Punk was long dead but I caught a Lords Of The New Church show. That did it. The Lords had it all, the danger, the mockery, the melody, the lyrics, the music. Because I couldn't really sing, I related to those like Stiv Bators and Jim Carroll instead of wanting to be them. I also found encouragement with The Plasmatics' Wendy O. Williams and just loved her delivery. Inspiration is so much more empowering than idol worship.
Fresh outta high school, I hit Hollywood to hone "the craft." After only nine months I loathed L.A. enough to make me quit playing guitar. I returned to Chicago to thrive in the underground Goth/Industrial scene but the stench of Grunge had the world by the throat, I chose to step outside for a breather. Music was desperately needing a fresh shot in the arm.
Originally titled "Buick Mackane And The Drill", The Lust Killers were to be that shot. I wanted the drumming to be an upbeat, thumpin', good old- fashioned back beating. L.K.'s first drummer delivered, driven by his love for Adam Ant and The Romantics. We wrote frantically together while attempting to enlist others to our vision. The "Psychobilly" sound was slowly making it's offering at that time. We watched impatiently for a Rock and Roll revival to occur. Instead of playing Rockabilly, I played what I knew and who I was. Music had always been a vehicle for my words, and we enlisted only the best of players to pull it off.
At that time the crowd rarely understood what we were doing, but loved the spectacle of it all. Buick Mackane was a breath of fresh air. However, "punk" we were assured, would never return. That was all cool with us though 'cuz it wasn't punk we were playin'.
It was hard being the antithesis to music then. In affect, the local L.K mercenary line-up came and went and came again freely. Towards our last days we befriended other acts around the country who shared our vision. Then, bang! Green Day broke.
approached by an investor/producer, who expressed interest
in turning LK songs into a 3 act stage play. Thanks to "Crow"
creator James O'barr, I was reassured such a story could be done both
tastefully and lucratively. Renditions of The LustKillers songs would
paint the story.
songs and story now promised elsewhere, I left for NYC,
where all my passions were validated through new friends and bands. One
small problem with those Manhattan gig crowds though....."all bands,
no fans." the only solution to which a musician can answer is by
another mercenary version of Lustkillers (rotating members
from American Heartbreak, Swingin Utters, Slender And Three Years
Down) began sniping the local SF scene. A series of unreleased
LK recordings see The Black
Sugar Sessions began circulating and by 2003, I was enlisted
by Brian James(The Damned) and Dave Tregunna(Sham69)
to front their Lords Of The New Church Reformation In
Europe. see lordkiller
August 2004, I joined up with longtime Vancouver friends,THE
A wise man once said, "it doesn't matter where you live, as long as you don't live there" (actually it was Cheap Trick's Bun E. Carlos who said it).
LustKillers have songs, will travel.
Dedicated to those who served: