Sunday, September 07, 2014

Not to be missed: Plan 9 - New York 1982-12-09 FM Broadcast (Bootleg)

Plan 9 Poster

Size: 105 MB
Birate: 320
Found in a trash can 
Some Artwork

Plan 9 was one of the first bands in the late 70's to orient by the 60's psych/garage scene.

They had their best time in the early 80's after releasing the Frustration-EP in 1981 and their first album Dealing With The Dead in 1983. The band is still existing but according to WIKI now tending more to Progrock?!? So this show has a lot of great 60's Farfisa & Fuzz if only the radio announcer....

Who knew? Or...Then came Bob Fagan...Or back way up to 1979 and let me tell ya... from the beginning... and I'm gonna try not to leave ANYTHING out, though you'll probably wisht I had.

Enter, John DeVault asleep on the couch, Holly Scanlon if we ever needed a singa, Mike Meehan learning to play guitar but could actually play the drum kit, John Florence with a Tele bass as long as he was tall, Deborah D shy but willing and Eric Stumpo who could sing like Morrison and Arthur Lee and other snotty vocalists of garage psych, while ripping out the meanest guitar solos. Since Tori was still in Junior High and liked to hang around, we were hired for her graduation dance. 

We punked it out to the max, in pink fur pants, hi heels and back-up 8mm films. We played everything we knew, for 4 hours, rousting covers of every cool record from our ever expanding collection of 45's, the grittiest and grungiest garage tunes that were 3 chord wonders and easy to jam on. That was 1979, just prior to beginning an association with BOMP's Greg Shaw, that would eventually lead to the TRANCE-E-DELLIC improv's of Plan 9 2003!

Plan 9 was cool in 1979, enough to attract the attention of guitar punks Tom Champlin, & Eric Vandelin. The deal then was that if they helped us move out to the RED HOUSE they could join the jam. And while getting stupid was the No.1 priority, ultimately they began our wall-of-guitar sound, which had expanded to 3 guitars, all in tune on occasion.

Plan 9 - Frustration Album Promo Shot
Deb found a VOX Super Continental organ at a yard sale. Evan Williams, currently Medicine Ball co-creator and guitar generator, needed a place to live, had a car and a Gibson SG, left handed that he covered with illustrations that were really good, came in one night. We jammed on Dirty Water by the Standells for an hour. He realized the common denominator in our demos, silly love songs as they were, Gotta Move, Frustration, I Can Only Give You Everything, cool music so... we became the "4 guitar 9 member psychedelic experience" started to practice more... oh and I almost forgot about Mikey RIPAMAN who got a Burns guitar for the occasion, had played with us in Newport early on and looked like Eddie of Flo &, and was simply a funny funny man. The idea became apparent to us that we should be Plan 9, to honor the absurdity of the then little known sci-fi debacle, to which we felt akin, P-9 from Outer Space, the one they will certainly remember Ed Wood for.

Enter the texas punk 45 auctions and monumental trades for really great records. We were finding a lot of local stuff too, like the OTHERS Can't stand This Love Goodbye, Buzzards, NightRockers, and East Coast Surf stuff, along with the Trod Nossel records from Connecticut... and Greg Shaw wanted to get some of them, and oh btw Greg, are you looking for bands?

Plan 9 - Dealing with The Dead Album
Midnight Records became a real drag... and we had to get out of our contract, because Enigma was looking for us for soundtrack music, and Midnight refused to cooperate. So Mikey titled up I'VE JUST KILLED A MAN, I DON'T WANT TO SEE ANY MEAT which is borrowed from a certain lousy Italian western movie, dubbed. It gains something in the translation. We recorded live @ Brothers III in New Haven, and the Rat in Boston, and somewhere else, who knows... the sides were pretty cool, the cover art awesome and we could say "See ya" to Midnight. Although, in fairness, they did release the Midnight Christmas Mess where all Midnight Artists at the time were asked to produce a Christmas Song, the 45 with picture cover resulted, which remains a favorite one that took Eric all of an afternoon to write - MERRY CHRISTMAS/WHITE CHRISTMAS, that's an old pose of Santa gesturing with his nose, no longer used to promote the holiday. The B-side is all Mikey, whistling like Bing , and Deb fumbling through the chord changes, produced at Trod Nossel.

At about this time, also, Brian T was trying to put a band together. He had written a few songs, but his band fell apart, so we worked up a side project with Brian and Jane, a 3 song EP titled BRIAN T & PLAN 9. Colin Cheer did the cover for this one as well, a drawing of John Florence in another state of mind in New York City at Dino's Mad Violet house.

The band hosted a 2 day Love Party in Shannock at the Village Café, a dozen cool bands came in on the 14th of February and stayed a while. We recorded the entire event, but alas the tapes are still missing, perhaps stored safely in a dishwasher somewhere in Maine...


♣ Eric Stumpo - Lead Vocals, Guitar
♣ Deborah DeMarco - Organ
♣ Evan Williams, John DeVault, Tom Champlin - Guitar
♣ John Florence - Bass
♣ Michael Meehan - Drums
♣ Michael Ripa - Vocals, Tambourine

01. Crackin' Up (The Wig) (fading in) 
02. How Many Times (The Rovin' Flames) 
03. Where Is Love (Shyres) 
04. Can't Stand This Love, Goodbye (The Others) 
05. Move (State Of Mind) 
06. Beg For love (Plan 9) 
07. You Don't Want Me (Plan 9) 
08. It's One Thing To Say (The Riddles) 
09. Looking At You (MC5) 
10. Try To Run (Plan 9) 
11. Can't Have You (Plan 9) 
12. Keep On Pushin' (Human Beinz) 
13. Frustration (The Painted Ship)
14. speech 
15. Action Woman (The Litter)

1. Plan 9
2. Plan 9