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|Tim Yohannan and Jeff Bale at KPFA studio in Berkeley 1982
|I remember him telling me why a band's first album was always so much better than their
second release: The debut represented 2 years of work and the follow up usually
represented 6 months of work.
I saw him one time at one of those Gilman Record swaps. He was selling the Euro version
of my band's album. It hurt but I figured he could do what the hell he wanted with it once
I gave it to him. It was our second release, you know, the one we spent only 6 months on.
Tim helped me put together a mixtape one time of 1950's/1960s artists who straddled
both rocknroll and rhythm and blues. I was interested in Ray Charles at the time who had
hits both in R&B and Country. The one artist he recommended to me that straddled Rock
and R&B was Lonnie Mack. That night I begged him to drink whiskey with me, but he
refused. Instead, he helped me put that mixtape together.
It was a pleasure to know him and to know so clearly how he stood on certain issues.
And, if a lot of other people felt the same way, it gave me a feeling of being part of a
grass-roots movement. But, it was also kind of an anti-movement because he was so
self-deprecating, (no photos) so anti-commercial, (refused to accept ads from Epitaph
because they had a distro deal with EMI for Japan), and probably some other quirks I
didn't know about. But, I think when he died April 3 1998, for me, punk rock died.
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|Maximumrocknroll August, 1990
|I made a tape called "Tim and The Gang" wherein I spliced together some of the talking in between the songs from the Maximum Rocknroll radio show. A mishmash
of nonsensical and unrelated comments to show some of the confusion that went on sometimes on the show. I did it to get a laugh and poke a little fun at Tim. I
gave a copy of the tape to him. He listened and though he didn't condemn it he didn't seem pleased with it. He had plenty of opportunity to tell me don't do this,
instead he just said nothing. I took that as a reluctant approval.
In his coolest of the cool basement, with the coolest giant posters of punk rock stars on the walls and thousdands of LPs, 10-inchers, 7-inchers, boxed sets, Cracks,
Chunks, Nuggets, 60s punk, Rockabilly, Beatles (Only up to SGT. Pepper. He was very strict about these littles rules of rocknroll). And freakin' hundreds of band
demo/live, homemade cassettes. It was like Disneyland for a record collector like myself. Underneath the raised floor there were giant garbage bags full of thousands
of photos of small-time punk rock bands from all over the world and over many years.
I bought a couple of his records at Gilman street with the icky green tape on it. One was a British pressing 7-inch of the DKS, "California Uber Alles" with photos Tim
found of the DKs in magazines, cut out and pasted on the cover with Decopauge. His logic was, he already had the original one, why have the Euro pressing, too.
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