I joined The Lemmings sometime in 1982. My memory is a bit hazy around this period, so I may get some of this wrong. If anyone who reads this can set me straight, please email me.
When I came on board the band was already established and doing well playing east bay clubs, co-ops, and greek parties around UC Berkeley. Several members of the band, and our sound man lived in a co-op called Barrington Hall. Barrington was the wildest house of the Cal co-ops. There were (I believe) four stories plus a rooftop hangout. Each floor was a long hall and all the walls were murals of an extremely psychedelic nature. Think laughing gas and LSD and you get a pretty good picture of what I'm talking about.
They used to have a monthly event called "Wine Dinner". Basically it was a big party and they would always have a band play. As you might guess, The Lemmings did a lot of these parties.
Here's the lyrics to a song Guy and Charlie wrote called "I'm On Sound" about Barrington:There's a place in town Where the people hang around Not far from the school Close to the avenue There's a hundred rooms Everyone's playing tunes When you walk in the door They know what you're looking for Those that know don't say Those that say don't know Those that know don't say Those that say don't know When you walk down the hall You see murals on the wall When you turn your head Someone's listening from the bed There's a scene going here But the directon seems wierd When the clever hang around Will they ever go down? Those that know don't say Those that say don't know Those that know don't say Those that say don't know
We played the Starry Plough and the Berkeley Square a lot. We opened for Wall of Voodoo at the old Stone in Palo Alto (now The Edge) and a ton of other shows that I can't remember.
A year or so after I joined, Three of us (Guy, Tom and myself) joined up with Terry Barnes to form a band called The Ape Cult. The Lemmings still played for about another year or so before we broke up.
Produced by: The Lemmings Engineered by: Richie Moore (Toast, Running, Lost Not Plost) Jeff Kliment (Brains, Walk Along) Matt Brady (Murphy's Law) Live Sound: Grey Wicker Cover Art: Barry Spencer and Matt Wold Photography: Alessandro Beretta Guy Brenner: Guitar, Vocal Tom Dean: Bass, Vocal Kurt Schleunes: Drums, Percussion Jeff Silberman: Piano, Organ Chris Walcott: Drums Charlie Walter: Guitar, Saxophone