I was the keyboard player in several SF bands in the ’80s. Repeat Offenders was the only one that I was in on right from the beginning, along with Cary Tennis and Vicci Wong. When I got back from my year studying a Firenze (in Florence) my first band, the Dickheads—sorry, that really was our name—had replaced me with a second guitarist so I had to start over. What to do? First, I started teaching classical piano as my “day job” both on my own and through a Catholic school out in the Sunset. Next, I wanted to play in a band again. Naturally, there being no Internet at the time, I put up flyers looking for other souls with whom to start a band. Cary was a songwriter / guitarist and Vicci had an awesome voice. For some reason, none of the rhythm section guys (that’s bass and drums) actually stuck around for the entire life of the band, but our last bassist, Michael Wineke ended up sticking with me and we eventually married. He’s still here.
Here’s another song to listen to. Sorry it’s from a live recording so it’s a bit rough. Here is “Somoza Is Dead.”
At last, I finally figured out how to post audio. This is “So Long, Susie Wong.”
Here’s a map of San Francisco marked with some of the clubs we played in the ’80s. Unfortunately, so many of them don’t exist—or don’t feature live music—anymore. Pity. Note how many of them are on Broadway in North Beach.
Before we started Repeat Offenders, I was in a band called the Dickheads. But then, I was offered the chance to go to Italy for a year to study. I couldn’t pass it up—who could? When I got back from Italia, the Dickheads had replaced me with a second guitarist, and…so…Repeat Offenders were born. Anyway, here’s a map showing the location of my apartment while I lived in Florence.
Finally, here’s a video of the last minute of So Long, Susie Wong. It’s pretty goofy—we never made a video of it in the ’80s—now where all too old. Anyway, I used stills and me faking an accordion part.
Warning!!! Ustream appends an ad at the beginning of the video and it’s LOUD. You’ll have to mute the ad and then turn up the sound to hear me. An informational video that describes my uploaded iMovie to the clip of the song, “So Long, Susie Wong recorded on US…