It was a huge scandal when he got busted with a bunch of doses and a pot plant in his house. He was the main dealer and so people were freaking out worried for him and wondering where the drugs were gonna be. I read an article about the bust in the newspaper and I was sure he was going to jail. Luckily he didn't and I don't think he ever had any more trouble with the cops. None that got headlines in a newspaper anyway.
I kinda knew the other dudes in the band but it was mainly from seeing them around. I didn't buy drugs from anyone else in the band so maybe that's why I was never too close with the other guys. Although I do recall going to the "Rainbow Gathering" with Tom Stone and James Palmer. But that's an LSD story not worth repeating.
Really that's probably the Whole point. I see them now as an Art rock band. The music seems like an inventive showcase on which to hang their art.
After listening to this it brought to mind another piece of obscurity. Prior to Wholes, Billy was in a band named Death Warmed Over. Great name. They had a demo tape as well. My friend Jason Gombarcik had their demo tape and the interesting thing about his copy was that the music was only on one side and the other side had Billy repeating Death, Death, Death, Death, Death, Death, Death, etc. for the entire length of the 2nd side! Awesome shit. I heard he made like 10 limited copies where he recorded himself saying Death, Death,etc for each individual copy! Somehow I ended up with a Death Warmed Over T-Shirt years after they broke up. I think Ryland Luss gave it to me. I'd heard the tape but don't remember much from it. Death Warmed Over was a Death Rock/Goth type band.
People have described them as Psychedelic but I'm not sure if I'd put it in that category. It's Art Rock for sure and there's no mistaking the fact that drugs played a role in their art. It tends to be pretty uptempo but it's definitely not hardcore. Scholars will be scratching their heads as to where these guys lie in the family tree of rock. I'm stumped. It's still not my cup of tea but I do remember a few of these songs from seeing them as many times as I did. I'm glad I got to be a witness to their creativity. I'm super thankful to Jeff Murphy for digitizing this and sending it to me.
I think I'm more a fan of the "Keep You Along As Round As Possible" demo as opposed to the first demo. The songs seem a little more alive and rockin. Jeff also included the track from the "Free Aspirin and Tender Sympathy" compilation which was a locals only CD that came out in the early 90's. Thanks to Michelle Fournier for these pictures of Billy.
Download links for WHOLES DEMOs below (This does not include the 7" released on Bucky records in 94):
1. That's Showbiz Folks...
2. Who Was Actually
3. Graverobbing In Texas
8. Here We Come
9. My Mind Mine
10. Year After Year
12. Burning Jesuside
13. Carved In A Rock
14. Bald Bullshit
15. Pay To Pray
17. Evil Dead
18. Fuck A Blue Ford Pickup Truck
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