Thursday, August 21, 2008

Failure to thrive

The band J.D. King formed in Rhode Island was good but it's the kid that joined the band in New York that the band is remembered for. Guitarist King had first met 17 year old Thurston Moore in a New Haven record store in December 1976. They were both looking for Velvet Underground records and after a conversation about the Flamin Groovies & the MC5, the two became friends.

King and the band weren't getting anywhere playing punk & garage covers in Providence so they decided to move to New York. After living there for a few months, King invited Moore bring his guitar down to the city.

Moore joined the Coachmen, the band started playing clubs and parties. The band's main influences were The Velvet Underground, The Modern Lovers and Television. In late '79, the band recorded a demo tape. Nobody offered to release a record, the shows started getting farther apart, the crowds never got very big. The band ended in August 1980.

At a Coachmen show at Georgio Gomelsky's loft, Thurston met Kim Gordon and started teaching her how to play bass. at another party, the pair met a guitarist named Lee Renaldo. After the Coachmen ended, the three started a new band.

The demo tape was released on New Alliance Records in 1988. J.D. King and the Coachman released an LP in 2000 and a CD in 2006, both on Moore's Ecstatic Peace Records.


Anonymous Anonymous said...


Thanks for the words re The Coachmen!

There are a few minor inaccuracies, however.

The Providence, RI band was pre-Coachmen.

Also, our first Ecstatic Peace alb, "Ten Compositions: New Frontiers in Free Rock," was LP only.

And the second alb, "American Mercury," was indeed a CD, but released in 2006, not 2007. (And not 2005, as mistakenly indicated on the back.)

I found your blog by Googling us because we've just put up a MySpace page, and I was searching for it to see if it was on the radar. So, nice to find your mention of us!

27/8/08 12:44 PM  
Blogger KS said...

Thanks for straightening me out! I didn't know that there were any new Coachmen records, I'm gonna try to get both of them.

27/8/08 8:40 PM  

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