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RETURN TO COMBOLAND - EARS - Huh? What! - 1977

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Published on Aug 19, 2007

RETURN TO COMBOLAND - A personal look at North Carolina's most influential (and secret) music legacy. Documentary Seeking Co-Production Partner - Produced and Directed by Steve Boyle. This is a sample of some of the archived music videos Steve created from 1981 to 1984.

Artist featured: EARS John Del Gaizo a/k/a Pig Boy (Vocals), Mike Salimbene (Lead Guitar), Steve Boyle (Other Guitar, Other Vocals), John Gamble (Keyboards), Ed Tracey (Bass), Mike Newman (Drums).

Yes, I know this music is, well, dire - or at least an acquired taste, but this is my first music video. The band is Ears and that's me wearing the hat and playing the very out of tune Ampeg Dan Armstrong clear Lucite solidbody guitar. I used to describe the band as a Punk-Rock-Heavy-Metal-Comedy group. That kinda describes it. Lead singer John Del Gaizo was the talent in the band. He perpetually came up with songs, concepts for the band to do on stage and artwork. His songs would have jaunty titles like IT TAKES FOUR TO TANGO IF YOU ONLY HAVE ONE LEG, or SOMEONE DROPED ON A SAFE ON GRANDMA'S HEAD. Being an artist and welder, he would create things like welding chains together as a mic stand. And great concepts like bringing a hammer and anvil on stage to sacrifice a white chocolate Easter bunny during Easter week for an Ears show at CBGB's. Besides having fun, being "different" was the concept of the band - although being different doesn't always translate to creating commercial or even listenable music. Good music or not, the band was certainly entertaining. Frank Zappa enjoyed the concept of the band to the point of introducing Ears on stage at Max's Kansas City one night. Frank particularly liked one of John's songs, YOU LOVE YOUR APPLIANCES MORE THAN ME, which, rumor has it, influenced a song on Frank's album, Joe's Garage Part II.

There weren't many clubs that booked "original music" bands in New York during the 1970's. We were lucky enough to play a few of the NYC Punk clubs such as CBGB's and Max's Kansas City a number of times. This show is from Ubies OTJ, a Long Island club known as the home of The Good Rats and Twisted Sister (when they were a cover band). Al Ubie, owner of the club, was kind enough to book us a lot -- you know he had to have a sense of humor to loose money like that!

Originally entitled I'M SCHIZED OUT FOR YOUR LOVE the refrain to HUH? WHAT! says it all "Yes I have, No I haven't, Yes I have, No I haven't. . . Who, What, When Where!" A classic in it's own lunchtime! From this 1977 pre-MTV music video (created almost four-years before MTV signed on as network), I was able to talk my way into my first concept music video for The Fabulous Knobs PLEASE YOU NO MORE (1981) in Raleigh.

By the way, you'll notice by the credits, Tony Madejczyk was running one of the cameras. Tony and I started working together in New York, as far back as 1975. And, yes, the hat I'm wearing is the same hat Dave Adams is wearing in the Glass Moon video, TELEGRAM SONG (1982).

For more information on RETURN TO COMBOLAND, please visit:
http://www.returntocomboland.com

Producer, Editor -- Steve Boyle
Live Director -- Ed Ziemba
Cameras -- Tony Madejczyk, Nancy Ziemba
Audio EQ -- Bill Kern
Performance -- Ubies OTJ, West Islip, New York (Saturday, 09.24.77)

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