The Love Handles…huh? We kicked around (the name) Coney I, because we did all of the pre-production in my apartment in Gravesend (near Coney Island) in Brooklyn, NY.
Zeus (a Yonkers native) would fly in from Puerto Rico (where he was living) and Buzz would fly in from Cleveland (where he lives). They would stay for a week or so (Zeus – big couch, Buzz - fetal position on the two-seater), work out arrangements, add parts, change things…etc. We would then go over to Electric Plant to record with legendary Brooklyn studio owner/engineer/rum drinker Vin Cin (who btw, also lives near Coney Island). Zeus & Buzz got a chance to see Coney Island for the first time during the recording of this CD and being a Brooklyn native, I’m there all the time. We also flirted with names like: Joggy (funny thing I heard in P.R.), Tippy (my mom’s nickname), the Crying Boners (don’t ask), Kings Highway (a Brooklyn street), and Dance Boy.
Dance Boy (the song) is actually how the whole project got started. Zeus sent me an MP3 for an instrumental called “Dance Boy” and sez “See what you can do with it and send it back to me.” I put down a melody (on my 4 track cassette) and was too lazy to re-record it so that’s what you hear on the CD (with real drums n’ bass). Thus, the Love Handles were born! The whole thing actually took shape many years before with Zeus & I meeting @ music college; playing in bands together in the 90’s and then Zeus & Buzz playing together more recently in Cleveland. We might as well have called the project “Mish Mosh” with the wide variety of influences that Zeus (Sabbath, Zep, Zappa), Buzz (metal – hair bands & other) and myself (blues, rockabilly, T Rex) combined in the making of this CD.
By now you’re asking, “But why ‘The Love Handles’?” Well, do we look like sickly, underfed rock stars to you? I guess I should speak for myself…
P.S. Remember to love The Love Handles!
This CD is dedicated to the memories of Spyros Christos Zouzias (1937 – 1993) & Audrey “Tippy” Lazinsky (1942 – 2007).
Always missed, never forgotten…
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