So, let's start at the beginning...
Brad Eisenberg. Senior year of high school.
Bill wrote his first song with Janice Busen, the AXL keyboard player.And no, that song is not available for download or any sort of listening; it's locked in a vault to be opened after his passing or when he's too senile or famous to care.
AXL - Bill (singing Freebird) with Brad
1st year at the University of Virginia:
The band didn't last much past first year.
In 1981, guitarist Gary Hawthorne wanted to start a band with Charlottesville singer songwriter Kym Fields.
Soon after, Kym dropped out and Bill recruited his high school friend Claire to sing. About this time, Dave Hyde came on board as drummer. He brought his friend Paul to play keyboards and The Tease was born.
It was a hodgepodge of music of the day from the Ramones to Genesis to Pat Benatar and the Go-Gos.
Claire left after two performances and through another ad in the school paper they hooked up with Danette Clemmons.
After a little unpleasentness, Paul left and they were a quartet.
Spring of 1982 found them playing all over Charlottesville. And here are some pictures to prove it:
these pics all come from contact sheets so it kind of looks like old film, but, you know, people pay good money to have perfectly good video look like old film, so no apologies.
thanks to Dave for the pics
After a while, Danette called it quits.
Bill and Gary wrote some songs together and apart
But she didn't last that long.
Listen to Stay Away - the Tease demo with the lineup of Pam and Bob and Mike.
Pam didn't last too long either - she had a boyfriend/manager/svengali who thought she would be a star and thought the Tease would be a vehicle for that stardom
And tired of female singers, the Tease became KGB Secret, Secret because there was a band in Richmond called KGB.
look at all the hair...
Like so many things, KGB whithered and died.
check out the history of Loneliness with You for a more detailed account of all of this...
Chris went on to play in 98 Colors with the Mendecino brothers. Bill did sound for this band and produced one of their demos at a recording studio in Richmond. The engineer was so stoned during one of the sessions he punched in a guitar track at the end of a song and erased all the tracks. To cover his mistake he suggested they fade the song and the band, unaware of the error, aquiesced.
Mike went on to play with a band called Subject to Change.
Mike went on to play with Gary in a band called Modern Logic.
Gary continues to play music, off and on, in Charlottesville.
thanks to Gary for his memory
next: modesty blaze
smack & katy
nikki and the tatooed love boys