Showing posts from August 7, 2011

RIP, Jani Lane:Cherry Pie - Black Eye Guy

I was sad to get the news about Jani Lane of the band Warrant dying at the ripe age of 47.  I first met Jani Lane in the early 90's in my hometown of St. Louis, MO.  He would visit St. Louis often and I would run into him at a downtown bar called Kennedy's.  Every time I ran into Lane he had a black eye.

Me -"Lane, dude...what's your deal?  Every time I see have a black eye."

Lane - "Yeah, every time I get drunk I start fights that I can't finish.  Somehow, once I'm drunk... I seem to forget that I can't fight."

Me - "Yeah, if you're going to be getting plastered in St. Louis with a hit song called Cherry Pie... you might want to learn how to fight."

Lane laughed and said, "You're probably right."

Me -"What are you doing in St. Louis so much anyway?"

Lane -"Oh, I have friends and relatives here."

Everyone else teased Lane by calling him the Cherry Pie Guy, but to me he was the Black …

Do Negroids Dream of Black Sheep?

While I was playing musical espionage with Lauryn Hill and Apollo Heights this past spring, I received a call from Droidsong Recordings artist Gaia 13.  Gaia 13 called to invite me to be a guest producer for the remix release of his track titled Trail of Funk.  I was honored and accepted.  Technology affords us the luxury of doing remixes through FTP sites and e-mails.  Below is a link to samples of the remixes.

Trail of Funk Remixes

• My friend and Uber-Geek, Leon Gruenbaum (of Genes and Machines), sent me this great link as he teased me about how I missed my big payday by not having the chance to gig with Hill and later sue her for abuse.  You can do that now?  I've been treated poorly in bands for years...and all of this time I should've been calling my attorney?

TMZ- Hill Sued For Abuse
I call Gruenbaum an Uber-Geek with a tone of admiration because he is the only guy I know that became so bored with mastering his instruments that he invented his own...and got away with it.