big news this year was the long-awaited CD release of L.A.
Explosion on Bomp Records! David Nolte put together
the CD booklet, and remixed the bonus tracks with Joe
(when they couldn't find the original mixes). You can read many
of the great reviews it got here.
Recording on Shank came to
a halt when Robbie went to Europe for a month or so in
January. Little did the band know then that recording would never
In April, Joe did a
solo acoustic appearance at Something Else records in
Brooklyn during a visit to New York. It was a last minute thing
- not really planned in advance. You can view more photos here.
The band once again traveled
to Colorado to play at Stockage in June. By this time,
various personal problems were occurring in and around the band,
resulting in the band going into a "temporary hiatus"
which would last the rest of the year (and still continues as
I write this in early 2004).
By the time they hit Stockage,
Joe had created a new band with his girlfriend Lisa
(formerly of 5
Star Crush), whom he met at Stockage the previous year.
Calling themselves Misfortune Cookie (after they couldn't
get everyone to agree to the name "Shits and Giggles"),
they also played Stockage this year, along with Queef - a new band put together by Missy
Joe and Mike performed in a few acoustic
shows, but there would be no further Last shows this year.
So, barely a year after announcing
they were "back to stay," Joe finds his band back in
their hybernation chamber.