Overman - Racecar! Redux 2003 - Before Overman
Before Overman, Craig and Jeff had a little rock and roll outfit called "Cry". Cry
featured Alamaman guitarist George Grandenetti, who had a mustache and a flying V.
Cry played about 10 shows or so. Cry lost a battle of the bands to Johnny with an Eye,
who later grew up to be pop sensations "the Verve Pipe". Cry just grew up to be Overman.
It was in Cry where Craig would yell a hearty "Why" during our non-hit, "Independance Day".
This flyer is nothing great, but it was for Cry's first show. We played with "Babes in Toyland",
right when it was hip to be a girl grunge band.
Although we were not that hot, we got to play with one of my favorite bands,
"ALL". All used to be the Decendents and then became ALL. We tried to sound
just like ALL everytime we could. This was a fine honor.
Before Cry Craig and I had a band called "Common Ground" who played one
Battle of the Bands thrown by a bunch of foreigners at college. Greg Davis, I think,
was the guitarist. Greg used to be the bassist in Detroit favorites "Snake Out", who released
there awesome album "Live Pizza". Snake Out played kook rock. Because of Greg's involvement
we added a surf tune, "ramrod", to the set.
Common Ground actually started with guitar player Chuck Wood, who left before the
very first show for some reason. Chuck eventually went on to play with Fugazi-esque
bands Firesale, Vine and Jack Red Cloud. This flyer was from my band when I was sixteen, "The Blind
Mice", which featured Chuck and myself, along with Al Wiseman. These lovely high school days also
had the bands Cannible Cafe and Thirteen Stories, all who got to play one show and featured primarily Chuck, Al, myself
young drummer Karl Faulhabber. I think Karl went on to play with Al's little brother, Beans,
in a band called Fig. Beans and Fig. Goddamn.
This link leads to a gratuitous autobiography of Jeff. Click here
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