying that we wouldn’t have our new record for the tour. That was fun.

Of course, we ran out of second hand sleeves so some folks who purchased the record on tour got a hand stamped dust sleeve with the insert tucked inside. Here’s one of those classy packages:

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Eventually, upon our return from tour, we would receive professionally printed record jackets for the LP. However, what was not professional was the artwork. Sadly, once again, not having any idea what we were doing, the idea that artwork needed to be something called, “press ready” didn’t really make much sense to us. So, the cover that we thought would look brilliant (utilizing a cool piece of art that spelled out “Go Kid Go”, duct tape, photos from tour, etc) ended up looking like one of the ugliest LP jackets to ever be made available. You can see it at the top of this post. It was heartbreaking to have the cover turn out so poorly when we were so proud of the LP. Ah well.

Workshop Records would compile the Go Kid Go LP along with the Something Blue, Automotive 7″, They Said it With Fireworks 7″, additional demo recordings and a 4-track tune called Sunshine onto a rather impressive CD.

They would also, finally, give the Go Kid Go LP a proper record sleeve (below). This album was never made available digitally so it’s a pleasure to finally have it available for folks on this site. Hope you enjoy buzzing guitars, out of tune earnest yelps and life in snapshot.

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AN UPDATE TO THE I AM HEAVEN DATABASE!

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I got an email last night from a fella named Steven Smith.

In it, he mentioned that he was wandering memory lane and came across this site. He found a posting about I AM HEAVEN and sent along some additional facts and figures.

First, he sent some very nice photos of the actual demo that he still has in his possession. Cover, insert and all. I posted them up over on the original post.

He reports that, from his memory, all of the songs on the demo ended up on the I AM HEAVEN LP which of course, is not accurate.

He also reports that the backwards track on the LP (not included on this post) is actually the first song from the demo played backwards (in case you were wondering!)

Not a huge update, but some very nice additions to the site that I certainly appreciate.

Thanks Steve!

AM/FM IN SAN DIEGO – 2002?


Stumbling around the internet I found this. Reposted here for convenience.

Lee’s Concert story

On Wednesday March 20th I had a final exam until 10pm and decided to go over to the Che Cafe afterwards instead of studying for my last one. Atom and His Package were playing, along with Aveo, whom I had seen opening for The Dismemberment Plan and Death Cab, and AM/FM, of whom I had heard good things but had never actually heard. I am not a fan of Atom, and really just wanted to see AM/FM, so I was glad to find that I hadn’t missed them when I arrived at 10:30 and they were still doing their sound check. Unfortunately for the band, but good for me, the majority of the Che kids that night were there for the headliner, so I was easily able to get right up front to see the band and take pictures. I was very pleasantly surprised at what I heard, this band was awesome! It took me until I went to their website after the show to learn that AM/FM is really only two guys, who, at the show, were the singer/guitarist and the other guitarist, but who record every instrument between the two of them. (Brian Sokel does vocals, guitar, 12 string guitar, mandolin, keyboard, and percussion; Michael Parsell does drums, guitar, percussion, and keyboard.) At the show they had a full band of six musicians – a guy on keyboard, a drummer, a bass play (who was extremely energetic and fun to watch), and a back-up singer. They played a fairly short set, ending it with a long, mostly instrumental song, a few sets of words including “eh, eh, eh!” I was way into this sometimes poppy, sometimes rockin, sometimes mellow music, and am so glad I decided to sacrifice my study time to see them! On a side note, I talked to Brian after the show to get a station id from him, and he was super nice! It always makes me like a band more when they are nice to the little people.

all photos taken by Lee Meredith. Thanks Lee!

A FAVORITE PHOTO


Easily one of my favorite photos in my collection, this snap was taken after the three week tour Franklin and Fracture undertook in August of 1994. Our very first. We had just played our final show of the trip in a garage in Virginia Beach and before packing the vehicles to head home, we stopped to grab this shot.

Featuring everyone on the trip save for Chris who was being grouchy (including Rod and the guys from True High Fidelity) it’s one of those great moments that you’re just as happy to have captured at age 20 as age 38 and beyond.

Starting from the lower left hand corner, we’ve got:

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Greg
Jesse
Mark
Tim
Rod
Jeb
Roy
Staley
Atom
Me
Josh