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Monday, August 6, 2012

Definitive STL '90s Band the Heebie Jeebies is Back with A Greatest Hits Compilation: Interview and Preview

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What made you guys decide to do the reunion show?

I suppose the idea of the reunion started with me stumbling across the old master tapes. The Heebie Jeebies were my first all-originals band, and after I heard those songs all cleaned up and blaring out of the CD player, I thought it would be a hoot to take them for a spin again. They've held up pretty well, to my ears. Others have said the same thing. The songs don't sound too dated.

Is the CD available in stores?

Currently, the hard copies of "STL '91: The Best of The Heebie Jeebies" are available at Euclid Records only, but I do plan to drop off a few at Vintage Vinyl here soon. We're also going to offer the CD as a digital download via CD Baby, so anyone interested will be able to purchase the collection through Amazon or I-Tunes, theoretically. We're just working out the kinks right now. I can't imagine there will be a tremendous amount of interest in a semi-obscure early '90s band from St Louis, but stranger things have happened,

Can you talk about that magical time [1991-92] in the STL music scene? It was a pretty good time for local music.

There were actually several "scenes" back then, just as now. Ours was centered around the old Cicero's, which was located roughly in the spot currently occupied by Blueberry Hill's Duck Room.

A lot of local bands came up through that basement bar, and some of the went on to greater glory. There was Uncle Tupelo, of course, and early shows by The Urge.... Three Merry Widows...Small Ball Paul...the Bottle Rockets had their first gig there, I think...and then of course a whole string of bands that never got signed per se but were very active. They were nicknamed The Cicero's Pop Mafia by the RFT, and included in that grouping would have been The Sun-Sawed-In-Half, The Boorays, Corporate Humour, Lydia's Trumpet, The Dagos, The Lettuceheads and The Heebie Jeebies.

Then there were harder rocking outfits like The Tree Weasels, EJ Quit, Five Of These, Mike Martin's band The Atomic Fossils...I'm sure there are tons I'm forgetting. Bob Reuter's band Kamikaze Cowboy didn't come along until the mid '90's, I think, but I'm certain he was active in the early '90's as well.

What is next for you and the band? Are there more shows planned?

I suppose. As for the future, all of the Heebie Jeebies band members (myself, Dave Hilditch, Alex Mutrux, Tim McAvin and Nick Barbieri) have agreed that it would be fun to play out again every now and then. Not so often as to be routine, but often enough that we remember how to play the material!

We're all playing in other bands these days in addition to career and family stuff, so it gets a little tricky with the scheduling.

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