My old friend Wayne Randolph just dug up this live footage of me with my first band Soul Conspiracy from late 1991! This was the latter era of the band with me on vocals. I sure do sing better now! This was the beginning of what I like to call my “shiny pants era”.
At the urging of my good friend and former bandmate Ben Wiser, I’ve uploaded the first demo recording from my first band Soul Conspiracy, recorded way back in 1990!
I think we’ve all come a long way from those days! Listening to this stuff again brings back lots of old memories. We recorded at the legendary House of Faith in Palo Alto, California, with Bart Thurber, taking advantage of his “hundred dollar punk rock two day special”. We were very young and inexperienced, and ill-prepared for the recording studio. We were sloppy, we didn’t have endings figured out for most of our songs, and we tried to record far too many songs in the time we had. Listening to my own playing, I can easily tell which songs I had lead guitar parts figured out for and which ones I didn’t. I also shouldn’t have used that junky Gibson Explorer guitar I owned in those days, it just wasn’t as good of a guitar as my other one and I think my parts would have sounded a lot better if I hadn’t used it! “But James Hetfield plays an Explorer so it must be better…: Oh well, I’m older and wiser now! There’s certainly a youthful enthusiasm to these tracks that can I can never duplicate, and we had a lot of cool ideas, good riffs, and catchy songs.