Jim was part of the crew from Harding High School who had a staggeringly huge impact on me. The half-dozen Class of ’78-ers that became musicians and introduced punk rock to the East Side of St Paul are the ones who blew up my musical ground zero. Jimmy played bass for The Reactors and Willful Neglect- legendary East Side bands.
Here are three songs Jim gave to me on two different cassettes when he heard that I was playing psychedelic music on Fresh Air Radio KFAI 90.3 FM in the early 1990s. Jimmy liked Jimi Hendrix, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, & Steve Vai a bunch back then. I played these on the radio; “Green Echo Dream” was played dozens of times. It sounds like (Willful Neglect singer) Wade “Calhoon” Johnson is singing on these tracks. Jim has since become a really good blues guitarist.
Thanks to Jim for giving me the go-ahead to put these here.
Green Echo Dream
BONUS TRACK: Jimmy gave me this for my birthday today, 11-5-12, GREAT NEW STUFF.
Jimmy was the kid from the ‘hood that would pull out a handgun and start randomly shooting into space, anytime he damn well felt like it. The most ‘Detroit’ of us all back then- a bad ass. This song makes even more sense knowing all that. Here’s to you, Jim!
The Red Headed Step Child
MORE BONUS: May 8 2013, sounds like Ron Asheton is back from the dead!
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