“I first heard Michael Yonkers via the Microminature Love reissue (Sub Pop) and was immediately hooked. I started collecting any piece of his legend that I could…some true, some likely not.
He had hand-built all of his gear.
He had broken his back.
He was part of experimental surgery that left him in lifelong pain.
He was a dancer.
He was still kicking around making some of the oddest and most contrary-to-contemporary-popular-norms type of music.
(A man after my own heart)
And then I heard Goodby Sunball, recorded and released in 1974, the year I was born. I had and have a very deep connection with this set of songs.
I wasn’t sure why, but when I finally met Michael, I understood.
He was kind and seemingly a pretty regular guy.
But he was also a weirdo. A rare bird, waving the true freak music flag,
and it didn’t matter what kind of music he made, I loved it all.
So, this record was recorded as a way to reboot and reconnect with some songs that have heavily inspired me over the years.
It was hard to pick from his vast catalog, so I just sort of jumped in, with Tom Dolas, Nick Murray, and Brigid Dawson as my band (along with a bevy of others along the way) and these are the tunes that stuck to the wall.
I will forever be grateful to Mr Yonkers for bringing me a little joy with his music and inspiring weirdos everywhere.” – John Dwyer, Feb 2020
Orange / Black “Tiger Stripe” Vinyl, Blue and Red Label.