Label: Our First Record Company - OFRO2 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue White • Country: USA & Europe • Genre: Rock •
Post a Comment. Total Pageviews. Powered by Blogger Tricks. Only 50 copies made. Released with no cover art. All this was enclosed in a heavy plastic liner that was sealed with a white circular adhesive tab. This package was primarily put together to send I Cant Control Myself - Buzzcocks - Times Up booking agents and record labels.
At that time, the Dawson area was a busy, aviation-related industrial area, with American Airlines, Douglas Aircraft, and Spartan Trailers being major employers in the area. Neighborhoods were being built and new stores were popping up. Real Andy Griffith type stuff.
They also started taking piano lessons when they were young and continued the lessons for several years. This included piano recitals. His dad soon bought himhis own electric guitar from a pawn shop, and before long, he was playing along with some of his favorite songs.
Their dad, Adrian, was also a musician and singer. The brothers remember, as they were growing up, their dad always had some type of musical instrument in the house. Not It´s Up To You - Totty - Too guitars, but accordions, mandolins, trumpets, violins, xylophones and all types of different stuff. The guitars always stayed, but all the others slowly cycled in and out the door. Their dad also had a reel-to-reel tape recorder that the brothers would play with, mostly recording sound effects and small radio dramas.
One night they were playing some songs in the garage and decided to open the big door to cool off. When they opened the door, there were some people standing around in the street, and kids in the driveway on bikes, all just listening.
The brothers say this was the first concert they ever played. When they played their very first club job, Dennis was still only 15, so the club had a special table set up by the stage that DT had to stay by. No roaming around the club. They now stepped up to playing out of town gigs at colleges, small town armories, and even night clubs.
They also started developing a heavier sound for their music, now being influenced by the heavier sounds of other 3 piece bands like Cream, Jimi Hendrix Experience, and early Grand Funk Railroad. They soon decided to start recording some of their tunes, and for the next few years, were in and out of several studios recording their original songs.
Whenever they could get enough extra money saved up in their pockets, they were ready to go record some more songs. While some local bands were playing gigs and building up and impressive array of amps and P. They recorded in a lot of local area studios back in the day. One of the problems they had in their early recording career was finding local studios that knew how to record their It´s Up To You - Totty - Too of louder, hard rocking music.
The Tulsa music scene was big into the Tulsa Sound and country music at that time, and their heavier style of music was a new challenge for some local studios. After playing for several years in the area, Round And Round - Jennifer Warnes - Jennifer Warnes broke up in After jamming with local California musicians and writing some new songs, they returned to Tulsa and formed a new 3 piece band, Starstream Bodine, with local Tulsa drummer George Cooper.
Bodine played colleges, clubs, concerts, and even an Oklahoma barn dance. Musically, they had developed into a hard driving and spacey sounding rock band, but with their Oklahoma roots still coming through in their sound. Inshortly after recording a 6 song demo, George moved out of state …link to story of first album. Instead of forming a new band at that time, the TBs decided to record some more songs and made a full length album of original songs. They asked the drummer from their old band Cedric, Roger Roden, to come in and play a session with them, and also asked and received session help from David Blue, who was the drummer for the TBs favorite area band, Bliss, from Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
After being gone for a length of time, George moved back to Oklahoma, and almost immediately began playing with Dennis and Byron again. During the next couple of years they even experimented with adding a keyboard player or a second guitar player. While this did add a certain dimension to some of their original songs, most of the tunes they were writing were more 3 piece rock oriented, so they always drifted back to their original sound.
By this time they were pretty much performing all original material in concert type settings. It was also during this time period they performed 2 live Sail Away With Me - Rhythm Heritage - Skys The Limit for Oklahoma City radio station KATT, which were recorded and later broadcast on air. After a couple of years of playing together again, George moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma to get married and perform in a music group with his new wife.
During the lull time between George leaving and starting a new band, aroundthe TBs were contacted by an old friend from college days who offered to financially help them get a second album recorded. They decided to record the album at Charity Recording Studios in Tulsa, as they did the first album, but this time go to Criteria Recording Studios in Miami, Florida to mix the album.
This album was to be called Totty Too. They recall that during their week stay in Miami, the famous Dade County riots broke out. In the distance, they could see the glow of burning fires all across the horizon. They even saw tracer bullets being fired from the ground at a police helicopter. After the album mix was completed, the band returned to Tulsa and started making plans to go to Los Angeles to finish the album packaging.
They intended to move there for a short time, perform some gigs, and like in New York, take the album to record companies and management companies.
They It´s Up To You - Totty - Too special concert night performances for L. Within 2 months they were already playing places that some local bands had been trying for years to get into.
It was the first music video produced in Oklahoma to use digital video editing technology. On the night they recorded, Tulsa had one of their largest floods ever.
Being locked up in the studio all night, they never knew it happened until they started coming out of the studio the next morning. This was back before the days of cell phones and texts. You got into the studio and isolated yourself from the world.
They also appeared on the local Tulsa music television show Tulsa Backstage. They had arrived at the Tulsa Backstage studios with the intention of performing 3 songs live for the television cameras, then, they were told, each song would air some time during the next few weeks of the tv show. Tulsa Backstage played all three songs the first night.
The band drifted in and out over the next few years, It´s Up To You - Totty - Too in different projects here and there. They backed up core members vocalist Mike Taylor and drummer John Mabry. This EP was released on CD only. This EP also marked the first time they had ever recorded a non-original song for one of their product releases.
Eventually the band slowly drifted apart, but each would stay involved in different musical projects over time. The brothers even individually backed gospel singers in concert and played in a Má Hra - Blue/Effect* - Acoustic/Time (DVD) church Christmas production.
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