Tag: 90s

Halo of Flies – Live Khyber Pass 3/15/90

Halo of Flies were Amphetamine Reptile Records kingpin Tom Hazelmyer with in-house engineer Tim MacLaughlin on bass & John Anglim on drums,
This is a live tape from when they played the Khyber on March 15, 1990.
Thanks for the tape files Don Sheluga & the song titles – Christian.

01 – Father Paranoia
02 – Ddt Beat 69
03 – Headburn-How Does it Feel
04 – Garbage Rock
05 – Easy Or Hard
06 – Aint No Hell
07 – Human Fly
08 – No Time
09 – Drunk in Detroit
10 – Ballad of Extreme Hate
11 – One Barrel Spent

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Emma was led by guitarist/keyboardist/vocalist/songwriter Rick Henderson, who previously led Khyber regulars The Chowderheads. Rick and I first played together after being recruited by Ben Vaughn for his side project The Wipeout Gang (which also led to me playing drums on one of the early Friggs singles because of Ben’s connection to that band). In the Wipeout Gang, Rick sang and played Farfisa, and I played drums. At the time I was the drummer for Napalm Sunday, another Khyber regular (I worked at the Khyber from 1988-1996). Napalm Sunday was my first band. I joined Napalm Sunday because one of the members was in a class at Temple with Electric Love Muffin bassist Brian Campbell and told Brian they needed a drummer. I graduated high school (Hatboro Horsham) with Brian’s older brother, Electric Love Muffin drummer Frank Campbell, who had lent me my first drum set. Our graduating class also included Justin “JD”  Froehlich, who played guitar in Love Chunks and Mel’s Rockpile; Kurt Wunder, who played swordfish in Love Chunks and trumpet in Big Mess Orchestra; Ken Buono, who played drums in Flight of Mavis (whose two other members, Frank Brown and Dave McElroy, graduated the year before us); Chris Orjokowski, who played guitar in the Little Gentlemen; and the saxophonist Jim Verdeur (The Beach Boys, Simon Kirke, The Soul Survivors, Bill Bruford, Liberty DeVitto, Dick Dale, Southern Culture on the Skids, Third World). It was something of a rock and roll high school, haha! I’m a part of the Muffin Chorus on the first ELM album. I probably wouldn’t have played in bands if it wasn’t for my friendship with Frank and Brian.

Anyways, Rick used to go to Alaska every summer to work the salmon harvest and after The Wipeout Gang he sent me a letter (or was it a postcard?) asking if I’d like to play with him in a new band to be called Emma. I was nearing the end of my time with Napalm Sunday (we did two self-released 7″s and a full-length CD called Musical Chairs (Record Cellar released the full length) and was excited to work again with Rick. When he returned from Alaska at the end of that summer, we were joined by Dean McNulty on bass. I knew Dean from the Khyber, where he was a regular patron. Dean had previously played with a band in New England that had released an album but I can’t remember the name of the band or what state they were from.

The songs you so kindly put on your site are from Emma’s first recording session, I think at Studio Red. The cassette was used as our demo tape for gigs. We distributed them in plastic bags along with the track listing on a playing card (as you reproduced) and, infamously, glitter. Four of the songs ended up on our first release, a gatefold double 7″: Blue Girl/Losing/Look What You Started Now/Our Time is Now. 

Our first full length (CD only, unfortunately) was Difference Engine #23, which came out in 1995. The home recording demo versions of Silent & Still and Younger, on which Rick played all the instruments, were included on Difference Engine. That was followed by our final full length, Garden City 44 in 1998. All the Emma stuff was self-released (Compulsiv helped some with distribution). I don’t think we ever played outside of Philly.

While together in Emma, Rick and I were later also in Ashtabula along with Bob Malloy (Strapping Field Hands) and Rich Fravel (Uptown Bones, Latimer). Rick played Farfisa in Ashatabula and I played drums. Ashtabula was on Siltbreeze and released a 7″ single, and EP called River of Many Dead Fish (vinyl and CD) and a full length called Possible Smokestacks (CD only).

In 1998, Bardo Pond asked me to play drums on the six-week tour of the US and Canada supporting their first record on Matador, Lapsed. (Before that I had played drums on a short tour with Brother JT.) By this time, Emma was coming to an end and I officially joined Bardo the year after the Lapsed tour and played on Set and Setting (1999) and Dilate (2001), the final records for Matador, and then on On the Ellipse (2003) and Ticket Crystals (2006), which were released by the UK-based label All Tomorrow’s Parties. (I’m on a gazillion other Bardo releases – we recorded everything, haha! – but I’ve lost track). I left Bardo Pond after Ticket Crystals but rejoined for a few shows playing the Lapsed record in its entirety in 2010. In the meanwhile, I played drums on a track on the Photon Band album Back Down to Earth (2008; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lwzHhymrp9c). Save for playing drums for the Friggs for some shows around 2010-12, that was the end of my playing time.

-Ed Farnsworth

Demo Tape / Blue Girl (double 7″)

01 – Blue Girl
02 – Losing
03 – Look What You Started Now
04 – Silent & Still
05 – Younger
06 – Our Tine is Now

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Difference Engine #23 (1995)

01 – Outward Bound
02 – Volcano
03 – You Want It When!!!
04 – Silent & Still
05 – Problems 1-5
06 – Ahoy!
07 – Nothing Better To Do
08 – Slumber
09 – My Life
10 – Rollover
11 – Twist In The Wind
12 – Younger
13 – Open-Ended
14 – Brod
15 – Out Of It (Part 1 & 2)

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Garden City 44 (1998)

01 – Autumn
02 – Devil In The Marketplace
03 – Drowning In Awe
04 – The Whistling Dog
05 – Lopsided
06 – Your Submarine Gown
07 – Devil Is The Marketplace
08 – Starday Material
09 – Slip And Fall
10 – Pure Hollywood
11 – Chemical Town
12 – Nevada

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King James Version

Mid 90’s Punk band from Philadelphia. They released one 7″ and an LP plus I’ve included a demo tape and part of a Live on WKDU set from Marina’s show.
King James Version was Scott Slagle (Derelict Hotel) – Vocals & Guitar, Dane Wilson (Derelict Hotel, Sugar Skulls) – Drums, Shannon Lynn – Guitar & Phil Calabrese or Shane Dilworth – Bass.
(Thanks for the tapes Marina)


01 – Medusa
02 – At 12 Its 9
03 – Angst Beyond
04 – 1983

Drink You In 7″

A1 – Drink You In
A2 – Part-Two
B1 – Hells Eggs

Peaks And Valleys LP

A1 – Jitterbug
A2 – Black Hills
A3 – Hemline Carpetbombers
A4 – Hourglass (Of Your Last)
B1 – Horseshoes & Handgrenades
B2 – Ability to See
B3 – Drink You In
B4 – Whats the Problem- Officer – 0-60

Live on WKDU 08/04/1995 (Missing the beginning)

01 – Unknown
02 – Hemline Carpetbombers
03 – Sex Starter
04 – Junebug
05 – Unknown
06 – Drink You In
07 – Hourglass of Yourlast
08 – Outro
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Caterpillar – Demo Tape

Caterpillar was one of my favorite local bands in the 90s – I was hooked after hearing the title track off the Bus 6 7 inch. This is a demo tape without a lot of info on it but I assume it was before that 7inch and the previous one Velvet Ears.
The lineup of the band was:
Bass – Brenda DeFeo
Drums – Jack McInerney
Guitar – Dennis Davis
Guitar, Vocals – Mike Lenert

Mike Lenart also currently plays in Suffacox Mach 2 & was Lettuce Prey
Checkout more about Caterpillar at Tapewrecks.
or Facebook or Bandcamp


A1 – Slowlamenalopa
A2 – Romilar Jag (Live)
B1 – Ronald
B2 – Ed
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Side B
Thanks for the tape Marina.

Mel’s Rockpile

Another fun mid 90s Philly band. They played all the Philly venues of the time Frienz Tavern, old Boot & saddle, Clark Park, Khyber, etc. I don’t have as many flyers for 90s bands as I do for 80s put as I find any I will add them to the post. Mel’s RockPile was Matt Pond (Matt Pond PA) – Vocals& Guitar, Paul Hazlet (Blue, Scab Cadillac)- Drums, Tracy Stanton (ex 700 club owner) – Bass and J.D. Frochlich – Guitar. They released 2 & 7 inches that are included in this post. The picture is by Toni Farina (stolen from her FB I hope you don’t mind Toni)

Added 2 more demo tapes (that I don’t know the real  names of)  – Thanks Jackie

Purple Cover Demo

01 – Worn
02 – Sick
03 – Flame On
04 – Bfp
05 – Horsey

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Sticker Demo

01 – Skin
02 – Dont Lie
03 – Good
04 – Miss Librarian

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Mel's Rockpile Can't wait 7 cover
Mel's Rockpile Can't wait 7 back

Can’t Wait / Fourth of July 7

Can’t Wait
Fourth of July

Mel's Rockpile Trestle cover
Mel's Rockpile Trestle back

Trestle / Providence/Sick 7″


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