20 CYCLE CELEBRATION: THE FOLLOW (1989 – 2009)

by Mat on December 15, 2008

Seveneverend 1992
Origins 1997
nowaitingplease 1999
Lost Sessions 2000
Up With The Sun 2006
MIXTURES 2009

On Tuesday, January 13th, 2009, The Follow will officially be 20 years old. Our first gig was a lock-in at First Baptist Church in Moberly, MO. We played all U2 songs. It was fun. It was the beginning of a life-long journey.

Since, albums are usually released on Tuesdays and our 20 year anniversary is on one, I felt it appropriate to release the remix album on that date. Now, we just need to get it finished. We have all the mixes “in” and Troy is working on the artwork. Stay tuned for availability to FORUM MEMBERS FIRST! And, we’ll probably do some kind of album release show or something. Maybe Troy will let me show 30 seconds of video from the first show somehow. :o)

-Mat

 

I am looking forward to it! The cd release show should be fun. I remember being at the Up with the Sun release show at the Blue Note. I still have the postcard from it in my collection. 20 years is amazing.

-Jason

 

Ooooh, Lord have mercy, you still have the Baptist gig on VHS or Beta? Wow, now that would be a humorous sight to see, and a racket of detuned voices to hear! haha! Maybe we could squeeze 27.3 seconds of non-cringing material out of it, with hope that the viewers are merciful and forgiving!

Ok, I’m in, as long we can show BJ mixin’ in the background, and Tebow playing the star-bass with all it’s dangerous curves. Dude, I was sooo nervous at that show, my heart was racing, like the whole world depended on our performance. I also remember sitting in the car after the show, listening to the recording on tape, pondering what it must have been like for those attending, and also in wonder at how we could listen to a ‘live’ recording of what we had just done. So young, so green, so eager and hopeful. Let the hope live on!

-Troy

 

There was an audio tape? Or course there was with Bobby on the knobs. Man, we sucked.

-Mat

 

“Man, we sucked.”

I’ve probably told you this story before but it still makes me laugh – probably more years ago than I think you guys were the second band on a bill at the Blue Note. We got there early (of course) and watched the opening band who were kind of just generic whatever rock – not bad, but nothing interesting. We ended up standing next to them on the floor during your set and about halfway through the guitar player turned to the drummer and just said “Man… we suck.”
How cool is being not sucky without the journey to unsuckingness, grasshopper..? I call for a release of the entire sucky thing! 🙂

-Christian

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