Blow Pops reunite to recapture the magic at Shank
In order to commemorate the 20th anniversary of his club, Shank Hall owner Peter Jest approached a number of local bands about doing "reunion" shows.
Mike Jarvis was a little bit skeptical about The Blow Pops getting back together. The power-pop band -- which included Jarvis, Jack Rice, Tim Buckley and Nick Randazzo -- put out a pair of albums and drew enthusiastic crowds in the early 1990s before breaking up.
"Pete (Jest) had asked me about it and, quite honestly, I didn't think anyone would be up for it but was pleasantly surprised when they were," said Jarvis, who plays in The Lackloves (Rice and Randazzo have also been members of that group). "So, here we are!"
The Blow Pops will play Friday night at the club, 1434 N. Farwell Ave., along with Ward and Jeff and John Murphy from Zion, Ill. power pop legends Shoes.
Show time is 8 p.m. and the cover charge is $10. We caught up with Jarvis last week and asked about the gig, the band's popularity on the Web and the prospects for making this reunion a bit more permanent.
OMC: What was it like getting back together for rehearsals? Was there a lot of woodshedding involved, or did it come pretty easily?
MJ: Rehearsals began this week. We've all been revisiting these tunes on our own, so we hope it won't be a complete mess.
OMC: Did the reunion foster creative sparks that could lead to a new project?
MJ: Funny you ask that ... Tim and I almost immediately started talking about putting out some new material. We're downright excited about it, so, stay tuned.
OMC: It's been said that you guys broke up a bit to early to cash in on the power-pop surge and the explosion of digital / Internet music. Do you feel that way?
MJ: Well, that's what the "legend" says but I dunno ... I saw (and still see) a lot of bands out there who were (and are) just as cool as The Blow Pops and who have full Internet advantage, yet nobody really seems to take much more notice anyway. I think it's all relative. When the playing field increases in size, it does so for everyone. By the way, we now have a MySpace page (myspace.com/theblowpopsrock) -- which tens of people have visited.
OMC: Any talk of re-releasing the discs and gunning for a Spinal Tap-like rebirth via the Japanese audience?
MJ: The Spinal Pops. Actually, yes ... As for our two CDs: "Charmed, I'm Sure" and "American Beauties," we are in fact entertaining re-releasing both those CDs. If it happens to be with a Japanese label, then ... Kanpai!
OMC: Do you have any weird stories of random collectors discovering your record and reaching out to contact you?
MJ: I get contacted from guys who have pop Web sites or post on pop blogs and get e-mails from various folks who basically want to know where to get our CDs -- which are nearly impossible since they've been out of print for years -- or if there's other non-CD recordings out there, etc.
I was in Los Angeles for a music showcase not too long ago and there was a Spanish band playing that covered a Blow Pops song. I also got a video from a guy in Japan who taped a band covering us, as well. So, that sort of random stuff happens and is really cool, I must say. I've seen CDs go for upwards of $100 on Amazon and even old promo pics of us up for bid on eBay. Scary. The pics that is, not the CDs. Who would have thunk?
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Funny, people never write after the show and I was just looking at my diary (yes "diary") from last year and thought of this show. It was unbelievably great. Pete may confirm this, but I think it was the best attended show of the 20th and I went to at least 4 of them. The energy was unbelievable and the crowd was 5 deep in front of the stage. Ward was great too and a girl asked me to marry her, but that is a whole different story. A night to remember.
mkeman | Dec. 2, 2009 at 11:49 a.m. (report)
Where is the caption "The slimmer days" ?
Those boys knew how to rock the vest! A "don't miss" show!
gonna be a fantastic show! and "twotter"! perfect!
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