Later on, at the party we noticed Mick Jagger talking to two Jamaicans. Frank Secich: From 1960 until 1963, I attended St, Anthony’s Parochial school. Blue Ash Summer Concert Series (Tuesday & Friday nights June-August; Thursday nights in September) Blue Ash Farmers Market Beats, Arts, & Eats The City of Blue Ash will comply with the most current Ohio Department of Health and Hamilton County Board of Health regulations in the 2021 Concert Season. Sharing its title with the documentary which depicted ASH’s rise from local school heroes to all-conquering band that topped the charts with their debut album 1977, Teenage Wildlife traces the band’s recording career from exuberant debut Jack Names The Planets through to Buzzkill and Annabel from 2018’s top twenty album Islands.Read more about the album here… In a world of boomer musicians who mostly either hold grudges or were so doped up back then they barely remember the first six steps of their AA program, a guy like Frank Secich is a big breeze of fresh air. Even on the new Blue Ash album to be released in 2020, I still go there. The group was Jimmy Zero (rhythm guitar), Billy Sullivan (lead guitar), Jeff West (drums), and me on bass guitar. Were there centerfolds hanging around their offices? PKM: In the book, there’s a story of playing at the Mudd Club for Bebe Buell’s birthday – any other memory from that night? They did the most killer version of “River Deep, Mountain High” that I ever heard. After school that Friday I took a bus the hundred miles from Sharon to Cleveland. Where was it? PKM: You signed to Mercury Records the same year as the New York Dolls – was there much overlap there? She made torpedoes and had quite a few commendations for her work from the Navy. For now, we asked him about some more old stories. I’m Marianne!”. The Records were great guys and a great band and we had a lot of fun hanging out that night. Then just as soon and just as excitedly jumping to some tale of the dumpster back alley of some church his teen band played in or selling Grit newspapers. The Palace had a seating capacity of 4,038. Got a good memory of going out with Stiv after a recording session? His reputation grew, and soon after Stiv would join Mother Goose as lead singer. PKM: Who was the toughest musician you ever played with – either tough like he/she pissed you off, or tough like he/she made you a better musician? Where is Blue Ash Farm? I’m glad that so many new bands over the last four decades have taken to it. That was a great perk about being on a major label. Then, he dropped his pants to his ankles. We stood on the side of the stage to get a good view of the show. Then John went next door to the Roxy and jammed with Muddy Waters. I continue to find Sharon an endless source of inspiration and amusement. I wanted to capture the actual sound of a guitar being smashed for the recording, but I didn’t want to smash one of my guitars. Frank Secich: We had a song called “Smash My Guitar” that was the last song we recorded for Blue Ash’s debut album. Since you’re playing in this dump all the time anyway, why don’t you boys bring your sling shots, BB guns, traps, and bows and arrows down here and get rid of all these rats. Sites: Facebook, MySpace, Wikipedia. I decided to be a professional musician in instead of a professional criminal. Frank Secich: Kirk Yano’s After Dark Studio was on Pearl Road. PKML Kirk Yano’s After Dark Studio in Parma, Ohio. Mick turns around and gives Stiv the most condescending look I’ve ever seen. Frank Secich: I just remember saying “hello” to Andy. Frank Secich in Blue Ash 1974 (photo by Geoff Jones. Frank Secich: My three favorite places to play back them were The Freak Out in Youngstown, The Bug Out in Transfer, PA, and the Penn Alto Hotel Ballroom in Altoona, Pa. I had a bunch of songs that I had written and was tired of being in a cover band. I’ll pay you 25 cents for each dead rat!” The Great Rat Hunt was on! A few years later, it was remodeled and name changed to The Apartment. Keith said to us, “Your Cheetah did it! When you started to see the term “power pop” around, what did you think? The album was recorded on a basketball court that was adjacent to the studio. It’s located on the south side of Youngstown, on Indianola Avenue a few blocks east of South Ave. Secich (pronounced SESS-ich) was the bass player and founding member of early 1970s proto-power pop greats, Blue Ash. We heard you on the radio and it sounded like fun.” So we partied with all of them that night. I also didn’t want to be in a band like Mother Goose or even know guys like that anymore. He got us a singles deal with Playboy, and in May of ‘77 they released the single, “Look At You Now.” It became a regional hit in the south and in Ohio and Pennsylvania. I always thought they were a great band. Bob had a song called “We’ll Live Tomorrow,” written by local folk singer Terri Gruber. I kid you not. She loved music and loved that I made a career out of music. The late, legendary local DJ Boots Bell ruled there. Sprung from the smoggy skies of the northwestern Pennsylvania/Ohio border, the band got signed to Mercury Records the same time as the New York Dolls, 1973, making for an impressive one-two punch of influential bands who sold shit and got dropped. Blue Ash. I went nuts on that guitar and the crowd was loving it. PKM: The litany of regional clubs you name in the book that you went to or played is amazing. I feel like there is something about northeast Ohio that just “gets it” when it comes to accepting the changes in rock ‘n’ roll over time. Join the City of Blue Ash and BAMSO for a virtual Veterans Day event. When Stiv and I got the acetates of “It’s Cold Outside” we went over to Bingenheimer’s apartment and played it for him. Jeff is one of the coolest and most talented men in Rock ‘N’ Roll. Frank Secich: Actually, Blue Ash started about 10 months before the Raspberries. Currently seeking: Band to Join, Accordion, Bagpipes, Banjo, Cello, Clarinet and more. Frank Secich: Yes, this was 1967 at St. Joe’s in Sharon. “I’ll tell you what, boys, I have a big jar of quarters in my office. The Stooges were funny and fun, and might I add genius, whereas Cactus were just pretentious, sloppy, and annoying. While we were on the air. Let us know what you think of the Last.fm website. As I axed the first blow to the stage with all my might, strings started breaking and ripped my face like razors. Frank Secich: Oh, most definitely! In the summer of 1969, there was a local outdoor festival near Canfield, Ohio. PKM: So for the second Blue Ash album, you got signed to Playboy Records. We made our first professional appearance at a party in Barbie Hyde’s house in Sharon. Marquee at the Aragon Ballroom Chicago June 15, 1973. Both of my sisters Cindy and Maryann went to school there as well. I told him I was so busy with all of the Deadbeat Poets and Blue Ash recordings and tours that I just don’t have the time. We loved how they sounded. I believe it had been some kind of speakeasy during Prohibition, but was abandoned and dilapidated by the time 1960’s rolled around. We borrowed a big Gibson amp from Joe at Sharon Music Center to plug our microphones through, so I don’t think we sounded too bad. There’s a new film, The Power Pop Movie, by Justin Fielding coming out soon that will be definitive about the genre. Guitarist Bill Yendrek and drummer David Evans were recruited later that summer. While recording “Ready Anytime,” Stiv couldn’t quite get the vocal the way he wanted. PKM: Your book is kind of a collection of quick stories, rather than the usual drawn-out biography? Scrobbling is when Last.fm tracks the music you listen to and automatically adds it to your music profile.