"There is No God ! - There is no God" So barks out the devestating lines from December 1985's "Maury,...A Lad Insane" and the Professional Recording career of Clark Hagins is under way indeed at South Bay Sound Studio in Gardena California and along with studio engineer Bill Rothenberg. "I've often thought it so strange that such a confused and angry cry for help came from a very devout Catholic Conservative guy who never misses a Sunday Mass (Laughs)" says Clark Hagins today in 2010; "But all the bizarre contridictions about me are awesome,...to be as weird as me,..its like fine wine,..it takes time and seasoning,..aging and "evolution" I guess (Laughs)" says Higgins. The "Man who invented Grunge" doesn't mince words when it comes to the massive critiques of his music that are everywhere on the web; "People don't understand me at all,...but that is who I am,..I am complete focused chaos,.....I don't make a damn bit of sense yet I make the 'only' perfect sense that there is ,..when You really think about it,...I am like the Perez Hilton of the Tea Party Movement (Laughs)" says Hagins. The incredibly heavy and Link Wray like distorted or "Grunge" guitars of 1985's "Maury" put Hagins light years ahead of the trend that Media-started in 1991 and dominated pop music of the 90's with bands from Nirvana to Pearl Jam. Very much 'NOT' heavy metal,..and loaded with dis-illusioned cries for help and very confused blush and cringe inspiring one-ness makes Hagins music the things of something special indeed ; "You have to be as fucked up as me to make music this good,...you can't fake it,..I am an original,..I am 'THE' ORIGINAL,....AND I 'knew' I had something good,..thats why I went to all the major Labels with it" says Hagins. Hagins says that growing up at 251 and suffering for years under the wrath of his older brothers ( And in particular his brother Doug) turned him into one of the South Bay's 'weirdest people"...."Everybody in the South Bay thought that I was weird,..but I wasn't really that weird at all really,..I was just a nice honest sweet guy who 'told it like it was',..I really wasn't weird - but they all said that I was so I guess it must be true" - Playing all the instruments on his songs - and today some of the Biggest Songs of the internet - now gets Hagins the endless respect of many but as Hagins blogs at ThegreenhouseEffectrocks.com ,..what good does it do him now today - and now that he is turning 45 ??; "I knew eventually that I was gonna find my niche and get discovered,...I knew I was good,.. -but way back then ,..I really didn't care if they liked me or hated me,...and perhaps 'that' in itself was a problem,..I needed to care more and get more angry way back then,..and I simply didn't ,....I think that the only time I really got pissed off was at Bam Magazine (Laughs),..I was just too into the music to notice anything else..." says Hagins. Hagins would hook up with reknowned Guitarist_Phil Keegan (Dr. Phil) and the rest is history with "Precarious", Racers, and "The Magic Man",..and ofcourse Coke Snorting and "Waiting for your love to fail"; "Those were great times,...we were a great band,..when the crowd watched me drum with Flipper and Carmody in G.e., ..they didn't think I was so weird then suddenly,....they just rocked out !!" - Late 1985 and Clark Hagins ventures into a Real Studio where he records with Engineer Bill Rothberg at Gardena California's South Bay Sound ,...and he is Controversial Right from the Start; "Maury...A Lad Insane" is the Who Tommy Meets David Bowie influenced track that would get Hagins into hot water with many in his family ...but the immediate curiosty of a South Bay Guitarist named Phil Keegan. "THERE IS NO GOD ..... THERE IS NO GOD" barks out the quasi-chorus part in this song that seems to come straight from 1969 London. The Keith Moon like drums are pure Hagins and the over-distorted driven guitars come from Hagins "punching holes into the speakers like Link Wray would do" to achieve maximum Grunge Rock effect ala Neil Young; "In that track, I actually cut the wrythm guitar part 'FIRST'" says Hagins "and I 'never' did that,...it was usually always the drums first but Rothenberg suggested that it might be 'easier' to lay down a basic guitar part first,...I was in a hurry and I had no money and I had never been in a real studio before,....I had always recorded at 251 and I have another version of "Maury" that is almost completely identical to this one." Hagins recalls driving out to South Bay Sound and Gardena long ago to record with the help of his trusty YELLOW VW BUS; "SOUTH BAY SOUND WAS RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF WHAT WAS THEN LIKE THIS REALLY BAD DRUG INFESTED GANG AREA,.....I hated going there alone DAY OR NIGHT " says Hagins "I'M SURE ITS WAY BETTER NOW,...YEAH RIGHT" - Hagins says that working with Music recording engineers Dan and Bill at South Bay Sound was very educational musically; "I realised then that I could do virtually anything with sound,....but I did realise too then,..that what I was eventually gonna need was a real band,...and not just to play gigs Live,...it was simply too difficult, expensive, and very cumbersome,..to record all alone,..laying down different tracks on different pieces of tape,.....when I would go down near El Retiro park In Torrance where this mechanic dude lived (The guy that I bought the yellow VW Bus from), I would hear my ex-bass Player_Rick Carmody jamming with these other two new dudes,...this drummer dude named Rich Hebben ..Who was awesome ! ,..and ofcourse this other guy - who I had known since first grade at Parkway School in Torrance,...his name was Phil Keegan." ------------------------------- In 1984 and 85', Hagins had jammed with Carmody along with Redondo Beach Guitarist Steve "Stevo" Stepanian in a three piece that eventually came to be known as "Soul Clinic" minus Carmody and adding new temporary fill-in bassist Dave Basen from Torrance; "Me and Ted always had this hit and miss thang where one of us was always tryin' to wonder off and "hang out with hipper people" than ourselves,...it was always a big huge mistake,...because with G.e., we always made the best music,...the way that Ted left the band and joined the One Handed Readers in Redondo in 1992 was like this,...it was pure error,...and one time back in the 90's, I recall calling him on the phone and screaming at him while drunk maybe I think,....everything was all political back in the 90's in the South Bay,...it was the people who smoke pot Vs. the people who want to try to be good and go to church,....I was on the side of the good,....No, I am not an atheist,...the song "Maury" was the beginnings of "Rock Opera" ideas for me,....that character would evolve and eventually turn into the bitter homeless guy of "Hey Negrita" and "Ben is dead" years later,....as for my own life in my music,..yeah,..I was a mixed up and disillusioned dude,..I was from a big family,..who I felt were cruel to me,...they talked about me meanly ,..and unfairly and thus,..I was a quiet guy around them,..at Thankgiving and Christmases,..I was often all alone,..keeping to myself,...People shouldn't wonder why,....My brothers were all dicks to me,....they treated me like shit,.....and I certainly wasn't shit,...I was like this genius dude,...way beyond any of them,...case in point today; Nobody knows of any of them,..but People know all about me,...its clear I got talent - and that I always did,...I wasn't the schmuck that my family painted me out to be,..I was a good guy,..and not only that,..plus ,..I was a very nice sweet guy,...I wasn't a jerk at all,..I had a good heart,...unlike most of THEM !!,....THEY turned me into this aloof stand-offish guy that really I WASN'T AT ALL,.....I WAS ACTUALLY AN EXTROVERT,...WHO WHEN I got drunk or was in a good mood,..I felt good,..and I had fun,..but THEY WOULDN'T LET ME,....THINKING BACK about all of this has made me turn into kindof a dick now,....but only really now,...I was never a dick before,...I was this very nice meek guy,....I was a cool dude ,..who 'THEY' made lame,....AND THATS A FACT !!" ----------- Hagins says that Guitarist Keegan's Richie Blackmore, Hendrix, and Jimmy Page/ Clapton enhanced Guitars changed him into a hard rocker machine in the South Bay; "I was a mellow dude,..and who liked and made semi-mellow music ,....I guess the debate now in the South bay is "Who had the grunge idea first,...was it Keegan or Hagins ??,....well, its clear with my demo tapes ,..that I was onto something HUGE,.....BUT MANY NOW SAY that with Phil and "Precarious" and "Racers" is where I really began to shine - ofcourse along with Phil,....I think that the thing with G.e.,...it was critical,..so important that we were a three piece,...I always wanted to be in a three piece because it would make either my drumming or guitar stand out and also that 'each' member of the band would get the camera,...a three piece really gets alot of interest from fans,...thats why I always like them,...sure, I loved Cream and Rush,...but I really 'liked' A Noise Agency and the Minutemen even more !!" - Rock City Productions Boston Massachusetts - SuperNetCekebrities.Com

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