The Fabulous Jake Starr
The Story So Far. . . (May 13, 2011)
Howdy, kids! After almost 17 years of being the throat in Adam West, I broke up the band in late 2008 and retired from rock-n-roll. But I always wanted to do a solo 7" single of a couple of my favorite cover songs. I was very fortunate that several record labels had offered to do a post-Adam West solo project if I were interested, so I decided to go for it. I approached the The Hall Monitors, a kick-ass local DC garage band that were friends of mine, and asked them to go into the studio with me to record the Small Faces "I've Got Mine" and the Easybeats "Sorry" as my mod tribute single. I also enlisted my buddy Bobby Belfiore from the fabulous Optic Nerve to assist on backing vocals. After maintaining a long relationship with Bootleg Booze Records in Sweden, who had released several Adam West records, I had my first solo 7" come out in January 2010. Limited to 500 copies total with 300 on white wax, 100 on red wax, and 100 on blue wax, good luck getting all three versions!
Chapter Two actually goes back to 2003 when Dan-O Deckelman was guitarist in Adam West. Dan-O and I had many musical tastes that weren't necessarily shared by the other band members. Once of these was Joy Division. Dan-O and I discussed doing a cover of "Ice Age" when we were in Adam West together, but it never panned out. Many years later in 2009, I brought the idea up to Dan-O to form a Jewish Joy Division cover band called Goy Division. Haha. Dan-O agreed and we both decided to ask his current band, The Rats, to join us in the studio to record three Joy Division tunes: "Ice Age," "Warsaw," and "Failures." Once again, after maintaining a long relationship with No Balls Records in Germany, who had also released several Adam West records, my second solo 7" came out in April 2010. Including "Ice Age" and "Warsaw," the Goy Division 7" was limited to 200 copies total with the first 100 in a see-through folio sleeve. It sold out in one week, so No Balls released a second pressing of 100 copies on blue/black splatter wax in September 2010 as part of the "Fistful of Balls" Volume 3 box set. No Balls Records is also planning to release "Failures" as a split 7" picture disc with The Chuck Norris Experiment (from Gothenburg, Sweden) in June/July 2011.
Chapter Three is another long overdue project just came to light as well. My cousin Mark Jacobs and I have always talked about collaborating on a musical project, so he invited me to sing lead vocals on one song ("Gouge Away") for the debut album Chase Your Mind of his band, The Sonic Heavy. They're based in San Jose, California, so go to their website, buy the album, and see them live!
What's next? Well, it looks like the Hall Monitors and I may be going into the studio again to record a bunch of songs for some future 7"s. Ghost Highway Recordings in Spain has expressed interest in releasing a 7", which flatters me to no end because they've recently released a live 7" EP for Adam West and two 7"s for Nicke Andersson's post-Hellacopters project Imperial State Electric. Nice! So keep checking back to see how long I stay "retired" from rock-n-roll. :-)
JAKE STARR I've Got Mine 7" (Booze032)
Limited to 500 copies total: 300 on white wax, 100 on transparent red wax (mailorder only), and 100 on transparent blue wax (Boozers Singles Club only). See them all here!
Release Date: January 29, 2010, on Bootleg Booze Records
Description: Solo 7" single by Jake Starr (Adam West) together with The Hall Monitors from Washington DC. The Hall Monitors are a high-energy rocking garage band that are one of Little Steven's favorites. Also helping out is Bobby Belfiore of The Optic Nerve, a seminal NYC garage band that are featured on the "Nuggets" Volume #3 box set. They covered the Small Faces "I've Got Mine" and the Easybeats "Sorry". It's 1966 again, folks! This is the most MODtastic single of Jake's career.
GOY DIVISION Ice Age 7" (NBR 035)
First pressing limited to 200 copies total on transparent blue wax; first 100 come with see-through folio sleeve, second 100 come with regular heavy paper sleeve. SOLD OUT!
Release Date: April 17, 2010, on No Balls Records
Second pressing limited to 100 copies total on blue/black splatter wax as part of the "Fistful of Balls" Volume 3 box set. SOLD OUT!
Release Date: September 2010, on No Balls Records
Description: What happens when two Jews who used to play in Adam West get together to record a couple early Joy Division cover songs for fun? Well, it's GOY DIVISION, of course! Singer Jake Starr and guitarist Dan-O Deckelman, with the help of The Rats from Norfolk, Va., have put together a kosher supergroup of biblical (Old Testament, naturally) proportions! With a cover sleeve that spoofs the insanely rare Sordide Sentimental Joy Division "Licht und Blindheit" 7" that came out decades ago, this single will undoubtedly raise the musical awareness of all the unfortunate kids born too late to appreciate the genius of Joy Division.
GOY DIVISION / THE CHUCK NORRIS EXPERIMENT split 7" picture disc (NBR 046)
First pressing limited to 100 copies total
Release Date: June/July 2011 on No Balls Records
Description: The "lost third track" ("Failures") from the Goy Division recording session finds its way onto a sweet split 7" picture disc with our buddies The Chuck Norris Experiment on the flip. The Goy Division artwork tastefully (haha!) spoofs the cover of the seminal Joy Division album Closer. The Chucks donated an exclusive new track "Bloodbite" for this epic slab of vinyl, so pre-order it now cuz you know 100 copies are gonna sell out in one day. YOU KNOW IT!!!
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