Hot on the heels of their first single, “Suburbanite,” in 1981, the Morons were at their peak when selected to perform at the inaugural LarkFest in Albany. Put together by local businesswomen Mary Miller of Lark Beat Records and Dana Rudolph of After the Gold Rush, no one knew what to expect from this initial street fair that was organized to promote the then just-budding Lark Street business community and the local original underground music scene. The results far exceeded the expectations as the Morons, along with contemporaries the Units, the A.D.’s and the Young Reptiles showcased before thousands that attended that day.
In preparation, the organizers decided to run a radio spot on the then-progressive and local music-friendly station Q104 to advertise the event. Recorded and mixed in one night in order to be rushed to the station the next day to use as a musical bed for the commercial, the Morons laid down a version of their song “Lark Street,” making it the first, if unofficial, theme to LarkFest.
A couple of years later, local television/radio personality David Allan wrote what he claimed to be the “official” theme for the event with his own swinging, homogenized “Lark Street Cantata,” but it was devoid of any of the dark underbelly and adrenaline-fueled spirit of the Morons original Lark Street anthem, avoiding all references to “peddling flowers,” “shooting junk” and “selling your soul for something to eat” that the young punks’ song had. So let history be written…
Unavailable in any form since then, here it is 30 years later, courtesy of Driving Rain Music, a free, limited-time download of the Morons’ original “Lark Street”! Dig it!
Story by TL Stone
Photograph by Judy Seibert Kash