So, it was on those afternoons that Klyde tracked the louder parts of the initial band recordings. In 1986 some of these recordings were receiving airplay on college radio and Klyde was asked to perform at a fundraiser from the local college/community radio station “KMUW” and in particular for that stations “After Midnight” program which played “underground” music (pre the term “alternative”). This required putting a band together. Original members Mike Coykendall (main songwriter, singer, guitaris) and Tim Heuback (songwriter / bassist) joined with Cameron Gourley (drummer / singer).
This was the first live version of Klyde Konnor. This line-up recorded a single “What’s She Doin’ with Him” in 1985 and a full length cassette release titled “The Weaker the Stronger.” These early recordings owe a lot to the sound of early REM, the Byrds, the Rain Parade, and the Psychedelic Furs. In 1986 or so… Heuback left the group to be a good father and husband. Coykendall and Gourley found a new member in Ron Smith. Coykendall and Smith hit it off as they’d each never met another musician that could jam on Syd Barrett songs.
There was much interest in Klyde during this time and in mid-1987 they went into a professional recording studio and did a record on good pro equipment titled “I Always Forget.” This record is spotty and a little too pro / safe / pop. It’s long been Coykendall’s least favorite. Soon after, with the further incorporation of the more rocking and experimental Smith the band took a turn towards more outlandish and noisy freak-outs. Sometimes these excursions were welcomed sometimes they were at the crowd’s dismay.
Klyde went from being written up as the “best band in Kansas” by the Wichita Eagle and Beacon in1986 to being voted “worst live band” in 1988 by the Gopher Purge music magazine. The band decided to release these more challenging experiments under the alter-ego of “The Tanglebrains.” Same band with differing levels of discipline applied. By 1989 they were finding their own original voice and had jelled as a band into something unpredictable but still enjoyable. The band released the highly acclaimed “Wallpaper” in 1989.
In 1990 they upped the anti with the release of the ambitious double cassette release “Hypnopatamus.” To date, this is the only Klyde record that has been made available digitally. In late 1991 the day after playing their last official show the group quickly (in one day) recorded “When Worlds Klyde.” Coykendall then re-located to San Francisco where he stared anew and formed the folk / Americana group The Old Joe Clarks. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply..
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