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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Face Value (1987)

After having a taste at playing with a band (last post), I wanted to start my own. I began talking with a classmate, Jim Burns, about it. (Jim was the first Intellectuals singer, before being replaced.) He was also into hardcore music, like myself. Jim invited me to his house to work on some songs and that day we wrote "All Talk, No Action" and "Watch Out!".

We needed a rhythm section so we got our friends Steve Zielinski to play bass and Eric Hoffman on drums. (Eric was also drumming for The Intellectuals.) We called ourselves Face Value and we got a few jams in before Steve went to Ireland for the summer. We had all intentions at continuing the band once Steve got back, but when he returned his political views no longer gelled with Jim's so he quit. Eric followed.

Below is the only known Face Value recording, which I believe was our first jam. (We also recorded ourselves at Flipside Studios but that tape is long gone). It was recorded in my basement and we didn't have a PA system so Jim just screamed into the boombox mic. Joe Kollar, Kevin Purcell (both from The Intellectuals) and I think our friend Mike Maher were there so they added some backup vocals on "All Talk, No Action"Kevin screws up the middle section.

"Watch Out!"

"All Talk, No Action"

I particularly like Steve's intro bassline to "Watch Out!", it's extremely sloppy but very punk. And Eric's just an amazing drummer. I really think this band could've been great...if we all could've got along.

Jim Burns - vocals
Frank Fusco - guitar
Steve Zielinski - bass
Eric Hoffman - drums

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