First guitar - age 9
First band - age 13
First recordings - age 15
First public performance - age 17
3: The West County Pop Art Experimental Band (1985 - 1987) g.k. - guitar, bass, keyboard, vocal; Rick Sanford - drums, keyboard, recorder, kalimba, vocals. Improvisational surf jazz. Loads of fun! Hours of music that I will release someday. Key songs - "Down On The Farm," "Walkin' The Dog." Rick is now a very good house painter with a very nice family.
Central Nervous System (1987) g.k.
- guitar, drums, vocals, writing; Jon Knipp - vocals, writing, sitting,
smoking; Andy Driscoll - bass; Drew Fitzgerald - drums, sex appeal, smoking;
Chris Westland - lead guitar, keyboard, girlfriend / Lynn Hunt - abstract
keyboard, boyish cuteness. First "serious" band, which meant we spent
alot of time discussing our image and arguing, and precious little time
rehearsing. Sounded a bit like R.E.M. meets Teardrop Explodes meets The
Troggs. Key songs - "Mojo Salamander," "Big Autumn," "Can't
Explain" (Love). Split due to inertia, drunkeness and clash of egos...
uh, I mean artistic differences. Jon was in banking last I heard.
Andy is still quite busy with music, teaching violin, gigging and managing
various "serious-type" musicians (see below for more gk/Andy stuff).
Chris is apparently a doctor of some sort. No idea about Drew or
6 & 8: The Primms (1991 & 1992) g.k. - guitar, bass, vocals; Andy Driscoll - guitar, bass, violin, abandonment; Mark Easter - drums, vocals. The most enjoyable band I've been in but also one of the most poorly documented (although three Primms songs made it on Pop-Gun). Key songs - "Do The Primm," "The Devil's Little Reminder," "Dead Valentine's Day," "The Boat That I Row" (Neil Diamond). Split originally when Andy left to pursue a career in "serious" music (classical violin). Split the second time when we ran out of free time. Reformed as Picnic then went on hiatus for an indefinite length of time. See below.
7: Sandbox (1991) g.k. - guitar, vocal, writing, nerves; Erik Voeks - guitar, keyboard, vocals, writing; Mark Easter - drums, vocals; Steve Scariano - bass guitar. Schizophrenic guitar pop plagued by differing agendas. Some great tunes were born here but sadly never recorded (with this line-up). Key songs - "I Won't Jump," "Fingerpainted Cat," "She's Just Like You." Split due to above mentioned differing agendas and bad karma. Erik released a brilliant album called "Sandbox" (find it if you can. It's worth it!) and then took early retirement. Steve was still milling about in St. Louis record stores last I knew.
endeavors (one-offs and the like):
Vague & White (1988) - g.k. - guitar, vocal, writing; Mark Easter - drums, vocals; Dave Elfenbaum - bass, vocals; Gary Sudin - vocals. Pre-Otis' assembledge for one song only. - "She's Holdin' Out."
Mark 'n' Geoff - g.k. - guitar, bass, vocals, writing; Mark Easter - drums, vocals, sound effects, writing. A swingin' combo. Key songs - "Mrs. O'Leary Take Her Dog For A Stroll (or That F**ckin' C*nt)," "Flower Power Girl," and many Vegas Medleys.
- ?) - Same line-up as The Primms, different approach. Whereas The
Primms were a fun-filled, sixties pop influenced group, Picnic was an ambitious
acoustic project with string arrangements and other complicated accompaniment
that we never finished. Still sitting on an album's worth of songs.
Not necessarily split up, just taking a realllly long break. Key
songs - "The Ladder of Distress," "Lovers' Hoedown."
Kessell and Yoko Knitting (acoustic) / Geoff Kessell's Balls-Out Rock 'n'
Roll Experience (electric) (2001)
- gk - guitar, lead vocal, writing; Mark Easter - drums; Mike Cracchiolo
- bass, backing vocals; with special guest Mike Powers - impromptu sax.
Also featuring James Wilke - drums on one song as Yoko Knitting.
Not really an "official" band but we've done a couple shows together so
I figured I'd mention this. Key songs - "She Will Cry in Time," "You
Deserve Someone (Just Like You)," "Don't Let Them Ride." Mike C.,
Mike P. and James played in a very fun band called The Kickbacks.
Mike C. also played in another excellent band called The Bureau of Sabotage.
brings us to today (2002)
Geoff Live Solo
Walking the planks of a stage near you.
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