Friday, April 25, 2008

The Pedaljets

ARTIST / BAND: The Pedaljets

SONG (MP3): Agnes Mind

ALBUM: The Pedaljets

FILE UNDER: Alternative / Powerpop / Psychedelic

LABEL: Throbbing Lobster, Twilight, Communion, Oxblood Records

INFO: Good fortune is often a function of timing and fate. Just ask the Pedaljets. By the end of 1990 the four-piece Kansas City band was defunct, yet rumors of its good health persisted. MTV was airing the video to the Pedaljets’ ‘Place in the Race’, and the band (via a concert poster) was a split-second contributor to the opening credits on ‘Saturday Night Live.’Yet months earlier the band had broken up, unware that the stars were aligning in their favor.’We toured so hard: We’d swing into town and swing out. We never really stepped back and said, ‘Maybe we are making an impact,’ ‘ said Mike Allmayer, the band’s vocalist, songwriter and rhythm guitarist.The Pedaljets broke up for many of the same reasons other good bands break up. For six years they’d taken their act all over the world, accumulating lasting friendships and die-hard fans but scant financial reward.The last act of misfortune came during the recording of ‘The Pedaljets,’ the band’s second album, thanks to a heated financial disagreement between their producer and his landlord.

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