In 1995, Bar/None released The Devil Lied To Me, the posthumous solo album of Country Dick Montana, drummer (and flamboyant personality) of the Beat Farmers. The Beat Farmers had been a part of the Bar/None family before Country Dick died. I have a great memory of a Halloween night hanging out with Country Dick at the Halloween parade on 6th Avenue in the West Village. Dick had fun for a bit, but then wanted to go out drinking. We went to Coyote Ugly in the East Village. I left around midnight, leaving Country Dick to his throng of new lady friends. The next day I had an interview set up with the band at High Times Magazine. Of course it took place at 4:20 pm. That night, the Beat Farmers had a show at Tramps. Dick fell down while singing, got up, pointed a finger at Steve Bloom, the editor of High Times, and yelled "It's your fault!" Well, 4:20 must have lasted until 5:20!
When Dick died, Bar/None threw a party to celebrate his life. I had a budget of $100 for this party. Impossible! Susan Darnell (the other publicist at Bar/None) and I went to a grocery store and bought beans, hamburger meat, buns, and pickles. Then I asked a brewery in Hoboken to donate a keg of beer for the cause. Didn't get that, but got
a discount. I had met a kid somewhere (at a club?) who lived in the East Village who agreed to let us use his backyard for a party. People came from all over the country! Mojo Nixon played, and the other Beat Farmers came and played. Big-shot journalists (including Geraldo Rivera) - true fans - were there too. All the musicians played and it was a beautiful tribute - and all on a hundred dollars! I felt sort of bad for the kid who let us use his yard for the party though; we helped him clean up, but over 100 people had come and, well, it was kind of trashed.
Country Dick Montana - http://www.bar-none.com/country-dick-montana/