Monday, April 19, 2010
Nastyfacts - Drive My Car
A. Drive My Car
B1. Gotta Get To You
B2. Crazy 'Bout You
NASTYFACTS (Brooklyn, NY)
Drive My Car b/w Get To You/Crazy 'Bout You
Jimboco (UBIK-3), 1981
The story of Nastyfacts begins at St Ann's School in Brooklyn, where a few teenage kids who excelled at their instruments got together to form a band. Originally known as Pandemonium, the group contained the four core members of Nastyfacts (Cherl, Brad, Genji and Jeff) plus a keyboard player named Val. After about a year of playing mostly covers, the band was forced to change their name after discovering a signed band was already using Pandemonium.
The newly coined Nastyfacts, now without keyboards, quickly built a NY following playing amateur nights at CBGB's and earned themselves regular spots at Max's Kansas City and other hot spots while not only astonishing crowds with their incredible musicianship, but also by how young they were.
When most of the members were around 14 or 15 years old, they went in the studio to record this EP. Although the band had a solid 45 minutes of original material by that point, these were the only songs that ever got recorded.
It is unknown how many copies of the record were pressed, but it's probably in the neighborhood of a few thousand between this US press and the French pressing on 5th Column, although many of the copies went seemingly undistributed as the band had broken up by the time the record was released. Where did they all go? Well a shop in New York is said to have turned up an entire box full. At any rate, it still remains a difficult record to find, but it's a damn good one.