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A Letter To Lumpy

Hey Lumpy!

I thought I’d write you one last letter since I didn’t get a chance to say goodbye. I guess this might be more about me and my feelings then you and what you meant to people, but I still have to give it a go.…


Posted on May 2, 2010 at 7:19pm — 14 Comments

The Gynecologists - Original Liner Notes

Gulcher Records is releasing the Gynecologists CD, and is using the liner notes I wrote.

Or at least a version of them: here is the original in all of it's glory.

Of all the sick and sordid sagas to come floating out of the punk rock scene in isolated Indiana, none are more twisted than the ravings of Tommy Afterbirth and the band he founded in the late 1970's, the legendary Gynecologists.

This infamous band was the diseased brain child of their lead vocalist, a shambling hulk… Continue

Posted on June 28, 2008 at 9:29am — 6 Comments

Cannon Fodder For The Class by the Walking Ruins

Hello everyone:

The Walking Ruins will be playing Friday, June 20th 2008 at Uncle Festers.

We will also be releasing a CD made many years ago and never released. It has 19 tracks and is called "Cannon Fodder For The Class War". Copies will be available at the show.

I have uploaded 3 mp3s for the masses to consume.

See you there!

And here are the liner notes from the disc:

It was the summer of 1990, & unknown to us the invasion of Kuwait by Iraq was just weeks… Continue

Posted on June 19, 2008 at 1:44pm — 2 Comments

Jerry Lee Lewis My Musical Hero

It was 1979. I was a pseudo-jaded high school junior, already past my infatuation with the Sex Pistols though still enthralled with punk rock (and indeed would form my first band the Panics next year). In a good-faith attempt to foster understanding between parent & spawn, my father told me he had arranged for the family to go see old time rocker Jerry Lee Lewis at a small club in Brown County called The Little Nashville Opry.

Hmmm, that sounds all right, I thought, a free show and… Continue

Posted on May 18, 2008 at 9:44pm — 10 Comments

Rock For No Reason Part Three: Babylon's Burning


I woke up Monday, very tired but in surprisingly good spirits. It was Labor Day, and after 3 solid days of music, there was a debate over whether to continue past the announced schedule. Eric had arranged in advance for the sound system to stay a fourth day, and finally that morning it was decided, what the heck, if some band wanted to play that night they could. The sound crew slowly began to set up the PA system.

I will never forget what happened next. It was mid-morning. I… Continue

Posted on April 28, 2008 at 8:56am — 13 Comments


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Lumpy B Day

"Awwww...big galoot....miss Falstaff, "We shall not see his like again.""
Nov 16, 2011
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"Hey y'all - I ditched the PC and do things on the iphone. Is there an iphone friendly app for this site? I would stay in touch more if there was."
Nov 16, 2011
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"Thanks Andy. I truly appreciate your thoughtfulness. He was one of the greats."
Apr 26, 2011
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"Noooooo, you can't do that to William Shatner, I won't allow it......that's classic stuff."
Apr 20, 2011
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Apr 13, 2011

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About Me
Lead singer of Walking Ruins and happily married to Amanda, with 2 kids Truman and Ramona. Color me lucky!
What bands are you or have you been in?
Panics 1980 The beginning of it all. Buy the cd.
Panics II 1981 An attempt to cash in on the single.
Johnny ESAD and the Music Killers 1980-85 Based on the theory of "non-music".
Pigwings 1981 Basically the line up of the Panics II doing a single Johnny ESAD type show.
Hard Cold Lumps of Cheese 1982 Another Johnny ESAD knock off show
The Molemen 1982 Much fun. A great group of crimminals, I mean musicians.
Big Rigs A country punk band with Frankie Camaro, Ian, and Jim Stafford. We did I believe one show in Steve Ireland's back yard in 1982.
Skeletones 1983 A short lived project with Seth Spicker and Scott Colburn. We played a street dance, at least.
Beatrice 1984 Mike Ost and Eric White (now Spears), plus JPS on drums.
Swamp Rats 1985 KM Ross, Bad Bob and Ion Man; we made a demo and played a few shows.
Deadbeats 1985-86 Ransom Haille stepping in for KM Ross. We were a pretty crazy outfit. When Ian stepped in we called ourselves the Wobblies.
Walking Ruins 1987-1997, 2006-08 A long lived project, several releases, many gigs, easily the most productive and my own personal favorite.
The John Barge Society 1999-2000 A solo gig but the acoustic guitar just isn't loud enough at a gig
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At 5:49pm on November 17, 2011, Dave Repellent Jr said…

At 10:45am on December 1, 2010, Kurt/Yukki said…
So, have you spoken to Dave? What's he up to and why did he seemingly abandon this place? I use this to stay in touch with people back home.
At 6:18pm on November 23, 2010, Kurt/Yukki said…
Oh crap, I see what you mean. He's not here anymore. Does that mean that all of his posts are gone? Because that would kind of suck. I think he was the one that posted my Repellents story. He also put up some great content on Lumpy.

Hmmm, I don't know what happened.
At 6:11pm on November 23, 2010, Kurt/Yukki said…
Have you written to him recently?
At 1:03pm on November 23, 2010, Kurt/Yukki said…
I was wondering he same thing. I haven't heard anything.
Actually, I was wondering the same thing about you, too.

I think he goes through phases and doesn't really care for this place.
Probably just busy.

How are you doing? And a happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!
At 8:06pm on August 28, 2010, Kerry Scott/Tommy Afterbirth said…
Hi John - yes, it's me! Thanks for the note - keep in touch. Kerry
At 3:20pm on August 25, 2010, Rick Wilkerson said…
John, I believe I do have a copy of that masterpiece. Thanks for asking!
At 4:00pm on July 19, 2010, Kurt/Yukki said…
Hey, it's the truth!
We wouldn't LET you buy all the beer.

But, you know how it was...When you could hear a record and feel instant camaraderie.
At 10:20pm on July 10, 2010, mike whybark said…
Whoops, OK, taking it down.
At 3:14pm on June 14, 2010, Kurt/Yukki said…
"Paul already had the drums set up and miced, and was not experienced or mature enough to really take the time to adjust anything,"

This is supposed to say I was not experienced or mature enough...NOT Paul!

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