Louisville Underground Music Archive Oral Histories

Maxson was a member of the Dickbrains, Your Food, TRIM, Minnow and Hal Dolls. He lived and practiced at the infamous 1069 Bardstown Rd."punk house." He put a massive archive of Louisville punk memorabilia online at http://louisvillepunk.awardspace.com/ and was one of the creators of White Glove Test: Louisville Punk Flyers 1978–1994. Maxson talks about his early participation in the Louisville punk scene, his bands the Dickbrains and Your Food, social atmosphere and living conditions at 1069 Bardstown Rd. "punk house."
A lifelong Louisvillian, Jeff became the Courier-Journal's music writer in 1990 (although he had contributed reviews to the paper's music pages before then); he has continued in the job to the present. He graduated from Seneca High School and the University of Louisville. He began getting involved in Louisville's underground music scene in the late 80s, after he moved to the Highlands and began covering the bar scene as one of the paper's Nightlife columnists. Louisville bands of the 90s, a decade that Jeff describes as a great age for the city's bands — the young, independent ones who lived and practiced at the Rocket House and had what he describes as "a romantic" attachment to expressing themselves; older indie groups such as King Kong, Love Jones and Bodeco; and even mainstream successes such as Days of the New and Nappy Roots.
Ralph describes growing up in Pleasure Ridge Park and his early interest in music. Punk rock, he says, was his lever into becoming an artist. He discusses his bands Malignant Growth, Fading Out, Rising Shotgun and Brett Eugene Ralph's Kentucky Chrome Review. He talks about the relationship between punk and his poetry and opines about punk rock and democracy.
Eric talks about growing up in Oldham County; his and his friends' distinctive sense of humor; the Bulls (and the break-up thereof); his concurrent and subsequent band Bo (later called Lemonade Hayride) and how the band would practice its between-songs patter as much as the actual songs ;LH playing on John Peel's BBC radio show and recording with North Carolina producer Mitch Easter; their relationship with the English band Boyracer; his subsequent band Hula Hoop; and his Hulaboy collaborations with Boyracer's Stewart Anderson.