The Vinyl District has chosen the Grifters' "Bummer" video for maximum worldwide exposure and enjoyment! Check out the 1st official video ever made from the award-winning One Sock Missing record--as featured on the Vinyl District's pick website below! 1,000 Grifters' fans can't be wrong!
It was 20 years ago today, that Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play...well, not exactly. No one ever really taught the band how to play, and we are all better off for that. But, 1993 was, indeed, a great time to be a Grifter's fan as One Sock Missing came out of the nowheresville at-the-time music scene of Mid-Town Memphis. The Grifters released one of the all-time great records recorded off Lamar Ave. on Deadrick St. in South Memphis at (the former home of) the great Easley-McCain recording studios as well as in the back room of the flower shop on Poplar, which after this record and all the great reviews came out, got upgraded to the fancy name of "the Shops of Ann Adler" (Everyone got a raise!) It was an honor and a privilege to watch these guys work--through the long running cords, jamboxes, smoke, flowers, Doug & Davis jumping on & off of the control board--all members creating something special. Night after night of good times, almost communal--Roy Berry was there twistin' knobs and what not; Jim Cole was there; even Robert Gordon dropped on by for the bonus track jam! They were exciting times, and it was the true beginning of Shangri-la Projects, trying to figure out this whole independent record business thing with no budgets. One Sock Missing didn't receive any local radio play then or thereafter (hasn't since!!!), and it barely got reviewed in the local papers, but, it busted the band out nationally and internationally. Now, today, this 1st official video for "Bummer" comes out--20 years hence for Grifters' fans past, present, and future to behold and enjoy throughout the world. Pop the champagne, enjoy the video, & hug a Grifter today!
We can't believe it has been 25 years since we began making fanzines, flexi-discs, records, books, documentaries, & other Memphis music ephemera! Holy toledo, time flies when we were having fun. A special shout-out to each & every one of you who ever bought one of our over 50 releases, went to one of our Memphis Pops concerts, took one of our rockin' Memphis music tours, or bought a comic book, vinyl record, or cd disc from our showroom hq! It goes without saying that without you we could not have existed for so long. Thank you so much.
Thanks also to Doug Easley & Davis McCain, Paul Ringger, Jr., Lee Swets, David Thompson, Ben Powers, Ron Hall, Eric Friedl, Andria Lisle, Scott Bomar, & all the amazing bands who have allowed us to put out their records over the past 25 years!
We have many cool surprises planned for this year's celebration so stay tuned here for more exciting Shangri-la Projects photo-bombs & here's hoping that we make it to 50!!!
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