May 8, 2007

Hot for checkered wristbands...

by Chris Randall

Adam and I have this running gag where he says "the JD-800 is really cool" and I say "yeah, really cool for guitar solos" and then we talk about something else because we're not complete fucking retards.

Q.E.D., I guess.

Now if we could just screw some strap buttons in the sides of that bitch like a Poly 800, this dude would be set for life.



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May.10.2007 @ 11:55 AM
Jaysen - not only am I 30 (actually, less than a month from turning 31), and not only did I religiously listen to VH when I was, oh, 11 or 12 (prior to Rush becoming my fave band, of course), but I still have a vinyl copy of 1984 back at home. Obies and guitar solos, bitches!!!

Needless to say, I don't live in LA.


May.10.2007 @ 12:05 PM
Chris Randall
Okay, that's twice in one thread that Rush has been mentioned on this site. Let's not do this again. Ever.



May.10.2007 @ 4:03 PM
Adam Schabtach
Okay, I'll confess.

Van Halen was one of the first concerts I went to. I was in jr. high school and I believe that it was the Women & Children First tour. Great show, or at least I thought so at the time.

The first sampling I ever did was at a store on an Ensoniq EPS. The keyboard guy and I sampled all of the distinctive riffs of "Ain't Talkin' 'Bout Love" from my Discman. He used the samples to demo the EPS. Ergo if you ever heard VH coming out of an EPS, you have me to blame.

However, I really, really got tired of hearing the "Jump" riff every time I went to a music gear store. That fad seemed to persist forever. At least it was a synth line, though.

Yeah, I liked Rush also. It's painful when I hear "Spirit of Radio" in the grocery store.



May.10.2007 @ 9:02 PM
I'll top all you fuckers. Me and Rob Meltzer (another nice Jewish boy) rocked "Jump" at the talent show in the 7th grade, 1984. Played my Casio MT-40 for the chords and my Radio Shack/Moog MG-1 for the guitar solo (somewhat approximately). This was before everyone was sick of the "Jump" riff, y'know. And I still have both keyboards, 23 years later.

I had nerdy glasses and a muscle shirt with a big keyboard on the back, and my boy played drums, sang, and rocked a black Michael Jackson "Beat It" leather jacket with the dope metal up by the shoulders. We was the SHIT for a whole week. People called me Bruno Martelli for a long time after that (there wasn't much in the way of live middle school rock music in Southfield, Michigan).

Oh hey, wait. I know what the difference is here. I WAS 14 YEARS OLD WHEN THIS OCCURRED.


May.11.2007 @ 12:15 AM
I believe that during the Domination Tour, Chris broke out into Jump. I was saddened that there was no full cover.

May.11.2007 @ 7:14 AM
It's a tongue-in-cheek video for sure, but I'm only lampooning myself, really. I welcome the mocking. It is rightly deserved!

Still, reading some of these comments has really put a foul light on the underbelly of analog "snobs," an underbelly I never even knew existed until now (hopefully it doesn't go much past this particular blog). You can diss me for my crappy taste, but dang, is your world so small that you can hang out with your buddy and laugh at who uses what type of keyboard... even denounce them? Do you have any idea how completely nerdy that is?

I salute you, in a sad way. I'm a huge nerd too, after all...

At AHNE there were a ton of folks who would be equally as put off by my daring to dabble in the digital domain, but they were at least cool enough to accept who I am: I'm just a wanker asshole having a bit of fun.

I love Van Halen, I love Rush, and I love playing a million notes per second. And I love living in a world where people can have the freedom to bash the living shit out of me in a public forum. If I didn't expect a bit of criticism for being the dickwad that I am, I would have shot myself a long time ago. It's either that or just put myself out there and hope for the best. Even if I have to sound like a defensive pussy in the process...


May.11.2007 @ 11:24 AM
Chris Randall

And to Mitchell, my first time on stage ever was playing "I'll Wait" on a DW6000 for our high school Spirit Week c. 1985. So I'm in the same boat as you.



May.11.2007 @ 5:53 PM
Adam Schabtach
I hear ya. If we all dumped on every keyboard that had been used to play something that didn't jibe with our personal aesthetic, every keyboard would be dumped on. Ditto for dumping on keyboard players who play stuff that doesn't jibe etc.

One of my personal mantras is: It's far more difficult to create something that provokes people enough that they criticize it than it is to criticize something.

Okay, now I feel bad about what I said. I'll go play the Jump riff on my JD800 as penance.



May.12.2007 @ 10:46 AM
Funny the main thing my JD800 adds to my music is the grainy quantization noise from the internal reverb. Is that shit 12 bit or something?

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