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The Walk – Retrospect (1988 compilation of my high school band)

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Talk To Me (Original composition, 4-track recording)
1984 (Van Halen cover – rehearsal)
The Walk (The Cure cover – rehearsal)
Talk To Me (Rehearsal)
The Walk (Rehearsal)
Rockin’ Robin (Bobby Day cover – rehearsal)
Twist And Shout (Beatles cover – rehearsal)
The Charmin Song (a.k.a Hello Muddah, Hello Fadduh – live)
The Walk (Live)
Drum Solo (Live)
Should I Stay Or Should I Go (The Clash cover – live excerpt, vocal by Scott Bingham)
Just What I Needed (The Cars cover – live)
Happy Birthday Dear Brady (Live)
The Perfect Kiss (New Order cover – live)
Don’t Change (INXS cover – live)
The One I Love (R.E.M. cover – live excerpt)
You Shook Me All Night Long (AC/DC cover – live excerpt)

For Hollis.

And now for something completely different.

In April 1988 I was a 17-year old high school Senior. About six weeks before graduation, some friends and I realized we were the first graduating class in several years that didn’t have a band (the previous band, The Sipps, had some modest local success). We very quickly formed The Walk (named by me – I was going through a massive Cure phase):

Chris Allen – Acoustic drums
Brad Beckett – Guitar
Me (as Ed Boland) – Synth bass
Travis Hawkins – Lead vocals
Chris Lillich – Keyboards
Blair Williams – Electronic drums and percussion

Yes, two drummers and two keyboard players. Chris and I didn’t even have keyboard stands – we used ironing boards! With a minimum of rehearsal, we managed to knock out five or six shows during the week of graduation. Our set list was comprised of the following:

You Shook Me All Night Long by AC/DC
Twist And Shout by The Beatles
Just What I Needed by The Cars
Should I Stay Or Should I Go by The Clash
Sunshine Of Your Love by Cream
The Walk by The Cure
Rockin’ Robin by Bobby Day
Don’t Change by INXS
The Perfect Kiss by New Order
The One I Love by R.E.M.
Don’t Let’s Start by They Might Be Giants
1984 by Van Halen
Talk To Me (original) by The Walk

What we lacked in tightness we certainly made up in enthusiasm. We disbanded right after graduation, and as a souvenir I put together a cassette using rehearsal tapes recorded on a boom box and a couple of live shows that were shot on video. I even designed an elaborate inlay for the cassette, scans of which are included in the zip file.

I hope you enjoy these sloppy covers. Listening back 26 years later, we were better than I remembered.

Van Halen

Show #37 – Come Back To Shermer, IL, Molly Ringwald, Molly Ringwald
(Original upload date 9 March 2006)

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Jay’s introduction to Shermer, IL from Dogma
Samantha finds out what happened to her panties from Sixteen Candles
Happy Birthday by Altered Images
Turning Japanese by The Vapours
If You Were Here by Thompson Twins
Brian’s letter on behalf of the group from The Breakfast Club
Don’t You (Forget About Me) by Simple Minds
Fire In The Twilight by Wang Chung
We Are Not Alone by Karla Devito
Gary gets the idea to make a girl from Weird Science
Weird Science by Oingo Boingo
Tenderness by General Public
Intruder/Pretty Woman by Van Halen
Eighties by Killing Joke
Andie asks Iona about her prom from Pretty In Pink
Pretty In Pink by The Psychedelic Furs
Shellshock by New Order
If You Leave by OMD
Cameron describes the 1961 Ferrari from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Oh Yeah by Yello
Twist And Shout by The Beatles
Love Missile F1-11 by Sigue Sigue Sputnik
Watts apologizes and Amanda sets Keith free from Some Kind Of Wonderful
Dr. Mabuse (Abuse Mix) by Propaganda
Turn To The Sky by The March Violets
Beats So Lonely by Charlie Sexton

John Hughes’ iconic ’80s films were a huge part of my growing up experience. This is my love letter to him.