Thursday, May 5, 2016

From the Evidence File: Fleshtones + Andy Shernoff

In recognition of the Fleshtones' 40th anniversary this month, I've been combing through the Sweat: The Story of The Fleshtones, America's Garage Band and online archives for some little-seen nuggets. Super Rock archeologist Philippe Angelica has recently unearthed visual evidence of the short-lived Andy Shernoff Era. Shernoff played bass with the Fleshtones in 1989 and 1990, touring with the band in the U.S. and Europe and playing on Powerstance. This era ended up being a hinge of sorts: Ken Fox played on Powerstance's "Living Legends" and joined the band in the summer of 1990 (while Shernoff went on to tour with and promote Manitoba's Wild Kingdom.)

Enjoy this rarely-seen footage of the Dictators' Master Mind holding down the bottom end for his fellow New Yorkers, all rock and roll veterans by this point. The twenty-minute excerpt comes from a July 7, 1989 show at Le Plan in Ris-Orangis, France, and includes "Let it Rip," "Way Up Here," "Brainstorm!", "We'll Never Forget" (recorded six years later for Laboratory of Sound), "I'm Still Thirsty," "Leather Kings," Hexbreaker," and "Hall of Fame," as well as tears through the Animals' "Cheating," Spirit's "I Got A Line On You," and Stevie Wonders's "Fingertips."

More 40th anniversary goodies here.

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