Louisville Underground Music Archive Oral Histories
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Rachel Grimes discusses her musical childhood and in what ways her family has influenced her music career. She discusses her very first band which was titled "Lemonade Hayride," how the band members got together, and what type of musical genre, and the influence the band took from. Grimes discusses the various bands that evolved from Lemonade Hayride and Hula Hoop. Grimes explains the tour Hula Hoop took in Britain.
Born in Louisville, Tara played in Louisville's first punk band, No Fun, and subsequently in the Babylon Dance Band, the Zoo Directors, Antietam and Rzzo/Key; she has also released a solo album. She is married to Tim Harris, bassist in each of her projects from the Dance Band onward. The two of them put together and published Blue Streak, her mother June Key's memoir. They live in Manhattan.
Maddux describes growing up in Valley Station and his early experiences playing brass instruments. He devotes much of the interview to his first band, Mr. Big (with Irv Ross and Sean Mulhall), from its formation to its breakup and such highlights as playing at CBGB and touring with English band the Membranes. He discusses his later band Evil Twin Theory recording with renowned New York producer Kramer. Guitarist and songwriter in Mr. Big; Krakh; Evil Twin Theory
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."
Molotov talks about her musical influences, painting, the current musical scene, her favorite venues and gives advice to aspiring young musicians.
Neumayer discusses founding Girls Rock Louisville, gives her impressions of the Louisville music scene of the 1990s compared to 2018, talks about the her experiences as a female musician.
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.
Rodriguez talks about her interest in music and trying to connect with musicians after she moved to Louisville. She reflects on Girls Rock Louisville and challenges she has faced.
Rucker discusses her experience as a non-musician in the scene, her entry into the scene, being a woman of color in "white spaces" and the feminist ethos of the punk scene in Louisville.