Sometimes I wonder if we could have saved her….
I was going through my photos today looking for one of Jay’s photos when he was a baby, and I came across this photo, taken in 1990 I believe, of myself with all the older Fuller kids’ first car (my dad bought it for $750). It was a bronze 1975 Mercury Comet with a roof rack. You always have to mention the roof rack—that was a very important part of the description.
I learned a lot about cars from this car. It was a 6 cylinder, and got about 8 miles to the gallon. Thank goodness gas was only about $1 a gallon back then. I was very fond of our local auto supply store and was always putting additives in the tank to try to get better mileage. I also learned about carburetors (because the one in this car was always crapping out). Looking at this photo, the car almost looks sporty now.
In any case, the car was passed on to my brother in about 1991, and needlesstosay, that was the end of her life. (He’s mentioned some stories about setting up jumps in parking lots with his friends, etc.)
After seeing this, I wondered if anyone has any restored Comets out there, so I did a search, and found a four-door 1974 Comet on e-bay for $6. (But alas, it’s just a postcard.) RIP DND 225. (I loved how the license plate kind of spelled out "Dead End".)
I’ve just posted my Wrong Notes Podcast #02, which is about The Worst Song Ever. As kids, cousin Dean and I had a band, The Light, which ended its brief career on the historic low note that is “Dark Is the Night.” Hear it in all of its history making malaprop melodies, and hear Dean and I laughing a lot about it
Also, I’ve included a couple new Ear Reverends’ tracks in there too.
P.S. the new Ear Reverends’s album, Err or Man, is in the works—I shall be announcing its release here in a couple months!
Okay, since I was also tagged by both Bre Pettis and Lee LeFever in the 5 Things game, here are the five things you may not know about me. I’m also following Jay’s suggestion and using the 80s as the general time-span for the trivia.
1. When I was young I went by Stacy Fuller (not Anastasia). I started going by Anastasia when I was 20 or so. My legal name is Anastasia Kathleen Fuller. My grandma started calling me Stacy, which is a short version of Anastasia, when I was a baby and it just stuck. Other nicknames I’ve had include: DC9, Wastebasket, Nugget, and Thay-Thee (my brother couldn’t say his “S”‘s).
2. I lived in all the following Western Washington cities as a child, in this order: Seattle, Olympia, Bellingham, Mt. Vernon, Kenmore. I think my fondest memories are living in Bellingham because I used to take the city bus all around town when I was in 3rd & 4th grade. Boy, kids just can’t do that kind of stuff anymore can they?
3. I was basically a straight-A student in school. I only got 3 B’s all through high school–in Physics, Photography, and Japanese.
4. I worked half-time all through my senior year at Plywood Supply in Kenmore in their credit department. My first job though was at Jack-in-the-Box. (Never, never eat there!)
5. One of my favorite classes in Junior High school was wood shop. I took it a full year as an elective. My parents still have many of my projects around the house. I love the smell of sawdust in the morning
Happy new year! I am invoking nostalgia today—working on a new Ear Reverends podcast that features an interview with my cousin Dean Fienberg about the worst song ever written, that we wrote together, circa 1983. (Hope to get that up in the next day or so.)
Going with the nostalgia, since both Bre Pettis and Lee LeFever tagged me in the five things you don’t know about me blog game, I’ve decided to play it here and now in the form of “five things from the 1980s that you don’t know or remember about me.”
- The first live music show I saw was the Ramones at the Hollywood Palladium on April 10, 1980. I was still under 5′ tall. I went with my friend Loren Philip. Several people whom I didn’t know at the time, but who were also at the show, would later become my good friends. It was an incredible show.
- So, it’d be fair-enough to categorize me as: one of those kids who saw the Ramones and then went out and started their own bands. My first band was Popped Oxheart, which was led by Bernard Bernard (who also was at that Ramones’ show). Popped Oxheart’s active career spanned from morning to afternoon on November 27, 1981, during which I recorded a 30-minute side of a cassette, labeled “Jay’s Garage.” In 2006, I remastered “Jay’s Garage” for private release on CD. (btw, if any of the other members of Popped Oxheart are reading this: contact me—I’d love to hear from you, and I’ll send you a copy of the CD!!)
- From ’81 to the present, Bernard Bernard has been my best friend and musical collaborator. Most recently, we’ve been talking about releasing a CD compilation of Slobot, our band with Eduard Margidan that I recorded on cassette in 1986. In 2006, I finished remastering all of the Slobot tapes for CD—so, maybe we’ll release a Slobot CD in 2007.
- Speaking of bands and my friend Loren, when we lived in Santa Cruz, he once (circa 1988) got himself a gig playing a big party at Davenport beach. He didn’t have a band or songs per se, and I don’t remember how it all came together. But, I do remember that we ended up on a makeshift stage on the beach in front of 150+ people, and that I improvised on guitar for two hours or so, up until the police came. Some people came up to me afterwards and said they really liked the music!
- From ’83 to ’87, I gigged a lot in LA, especially with a band called Man on Fire (’85 – ’87). We played pretty much all of the classic Hollywood clubs that were left at the time, plus many of the less-classic West LA / Santa Monica and Valley clubs: the Whiskey, Roxy, Troubador, Central (later called the Viper Room), Palamino, Madame Wongs West (we played there every month), Hop Singhs, and others whose names escape me. We also did a big outdoor show as part of the L.A. Festival in 1987, which apparently made me a famous rock star in many non-English-speaking tourists’ photos.
(Be sure to check out the music on the Popped Oxheart and Slobot pages. Plus, if you don’t own them already, be sure to buy the new CDs of Bernard Bernard music—they’re awesome.)
So, in order to perpetuate the five things game, I should tag five more people. But, pretty much everyone I know with a blog has already been tagged. So, I’ll just change the game: anyone can play, no need for invitations—what are five things from the 1980s that we don’t know or remember about you?