Bass Piggy was formed in 1989 at a Cure concert. Disintegration...Birds flying over head the open stadium..Baseball cap boy blocking the view...Everyone wore black...(Not us?)..
Session 1 (1989) included Steve Wasiura (Waz), Andrea Scalise, Mary Gavazzi, Keith Hultmark, Micky Mercurio and radio shack mixers unmic'ed acoustic guitars, etc....First breakthrough was Perry Como Heads where Waz and esp. Micky set the stage for silly stuff that would be Bass Piggy; no attention span, no songwriting, all improvised as it goes to tape...a bit bratty. Micky must not have been in Bass Piggy long because in response to our slogan, "Bass Piggy Rules" he wrote " You Can't Polish a Turd" in the boys bathroom at BJ's (Fredonia, NY).
Session 2 (1991) included Waz, Andrea, Mary and new member, Dave Fridmann. With special guest Chris Giordano, this session was mostly just aggravating based in a studio in a closet. Bongos and poetry readings.
Everyone got married (Waz n Andie), (Dave and Mary) in 1991...Dave was dabbling on the side with other projects..Mercury Rev mostly. I don't think we liked them...
Session 3 was better. On Mailman from Mars,we discovered Dave's great drum machine skills (Dr. Rhythm) and Waz tore himself away from from that Thomas Dolby bass line he wouldn't stop playing. We had to play through headphones so the neighbors wouldn't get mad. Waz's tape of Lisa, Lisa and the Cult Jam bled through the 4-track cassette..Moon girl..
We did play out in 1992 with Consorting Angels..We didn't play as Bass Piggy but as part of Consorting Angels..They were pissed because the local club paid them in just a few beers so they were going to have the biggest band with the most members so they would have to give out a lot of beer..
Session 4 was when things really got working...We finally had enough for the 1st tape..I Can Count, You Make Me Feel Good, I'm Fucked and Hokey Pokey all in one day. Bass Piggy You're A Bore came out in 1993. It was July 25, 1993 when Dave officially quit Mercury Rev so he could pursue his true love, Bass Piggy.
Sessions 5(We suck), 6, and 7...were in quick succession..New tape came out 1994 right before Mary's 1st baby...Bass Piggy You're Fat. Waz and Andie lived in Arizona for a year, were abducted by aliens and thought that sucked and came back at the end of 1994.
Session 8 Around this time(Jan.1995), there was a faint bit of interest from Jungle Records. They especially liked My Car, My Best Friend from You're Fat and wanted us to re-record it to 24 track. As soon as Waz and Andie came back, we went to Sweetfish Recording Studios and recorded the single and a lot more (Big Drool Bomb, Bovine Growth Hormone, OJ was Guilty(not released),etc.) for an upcoming release..The single was rejected due to the fact that it had "too much of that American sound". Sullen Teen Records was set to release a 7" single but truthfully I cannot remember whatever happened to that.
Session 9 (July 95) was ok. A guest, Carmen Quinones, and Waz had an excellent squabble on Domestic Violence and they weren't even married...
Session 10 (Jan 1996)Dave Goes To Greece and Ruins Everything.., Mama Yaya, Pink Floyd. Waz is managing the local music store. Andrea is getting deep into multimedia with Waz Tech.
1996.We put out a cd compilation of the two tapes..Bass Piggy You're Fat and Boring. Andrea made a multimedia cdrom Pat The Pig . Including snippets from our real lives, cheese and crackers interview , a video for It's My Car, It's My Best Friend, etc.
We also played our only planned live gig opening for the Wallmen September 6, 1996 in Syracuse at a place called The Planet. It was frightening but ended happily with Waz running around the bar in circles, to the bathroom, trying to get Madonna on the phone mixed with a happy noise barrage from Wallman, Sean Curley who was doing the live sound mayhem..
In 1997, Bass Piggy put out a new cassette,Litmer. And we built a new recording studio, Tarbox Road Studios with a friend, Greg Snow. Mary had a baby (#2) and her head popped off...
Session 11 is the first session (1997) recorded at Tarbox but we have not heard it yet. Too much business. Dave was deemed "hot" (as a producer) by Rolling Stone in 1999 and had albums voted number one in the English press for 1998 and 1999. Strangely, Bass Piggy did play that same hot summer but not with Dave on drums, with Keith, the original drummer. He was truly an inspiration to us all. It was Waz's biggest bday party ever and our zine,This Megazine's 10 year anniversary party. Turns out Andrea was pregnant and she spawned year 2000..(Her head popped off too).
Session 12 (Aug. 2001) The Mother Deception Session at tarbox, still to be mixed (as is Session 11 from 1997). The songs we can remember so far are Ode To The Kaoss Pad, I Can't Do It, The Stereo Lab Song. Mixing is beginning to be underway.
2002. BASS PIGGY BOX SET AVAILABLE!!! At the end of 2002, we have finally gotten Bass Piggy You're A Bore, Bass Piggy You're Fat and Litmer all remastered to cd and available as a box set. Now maybe we will get on with it..
Session 13, 14, 15, 16 July 2003 Waz is inspired. We play every Tuesday this month..More to come..
2005 ACE OF PIG 2 CD SET is available. Cd 1 Instrumental and Cd 2 Mental.
The Final Chapter:
In January 2009, Bass Piggy was licensed on 425 Music Group. "Hey if anyone needs some Bass Piggy on their movies, commercials, or tv shows, 425 Music Group has gone live.. It's all prelicensed. You can listen to all the songs that they license here.."-via myspace blog 1/09
But in March of 2010, it was decided that Bass Piggy and its various ventures were done. The practicing never helped and apparently even hurt. I guess we didn't make it to 2020.
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