Chad Deal 6:58 p.m., May 21
Sound description: Garage meets grunge.
RIYL: New York Dolls, Sylvain Sylvain, Mott the Hoople
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Influences: New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, MC5, Velvet Underground, the Troggs, Pretty Things, David Bowie
Though best known for his stint with Iggy Pop (1979 to 1984), bassist Michael Page has also performed and recorded with David Bowie, Chubby Checker, Jerry Lee Lewis, and New York Dolls guitarist Sylvain Sylvain. “Iggy introduced me to Johnny Depp around ‘92,” says the Kearny High graduate (1968), “and Johnny put me in charge of throwing a band together with him, the Vipers. However, that project ended up clashing with his movie shooting, so that’s when I bailed on live road gigs, in favor of working at home, scoring for films.”
Page – who grew up in North Park - lives near Banker’s Hill and works for a local visual production firm, PassmoreLab, where he converts standard photos, film, and video into 3D. A horror-themed music video was just shot in 3D for the song “Magnetic Baby” by Semi Precious Weapons, featuring “taxidermy and glam ghouls spewing metallic body fluids,” according to Page.
Regarding other PassmoreLab 3D projects, Page says “We teamed up with rock photographer Bob Gruen, to convert his well-known iconic images to a format that can be viewed on stereoscopic displays.”
Gruen was the personal photographer for John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and served as tour photographer for the Clash and Kiss. His extensive photo archive includes the Rolling Stones, the Ramones, Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Talking Heads, Led Zeppelin, Muddy Waters, Patti Smith, Bo Diddley, Blondie, Bob Marley, and the Sex Pistols.
As for why PassmoreLab made the investment in a Semi Precious Weapons vid, Page says that - because of the production - "MGM came down from L.A. to meet with us...Warner Brothers followed in the afternoon. Yup, right here in sleepy lil Dago, they came to us. We're all about the art, about being a futuristic cutting-edge experimental lab, not a production company...We don't need no stinkin' badges. Or motives. Just like The Reader :-)"