Michael Yonkers Band
One of the beautiful things about independent record labels is the passion of the people who run them for rock esoterica of decades past; in 2002 and 2003, we've been treated to such treasures as
First, a little background: Michael Yonkers has to rank among American rock's most intriguing eccentrics. His adolescent obsession with garage and surf eventually developed into a fascination with gadgetry that would inform his band's dynamic brand of rock primitivism but also indirectly cause him years of health problems. Recording with his own modified guitar (a sawed-down Telecaster he still plays today) and homemade effects, Yonkers released five little-heard albums on his own label in the mid 1970s. But then in 1971, he broke his back in an accident at the electronics factory where he worked; years of surgery and an allergic reaction to dye used in X-rays caused a degenerative spinal condition which Yonkers now treats through dance. Now in his 50s, Yonkers is a prominent figure in the Minneapolis dance community for years and he occasionally still plays live music as well.
Recorded in 1968 when Yonkers was still a teenager, Microminiature Love provides another link between the dirty swagger of '60s garage and the angry hallucinations of '70s punk. The record's incredibly cruddy production style (it sounds like it was recorded straight to tape in an echoey basement) recalls