Oh yeah… I had a 7 Seconds cover band last year.

For a one-time Halloween show at Cactus Club, my pals and I got together and did a set as “Red & Black”. We played songs mainly off The Crew and Walk Together, Rock Together. It was my first time playing guitar in front of anyone (I’m a bass player.) We even went so far as to record and release a fake 7″ on Halo of Flies / Beer City Records. Halo of Flies provided the download codes (I make them for the label anyways) and Beer City provided the poly-bags.

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Our drummer, Mark, went to a thrift store and picked up 40 random 45s. Kevin, the guitar player, and I spray-painted the center labels black using a simple stencil. We made some simple covers, each with a unique download code on them. We promoted the Halloween show, by telling attendees that they would receive a free “show-only” 7″ while supplies lasted. By the end of the show, they were all gone. I must admit, they looked fairly convincing. We even got Craig, a local DJ at WMSE to play one of the songs on his show. We let him in on the joke. He went so far as to play the sound of a needle hitting a slab of vinyl before cueing up the mp3.

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We intentionally left out “99 Red Ballons” and instead opted for Sham 69’s “The Kids are United” as our cover song we’d play. Here’s a video from the set. To view the whole set, check out this YouTube playlist.

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