The History section of this web site is very sparse, especially the pages from 1980, onward. With time, these pages will be flushed out with lots of photos, and the sparse text will be replaced with, ah, well - it'll be replaced. The text following 1980 comes directly from Joe Nolte. Hopefully someone out there will be "encouraged" to write me with alternate ideas about the events described...

1983 was more of the same - I was an unhappy Joe. Steve Andrews came in on

second guitar, and was enthusiastic to the point of bloodying his fingers to

an extent that won my admiration and jealousy. It was, however, not enough.

I was unhappy & dissatisfied, and losing my voice to the extent that I

actually quit smoking. Things with John Frank had deteriorated to the point

that I needed him to leave in order to continue, so Vitus volunteered to

deliver the news to him. God knows what was said - it's too bad since John

did such great stuff with Trotsky, etc. Who knows . . . Steve left at the

same time - we essentially ceased to exist for a couple of months.

Come late summer Vitus, John Rosewall and I got together with Hunter Crowley

on drums and began to play gigs again. My heart was so obviously not into it

that I began getting phone calls from various rock friends expressing


Why are you reading this?

It should be noted that I'm planning to add comments from everyone else

involved to these pages - it'll be sort of an experiment in dynamic living

history. Why not . . .

Mid-year, the result of the previous year's recordings came out as "Painting

Smiles on a Dead Man". It was released only in France, on the Lolita label

(subsidiary of Eva). The liner notes are indicative of the malaise to which

we'd all succumbed - I think we have them on this site, if not I'll get Dan to

get 'em up.

We were doing stuff - we did a gothic version of "Louie Louie" expressly for

the Rhino "Best of Louie Louie" compilation, we did some videos for a local

valley cable show, lots of effort with no heart.

As the year ended I prepared to get married, and couldn't care less about