FIVE FIRSTS: JP of the Plague
BAND AFFILIATION: The Plague, playing at least one gig every 30 years whether anyone wants us to or not.
INSTRUMENT: They never let me play anything.
1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … Aja by Steely Dan. I thought it was very kind of them to play almost every song from that album when I first saw them in concert this summer, 37 years later at SPAC.
2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Also at SPAC, the Cars, a couple of years after buying that Steely Dan album. It wasn’t long after that I talked my mom into taking me into JB Scott’s to see Blotto and not that slippery of a slope from there to sneaking into the Château Lounge and 288 Lark.
3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … Man, I kicked ass on the alto recorder in sixth grade music class. All the tenor recorders wanted to duet with me…
4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … In 1976, I played “The Dad” and performed “One Last Kiss” as part of the ’50s Family in Delmar’s Bicentennial Extravaganza. If you ever run into my mom, ask her if my fly was open.
5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … I think I got kicked out of a few before I met Mike Eck and Nick Grind and formed Deaf Zone. We quickly realized that I couldn’t play bass and sing at the same time, so we had to give up our two-guitar, power-pop dreams and do the old-fashioned punk rock thing as the Plague. Just think how much more successful Mike would have been if he had only stuck to being a bass player…
Catch the Plague during their first indoor show in 25 years at the Low Beat with Capitle on Saturday. We’ll be pulling out at least one song last performed at the same spot – back when it was known as Cagney’s.