March 2020 Podcast – Sticking Their Necks Out For Rock Redux: The Alan McGinty Interview (S2, E2)

DROPPING THE PODCAST A FEW DAYS EARLY TO HELP YOU COPE WITH YOUR COVID-19 CONFINEMENT. BE SAFE AND BE WELL

Who would’ve ever guessed that one of my blog posts from last year would lead to bigger things? Certainly not me but much to my surprise, Wild Giraffes drummer, Alan McGinty emailed me at the end of last year to introduce himself, thank me for my efforts with the Listen Project and to let me know that he would be releasing new Wild Giraffes material in Spring 2020. Of course, being a local music opportunist archivist and general Wild Giraffes fan, I knew I wanted the exclusive on the new stuff for the podcast but the wheels in my mind, as rusty as they are, started turning. Not only was Alan a founding member of the Wild Giraffes, he co-founded the legendary Beat Farm recording studios located in Willoughby and Herb Jackson Records along with original WG’s bassist, Chris Burgess after Alan left the band circa 1983. A number of NE Ohio bands like the Mice, In Fear of Roses, Starvation Army, and Prisonshake recorded at the studio and/or released music on the label. I reached out to Alan to see if he was interested in participating in a phone interview and programming the music for the podcast. Happily for me, he was.

So this month, we journey through the career of the Wild Giraffes, one of the most well-beloved and well-remembered bands from the late 1970’s/early 1980’s Cleveland music scene with Alan McGinty. We also hear music recorded at the Beat Farm or released on Herb Jackson Records as chosen by Alan. Finally, we debut two new tracks from the forthcoming new Wild Giraffes LP Live at the Cleveland Agora. As the Wild Giraffes say, PLAY IT LOUD!

At the Beat Farm – the Outcasts finally drove Al insane! – Photo courtesy of Don Owens

“New Era” – Wild Giraffes (1978)
First 7″ Single – A side

“Right Now” – Wild Giraffes (1981)
From the album Right Now

“Knock Knock” – Wild Giraffes (1981)
Fourth and final 7″ Single – B Side

“Burnin’ Love” – Wild Giraffes (1981)
From the album Right Now & also featured on the re-released WMMS Buzzard Records Pride of Cleveland compilation

“Rosenberg Summer” – Death of Samantha (1989)
From the album Come All Ye Faithless on Homestead Records
Co-Produced by Alan McGinty

“Empty Places” – The Silence (1985)
From the 12″ self-titled EP
Produced by Alan McGinty and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR 4705

“I’m A Saint” – Starvation Army (1988)
From the 12″ EP Ticket to Oblivion
Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm

“Fairfield Avenue Serenade” – Prisonshake (1987)
From the 7″ EP Fairfield Avenue Serenade
Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR 4710

“I Don’t Know About You” & “We’ll Never Know” – Wild Giraffes (2020)
From the forthcoming album Live at the Cleveland Agora

“Downtown” The Mice (1985)
From the 12″ EP For Almost Ever
Recorded at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR-4707

Space Rock “85 – Venus Envy (1985)
From the 12″ EP Space Rock “85”
‘B’ Side recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR 4706

“Chain Reaction” – The Attitude (1985)
From the 12″ EP Time Stands Still
Produced & Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR4708

“Bad Cattle” – New Salem Witch Hunters (1986)
From the self-titled album
Recorded at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR-4709

“Red Light Stop” – The Holy Cows (1988)
From the album We’ve Never Heard of You Either
Produced & Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR4713

“Big Lightning” – In Fear of Roses (1988)
From the album Beat the Drum
Produced & Recorded by Alan McGinty at the Beat Farm and released on Herb Jackson Records HJR 4716

“Love Me” – Wild Giraffes (1978)
Second 7″ single titled Ensembles & Majorettes – A Side

“Good Times” – Wild Giraffes (1981)
From the album Right Now

“Move It On Over” Wild Giraffes (1981)
From the album Right Now

8 Comments

  1. I cannot wait to listen to this one. Went to Giraffe’s shows every weekend. Seriously, a new album? Best news I have heard in a while.

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      1. Really enjoyed the podcast as I do all of your podcasts. Got the Giraffes CD already and it is awesome. Cant wait for the vinyl.

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  2. I cannot wait to listen to this one. Went to Giraffe’s shows every weekend. Seriously, a new album? Best news I have heard in a while. How do I pre-order it?

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  3. Terrific podcast and great to hear Alan is still rocking! Definitely check out the Rumbling Spires (with Chris King out front) – they are the best band in town!

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    1. Thank you. I had planned to catch the Rumbling Spires last weekend when they were scheduled to open for the Sadies, but, alas, cancelled due to COVID-19. I look forward to seeing them as soon as the pandemic is over.

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