I ended up going through a box of old pictures this morning and oh, did I have fun. First up, rare photo-documentation of Milktoast. Look at my beautiful boy. I always have had a soft spot for bass players…
The inimitable Pat Dailey, wig and all:
and of course David Conroyd:
The weird thing is that David still looks the same….and now on to the Vertebrats. I don’t know where these poloroids came from—I think they might have been taken by Ernie’s old girlfriend—neither one of us ever had a Poloroid–which means they predate January of 1981. Anyway—they’re great and oh my, do the guys look young…..
Then a random shot of Ernie doing a song with a band I can’t recall the name of:
And then Stephanie, this is just for you—-a party where a similarly amazing picture of my hair was taken:
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Oh god help me….
Those polaroids must be from summer or fall of 1980. I wonder if this was an SX-70 camera. They were hugely popular, and trendy, too. They did kind of make the photo look like a painting, but now they just look ancient. Matt was between sophomore and junior years at Central High.
I think Ernie should get his hair cut like that again. There’s a good-looking man in there.
Kenny looks like he’s about to start the Chuck Berry “duckwalk”
Thanks for taking me back to the halcyon days of Milktoast–I have very fond memories.
The photo of Ernie onstage is from when he sang The Romantics’ “Tomboy” for In Color at Mabel’s. (That’s my bass-playing knee on the right.) That show also featured a guest performance by Jon “Jeb” Bonansinga of Red, Hot and Blue. That must have been right around winter 1983.
BTW, I have Ernie’s performance on cassette. I might have to dig it out and post it. 🙂
IN COLOR!!!! That’s it!!! Ohhhhh-thank you so much—I kept trying to remember that….
it’s great to hear from you!
I was feeling nostalgic and googled “Red Hot and Blue” and found your comment. My roommate Bob was the drummer for RH&B and I remember dancing to “Suburbia,” “Rebel Rock Armageddon,” “His Daughter” and others at Mabel’s.