When the conversation comes around to my obsessive behavior of music, the one I get compared to most often is Jon Hunt. We are two peas in a pod; local music is especially a focus for both of us. A day like today is spent cross-referencing his stuff on the web & communicating via various channels online with Jon. If you’re wondering why one of Deep Shag’s songs is called “Smiley Smile’, they’ve earned it- Jon is a fount of knowledge regarding The Beach Boys’ “Smile” sessions and eventual release, he’s thanked in the credits. Massively talented on so many levels; I asked Jon a few questions this morning, and of course he answered right away. THANKS to Jon for EVERYTHING, I raise a toast to you and your old (new?) band!
GJG- Can you please give me a lineage of bands you’ve been in?
Jon- I’ve been in Deep Shag, Lunar 9, Hovercraft/Shatterproof, Landing Gear, Medication, Autumn Leaves, Silver Phial (in Los Angeles) and now Blue Sky Blackout. Phew!
GJG- Memorable Deep Shag shows?
Jon- Chris Hill points out that he thinks we only played shows from January to July of 1994. Is that even possible? My favorite show was one in St Peter MN with Hovercraft — we had a two day residency, it was a drunken blast. I remember Hovercraft covering “Can’t Hardly Wait” and me sitting on a roof with Lisa and Chris and listening to it. I don’t know how we could have crammed what I remember to be THAT MUCH LIFE in six months of playing.
Jon- We only went in the studio twice — the second time was the capper, when we did “Always A Turn-On.” Lisa was sick with a cold — you can totally hear it in her voice on the single! I still think it’s one of my favorite things I’ve ever been on.
GJG- I’ve been hearing rumors of a Deep Shag reunion. True?
Jon- It is absolutely true! We’ve been rehearsing, and me and Chris are writing new songs.
Here‘s a link to a recording of a show at The 7th Street Entry that Jon put on his facebook page, complete with cover art.