THE LONG AND TWISTED HISTORY OF LATE
In 1994 Todd, Chris and Carla were replaced by Matt on guitar and Matt's
brother Tim (the big guy in the picture on the left) on drums. Jim joined
them on keyboards for some live shows. Here's one of Mike's from this
era entitled "You're The Only One (I Think)."
Mike and Jim Power, being brothers,
have been playing together the longest
of Late Model Humans. Here's one of
their earliest recordings together,
written by Jim with a dual lead vocal
entitled "Give Me Just These Words"
Meanwhile, back in the UK, Total Bill got
off his bicycle long enough to do some
recording with his band, Hobbs Eyrie.
1980 Matt Kennon, Mike Power, Eric Myers and Nancy Maher
met and formed Racy Dates. They practiced in the basement of
Matt's home - Mike and Matt on guitars, Eric on drums and
Nancy on percussion and vocals. They all sang. They later
added Nic Winters on bass and put together a pop-punk hybrid
known as "bubblepunk". Here's a song of Matt's from their first
recording session, at the late, great Giant Studio on 14th Street
with Jay Wasco producing. It's called "Heroine".
Wacky & The Spankheads came next.
For the first time Todd Elder was a part
of the band playing drums and singing
wonderful harmonies that will be back
again on the new Late Model Humans
music recorded in 2008. Here's one of
the 9 songs recorded by this band
consisting of Mike, Matt, Todd and
Nancy - click on Wacky to go to
another page with all their songs.
During the 80s Mike and Eric, whose
nomme du rock at the time was Sal Iva
- thus Sal & Mike - formed their own
band. For reasons unfathomable Mike
was S and Sal was M. Here's a pop hit
entitled "A Pop Hit". Click on S&M for
more sadomasochistic fun.
The first band called Late Model
Humans got together in 1993, recorded
a few songs with Jam Master Jay and
played gigs around Greenwich Village.
LATE MODEL HUMANS (third times the charm)
In 2000 Jim and Mike rented a studio in Union City, NJ and started to jam. Over the next few years they were joined
by Matt, Eric, Tim and Tim's wife Kate on bass. The studio is sometimes used for side projects but it is home to
Late Model Humans.
In 2005 Matt, Jim and Mike started work on the first Late Model Humans CD. In one of the sessions Jim and Mike
were joined by a rhythm section calling themselves Slow Learner. They recorded 4 songs and here's one of Jim's -
an outtake from the Late Model Humans CD session entitled "Country Girl."
In 2006 the power trio recorded a follow-up CD titled "American Twilight". One of the outtakes from that session,
with the great Steve Golden on drums, written by Matt is "Matter of Faith"
Also in 2006 Martin returned from the west coast with instructions to call him Total Bill. Anything you say, Bill - just
keep playing like that. In 2007 Jim, Mike, Matt, Total Bill and Steve Golden recorded the third LMH CD - "War of the
Worlds". Then late in the year at a pub in midtown Manhattan they hooked up with their old pal Todd Elder again
and the pieces were all assembled - Matt and Total Bill on electric guitars, Jim on acoustic, Mike switched back to
bass and Todd anchors them all from his throne behind the drums. The first CD with this lineup, "Fallen Angels"
was released in 2009.
Here's one of Chris' songs from the
first LMH collection, it's called "Say
That It's True"
Matt & Mike's early
90's lost weekend.