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Kevin K Interview

Posted: August 2, 2017 by rockbrat in Uncategorized
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This is an interview Colin Gray (Australian Rock Show/Rockbrat Blog) conducted on September 3, 2010 with legendary NYC rocker Kevin K. At the time, Kevin was about to release his autobiography, ‘How To Become A Successful Loser’, and his 20th Studio album, ‘Joey And Me’. In this detailed interview, Kevin talks about the book, the ‘Joey And Me’ album, playing with Walter Lure in LA, the state of the music industry, his memories of NYC, the ‘Firestorm’ and ‘Deutschland’ albums, his brother Alan, Cheetah Chrome, Freddy Lynxx, the New Toys and a whole lot more. This interview originally aired on the Rockbrat Radio podcast (now defunct) at 10PM on 10 September, 2010.

8165oFhMAHL._SL1500_If I have written one word about Kevin K over the years, then I have written a thousand. I can wax lyrical about the music of Kevin K forever and a day, and to anyone who cares to listen. Kevin K deserves every success. He has paid his dues time and time again. And again. Over and over. Yet this is what he does. He writes and plays rock ‘n’ roll – as he always has. And no one does it better. Listening to Kevin K rock ‘n’ roll always puts me in a good mood, it always has. Kevin K is my favourite rock ‘n’ roller of all time – past present and future. That fact will never change. I am biased when it comes to Kevin K, but so what, at least I’m honest. I’d like to think that after a lifetime of rock ‘n’ roll, I know a thing or two about what’s good and what’s not. Kevin K rock ‘n’ roll has been a constant in my life for close on 25 years now. I own all his records, and have followed his career throughout the years. He is, if nothing else, consistent.  In recent years, many of his contemporaries:  Jeff Dahl, Freddy Lynxx, Rick Blaze and Nikki Sudden have either faded from the music biz or (sadly) passed way, yet Kevin tenaciously keeps at it – and for that, we should all be thankful. Show some respect.

And so it is 2016, and I’m listening to ‘Manhattan Project’, the latest Kevin K offering, and in one word  – it’s great.  Thematically, for many albums now, Kevin has had a preoccupation with, and written about, different aspects of the Second World War and the occupation years that followed in Europe – Everything from the D-Day landings to East Berlin and the Berlin Wall. Kevin’s father is a World War II veteran,  so that has no doubt had an influence on Kevin’s writing too. Old Man Crack (whom I think is 91 nowadays) plays a smokin’ harmonica, and even lays down a harp solo on the tune, ‘Bar Stuck’. (Sounding good Mr K!) Theme wise, ‘Manhattan Project’ follows suit. The Manhattan Project was the research and development project that produced the first nuclear weapons during World War II, yet it’s also a nod to the Big Apple with Kevin acknowledging his past association with NYC, CBGB’s and all that’s now long gone….

With a whopping 16 tracks, there’s plenty to like. ‘Hey Hey Hey’ is a strong opener, and lyrically it has KK reflecting about life, and me thinks he must have been listening to early Coop circa early 70s as there are references to ‘muscle of love’ and ‘caught in a dream’. Catchy pre-chorus, and sing-along chorus. Rippin’ guitar solo too courtesy of Joey D, whose slashing solos add additional salt to the KK sound. A reworking of the Alan K tune ‘Nine Lives’ is welcome –melodically brooding, this version stays true to the original and gives the music of his brother renewed relevancy. And rightly so. I still think Kevin should release an entire album of Alan K penned tunes, but I’ll take what I can get – and this one remains on high rotation with me. (Go buy Kevin’s 1997 album ‘Rule The Heart’ which includes several great demos by Alan K). The faster paced ‘In The Cold’ heads down familiar ‘77 Dead Boys territory, as does an updated version of ‘Better Class Of Slut’. That’s a good thing folks. ‘Rocks Off Union’ is a good example of what I call the ‘Kevin K sound’ and what makes KK r ‘n’ r so great. Lots of hook, mid tempo riff, likeable vocal, catchy sing-along chorus and an oversupply of melody. Nod your head in time kids – this is the shit, and he has written dozens and dozens of tunes like this. I also have to make mention of Joey D’s rippin’ solo on this one – tasteful, melodic, memorable. It’s always music to my ears (pardon the pun) when Kevin pays homage to his musical past – giving life to tunes that were perhaps overlooked the first time around (and at the same time honouring the legacy and memories of his brother Alan K and Peter Cain). That way a whole new audience gets to hear ‘em. That concept continues with renewed versions of a few Road Vultures tunes, namely ‘Hangin On’ and the super catchy ‘Rosalene’ (from 1994’s ‘Ride’ album), and ‘OK Tonight’, ‘Hassles’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Bar’ (from 1993’s ‘Fire It Up’ album). ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Bar’, probably Kevin’s signature tune, is an out and out classic, and this version (again with a blitzin’ Joey D solo) simply kicks ass. Whip it out Cheetah.  The melancholic ‘OK Tonight’ is probably my favourite all time Kevin K tune.  Contemplative, unassuming, brilliant.  The tribute to Alan K and Peter Cain continues with reworked versions of Lone Cowboys tunes  ‘Nothin From Nothin’ and ‘Skulls Have Eyes’, both of which originally appeared on 1985’s  ‘Streets Of Poison’ cassette.  ‘Nothin From Nothin’ is a brilliant pop/rock song. Melody galore and further evidence of what a gifted songwriter Alan K was. A great song is a great song – and time doesn’t diminish that fact. The music of Alan K deserves to be heard. It’s that good. There’s also some cool covers included in the mix for good measure. The obligatory tip of the hat to Johnny Thunders with a faithful rendition of ‘All By Myself’, and a likeable take of Bowie’s ‘Rebel Rebel’.

Top to bottom – Manhattan Project contains consistently strong songs – and with the year only half over, it’s safe to say I already have one of the THE album of 2016. As I’ve said many times before, whoever else it is you are listening to, whoever else it is you think is rock n roll – pales in comparison to Kevin K. Manhattan Project is another in a rich body of musical work that remains the soundtrack to my life. Kevin K is without peer. Become a convert today. Buy the album online or directly from Kevin here. 10 out of 10.

 

If I have written one word about Kevin K’s music over the years – I’ve written a thousand. Yet I still struggle to find the right words that do justice to his music. What I do know is that in 2012, you should all be damn thankful that Kevin is still around and creating top shelf rock ‘n’ roll that is nothing short of inspired, and shits all over anything else you’ll hear. Period. For those familiar with Kevin’s extensive back catalogue, ‘Tramp Stamp’ treads a line that is similar to his 1997 album, ‘Rule The Heart’. Recorded in St. Petersburg, Florida, ‘Tramps Stamp’ is Kevin’s 21st album and he has tapped into his past for inspiration on ‘Tramp Stamp’.  This includes having his old New Toys cohort Meat Cleaver on board, who is, as ever rock solid and steadfast on bass.  Much of the influence for this album came from Kevin’s revisiting his old haunts in NYC, a city  which he lived in for much of his life. He sings of how NYC has changed, and of times past and friends departed. How his old haunts have become yuppified and gentrified and squeezed out everyone except the rich and well to do. You can hear those themes on tunes like “Damage Control” ’ (The city feels like a cemetery) and “City Kill” (the ghosts walk with me down the Avenue). Can I just say before I go on that Kevin’s solos on these two tunes are killer!  In fact, the guitars sound amazing on this album – really out the front soundwise. His playing has never sounded better. Kevin plays all the guitars on ‘Tramp Stamp’, with his ‘64 Melody Maker giving a great, rich tone. He also gets a great sound playing his brother’s Fender Telecaster. Whilst thematically, some of the songs are darker, (and some heavier), all these tunes are still coated with his trademark penchant for melody. The darker theme to the album does not mean that he has forsaken those infectious hooks and melodic lines that he is known for. Check out ‘Dreamin Again’. Lyrically, it is reflective, but man, what a hook! Big catchy, sing along chorus! Another from the guy who has written thousands of ‘em! My personal fave of the album, (though I also dig the instantly likeable Ramones like power pop of ‘Just The Girl’). The darker gothic theme is further evidenced on ‘Love Crimes’, with a 1970 Sabbath like riff that would do Geezer proud. Significantly, Kevin also includes a version of ‘Nowhere Safe’, a tune that was written and recorded by his late brother Alan on his last demo in 1995. This is such a cool tune. Reminiscent of his work in Lone Cowboys, though I can also hear a little Lords influence here too. Great lyrics, great melodic lines, and further exampled of just how good a song writer Alan K was. Kevin even used the same keyboard on this recording that Alan did on the demo. Like all brothers, there’s a chemistry/symmetry that will always exist, and Kevin’s interpretation of ‘Nowhere Safe’ is superb. It’s always cool to hear Alan’s influence on Kevin’s work. ‘Rule the Heart’ also had some of Alan’s demos on it, so ‘Tramp Stamp’ really does sit comfortably next to that album. I would like to hear Kevin record a whole album of Alan’s tunes. A final highpoint of the album is the mafia themed ‘Wild For You’.  This one cooks, and like me, you’ll be crankin’ up the car stereo and singing your heart out! And why the f–k not ? F–k whatever else you think is rock ‘n’ roll. I’m here to tell you that it’s not up to par chum. This ain’t American Idol, this ain’t punk cut outs Good Charlotte – this is KEVIN K – the #1 rock ‘n’ roller on the planet and still the BEST voice in rock n roll. Half the year gone, and THE album of 2012 has arrived in no uncertain terms. What are you waiting for?  Show some respect. Go buy it now.  Go to CD Baby or buy it from Kevin (email: Kevinkband@aol.com).

For the uninitiated, a short history lesson. New Toys were the premier melodic punk band from upstate New York in the late 70’s – from Buffalo to be precise. Heavily influenced by the burgeoning NYC punk scene, both in look and sound, the New Toys gigged for three years throughout Western NY and Southern Canada, developing an appealing, guitar driven heavy pop sound, that was rich in melody and way better than anything coming out of LA at the time (Zeros, Weirdos, Germs etc). Supports with Pat Benatar, Squeeze, The Tourists, The Romantics etc. further solidified the New Toys reputation and following – before a relocation to NYC in late 1981 beckoned.  A shot at the big time came unstuck and by late 1982 the New Toys were no more – until now. Who would have thought it ? Almost 30 years later – the New Toys regrouped in May of this year to play a couple of shows and record some new material. ‘Made In Buffalo’ is the result and in one word – it’s fanfuckingtastic! I am overwhelmed by the quality of the songs on this album, and let me tell you why. After 30 years of not playing together, you’d be right to expect that a band may be a little rusty and the magic had gone, but that ain’t the case at all. The chemistry is still there, the band sound great, the machine is well oiled and they sound like they are having fun! The New Toys are even newer ! I What you get are a total of 15 tunes, comprised of eight new recordings of original New Toys  tunes, some lives numbers from the May reunion show, and a couple of dusted off demos from 1980. No filler songs anywhere – EVERY song is fucking great ! The album opens with ‘On Our Way’ with a bitchin’ riff and sing-a-long chorus, the band are out of the blocks in a BIG way. Why don’t I hear tunes this good on the radio?  This is GREAT. Doug Tyler ROCKS! ‘Let Go Of My Heart’ is another fave, highlighting Tyler’s melodic sensibilities. ’You Don’t Even Know’ is both hooks galore and pop supreme. Doug Tyler has a great voice, is a great guitar player and is a way underrated song writer. He cuts the mustard every time. ‘Stay Away’ and ‘Do You Really  Know’, both original New Toys songs sound fresh and hold immense pop appeal. No higher endorsement can be made. These older New Toys tunes sound relevant and current – that’s the mark of great song writing friends. ‘Talking About You’ is another melodic gem from the pen of Kevin K – a man who has written hundreds of ‘em. Of the live material, it’s nice to hear ‘Livin Fast’, first class heavy, duty pop, that originally came out back in 1980 as a Toys 45.  Doug Tyler’s Don’t Know Why’ is further evidence of the punch, melodic hook so prevalent in the New Toys sound. Rock ‘n’ roll is lame in 2011 – with a few exceptions, this being one of them. This is one great rock ‘n’ roll album from a band who should have made it the first time around. The second time around, the New Toys are re-writing the script – and all power to ‘em. This Christmas, give the gift of New Toys. One of the top 5 albums of 2011.

New Toys will be holding a CD release gig for this album on December 17 at Club Diablo in Buffalo. Buy the album from CD Baby here

So who is Kevin K, and why would you buy this book? Kevin K is a Florida based rock ‘n’ roller who for 30 + years has been playing street punk, NYC style rock ‘n’ roll. He counted Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan and Syl Sylvain from the New York Dolls as his peers and friends, as well as just about every other New York based rocker from the late 70’s onwards. Sure, he hasn’t sold hundreds of thousands of albums, no he’s never played Madison Square Garden (though he must have walked passed it a thousand times). No he isn’t a household name (though he is in my house). But he has written literally hundreds of underappreciated songs since the late 70’s, recorded 30 odd albums, and tenaciously niched out a career for himself by creating distinct, melodic and inspired rock ‘n’ roll – music that matters. If you are a fan of Johnny Thunders, The Dolls, The Dead Boys, Ramones, Iggy or punk rock in general, you will no doubt enjoy reading this book as it’s littered with great, real life stories that features all those guys. Yet this is more than a rock ‘n’ roll book. This is a human interest story about a life well travelled. It details his life as a boy and his youth growing up in Buffalo, high school, getting into rock n roll, living in NYC in the 1980s and 90’s as a musician struggling to make it with all the craziness that city had to offer at that time. There are many interesting stories in here. He came so close to ‘making it’ that he could almost taste it, yet he never signed that major label deal or had a video on MTV. He just kept plugging away, year after year, making new albums and touring in support of them. NYC, Detroit, LA, Japan, Germany, Poland, France, Spain. There’s great stories of the road from all those countries. There’s stories about living in NYC next to Iggy Pop, encounters with GG Allin and The Ramones, playing the clubs and moving to Hollywood. There’s stories about the death of his brother Alan (whose music was also way underappreciated), hanging out with Johnny Thunders and Cheetah Chrome, drugs, St. Mark’s Place, Jennifer Love Hewitt and much much more. It’s 2011 and the Ramones are long gone. CBGB’s has gone. Rock ‘n’ rolls glory days are gone. Despite it all, Kevin K has just kept on keeping on. I have been hipped to his music for 16 years now. For those of us in the know, this guy’s music has always been special. In an age when rock ‘n’ roll is manufactured, contrived, disposable and lacking in authenticity, the need for Kevin K rock n roll is greater than ever. This guy has more rock n roll credential than an army of Avril Lavignes. He is the last of his kind. Get this book now and discover what I’ve known for a long time now – Kevin K rock ‘n’ roll is the best there is.   

 At only $14 this is a MUST! But it online at Amazon here

Tune in to hear an exclusive interview with legendary Kevin K that was recorded on September 3, 2010. Cowboy Col talks to Kevin about all his new releases including the autobiography, his just released double DVD and current studio album ‘Joey & Me’. Listen here

In recent years, Florida based singer/songwriter Kevin K has penned albums that have largely reflected his experiences of touring throughout Europe, and Germany in particular. 2009’s ‘Deutschland’ and last year’s ‘Firestorm’ CD gave the listener strong thematic images of cold war Europe and post war Germany. With consistently strong, original and evocative material, these albums took Kevin K’s music to a new level whilst not forsaking his Johnny Thunders / Dead Boys / Iggy roots . Early 2011 sees the release of his eagerly anticipated ’Joey And Me’ CD, and it does not disappoint. Dedicated to his departed and much loved cat,  Joey, this 10 tracker further illustrates that after 30 + years in the biz, Kevin K is at the top if his game. The album kicks off with ‘Omaha’, an earnest acoustic number about Omaha Beach in Normandy and the D Day landings, with the lyrics again painting a clear picture for the listener.  As anyone who has ever owned a pet will testify, the family cat or dog give a lot of love without asking for anything in return. Happy to see you when you come home from work, Fido doesn’t give a shit what kind of day you had, with tail wagging he’s just happy to see you. That’s true loyalty my friends. When they pass away, the loss, much like losing any close relative or friend, is immense. Kevin K’s heartfelt and moving homage to his cat of 15 years, ‘Joey And Me’ is sad and emotional, and a fitting tribute. Resplendent with harmonica and strings, this song is a highpoint of the album. ‘Smack and Swastikas’ is a gritty guitar pop tune that oozes melody and early 70’s Stones debauchery, iced with jack booted imagery. Another catchy three minute classic from the man who has now penned hundreds of ’em. I can’t find too much wrong with the rockin’ ‘Big Tits’, but then again, like most red blood males I never could:). This is something I could see Bon Scott writing and singing. Great guitar solo too. ‘Still Miss You’ is an up-tempo punk/pop tune that features a catchy chorus complete with a tasty Mike Monroe style sax lick. (This song is a good example of why I think Kevin K’s recent albums are so effective with their use of musical creativity. He’s not afraid to try things, such as adding saxophone to a tune and breaking away from the expected formulae. Go listen to ‘Deutschland’ for further evidence of this). ’Out With The Wrong Girl’ and ‘Cried Over You’ are both infectious and catchy, with the use of sax on ‘Cry Over You’ making it even more appealing to my ears. ‘I’m Dead Already’ is almost a reprise of ‘Joey and Me’, and is about death, closure, life and reflection. Lyrically it’s thought provoking and musically, a nice acoustic tune. That expressive sentiment is continued on the bonus track ‘Windows Of Time’, which is my favourite track on the album. The way the verse breaks into that big, evocative chorus just hits me to the spine.”Running, running, until the end of time”. Sure, it’s again got the thought provoking ‘big picture’ lyrics about life and death and what it all means, but it sure speaks to me. It sounds very much like an Alan K tune, which can only be a good thing, and reason alone for you to go and buy the album. After writing hundreds of songs, as ‘Joey And Me’ testifies, in 2011 Kevin K is still producing the goods and creating inspired rock ‘n’ roll that none of his peers come close to matching. The bass player on the album is Freddy Villano, who in the 90’s played with Quiet Riot and Dee Snider’s Widowmaker. 10 out of 10. Buy it from CD Baby

If you ain’t done so already, tune into Rockbrat Radio and here an interview I conductede with Kevin last September. Check it here.  

Alan K – Gone But Never Forgotten

by Ted Alan Sterns

As the old saying goes, ‘Gone but not forgotten,’ is definitely how I feel about Alan K, close friend and former lead singer and founding co-member of Lone Cowboys, and later Circumstantial Recording Artists Road Vultures. 

I won’t go into all the details of Alan’s death.  But it has affected the remainder of his friends deeply.  His spirit lingers not only here on 13th Street, but at the home of Richie “Rock” Molesso, former bass player with Road Vultures, and now with the Kevin K Band. On occasion Richie has said that he’s walked into his bedroom and seen Alan’s apparition.  Richie has a great amount of Alan’s personal property, especially Alan’s clothes and the remainder of his ashes.  He keeps Alan’s spirit alive, and it appears in many ways. 

As for me I still get a little spooked watching Alan on some of the old videos from the late 80’s and early 90’s.  His death came as a shock, because he was always a survivor, even when he was at his lowest; no money, addicted, and living on the bad-ass streets of NYC, he always managed to crawl out of the gutter and establish himself again.  So when Alan left NYC to go to Florida to get it together, I never thought I’d never see him again.  He died in his sleep at the St. Marks Hotel the night he returned to New York, November 10, 1996. 

The police had called, a Detective Swift from the 9th Precinct. I spoke to him briefly. The detective wanted to speak to Kevin, but Kevin was out.  I never thought anything of it, because Kevin was talking to the detectives on a semi-regular basis for the past week or two.  Friends of ours, Trash Brats from Detroit, had come up to play a gig at the Continental.  And, unfortunately, some of their band equipment ended up being stolen.  So naturally when the detectives called, I thought it was about that. 

So I gave the message to Kevin when he got in.  He called the detective back right away. When I saw the expression on Kevin’s face I knew it was bad.  I knew it was Alan.  I knew he had returned, but I never thought…  In all the years I’ve known Kevin I never saw him the way he was that night — drawn, pale and shaking. 

Alan is dead…Alan is dead. 

My God, I still can’t believe it.  I still expect to run into him here on the Lower East Side–wearing that stupid, f##king hat of his.  Kevin has it now. 

Alan always made me laugh.  And I remember a gig we played in Buffalo many years ago.  It was a Road Vultures show and the band hadn’t been to Buffalo, NY in a lot of years.  It was April, and it was f##king cold. 

So we show up at the club, the Continental–yeah, another club named the Continental.  And as we’re coming around the corner onto Franklin Street, where the entrance of the club is, we see a bunch of bikers standing out front.  This is pretty cool we thought.  A lot of bikers used to come out to see the band when they played Buffalo regularly.  We get closer and we see it’s the outlaw biker gang, the Road Vultures.  And I think this is cool.  These guys, who aren’t really a biker gang anymore (they were disbanded by the local law enforcement authorities after most went to prison for some heavy-duty shit back in the late 60s) have gotten a few of their members together to see the band.  This is very cool, I thought.  As we got closer I noticed there weren’t any motorcycles around.  Then we came to the front door, and we were confronted by these four or five guys who wanted to f##k us up. 

These guys weren’t here to see the band, they were here to give us an ultimatum.  Change the name of the band, remove any Road Vulture tattoos we may have and never use their name again.  This was the direct order of Billy, their leader.  So you ask what was so funny about all this?  Besides the fact that these bikers had no bikes, and they were all wearing new leather vests with new colors ( a large patch with their logo) — Alan of course! 

As we were standing there, outside in the cold, trying not to get our heads kicked in each member of the band was disappearing, even Larry G., the President of Circumstantial Records made a quick exit into the club.  So who’s left–me and Alan.  Here’s Alan, flamboyant as he can possibly be, wearing this woman’s hat with a flower, dressed up like a real trash-rock celebrity trying to talk to these ugly-ass, hard-core bikers who wanted to kill him.  And after all I said to these guys, it was Alan who finally calmed these guys down by putting them on the guest list!  They never did stay long enough to see the band. 

Maxx:  When it comes to Kevin, you always hear somebody he knows has died.  There’s some people that you think are going to be around forever.  Johnny Thunders was one of them.  And I always thought that Alan was going to be one of them too.  But when Kevin told me Alan died, I felt pretty much the same way as when Johnny died, but more so because I was close to Alan.  With Alan it was more of a heartbreak, very sad cause I always thought someday that he would be back in the band. 

I remember the time we played Buffalo, New York.  I had never been there.  Here are all these bikers out front looking for the leader of the band.   But Alan handled it very well though, as professional as he could be considering the way he looked that night. It was actually very funny, especially with the outfit he was wearing, and that pink, plastic sword dangling from his hip–and his hair all done up.  Here’s this punky rock star talking to these hard-core bikers, trying to get them not to kill us. 

Richie: Shock and sadness are the only words for it. 

Alan had just come back from Florida.  It was August of 1993.  Alan called me cause he had nothing to do that day.  He was a bit depressed I guess cause it seemed all his “friends” didn’t want to hang out with him.  So I hooked up with him in the City and we headed to Queens.  We went to St. Mary’s cemetery to visit Johnny & Jerry (Johnny Thunders & Jerry Nolan).  Afterwards we went to Corona, Queens to the Lemon Ice King, which is an Italian Ices shop (a shop that sells flavored ice–thinly ground ice flavored with Cherry, Orange, Pina Colada, Root Beer, etc. you eat out of a paper cup.  Most famous ice is the classic lemon ice).  The reason we went was cause it was near were Johnny grew up, and the Lemon Ice King was the only place that Alan could get his favorite flavor.  So we spent much of the day and early evening together.  Later that evening he called me to thank me for hanging out with him. And taking him to Corona.  It made him very happy to get his Italian Ice. 

Kevin:  When we were kids we lived next door to this older girl and Alan really liked her.  So they became friends, but Alan wanted more.  But this girl didn’t want anything to do with  a younger guy.  So Alan got pissed off and really showed her, he covered this girl’s brand new bicycle with dogshit–handlebars, fenders, the banana seat, the horn, the bell–everywhere! 

So this girl’s parents come over to talk to my parents and want to know how Alan could do this.  Though my parents acted as if they were upset, they actually thought it was hysterical. 

It was about ten years ago and we were having a hard time getting into seeing the major shows for free at the clubs.  So Alan comes up with this idea.  He goes around to like five of the major record labels and drops off our demo tape and press kit.  While he’s there he picks up a business card from one of the A&R guys that he’s given the tape to.  So for like a week he’s working on these business cards.  He gets them laminated, and these things look amazing.  It was Alan K. A&R Rep, Atlantic Records; Alan K., CBS Records.  We go to these clubs and he flashes his card at the door guy and says we’re on the guest list, and they let us right in, show us to a reserved table and give us free drinks.  Yeah, like I’m Alan K.  from CBS and we’re on the guest list tonight to see Iggy. 

One time when we were living in West Hollywood. Alan got a hold of these keys from his ex-girlfriend who was renting this amazing condo on Fuller Avenue.  This was a very exclusive building with a pool, Jacuzzi and sauna on the roof.   So his ex gives the keys back to the guy who owns the apartment, (he’s living in NYC) but in the mean time Alan had made copies.  So Alan doctors up a phone bill and electric bill to look like he’s actually living at the condo.  So for the whole summer of 1992 we would go up on the roof, sit in the Jacuzzi, drink beer, smoke cigars, and talk to models. 

Growing up with Alan there was never a dull moment.  He was never afraid to try something different, try something new, or constantly move.  He never had second thoughts about doing anything, he would just do it .  And that’s how he lived his life. 

The way I deal with everything now is I have two worlds, my physical world here and my spiritual world where Alan and many of my friends are. 

Prologue:  You’ve read a personal side about Alan that we rarely share with anyone.  These are our fond memories of a friend, a brother, and brilliant musician and song writer.  Though he’s gone from this world it has not lessened our love and respect for him. 
If you would like to know more about Alan please visit the 13th Street Entertainment web site at http://www.13th-street.com/artists/alank/biography.html where you’ll find a memorial page, and pages dedicated to the bands he was in. 

Ted Alan Sterns
President
13th Street Entertainment

Note: Article originally appeared in Vicious Kitten Fanzine – 1996
It was written in 1996 by Ted Sterns, Kevin K, Ritchie Ritchard and Max Gallo