November 6, 2016
WORDS AND PICTURES: MARIAN KRZYZOWSKI
It's been a relatively quiet but intensely productive year for Scott Morgan. He has performed at several benefits, including the Dick Wagner Memorial Concert at Detroit's Fillmore Theatre, the Tom Wright Benefit in Chesterfield Township, both with The Sights, and the John Sinclair Benefit in Ann Arbor, with Don Was, Laith Al-Saadi, and Tino Gross of the Howling Diablos.
At the same time, and beginning last fall, Scott and The Sights, led by guitarist Eddie Baranek, have been recording a new album of original songs, lyrics by Scott and music by Eddie. It began with five recordings at Detroit's Ghetto Recorders Studio, Jim Diamond producing. The songs feature a revived Scott, his voice as powerful as ever, along with mature, accessible, and soulful performances by The Sights. Check out videos for Troubles or Radio Revolution and you'll get a taste of The Sights' wonderful musicianship and Scott's newly found energy.
When Ghetto Recorders Studio shut down, Scott and Eddie Baranek found a new home for recording – Adam Cox's Hamtramck Sound Studio. Over the course of 2016, I was fortunate to be able to sit in on the recording of six more original songs, this time, in Hamtramck. In addition to Scott and Eddie, The Sights include Jarrod Champion on keyboards, Skip Denomme and Peter Geloso on drums, Roderick Jones on tenor sax, Eric Abbey on trumpet, Kyle Schanta on bass and two of the more soulful singers in the Detroit Metro area, Chrissy Morgan and Liz Mackinder. Adam Cox was the recording engineer but he also played the marimba and tambourine on several tracks.
The songs, written by Scott and Eddie, are rooted in their Detroit experiences, as well as Scott's Ann Arbor life (Mom Scott's Smoking). They range from soulful ballads (Soothe Her) to hard driving rock 'n roll (Somebody's Trying to Kill Me), to my favorite, a New Orleans-tinged balled (Red Bone Girl). Scott's vocals bely his age and when coupled with the playing of Eddie and the band, as well as, Chrissy and Liz's harmony vocals, we get sweetness, soul, and energy.
Adam Cox and Scott behind the soundboard at Hamtramck Sound.
Adam, Liz, Scott, Rod, Chrissy and Eddie in the studio.
at the Fillmore.
The result is beautiful album of Detroit originals produced in part by Jim Diamond and then mastered by Eddie and Adam. Sitting in on the sessions and their mixing, gave me insight into the professionalism and perfection of all the participants. Adam Cox was a terrific choice for this collaboration, as he Eddie, and Scott went over every single bar of music, completing as many takes as needed to reach the exact sound they were looking for. Get ready! Scott Morgan and The Sights are on their way!
Eric Abbey and Rod Jones in the studio.
Scott with Don Was at the John Sinclair Benefit in Ann Arbor.
With The Sights at The Fillmore.
Onstage at the Tom Wright Benefit.
December 6, 2015
We're back after an absence but not as long as it would appear. A whole chunk of recent news has disappeared from the site. Apologies for that.
More importantly, the first two CDs in the Easy Action re-issue series are out. "Powerglide" compiles what was perhaps the best Hudromatics album with a previously unheard rehearsal tape that puts a whole different, rawer, perspective out there.
The dekuxe edition of the debut album "Parts Unknown" (re-titled "The Hydromatics") is also out. It pairs the killer studio debut with a scorching live show and a rare single version of "Heaven." Buy them both from
May 30, 2015
AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE
About four years ago, Scott was diagnosed with terminal liver cirrhosis and a stomach tumor that was swiftly and painfully ravaging his body. Against great odds, Scott survived thanks to the excellent medical staff at University of Michigan and St. Joseph Hospitals.
Scott spent two years in treatment and recovery, and a third year in physical therapy to regain his vocal strength. As a result of being out of work for so long, after a grueling and indefinitely long period of recuperation, Scott faces a heavy load of financial obstacles.
Saddled with medical bills, credit card debt, reduced federal assistance, and high rent and heating bills, all of this is making it impossible for Scott to save money, pay back his debts, and provide for himself as a full-time musician. If Scott does not get immediate help, he could face eviction by the end of this summer.
Now, starting over, he needs your help to keep the lights on, record new music, tour, and essentially start his career over and live out a happy and meaningful life free from struggle.
The majority of contributions will secure Scott a place to live and food to eat, and the remaining sum will go towards studio and tour expenses with Scott's most recent collaborative outfit, Detroit soul group The Sights.
Scott's music is a gift to the world. Let's help him continue to make the beautiful music he's known for. Any contribution will help, thank you and God bless.
May 16, 2015
Scott's been recording at Jim Diamond's now closed Ghetto Recorders with The Sights. Here are a couple of the songs.
May 13, 2015
More on the Hydromatics re-issues: First in the series (and possibly the most well-rounded release by the band) the impossibly hard-to-find "Powerglide" album is coming out on CD with a generous array of bonus cuts.
Easy Action Records has paired the 14 Sonic's Rendezvous Band and original compositions with half a dozen live songs cut for radio, plus a bonus disc of 14 rehearsal tunes. This is the line-up of Scott Morgan, Tony Slug, bassist Theo Brouwer and Andy Frost (Powertrane) and it's a killer band and brilliantly powerful and soulful collection of recordings.
The Italian label that originally released "Powerglide" went belly-up soon after issuing it so copies of the original are next to impossible to find. Here's a sample from the liners:
"Ready To Ball," "RIP RnR," and "Soulbone" make for a smashing three-way introduction to this disc, leaping out of the gate, one after the other, with a garage rock fury that would make the White Stripes poop their little red and white panties. "Tumblin' Down," "Love and Learn," and "Green Eyed Soul" delves into rootsy Motown for influence but rock nonetheless, often sounding like Van Morison's Them if covered by, well, the Hellacopters! We also get three SRB remakes in the form of "Do It Again," "Electrophonic Tonic," and "Asteroid B-612," which is cool considering how hard the original versions are to come by these days.
Morgan sings his ass off and the band provides much sonic firepower to back up his massive vocal gusto, switching gears effortlessly between kick ass hard rock and smoky soul. It's a potent cocktail for sure and one that fans of this genre would be foolish to pass up on. Not for diehard punk or metal fans, this is a treat best enjoyed by cats who like to rock n' roll and dig the swingin' sounds of the '60s…albeit as pounded through walls of Marshals and a thick curtain of horns and noise.
Order a copy of the High Octane Edition of "Powerglide" from Easy Action
May 12, 2015
"We're Gonna Party like it's 1969!"
Scott is on the bill for a massive fund-raising benefit for SRC guitarist Gary Quackenbush at the Necto in Ann Arbor on Friday, June 5. Other performers include Glenn Quackenbush, Steve Lyman (SRC), Shain Murphy (Bob Seger), Al Jacquez (Savage Grace.) MC's are Doug Podell and John Sinclair. Admission is by a donation of $10 or up and you can expect memorabilia auctions. Doors open at 5pm.
Gary has been struck down by pulmonary fibrosis and is at home but on oxygen. Funds will go towards his home care and living expenses. If you can't make the gig, there's a
Go Fund Me page for donations.
May 11, 2015
Ready for pre-order: The first re-issues from the Hydromatics' back catalogue on UK label Easy Action.
The Hydromatics were a '90s super group of sorts, fronted by Scott Morgan and reprising material by Sonic's Rendezvous Band, as well as fresh originals. Their original line-up included Nicke Royale of Sweden's Helllacopters and Dutcmen Tony Slug (The Nitwitz) on guitar and bassist Theo Brouwer on bass, and they toured Europe extensively.
'The Hydromatics" is a re-mastered CD version of the debut record, "Parts Unknown", with a stack of live tracks.
"Dangerous" is a LP (with free CD) of studio versions of Sonic's Rendezvous Band classics like Asteroid B612, Electrophonic Tonic and City Slang. The 10-track LP is supplemented by "Do It Again", "Mystically Yours" and "Power and The Glory" on the bonus CD.
March 3, 2015
Scott's Revolutionary Action collections gets a ringing endorsement from Blurt Online here.
February 17, 2015
"Revolutionary Action" is picking up great reviews. Here
a great one by Colin Bryce in Eyeplug online zine in Canada while The Barman gives it a five-beer rating at Australia's I-94 Bar.
Meanwhile, over at Esquire magazine Henry Rollins rates "City Slang" by Sonic's Rendezvous Band in his all-yime top ten songs. Read his view
Scott's been busy ion the studio with his buddies The Sights. Here's a taster from the planned album they're recording with Jim Diamond at rthe control desk. This is "Radio Revolution."
January 5, 2015
Happy New Year! It's off to a busy start. Out now on UK label Easy Action, the first three Scott Morgan solo albums re-mastered on two CDs. You can buy a copy at the label website
Here's the tracklist:
Disc One 71.43
2.Heaven And Earth
4.I Want More
5.Other End Of The City
16.16 With A Bullet
17.Dreams Never Lie
20.Can You See Me
Live in Concert 1st December 1984
Disc Two 70.40
2.Stick To Your Guns
4.The Road Home
5.And Then There Was Love
6.I Need Some Easy Money
7.You Got What You Wanted
9.New Year's Eve
10.Bringin' It All Back Home
13.I'm The Man
14.Out Of Our Minds
16.Fuck The Violence
17.Dear Dream Diary
18.The Wind Blows The Name of Tazmemert
Scott's next live appearance will be January 10 at the Fillmore Detroit as part of a star-studded line-up at the Dick Wagner "Remember The Child" Memorial Concert. Tickets
October 6, 2014
September 1, 2014
There's a benefit show for Gary Quackenbush of the SRC September 6 at Club 54 in St Hts (6 1/2 and Van Dyke) and admission is $10
Capacity is limited to 400 and doors open 6pm. Join WCSX and Doug Podell for some of Detroit's best to help cover medical expenses for Gary who has been diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. The bill includes The Reefermen, Frijid Pink and an after jam with Ray Goodman (SRC) and the Essentials featuring Tosha Owens. Scott Morgan will be the guest MC and will also be performing.
May 23, 2014
Scott's moving back into live shows with a vengeance and a new album is being mapped out as well. Both will be with Detroit's magnificent soulful rockers The Sights as his band. New material is being worked up as you read this. Expect a record taking a similar direction to The Solution.
Scott and The Sights will appear at Don Was' Concert of Colors at the Max Fischer Theater in Detroit on July 12. The show is a tribute to Bob Seger's "Silver Bullet" and Scott and the band will be playing "Nutbush City Limits". You can also catch them at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on July 18 and the Heritage Festival in Ypsilanti on August 16.
On the release front, UK label Easy Action is pushing on with re-issues of all of Scott's solo band material. "Revolutionary Means" will lead off.
Also in the pipeline: Scott's autobiography as well as a documentary-style film shot on the road in Europe by Joe Chonto with The Hydromatics.
March 21, 2014
Scott's great friend and Sonics Rendezvous Band bandmate, Scott "Rock Action" Asheton, has passed. Here are the comments Scott gave in tribute to Billboard reporter Gary Graff:
We were in junior high school together, Forsythe Junior High. I met Scott and Ron there, and it was the beginning of a lifelong friendship because we were both into music. The family had moved her from Iowa and my dad was from Iowa, so we had a connection already. As things were going along, I was in the Rationals and he started playing with the Stooges and we were in the same circles again, this time as professional musicians.
And then when the Stooges stopped playing, I was playing with (the MC5's) Fred Smith and thought, "Scott's not playing. Me and Fred and Scott would make a really good band. So me and Fred started working with Scott, and that was the beginning of Sonic's Rendezvous Band, basically. We had been going for awhile and me and Fred had kicked around a lot of ideas, and when we finally settled on Scott as a drummer, that was when the band started to solidify as a permanent thing for the next five years.
During all of that, obviously, we became really close friends and spent a lot of time together. We went up north (in Michigan) fishing every year, just hung out, like friends do -- go to the bar, go to see music and stuff like that. He was not a real talkative guy; he was more taciturn than loquacious. He was a real, super-good friend but not the kind of guy that talked all the time, not the life of the party or yakking away all the time. He was just really to the point in what he had to say and really into music, really into his friends, his family and just normal pursuits like fishing and chess and stuff like that -- not what you'd expect. You'd think he'd be Lemmy Kilmister or something, but he wasn't like that.
When he started out with the Stooges he made his own drum set -- a couple of oil cans with contact mics on them, some timbales for tom-toms, maybe a snare drum and a couple of cymbals. Then he graduated to getting a real drum set when (the Stooges) signed to Elektra and started recording.
As a drummer he was, at first, just real straight-ahead; the Stooges were just basically jamming, and Scott's job was to be solid and hold everything together because everybody else was just going nuts. He pretty much played the same way through the Stooges recordings, and then when he started playing with Sonic's Rendezvous Band, we were doing more stuff like Chuck Berry and some Rhythm & Blues stuff and he had to change his style a little bit. But I think he was better, and getting better every time.
After Sonic's broke up he took some jazz lessons at Washtenaw Community College, and that increased his scope a little more. He was much more fluent as a drummer and could do a lot of different things he couldn't do when he started playing drums -- which I guess is a typical musician's progression; the more you do it, the better. And in Scots Pirates were basically trying to do something we hadn't done before. It wasn't the Stooges. It wasn't the Rationals. It was a whole different trip, and Scott was very well equipped for it.
I think the music for Scott... once Scott found that, he found himself, I think. He found something he could do that was different, that he enjoyed doing, that he could get paid doing and travel -- kind of like a dream job. It really was that for him, I think.
March 16, 2014
R.I.P. Scott Asheton 1949-2014.
March 15, 2014
The venue for the Gary Grimshaw Benefit has changed to New York New York at Chesterfield.
January 14, 2014
Vale Gary Grimshaw, artistic revolutionary who passed away Monday, aged 67 after protracted illness. Scott is among a host of people scheduled to play "A Night of Grand Love", a fund-raiser in Gary's honour at the Macomb Music Theater, hosted by 94.7 WCSX, on Saturday, March 22.
A showing of Tony D'Annunzio's award winning film "Louder Then Love - The Grande Ballroom Story" will be followed by live performances by Gary Quackenbush from SRC, Scott, and Dick Wagner and Friends from The Frost. The proceeds will benefit Gary Grimshaw's family and wife Laura Grimshaw.
The family has insurmountable bills to pay so the Detroit and Michigan rock community is stepping up to help. There will also be an auction of classic memorabilia (some from Gary's personal collection.) Many more special guests and friends are expected to play. Doors at 4:30 Donation of $15 for movie and concert or $10 for just the concert. Sorry, no advance tickets. Details
here. You can join the Facebook event here.
December 28, 2013
Here's Scott's report on his comeback:
Thanksgiving Weekend 2011 was when I played my last show. It was a promotional club appearance in Detroit for the current album at the time by the Irrationals, eponymously titled Scott Morgan (Alive Records.)
One week later I was beginning treatment for a serious illness I didn't fully see coming. That lasted for a year. The next year consisted of getting back in shape and planning.
This was accomplished for the most part, and meanwhile Easy Action Records picked up where they left off with the Sonic's Rendezvous Band box set. In October of 2013 they released Three Chords And A Cloud Of Dust, a retrospective snapshot of my career in three discs.
In addition to the recordings included there, they began scheduling full releases of Guardian Angel, Scots Pirates and The Hydromatics.
On Saturday, December 21 at Detroit's Magic Stick, the winter solstice, I did Sam Cooke's Live At The Harlem Square Club version with King Curtis and The Kingpins "Bring It On Home To Me". I played with The Sights and 50 of Detroit's top musicians. This was my third shot at it and i think we nailed it this time.
So I'm back. Thanks to everyone for hangin' in there!
December 24, 2013
Scott sang in public for the first time since being diagnosed with liver disease three nights ago at the Magic Stick in Detroit. He was one of a host of special guests joinging The Sights and gave a great rendition of Sam Cooke's version of Bring It On Home.
Scott wishes all of you the best for the Holiday Season and looks forward to a healthy and prosperous New Year.
Coming soon on
Easy Action Records: Limited edition pressing of the "real" Masonic show by Sonics Rendezvous Band. This is their uncredited five-song support to The Runaways on January 14, 1978 in a run of 300 copies. Read more here.
Easy Action is releasing Scott's recording with his post Sonics Rendezvous Band outfit Guardian Angel. Due November, the CD can be pre-ordered here. It will ship with a very special limioted edition CD "From The Desk of Real O Mind Records". More on that soon!
There's a great review of the box set in
Record Collector magazine. One of France's greatest rock and roll zines Dig It has also published a fantastic interview with Scott. The transl;ation appears below.
By Patrick Foulhoux
(English translation "Tommy Boy")
Talk about Detroit, and right away you'll think about the MC5 and the Stooges. Only then will Sonic's Rendezvous Band come up. Braves from the same tribe, the same wild bunch, and not playing second fiddle to anyone — it's just that they didn't last as long. Scott Morgan worked alongside Fred Sonic Smith in Sonic's Rendezvous Band. Scott is another of those memorable figures of Detroit rock, raised on rock and soul. He may be lacking in visibility in Europe, but in the US, he enjoys the same status as his fellow Michiganders. Take a good look at his career, and you'll understand what a cornerstone he represents for our rock culture. Following Scott's labyrinthine trail is a daunting task, unless you're a wizened Sioux hunter who's run all up and down the USA. It starts with the Rationals, in the 60s and ends up with The Solution, where he teamed up with Nicke Royale Andersson, the Hellacopters' singer.
We have to thank the English label Easy Action for Three Chords & a Cloud of Dust, a "best of" 3 CD boxset covering Scott Morgan's oeuvre in 62 titles. It perfectly recaps the exemplary career of an outstanding gentleman who always refused, out of modesty no doubt, to burn his wings on fame's illusory flame. Ask Scott a question, you'll get a terse answer. As he does in his music, Scott sticks to the essentials, anything else is superfluous window dressing.
"Three Chords… is a compilation of my entire history. It had never been made before". Many of Scott's records are available, since they're often reissued on CD. However, there are a few unreleased tracks in this boxset, so that fans are incited to purchase this treasure chest put together by Scott himself and friends who "conferred with me on many of the tracks included". Selection criteria : give a good overview of Scott's career. Easy Action chose chronological order to present the tracks. In the course of as versatile a career as Scott Morgan's, one may imagine that there'll be ups and downs. Scott doesn't disown anything and, granted, he never committed any faux pas. That being said, he does have his preferences. When he listens to the boxset from beginning to end, his favorite periods correspond to the band who were most important and visible, Rationals, Sonic Rendezvous Band, Hydromatics and The Solution. In those groups were the musicians he felt most comfortable with. We think some of them are geniuses, such as Steve Correll (The Rationals), Fred Smith (Sonic's Rendezvous Band) and Nick Royale (The Hydromatics and The Solution), Scott just says, in a typically understated way, that they have "undeniable talent". But those names make our eyes glitter, and he wrote with them some monuments of rock'n'roll.
That relative lack of notoriety, compared to the Stooges or the MC5, never hurt Scott's feelings. "We were all close friends, so it was good to see them play", he says about their respective reunions. He also attempted a reunion of The Rationals : "For about two years we kept the reunion going, but then it was time to move on." They recorded together in 1991, "something Terry Trabandt [bass guitarist] wanted to do". The Sonic's Rendezvous Band regrouped once, on September 11, 1999. The name had been changed to Rendezvous Band, since Fred Smith wasn't there any longer, and had been replaced by Deniz Tek. "That was one show. Happy trails. The last we ever did."
It yielded the album Live at The Magic Stick, Detroit (2000, Real-o-Mind). Scott took part in another little-known all-star band with Wayne Kramer, Deniz Tek, Paul Ill and Brock Avery which, luckily, is featured in this boxset, Dodge Main : "We did an album in Hollywood with Deniz Tek and some Midwest shows". Dodge Main was a New Race-like endeavor, concentrating on covers of classic songs, starting with "City Slang", the only song from Sonic's Rendezvous Band to be included in the boxset, in an acoustic version played by Scott on the radio. When reminded that that song is a milestone in musical history, he does stress that "It's Fred's masterpiece". Although Scott may be modest to a fault, and doesn't want to overstate his contribution, it would be professional and deontological misconduct to pass over the other three band members who, alongside Fred Smith, helped create such a song. As well as quite tactless to Gary Rasmussen, Scott Asheton and Scott Morgan. Nick Royale and Tony Slug suggested to Scott that he form The Hydromatics, then The Solution : "The Hydromatics were based on Sonic's Rendezvous Band and The Solution on soul music. We felt like doing that one with Nick. We just liked the title "The Solution Will Not Be Televised" (2007, Wild Kingdom) — it was not to pay homage to Gil Scott Heron's "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised".
When asked if he's aware of the number of musicians he has influenced, Scott has a cutting answer, alluding to his current state of health : "It's good to be a living influence." In 2013, Scott has to confess that he's not impressed by most current bands : "[Detroit is] nothing like it was due to changes in the music business. The corporation put it in its grave." Still lapidary !
In this delightful boxset, gathering the finest of finest, complete with an instructive booklet, Scott's five favorite songs are:
"I Need You" (The Rationals)
- "City Slang" (Sonic Rendezvous Band)
- "Hijackin Love" (Guardian Angel)
- "Runaways Slave" (The Hydromatics)
- "Top of The Stairs" (The Solution)
One of the most beautiful releases of the last few months, for a careeer that is scheduled to go on. We can't wait to see him back in action.
Scott's box set is scoring fantastic reviews all over. Here's what David Fricke has to say in Rolling Stone. All Music Guide gives the box a thumbs-up here. You can also listen to samples of the tracks.
The reviews just keep coming! This one is from Scott's friend Roberto Calabrò in Italy's Blow Up magazine...
Here's the translation. Thanks Roberto!
Scott Morgan Three Chords and A Cloud of Dust • 3CD Easy Action • 62t-217:00 ca.
Just as he is fighting the most important battle of his life, surrounded by the affection of his loved ones and his fans, Scott Morgan is celebrated with a triple CD box-set from the small English label Easy Action.
It's an act of love to one of the greatest singers and composers who came out of that meltin' pot that was the US underground in the late Sixties.
Scott Morgan - as Ken Shimamoto reminds us in the liner notes - is a songwriter who, in a better world, would have obtained the same honors of Bruce Springsteen and who is at the same level of people like Mitch Ryder, Iggy Pop, Rob Tyner, Bob Seger. Or, to stay on this side of the Atlantic, Steve Marriott or Rod Stewart.
That's because with his green-eyed soul voice and artistic integrity Scott Morgan has crossed 45 years of musical history: from the primitive R&B of the seminal Rationals, a band still remembered amongst the finest examples of the Detroit sound at the end of the Sixties, to Sonic's Rendezvous Band, the bright comet that for five years in the 70's crossed the Motor City sky illuminating it with its protopunk.
In between, before and after, there are many fantastic musical adventures, none of which have never been kissed by commercial success.
It's one of the many crimes perpetrated against the music, the one with with the capital "M".
Nevertheless Scott Morgan has continued to follow his heart, his dreams and his visions.
His story is told starting from the title of this fabulous anthology (3 CDs, 62 tracks, many of which were unreleased or for the first time in digital format): "Three Chords and A Cloud Of Dust ".
In other words: fall in the dust and get up a moment later with a guitar in his hand and a melody in his head.
The entire epic story of Scott Morgan has been explored: music that vibrates, which sets us on fire, which goes straight to the heart.
It's guitar rock embellished with soul elements with Scott's soulful voice always on top.
There are all the adventures, ancient and recent, of this indomitable lion who has been able in his career to build a bridge between past and future: from the great Guardian Angel (early Seventies) to the collaboration with the Hellacopters - the first of many contemporary groups to pay homage to Scott -, from his personal band to the many projects held in the last 15 years such as Dodge Main (with Radio Birdman's Deniz Tek and MC5's Wayne Kramer), Powertrane, The Hydromatics and The Solution (with Nick Royale of the Hellacopters).
Plus, obviously, The Rationals and Sonic's Rendezvous Band. Songs such as Hijackin 'Love, Soul Mover, Mystically Yours, City Slang, 16 with a Bullet, Satisfier, Somebody, Standing at The Juke, should be included in any record collection that counts. See that they are not missing in yours!
First reviews of the box set are in. Here's one from Australian site
The I-94 Bar.
Here's one from France by Patrick Foulhoux in Dig It magazine. We've done our best to translate most of it from the original:
Detroit, the city where the wildest rock has mixed its blood with the soul. Scott Morgan ideally embodies the link between MC5/Stooges and Motown , with as much ease as Mitch Ryder.Scott Morgan is Otis Redding by Ike Turner, Detroit gunslinger trend.
His many adventures began in 1965 with the Rationals who competed with the Stooges and the MC5. Helped it must be conceded by a remarkable voice.
He has played with the greatest…like Nicke Anderson (singer Hellacopters), which hit the skins with Hydromatics and The Solution.
There is the famous Sonic's Rendezous Band, authors of "City Slang", considered by many as the greatest rock song of all time! Scott was a member with Fred Sonic Smith, Gary Rasmussen and Scott Asheton. One of the first all-star bands in the history of rock (real). Detroit, the city where the wildest rock has mixed his blood with the soul.
Then there's Dodge Main, in company with Deniz Tek (Radio Birdman) and Wayne Kramer (MC5), with only one album, it boasts thermonuclear assets that are a little more powerful than fifteen radioactive Fukushima meltdowns.
Scott Morgan himself has selected 62 titles that includes this set of three CDs and a book retrospective. All of shattered rock hi-energy power as they say on the side of Detroit and volcanic rhythm 'n' blues have interest to pounce on this sublime box, it's all a part of the history of Detroit bomb contained in this rock'n'roll, a colossal monument to be included in the World Heritage of Humanity immediately!
A few weeks ago during a routine scan for his liver, a malignant tumor (a GIST) was discovered on Scott's stomach. We didn't announce anything about this sudden turn in order to simply give you the good news when we had it. Surgery was this past Wednesday.
On Sunday, February 24, Scott's stomach cancer surgery went well: they had to take out less of his stomach than we feared because of the position of the tumor. We don't think there's been any metastasis nor that he will require post-op oral chemo although that is yet to be confirmed. Now we wait to see if his liver can hold up to all the activity. Virtually anything can upset the delicate balance that is his liver (and its little helper that's doing the heavy lifting right now) the shunt. He came home from the hospital yesterday.
As of today, between his pain meds and mashed potatoes and gravy, he probably feels better than all of us. Of course, liver-failure is not over until transplant and he is doing all he can to avoid that ultimate cure: so far, at each critical juncture, he comes through! Scrappy little cus!
On another note, we visited a throat clinic (U of M) and his vocal cords were diagnosed as "clean and clear". He has a slight bowing at the bottom tip of the "V" when the cords come together which allows air (rather than good vibration) but the doctor and speech therapist seem to think he can exercise his way out of that. He will begin that treatment/training in earnest when he has rested up from this latest.
Here's the first look inside the CD box set courtesy of UK-based graphic artist Les Clark. Remember - you can buy this from UK label Easy Action and proceeds go to Scott's medical expenses. It's expected to ship any day.
There are options to bundle with a T-shirt and the first 100 pre-orders ship with an EP (later avaiiable separately.) Order
Meanwhile, there are a limited number of fantastic retro style RESPECT posters for sale in our
shop. Snooze and you lose!
Hi friends – As most of you know, in Mid-October, Scott had a shunt inserted which transports blood around his liver to his heart and which alleviated the Ascites (fluid buildup) in his belly. Since that time, he has gained about 25 pounds and frankly, is looking wonderful. Because in some cases, shunts can be effective as long as 20 years, that's the world we have been living in for the past 3 months. Unfortunately, in investigating a "gray spot" on his MRI, they discovered that he has a half-dollar sized malignant lesion on his stomach (a GIST which you can Wiki). Fortunately, they believe they can remove this along with part of his stomach and that he should be 100% cancer free. At the same time, they will removed the sizeable umbilical hernia which he probably hates more than anything to date. Operation should be scheduled shortly. We will stay in touch as we learn more. Bye for now, Love, Maureen and Scott.
Pre-orders are open for the Scott Morgan box set and you can it with one of these. The Easy Action label is bundling "Three Chords and a Cloud of Dust" with this T-shirt. If you're early, you'll score a bonus disc of unreleased material. The box ships March 18 at the latest so get in now. Here's the
The Scott Morgan box set on UK label Easy Action is not far away. We'll post tracklist details for "Three Chords And A Cloud Of Dust" and other snippets here in the next week or two but it's scheduled for March 18 and proceeds will go towards Scott's ongpoing healthcare costs.
Meanwhile, we're down to the last handful of copies of the "Medium Rare" compilation from the Philadelphia label Real O Mind. When we say "last copies" we're talking single figures. Label honcho and good friend Geoff Ginsbertg has been involved in compiling the Easy Action box so you know anything he's involved in is great! This 2001 collection has been long out of print and copies fetch $100-200 on eBay.
That's a bit rich, in our books. Since you're a friend or supporter of Scott, we're making the last of these available in the shop for $US50, posted anywhere in the world. Scott will autograph them if you wish. This offer will be open for a week or so and if there any left after then, they'll go up on eBay. Click
here to place an order. Ask any questions here.
Once they're gone, they're gone, and they're alrready more than "medium rare".
January 22, 2013:
Happy New Year! Here's some footage to see in 2013. It's a
Scott Morgan Band live clip from the early '80 shot by Rich Dorris. The band was Scott, Brian Delaney (g), Cathy Deschaine (backing vox), Gary Rasmussen (b) and Scott Asheton (d).
December 15: Scott has an appointment with the Department of Laryngology at UM Hospital next month. On his first appointment, as we understand it, he will see three separate specialists . His voice is very weak and we are anxious to hear what’s going on.
Scott continues to tolerate his liver shunt insertion very well. He is gaining weight and his color is good.
October 30: The 4th attempt at the shunt insertion procedure was finally a success! We didn't announce appointments after the first failure when we learned not to create expectations and that things do not always go as planned.
In any event, now we wait to see how he tolerates it and what effect it has on his Ascites, weight and so forth. It has been a 5 weeks since his last paracentesis (fluid draw) - a milestone of its own as he usually needs that every 2 weeks. His blood tests are getting better and his color is very good.
The doctors continue to say this is a "bridge" and will not replace a transplant but that he is not sick enough for a transplant yet. In the meantime, he continues to get better. Clearly, this creates questions but we'll take it!
August 29: Thanks for all the calls and messages asking about Scott's TIPS procedure (shunt insertion attempt) today. As it turned out, they were unable to complete the operation and they will be scheduling another attempt in a week or so. It is a bit of a setback but we are still optimistic about the eventual outcome. He is feeling OK tonight, no pain and looking forward to going home! We'll let you know how this thing progresses as soon as we know ourselves. It's wonderful to see how many people are concerned. Thank you.
Scott sez: MAUREEN'S REPORT IS TOTALLY FACTUAL BUT I'LL FILL IT OUT A BIT. SHE AND I WERE THE ONLY ONES THERE SO WE SAW EVERYTHING FIRST HAND. WE GOT UP AT 4 AM YESTERDAY AND WENT STRAIGHT TO THE HORSE'S MOUTH. I'D BEEN READING ABOUT TIPS FOR MONTHS BUT NOW IT WAS TIME FOR THE REAL DEAL.
AFTER THE OBLIGATORY WAIT WE GOT TO THE MEAT OF THE STORY. THEY KNOCKED ME OUT AND WENT TO WORK. THEY GOT ALL THE WAY TO THE LIVER BEFORE THEY REALIZED THERE WAS A PROBLEM HOOKING UP THE TWO VEINS. WHEN I CAME TO THEY WERE WHEELING ME TO RECOVERY TO REST UP AND TRY AGAIN.
SPENT THE NEXT DAY EATING HOSPITAL FOOD AND GETTING LOTS OF BLOODWORK. THEY SENT ME HOME MIDDAY AND BOOKED A CAT SCAN FOR TODAY. THAT'S WHERE THINGS STAND. THERE WERE NO EFFECT FROM Anesthesia AND I HAVE BLOOD ALL OVER MY NECK TO PROVE THEY ACTUALLY GOT STARTED.