Sunday, November 12, 2017

Pogeybait On Musical Mayhem!

The second half of the Musical Mayhem episode that The Escaped Fetal Pigs were on featured our pals Pogeybait. They talk about the Pigs a bit during their segment and then get to rocking. Check it out below!:

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "The Beaver Of Love"


This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem. Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991. "The Beaver Of Love" was the last song by us before the rest of the program featured our friends Pogeybait. "Beaver" was another one of our "hits" on the local college radio station. It's a fun novelty song that Mark Justice and I wrote when we first formed the band, and it was essentially the two of us. Having the full band play the song didn't improve the song much, but it did make it thrashier. Playing in The Pigs was fun, and this song was always a good laugh. Alas, college bands inevitably break up when graduation comes calling. With The Pigs, we got an extra year when Mark decided to go to grad school and stay in Bowling Green, but by the middle of 1992, Simon Luke and I had both graduated and moved away and that was the end of the band. Mark and I did one side project a year later, which unfortunately got billed as The Pigs when it wasn't supposed to be (the promoter did that and not us), but that was the last time any of us played music together. Fortunately, Mark makes movies now, so we have been able to collaborate that way when I act in them. I moved on musically to being the main songwriter in a band, playing more guitar than just singing, and playing more serious songs, but The Pigs were a great way to develop musically. Watching the Musical Mayhem video was a fun way to reminisce about those days.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

Quest For Uranus


My buddy Mark Justice's new movie, Quest For Uranus, has had its first trailer released. I play a reporter. You can see me near the end of the trailer.

Sunday, October 8, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "Simon On Acid"

This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem. Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991. "Simon on Acid" was a fun song. It was based on a Captain Kangaroo cartoon that featured a kid with a magic crayon or something. The kid's name was apparently Simon. Somehow, the drummer of the Pigs got the nickname Simon; it was before he was in the band, so I don't know why. It might have had something to do with someone thinking he looked like the kid in the Captain Kangaroo cartoon. In any case, the nickname stuck, so it made sense to do a "cover" of the cartoon song, which twisted it a bit to explain why everything the kid drew came to life: because he was on acid. I especially liked this song because I got to play drums while Simon sang. Everyone loved Simon, so this was a popular number. On this night, Simon also threw in a song he wrote for the band entitled "Jell-O 1-2-3."

The Goo Goo Dolls shirt Simon is wearing is not ironic. He was from Buffalo, New York USA and loved the band, who also hailed from there. He was even friends/acquaintances with them and got us backstage with them when they opened up for The Replacements. At that time, the Goo Goos were a scruffy Replacementsesque punk band. They hadn't yet evolved into a semi-boring adult alternative radio juggernaut. The early Goo Goo Dolls is pretty good stuff, especially the third album. Before that, they had the energy but not the songwriting chops. After that, they had the songwriting chops but lost the energy. In 1990, they were in a sweet spot where they had both.

Monday, September 25, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "Why Does Captain Kirk Always Get Laid?"

This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem. Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991. "Why Does Captain Kirk Always Get Laid?" was one of The Pigs' Weird Al Yankovic type parody songs where we would take an existing song and write new and funny lyrics for it. On this song, our guitarist, Mark, combined two loves of his: Anthrax and Star Trek. I liked this one because I got to play a lot of harmonica on it. It was also a really funny song. Captain Kirk really did get a lot of loving on the original Star Trek, didn't he?

Sunday, September 17, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "Uterus Queen"

This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem. Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991. "Uterus Queen" was a parody of the song called "Rocket Queen" by Guns 'N' Roses. I don't think I had ever heard the GNR song when our guitarist, Mark, added this song to the set. I had little to do on this song, so I may have used it as a bathroom break. You can see me showing up halfway through the song wearing a Gone Daddy Finch (another local band of the time) t-shirt and cheering the drummer, Simon, to add "more cowbell". Jimmie really loved adding then state of the art computer effects to the footage and songs like this certainly can use all the help they can get. I was a little surprised when this track made the cut for the show, but Jimmie liked heavy metal, so that may have been enough to do it, plus a large chunk of his audience would know GNR, who were hugely popular at the time, so that may have made the difference as well. If I remember correctly, this may have been another song we never recorded, with the only recording being the one Mark did all by himself (like Prince, Mark can pretty much play any instrument; he just can't play them all at the same time, which is why he needed a band). It would have been interesting to see what the entire band would have done with the song, given the time to create a studio recording.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

The Escaped Fetal Pigs - "D & D Is The Devil's Game"


This is from the tv show Musical Mayhem. Jimmie Frederick taped the show at The Good Tymes Pub in Bowling Green, Ohio USA in the Fall of 1991. "D & D Is The Devil's Game" was a song from the second Pigs album, Devil's Food. It made fun of all the religious zealots who thought the game Dungeons & Dragons was a form of devil worship. The hysteria over the game was strong in the late 1970s and early 1980s as the game grew in popularity. Members of The Pigs played D & D, so we thought the hysteria was pretty humorous, and thus Mark wrote this song poking fun at it.