Can you tell us a bit about your first few national tours as TMBG? It seems like we know a decent bit about your reception in NYC's underground / art scene of the mid - late 80's, but what were those few tours like? How were you guys received?
JF: It was the best/worst of times. It was 4 guys in a van-me and John, Bill K. or John Gernand and a forth who changed pretty frequently. We stayed at hotels or crashed at strangers houses when we didn’t have to drive overnight. The first year things got dramatically better from the first tour to the second thanks to some meaningful MTV video play and a little bit of college radio rotation. The crowds grew from about 40 to about 200 real fast. That was good.
We really had to build the whole show from scratch each day with house equipment that would be woefully inadequate for the vocals of a self-amplified combo (and painful for a show that kinda relied on a full-frequency PA like ours) We got colds a lot, and lost our voices a lot. There was a fair bit of stress!
But everything was brand new, quite surprising and totally exciting.
Hi John! I am a DJ on Monday mornings on WBER in Rochester, NY, and I feature a different TMBG song every week in a segment I call "They Monday Be Giants." Any chance you guys would be interested in recording a 10-15 sec theme I could use to introduce the segment? Keep on rockin' in the free world. --Vernicus.
JF: that is terrific. Right now we aren’t geared up for promo, but someday this will happen!