A little lesson in Giant Sand history.
We started Giant Sand Worms in 1980. We put out a couple of 7 inches and right away we became popular here—we couldn’t have been bigger. Tucson back then was so empty! So it was time to go try our luck elsewhere, and see what was going on out there.
So we left for NYC. Lower East Side. There was this great scene that came out of there in the late ‘70s…Talking Heads, Television, the Ramones, Patti Smith Group…But by the time we got there it was already all over.
By then what was in then were drum machines, casios, and this awful reverb on vocals…
We were there for a year. We lived in this really sketchy place. You have no idea what the Lower East Side was like back then. Cab drivers wouldn’t even go near our street. Cars on fire, houses burning down, drugs everywhere, Puerto Rican mafia…Billy, who was already on cocaine before we left Tucson, went a bit further and onto heroine. We played right and left and after a year, I left. I joined a country band in the South Dakota Black Hills…
RETOUR À SONORA par Nicolas Moog.
(Duotone in progress). Guest : Howe Gelb