Well, so I was busy today enjoyin' the weather and helping to pump up that Bush economy and only got to one record.
Phlegm, Phlegm LP, Catalyst Records (1986). 1984: I'm hanging out at Jules's Loft in Baltimore waiting for a show when I strike up a conversation with this kid in a mohawk and leather jacket. He's selling a tape of bands from Eastern Maryland and so I buy -- support the local scene and all. He tells me his name is Barry and he speaks with a slight Irish accent so I find out he's from Belfast, moved to the states when he was 15. I see him off and on over the next few years and even taken in a show where his band is playing and buy his LP. It's nothing remarkable, basically the same-old, same-old hardcore-semi-thrash -- the lyrics have a little more credibility than the standard "hate your government" stuff because Barry's singing about some real experiences.
Flash forward about 18 years and I'm sitting in the Naro theater in Norfolk at one of the First Look Forums and one of the actors looks like Barry from Belfast but with the baby fat gone. I check the credits and for sure it's Barry McEvoy and he's starring and wrote the movie. He's up above with director Barry Levinson -- yes as in Donnie Brasco, Oz, Homicide Barry Levinson. The movie was Everlasting Piece and it was a pretty funny story about a Protestant and Catholic barber who become friends and business partners by trying to corner the toupee market in Belfast in the mid-80s. Pretty soon they're supplying the IRA (who use the toupees as part of their disguises) and the British Army (whose boys are losing their hair due to the stress). I'm like telling people afterwards, "hey I knew him in the 80's" and they're just looking at me with a "yeah, right, shut up" face. Barry McEvoy -- from Phlegm to Dreamworks.
So now you know.... the Rest of the Story.
As for the record - condition is VG and even though I don't think I'll be recording any of the songs on it, I'm thinking maybe I'll hold onto to this in case Barry becomes a mega-star in the future.