Fast Lane

Sometimes good things do come to those who wait. In  my case it’s true. A few months ago I was invited by the Asbury Park Musical Heritage Foundation to show the collection of bands I photographed on the stage of the historic Fast Lane in Asbury Park, NJ. Color me honored! The show will include my photographs of Billy Idol, Mink DeVille, Carolyne Mas, Ronnie Spector, The A’s, John Eddie And The Front Street Runners, and Junior Smoots And The Disturbers. All of these shows were…Continue Reading “Life In The Fast Lane – Asbury Park NJ”

smoots live

Ever since my first blog post about my friend Gary Crosslin’s band Junior Smoots And The Disturbers, people have come in droves. It amazes me still! One … that people Google Junior Smoots. And Two … that I’ve reconnected with all the (living) members of the band and quite a few fans. One of the people who recently found me was Bruce St. Laurent. Bruce was the sound man for the Smoots band in the early days. And thank goodness he did. Because now boys…Continue Reading “Junior Smoots And The Disturbers: Live At The Harbor Inn”

The Human Element

“In the beginning the gods created the Pony (or the Poney to some) … they saw it was good. Maker and breaker of many a hopeful lot. Time passed and many a legend was born and sent out into the world to make good. Some did. Some didn’t. But time is a funny thing …. ha! Just when you expect just another R&B clone, fate deals you a joker. Enter … “The Human Element.” Why the Pony? And why such a place for their very…Continue Reading “The Human Element”

Junior Smoots And The Disturbers

It’s funny … I was searching my negative files for photos of my band, The Human Element. I’m working on a huge post about T.H.E. But while I was searching for group promo photos that my friend and artist Dorian LaPadura took, I stumbled upon black & white promo photos I took of the Junior Smoots band at the old Wall Township, NJ house. They even include new trombone player Tommy Meares. To my amazement, I also found the few photos I took of the…Continue Reading “More Junior Smoots Photos”

Smoots Press Kit Cover

Drummer man Kenny Douyotas sent me a present today … it was a “Six Million Dollar Man.” Well … at least the Junior Smoots band studio recording of it. It was appropriate for this Memorial Day. We can all listen and remember. Remember all those summer nights we saw the Junior Smoots band and had fun fun fun fun fun! Yah man! Skankin’ and rankin’ until the wee wee hours. When Kenny first eMailed the first two tracks, I was having serious flashbacks to the…Continue Reading “Junior Smoots Music”

Junior Smoots Fast Lane

UPDATE: Junior Smoots @ The Fast Lane … NOT Junior Smoots @ The Harbor Inn … D’oh! Thanks to Bruce St. Laurent (Smoots Sound guy) for pointing out what should have been obvious to me. :) These are live shots I took of Junior Smoots And The Disturbers at the Fast Lane, Asbury Park, NJ. The photos were taken one night in August of 1982.  If you were there, leave a comment, or just leave a comment for the hell of it. :) Thanks for visiting ……Continue Reading “Junior Smoots @ The Fast Lane”

Smoots Card

It was sometime in the summer of 1982. Cande Brought aka Cande Roth of Shadow Traffic fame called me. I hadn’t heard from her since we graduated from CW Post Center out on Long Island. Then again, after graduation my friend Charley Maria and I did a month long trip to England & France. It was all business the first week. I had hot hot hot photos of the Clash at the start of their Combat Rock tour which started at the Asbury Park Convention…Continue Reading “Junior Smoots And The Disturbers”