Candy Ass…. I became friends with Candy Ass through the
Toilet Boys who I started working for/hanging out with after moving
back up to NYC in 1998. The first time I saw them was in Philadelphia
when they came down with the Toilet Boys to open a show. They
were SO raw and noisy it was wild, they did a Runaways cover that
I didn’t even recognize it was so stripped down! They didn’t
really catch my fancy, and evidently I even unknowingly insulted
they by commenting on their hair, but somehow after all of this
we became friends!
I was sitting out front of CBGB one night in spring of 1999 waiting
for somebody (who never came) and Candy Ass was playing, and Galadriel
and Hopey saw me when they were walking in and said “you
wanna come in with us and do our merch tonight?” or something
like that… and that’s where it all started.
That night they gave me a copy of a demo tape they recorded with
Sean from the Toilet Boys producing, which came out awesome, and
their live show had improved ten fold- they totally blew me away!
They didn’t have covers even for the demos though, so I
offered to make those up for them. We also got together and screened
shirts for them which was fun…and during this time we discussed
the plan I had to start a label- and I told them I’d love
to release something sometime.
But they moved to LA before we got it together, and so when I
finally got Outlaw underway, I emailed them and we organized this
release of the demo tape onto vinyl via the internet! It came
out pretty awesome, totally raw rock! The covers were an ordeal…
of course there’s NO WHERE you can get 100 covers printed,
so I had to figure out a way to do these on my own. In the end,
Jennifer ended up printing them at her office one at a time onto
11”x17” cardstock, and I had to hand cut, score, and
glue each one! I also got a pink marker and colored in the logos
on the front to give it a little color! Each one ended up taking
about half an hour to 45 minutes! The picture on the front is
of Galadriel and Sean (the bass player on that recording) for
those who were wondering!
They have since continued on their quest for global domination,
which has included opening a 40+ city big ass rock tour for PINK
in summer of 2002! Where it will end up remains to be seen, but
whatever happens, it was fun being a part of the early daze! Thanks