STORY What to say? Part of me can’t believe I sang this thing in falsetto, but there it is. I think the first time we performed it was at Jeremiah’s in Allston where we got our start and were signed out of by Epic. What makes it work for me today is hearing Liz and Lisa chime in on the song. A simple thank you to anyone who takes the time to pay attention to what you do as a musician, artist, storyteller, et al. So, here it is. The last of the CBGB’s videos. Thanks to all from my first ever band, OL, and all subsequent versions of what I write. Heart goes out forever.
Produced by Metropolis Video, metropolisvideo.net
Orchestra Luna played CBGB’s at Hilly Kristal’s request so that video could be shot. It was an afternoon shoot, as I recall. 1975. The Epic deal was by this time in the toilet. This was one of our final gigs. (We played CBGB’s a lot with both OL I and II. We wore happy clothes and happy make up and smiled a lot, but still fit in somehow. Hanging with the Talking Heads, and staying at Danny Fields where The Ramones would drop by and the names got collected for name dropping later.) I wish of course we had video of Doris Dreams. But Helen Of Troy was a fine mini-operetta choreographed and costumed by Barry Keating. This was my first band ever. Still endeared to it. So innocent it was in it’s own way. Well before music biz and the obsession to write hit songs started to plague me. Ridiculous when I think about it. Start a band, signed to Epic six months later. So easy a ride. We were: Peter Barrett, Liz Gallagher, Lisa Kinscherf, Don Mulvaney, Scott Chambers, Randy Roos, and Rick Kinscherf (before I changed my name to Berlin). I had heard about this footage (Historic) but had never been able to find it. It’s wild to see this after so much blood under the career bridge, but I’m glad it exists and can at long last offer a glimpse of what OL was like back then.
(Note: The audio is kinda soft, larger and more complete sound in headphones.)
Rick Berlin 1972 Lobsterland Music ASCAP
Rick (Kinscherf) Berlin