Loft Studios – Winter 1984 Recording Sessions

 

Here are six (6) songs recorded by PAROUSIA at Loft Studios, February 1984.

Our studio sessions at Loft were engineered by Jim Sommers, best known to local music fans as the keyboard player from Cock Robin, “the band that rocked the 70’s”.  Assisting Jim was Cock Robin’s guitarist, Donnie Peters.  It was an impressive studio specially built in a two-story garage.  The enormous reverb chamber was located in a completely separate structure near the stairway in the main house.

The recording sessions were brokered by our friend and music mentor, Rick Falcowski.  Rick traded advertising space in the popular local music magazine, Buffalo Backstage in exchange for Parousia’s recording time at Loft which, as you can see in the ad, cost $25.00 an hour – –  which is nothing today but back in 1984, it was more money than we could afford.  Sommers agreed to record six of our new songs using a 16-track reel-to-reel recorder.  The songs recorded during this session are:

  • Keep Running
  • All the Time in the World
  • Caesar of the Modern Home
  • The Weekend Starts Tonight
  • She’s Movin’ Out to L.A.
  • People’s Court

Upon hearing the finished mix, Rick Falcowski was very disappointed.   He didn’t think there was a hit in the bunch!

Gerry used this opportunity to incorporate some of the emerging technology he was exploring by using Simmons electronic drums as overdubs in the song “Keep Running”.  Also, the electronic “barking dog” sample in the middle of “Caesar of the Modern Home” (during the argument between husband and wife of the not-so-distant future) recorded using Gerry’s Radio Shack TRS-80 computerized voice synthesizer module.

Lyric Sheet - The Loft Studio Recordings, Parousia

Lyric Sheet – The Loft Studio Recordings, Parousia

Garth Huels with cool shirt - Loft Studios Feb. 1984

Garth Huels (guitar) with his demonic T-shirt – Loft Studios Feb. 1984

 NIcole Ashley grabbing for Garth's privates?

NIcole Ashley at Loft Studios, 1984 – grabbing for Garth’s privates?

Patt Connolly corner dweller Loft Studios Feb. 1984

Patt Connolly (Vocals, flute, keyboards) a ‘corner dweller’ at Loft Studios Feb. 1984

Marcia Miller with attitude -Loft Studios Feb. 1984

Marcia Miller wearing a black satin Parousia Jacket, showing attitude while hangin’ out with the band at Loft Studios Feb. 1984

(5) Buffalo Backstage article Loft Studios February 1984

Buffalo Backstage article Feb. 1984 – Parousia spending ‘tedious hours on our recent recording project at Loft Studio.’

Steve Watz - Radio Free America 1984

Steve Watts from Radio Free America -bringing Parousia’s music to the countries of the world. In Peru, they thought we were their national band. (Peru-sia?)

Second Story Magazine WBNY (91.3FM) 03.06.1985

WBNY (91.3 FM) music playlist 1985 – We loved hearing our songs on WBNY even though the names of our songs were misspelled… should be “Keep Running” and “Movin’ Out to L.A.” Also featured here, our friends Mark Freeland from his band ‘Electroman’ and David Kane from the band ‘Nullstadt’

 KMLS- FM. Santa Rosa, CA 1985

Parousia on the air at KMLS radio (101.9 FM) in Carlsbad, CA.

Azra records Hollywood, CA 04.12.1986

Parousia music reply card from Azra records, Hollywood CA. Azra likes our song “People’s Court” and we couldn’t agree more!

 Azra records, Hollywood, CA

Azra records logo, Hollywood CA

Amherst records, Buffalo, NY 1986

Feedback from Amherst Records in Buffalo, a mentally challenged record label that apparently has a hard time understanding words to a song even when reading the lyrics… WTH?

Amherst Records, Buffalo NY

I had a hard time understanding their logo even while looking at it.

Jim Sommers and Don Peters at the controls_Loft Studios_Feb. 1984

Jim Sommers and Don Peters (from the band Cock Robin) at the controls of Loft Studios. P.S. Hey guys… 30 cents for small bag of stale chips was lot of money to us back in 1984. Just sayin’…

Don 'Donnie' Peters guitarist for Cock Robin

Don (Donnie) Peters, guitarist for Cock Robin and Loft Studios engineer. 1984

Jim Sommers at the controls_Loft Studios_Feb. 1984

Jim Sommers at the controls in Loft Studios Feb. 1984. Nice T-shirt Jim. Yes, we know what you like…

Jim Sommers Loft engineer-Cock Robin keyboardist

Jim Sommers Loft engineer and Cock Robin keyboardist, 1984

Jim Sommers and Don Peters_Cock Robin_1978

Jim Sommers and Don Peters from the band that rocked the 70’s – Cock Robin

Loft Studios ad 1984

Yes, $25.00 an hour is more than us starving musicians could afford. Good thing Backstage Magazine was paying for our recording time.

httpwww.loftstudiobuffalo.com

Loft Studios – 48 Dellwood PL. in Cheektowaga, NY.

 

10 comments for “Loft Studios – Winter 1984 Recording Sessions

  1. Morgan
    December 18, 2013 at 6:27 pm

    You put more on there since I last looked. Soo good to hear some I saw you perform. The Weekend Starts Tonight is one of my favorites. You and Patt are incredible on that one. Tiffany? Turnaround? I’m waiting… Lol.

  2. Jonathan Kasper
    December 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm

    Damn. Time warp. Good stuff. Keep Running is excellent. When rock was rock. Congrats, guys. Reunion? I listened to all these. Very nice. The Weekend…wow.

  3. Erika Harvey
    December 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    so cool Gerry!

  4. Jim Laspesa
    December 20, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Gerry, the best drum solo I ever saw was you at a theatre type show, where you walked around the entire perimeter of the room, playing on the walls, seats and even some contraption duct taped to your chest. Never forgot that!

    • Gerry North
      December 20, 2013 at 7:15 pm

      Thanks Jim, the show you remember was at the Katharine Cornell Theater at University of Buffalo on April 5th, 1979.

  5. Jonathan Kasper
    December 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm

    badass is right…I remember you guys being good back in the day, but so glad I can hear your stuff today. It has stood the test of time in my book…badass

  6. Roberto Arana
    December 21, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Keep Running… great song Gerry.

    • Gerry North Cannizzaro
      December 21, 2013 at 3:37 pm

      Thanks Roberto… hey, I just realized that everyone in the thumbnail band photo is a ST. Joseph’s collegiate alumni… freaky!

      • Roberto Arana
        December 21, 2013 at 3:38 pm

        That is freaky. Keep posting the music. I enjoy listening to it. You were always quite talented my friend.

  7. Marcia
    June 23, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    I had a very enjoyable time being “part” of the recording on that day. I remember clearly getting ready to go. I had just adopted a very special cat, and felt a little bad about leaving him home with my folks. I sort of felt like a rock star myself. Very festive.

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