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Rhubarb’s Revenge

Just about any evening in the first 1970s, several friends who called themselves RoadApples (founding members: Greg Shuss, Chris Breetveld, Rob Rothschild, Rich Larsen, and Bill DiMartino with occasional help from Mike Rothkopf, Mick Parmenter, and Shotzie) would meet at Chris Breetveld’s “Pink Grass Studios” (normally referred to as his parents’ house) in Kendall Park, NJ after a handful of the members’ second-shift jobs discrete. The teenagers would drink beverage and attempt, within their untutored, verging-on-incompetent way, to try out something resembling music. They might inevitably play in to the little hours of the night time, even while documenting their tests on Breetveld’s Sony two-track reel-to-reel tape decks. In a short time, they started sounding pretty good. In early 1973, Breetveld’s dad announced that he’d be shifting the family members to India to get a five-year stint with UNICEF. Recognizing that Breetveld will be acquiring his tape deck with him and therefore depriving another regulars from the musical spoils that they had toiled over through the previous couple of years, the RoadApples made a decision to printing up twelve roughly copies from the music as an LP keepsake for every member. It price exactly the same to press 100 LPs for ten, nevertheless, so 100 copies of Rhubarb’s Revenge or Confessions of a Big Lanky Dope had been privately pressed in nov 1973 beneath the name Rhubarb’s Revenge. Questioning if he previously something commercially practical, Breetveld got the LP to some music publisher on Denmark Road in London (pursuing directions provided in the lyrics from the Kinks’ “Denmark Road” right to Tottingham Courtroom Row), the very first prevent for the Breetveld family members coming to India. The publisher changed him down, as do every following music publisher to whom he got the tapes after the family found its way to New Delhi. Eleven a few months after departing for India, Breetveld came back to the Expresses and teamed up with Shuss, Rothschild, and DiMartino to keep documenting music. They documented under different monikers and in various styles during this time period, including “dropped classics” like the prog-rock wierdness of Send Cash (1974), the natural pop of Moist Color (1976), and Breetveld’s rock and roll opera/musical, The Panchilla Gorilla (1979)–non-e of which had been released. Breetveld and Shuss later on went on to create the ’90s cult pop/rock and roll feeling, the Breetles. The absurdly uncommon Rhubarb’s Revenge album–which, despite its rarity, experienced found its method over the globe–was reissued by Gear Fab in 1999, with four added reward cuts that needed to be cut from the initial LP due to length restrictions.

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