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Chapter Music

SMOKEY - How Far Will You Go? The S&M Recordings 1973-81

Chapter Music presents the first ever collection of recordings by wild and outlandish 1970s LA pre-punk icons Smokey. Featuring cameos from James Williamson of The Stooges, Randy Rhoads of Quiet Riot/Ozzy Osbourne, members of The Motels, King Crimson, David Bowies Tin Machine, Suburban Lawns, and many others, the Smokey story has to be heard to be believed. In 1973, two wide-eyed young music fans made their way to Los Angeles and were introduced by a notoriously touchy-feely road manager for The Doors. John Smokey" Condon was a bewitchingly beautiful Baltimore transplant, himself no angel after spending his teenage years partying with the John Waters crowd. EJ Emmons was a budding record producer from New Jersey, already starting to work in small studios around Hollywood. Condon had marched in New York the night after the Stonewall Riots in 1969, and so by the time he and EJ created Smokey, they werent about to hold back. Released in 1974, debut single Leather/Miss Ray wasnt just openly gay, it was exultantly, unapologetically gay, examining front-on the newly-liberated leather and drag scenes thriving in Americas urban centers. The single was shopped around to labels using Emmonss industry contacts, but doors were regularly slammed on the duo. "We cant put this out, its a fucking gay record, whats the matter with you," said one record exec, while adding, "its really good though." Undeterred, they self-released five singles that span pre-punk, stoner jams, disco, synth-punk, and more, all stamped with Smokeys fearless candor. 1976 single and compilation title-track "How Far Will You Go...?" features guitar from EJs studio buddy James Williamson, fresh from his adventures recording Raw Power with Iggy and The Stooges in London with David Bowie. Smokey even remembers a few mid 70s jams with Williamson, with a vague view towards replacing the rehab-bound Iggy as The Stooges frontman! The live band played almost weekly at Rodney Bingenheimers English Disco, with a band featuring 14-year-old future Quiet Riot-ers Randy Rhoads and Kelly Garni. Restored by Emmons from original master tapes; mastered for vinyl by Emmons with his own cutting lathe. With extensive liner notes and photos, How Far Will You Go? tells the story of Americas greatest 70s should-have-beens, a band so amazing that the only reason you havent heard of them is because they were faggots, and they didnt give a shit. LP includes download code." - Chapter Music.

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