|The Mostly Harmless? : Adam, Ansel, and Kevin (Ash)|
In 1998, while I was goofing around in college, I finally convinced other idiots to start a band with me. We did not know how to play. Literally. WE. DID. NOT. KNOW. HOW. TO. PLAY. But the allure of D.I.Y. and a need to express ourselves were intoxicating. We called ourselves The Mostly Harmless? (not to be confused with another band from the time simply called Mostly Harmless). My friend Kevin, recently rechristened Ash Nagasaki, and I would spend hours in our dorm rooms or driving around concocting different artistic schemes. It wasn’t long before the idea of a zine came up. Both Ash and Ansel “Oister” (the drummer) had gone to the same high school as me, so were very familiar with my zine from that time, “Teenage Lobotomy”. So I guess the idea of our new zine was to be like a bigger “real world” version of TL. We would mix social commentary and politics (this time bitching about politicians rather than teachers) with exciting music. Sounds good. Except, we were only really just beginning to form our opinions on such matters. We did agree that everyone should be treated equally, regardless of age, race, sex, sexual orientation, or religious preference, but we had no clue about anything else. And the other bands that we knew were mostly of the 90’s pop-punk variety and most of them were even less politically motivated. But we still thought we could start a revolution. I wanted to call it “American Vedem”, inspired by the “Vedem” magazine that Petr Ginz and other brave young men had created in a concentration camp during World War II. In my head, it would have been a loving tribute to them. In reality, it would’ve come off like Bieber at the Anne Frank Museum. Fortunately, the project was indefinitely postponed as we always bickered over the format. Kevin wanted it to be full color and glossy and we’d sell it for like $5-$10. I wanted it photocopied and cheap. We also couldn’t find anyone in town who was willing to carry it anyway. So the idea faded and, eventually, so did the band. It’s probably for the best. I found some of my layout pages a few years back and they consisted mostly of really heavy-handed stuff like pictures of Adolf Hitler with Mickey Mouse ears. Ugh.
|The first issue of "Something Else"|