This song arose out of an overheard conversation between my bassist and my guitar player.
'When we were kids, we wrote a glam rock ballad…'
was what I heard. They weren't much older than 11 or 12 at the time, playing music in their parent's basement. I wrote the song in response.
How many kids have, at a super young age, believed that music would save them? Would cement their friendship? Would, if they took a crack at it, lift them out of the 'prison' of teen life, and into the wide open universe-without-rules of being a band. That all they needed was each other and the dream of it.
When the band was learning it in rehearsal, and when we got to a stuttering end, one of the guys started playing Ziggy Stardust - an obvious choice and we ended the song with, instead of 'Ziggy played guitar!', 'We were a band!'.
This video (tho I’m hoping for others by kids that age and shot and edited themselves) is a thumbnail history of the NICKEL & DIME BAND as well as quick shots of every person who played a part in making and performing on this record.
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THE NICKEL & DIME BAND
WHEN WE WERE KIDS
Jesse Adams-Lukowsky (guit/vox)
Tom Appleman (bass/keys/vox)
Rick Berlin (bells/vox)
Sam Dudley (trombone/vox)
Dino Govoni (sax)
Rob Manochio (bass/guit)
Ricky McLean (guit/vox/keys)
Al Radzikowski (kit/vox)
Gary Cherone (vox: whatcha think/kids)
Gordon Gano (fiddle/vox: irish/lil girl/breaks)
David Goodchild (vox: ain't)
Jane Mangini (keys: ain't/street/whatcha think)
Brian McCaffrey (vox: kids)
Sir David Minehan (perc/guit: kids,lil girl/vox)
Jeff Muzerolle (perc)
Ken Pope (theremin)
Aaron Robertson (perc)
engineer/producer: Sir David Minehan
recorded @ Woolly Mammoth Sound
mastered by Bob Westin @ Chicago Mastering Service
label: Teenage Heart Records
cover, disc design: Skye Heitz
graphics: Brian McCaffrey
songs by Rick Berlin
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