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How the band Alexis signed with MCA
How the band Alexis signed with MCA

A company representative was paid to keep us up all night with drinks, drugs and girls, so when we arrived at the president's office for the record-signing photo, we'd look like the rock-n band they wanted us to be.

Hollywood in those days was ruled by cocaine. The Hyatt House on Sunset Blvd. had an ambulance parked at the door for potential musician drug overdoses. Hookers wandered the upstairs hallways. The promotional matchbooks from the Record Plant featured an Aphrodite-like half-naked girl standing in a field of poppies smoking a joint. The smoke curled into the air to spell LSD. Mind you, these were promotional materials!

Our band Alexis had started out as Stargazer playing clubs in Denver and Dallas. Our drummer Randy Reeder had connections with Greg Lake. He got our demo tape heard by record companies. MCA bit and then Led Zeppelin and Heart's prodcer Ron Nevison took the group into the studio. I wasn't there but the band said they were frustrated by Nevision's habit of turning the control-room mix up so loud that nobody could communicate. As a result the album sounded worse than the demo tape the band had produced out of Autumn Sound in Dallas with Larry Wallace. Being friends with Stevie Wonder, Reeder had Gary Ozlabal remix a couple of songs. I, the father of the band, paid for those tapes. Those sounded equally awful. That $6,000 cassette sits at the bottom of a cardboard box in my garage.

The band went out on tour to support the grim album. One highlight story was that the lead singer Eddie Ulibarri had a problem with the lead singer of Average White Band, the band they were on tour with. Apparently a fist-fight broke out at the front desk of a hotel.

Since Alexis didn't sell more than 30,000 albums, the contract for a second album was never realized. The members went their separate ways, some to more music, some to corporate work and others to obscurity. Dave Walker, one of our guitarists never got over how Sugarloaf (another Denver band) stole his jam riff and incorporated it into a major part of 'Green Eyed Lady'.

Alex Newberry, Sarasota, Fla.

Thanks to user Stargazer (i.e Alex) for the article.

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#1 | Eric on April 30 2006 01:25:36
This story is very, very cool!

Eric
#2 | gdazegod on April 30 2006 05:58:34
For Journey, The VU and Y&T fans, you might be surprised to learn that Ross Valory and Stef Burns combined with Eddie Ullibarri to record a 2004 album by the project band No Nation. It is a Rock Opera apparently. A few Google web searches should help you locate it without too much difficulty. Wink
#3 | trillion1999 on November 10 2011 13:48:27
To think that I saw this for under 20 dollars on Japanese CD but never bought it in a record-store that was practically my home in the 1990s.The cover just screams POMP!Despite all I have read about it being light and wimpy.I even bought the two Oak-albums in the same store when stickers on them said soft pomp.
 
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