This was the result of the completion of "We Love Nick" taking place during a transition period in the band's career after their long-time original drummer, the multi-talented Gregg Spence had to depart due to other increasingly demanding musical involvements. Spence, a musical veteran of the Dayton scene, was known not only for his singing/songwriting abilities as displayed during his solo performances (including his perfomances in support of such acts as Brenda Kahn and Jonathan Richman), but for his strong band work with Dayton-favorites CAGE and the ever-popular, non-traditional landlocked surfrockers THE MULCHMEN (whose recorded works are also on Big Beef Records). Spence's departure didn't stop Real Lulu, however, from continuing to play out on a regular basis, appearing with such acts as Mike Watt[/arist], Howlin' Maggie, [aritst]Guided By Voices, The Kelley Deal 6000, Iodine> and The New Duncan Imperials. Dougherty and Gavlick were assisted by a collection of Dayton's best rock talent, who volunteered to fill-in on both the stage and in the studio. This list includes Steve Johnson of The Pure Plastic Tree, Matt Espy of Cage and Mink, the late Ben Schelker of The Oxymorons, Braniac frontman Tim Taylor, and Jim Macpherson, formerly of the aforementioned The Breeders, who eventually joined Real Lulu on a regular basis by the end of 1996. The band has continued on, intermittently performing shows while spending time in the studio with ongoing efforts to complete a series of new songs they have been performing over the years, including the crowd-favorite "Chief", a song whose accompanying video was completed under the direction of acclaimed filmmaker Steven Bognar, a long-time friend and fan of the band's). These aforementioned production efforts finally culminated in the release of these never heard before recordings, finally making their way into the eagerly-awaiting hands of fans with their release in May of 2003.
Entitled "After You", the new self-produced CD project has been made available in conjunction with the band's official retiring from active performing after a very successful and rather special run of it. This was done with a celebrated Farewell Show at Dayton's venerable Canal Street Tavern, the band's musical home location of their winning the celebrated Dayton Band Playoffs in 1994. 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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