is blue number nine's second CD. The band did a
benefit for a venue
called "the Spot" on the SUNY campus (hence the
title) and liked the way the recording came out. Camari Frame
was in the band but she was a sub - a "back up to the
backups". This CD is worth buying just to have a copy
of her headshot!
Also singing at
the time were Kristy Cates and Sheila Connors. These two blondes
didn't get along so well, so there was a lot of tension. In
fact, when we released the CD, one of them was not pleased
because her vocals were not as loud as the other's. Nonetheless,
despite the catty stuff, these two singers were the first
to bring actual choreography into the band. Prior to their
involvement, the back up singers did the same move on every
Shortly after the
CD was released, Kristy left the band to pursue musical theater.
She later went on to perform in WICKED on Broadway and understudied
the lead role of Elphaba, which she did get to perform. She
is now in Chicago with a touring version of the show.
This CD is far
from perfect, in fact, it is very raw and there is some feedback
on "Telephone Game", but it is a good representation
of the band at the time and there was no budget to go into
the recording studio. We decided at the time that we wanted
to release something that reflected the current lineup. Of
course, shortly after the release of this CD, the lineup changed
again! The band pressed 300 copies of this CD and there are
only a few left.
This CD also contains
a copy of Aaron Strebs' video "JERKING MY CHAINS"
which can be viewed on a computer.
Performing that night were:
Stefanie Seskin on flute, lead vocals and tamborine, Kristy Cates & Sheila Connors on vocals, Minoru Kikuchi on guitar, George DeHoff on keyboards, Marco Accattatis on bass, Jack Gourdine on drums.
Stefanie created the artwork. All photos are from miscellaneous sources, but there is a pretty neat photo collage on this one, full band shot w/George and headshots of Kristy, Camari and Sheila.