glockose wrote:One of the first Bands I ever tracked (Metal Bands) was "Shore of Evening" Not a great record but this was in like 1991-92 and it wasn't a known thing so why not.
The band ended up being in my home town and the singer invited me over to pick up the 50+ copies he had.
So I get to his house and a beautiful girl comes to the door in a short silk robe. She tells me he will be right there and leaves. So I am still standing outside and the door opens and this Transvestite comes out (6'5", 300 lbs) dress / wig / full makeup, the whole thing.
She/He/It introduces her self as the singer and asks me to come in. Well I'm in shock and say "No thank you" I can stay here while you go get the records. When she returns she wants to start talking about the band and what high school she went to since I grew up near by. Then she says "well I didn't look like this back then"
Damn I took the records and left in shock. I still can't get the image of her standing to the door out of my head and there is no way I can listen to that record anymore.
Fils Du Metal wrote:Tracking down a band thanks to Dan....
Never heard or saw the HELLBREATH LP "Slave of God" before. When reading Dan's mighty page I discovered it and I wondered why I have never seen this LP in the last 20 years.
So I started hunting and seeing it is a German band gave me hope cause this record has never been out on the market in quantities.
Checked the names of the band members not knowing anything. Found one member's name and the strange thing was: He was mentioned as piano player in a music school for children etc....
Next surprise: The music school is in MY city of Villingen. Ok, not enough for that:
Reading the name of the music school: It is a music school 2 streets away from me. WOW, just passing this school always not recognizing it as what it is....
So I mailed the owner of the music school in the evening over their homepage and then the strangest thing in my life happened.
I had asked for the guy from HELLBREATH (whose name I don't wanna mention you will later know why) and asked if he could give me contact to him and if it would/could be him. Maybe he has the same name as the HELLBREATH guy...
Still in the evening I had the answer of the music school chief which caused a VERY strange evening and a strange feeling in hunting down a record:
"Hey Peter, yes it is XXX from our music school. But the sad thing is: He died 4 weeks ago".
The musician had/has same age as me that time: 38 years. I did not ask why he died but the chief of the music school forwarded the email to the brother of the musician and he mailed me some day and gave me contact to another band member where I finally got 2 copies of the LP for a collector price (he knew the record is rare).
First thought was not to get the LP because there could be a curse on it after this story.
Did not ask why the guy died but a strange feeling holding it in hands, listening to it and putting in collection. The band lived 20 km from me in the next town of TROSSINGEN and released the LP privately that was all I gotta know but a strange thing hunting down a record in the big internet world.
Finding the band 2 streets next to you and hearing that the guy died 4 weeks ago...
Ok, too much text and no funny story but a strange one to remember....
"Grandfather, tell me a story.."glockose wrote:Man I am starting to feel like an OLD man sitting around tell the little kids stories...
Me thinks Harmony Corine could make a pretty darn great movie out of this oneglockose wrote:Amethyst records- The label was a scam, Not a real label. He would put adds in mags to "promote" your band 1986-1990 by send a tape or if you had a private release out you could send those and he would promote you. He would lose money on purpose as a front and take it as a tax loss but that's another story.
Well when I found the guy in around 1996 he was a strange guy, I found him looking for Carnage as I had a copy that had a sticker on the back with the Amethyst name and logo.
After talking to him a few times on the phone and not getting anywhere I decided to get it the car and go to his house. I told him I would be in town on business and maybe I could come by. Well after a 5 hour drive he had me call him from the bowling ally down the street and told me how to get to his house (shack)
I knocked on the front door and I thought it was going to fall off. I heard him yelling for me to come in but I just stayed out side knocking. Then he started yelling so I tried to open the down. There was so much crap in the house I couldn't get the door all the way open. I stuck my head in and he was on the phone (4' 5", 300 lbs) I slid in and started to look around while I waited for him to finish.
There were piles of records everywhere, CD's, Tapes, Trash just crap. On the wall there was a "Doors" gold record and a few others I couldn't make out.
When He was finished he brought me into the kitchen where there were boxes on envelopes that he filed out in 1990 and never mailed. Each contained records. (Country, soul, metal) all in 1 envelope to send out to these overseas radio stations. I went through them all to get the Carnage records out.
Then he brought me into a room with a piano and piles of records (Dwarr LP's) that he told me was his good friend. And piles of 45's (Carnage, Commandment, Knightmare, Bye Bye) he pressed these on his own (Not telling the bands 1/2 the time)
I left there with 100's of records
The next time I tried finding him he was in prison for molesting children. He's still there...
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