Wednesday, February 23, 2005

Whatever became of?

To their credit, Epic records did put a bit of a push behind Big Dipper. There were a few promo-only releases with some interesting live songs.

Steve Michener was the first Dipper to leave the band in 1990. Drummer Jeff Oliphant was next to go. His replacement was Woody Geissman, who came from the Del Fuegos and had been in The Embarassment with Dipper singer Bill Goffrier years before.

This last lineup of Big Dipper recorded and released a 45 in 1992. I've never seen a copy. They also recorded a cover of Pete Shelley's "Homosapien" for a chartiy compilation called FREEDOM OF CHOICE.

Steve Michener is a registereed RN and lives in California. Bill Goffrier played with a reunited Embarrassment and now is a painter in Boston. Jeff Oliphant is now a day trader(!) in Connecticut. Gary Weleik produces radio shows for NPR and has a new band in Boston. Also, he said the reunion ain't gonna happen. Dang.

Ron Klaus was last seen in Phoenix.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh man, you don't know the half of it. Bill recorded a new album of songs originally meant for big dipper for his new band, 'Saucer', which had a sort of UFO-alien-possession theme. I recall that Jeff had something to do with it, too. The tape is one of the great lost albums, although of course Dipper and the Embarrassment are two of the great unknown bands of the era.

- Matt Wall,

23/5/05 1:29 AM  
Blogger frankenslade said...

The Big Dipper reunion is gonna happen afterall! Reunion shows and a long-overdue 3-CD retrospective are discussed here:

31/10/07 10:25 AM  

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