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Band success takes work
It's just 50c and better than any card.
I See the Alpha Phi booth I
I in the Union, Feb. 11,12,13. I
1 Proceeds go to the Heart Fund. f
IN A CLASSICAL
Sheldon Art Gallery Auditorium
FEBRUARY 23, 1975
Addressed, Stamped Envelope
TICKETS To: Lincoln Guitar Society
BY MAIL P-O. Box 4451
Lincoln, Nebr. 68504
At the door if not sold out
London's Inst. Repair
Thomsen's Music Co. yV
OR The Guitar Gollerv
Dietze Music Store
Dirt Cheap Enterprises
s 1127 "P"
i "Lincoln's Unique Boutique"
I 7th Anniversary Sale!
I Buy any piece of clothing at the regular price I
I and get the second one at $7 off. I
I Thursday Friday and Saturday I
All leather X Free Naked
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ifVifrrTO the f'rst 7
Sk. 'J customers. Jr
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"I'd think you'd have a guilty conscience if
you didn't give it ail you've got. You could
think, 'If only I'd put more into it, it would have
worked out.' I can't see letting down the other
band members that way."
But, Elgert said, Straight will succeed.
"We have too many people working for us
that really believe in the band," he said. "They're
not going to take failure. They've said if the
record doesn't sell on the market, then they're
going to buy the records themselves.
"Besides, you can't fail when you're having
fun and doing something that you love doing."
III. Glamour boy,
Get your costume on, you've got 'em lined up
waiting for you
Glamour boy, you got 'em standin' in the
aisle, so don't hang'em up
For $25,000 you can look like a woman
For $25,000 I think it will work out right. . .
Things hadn't been going well for lead singer
Rich Snyder (not his real name). After the band
returned from recording the album in Los
Angeles, Stearns, Buchholz and McCann wrote
several songs, but Tim Quance, not Rich Snyder, ,
was singing them.
Snyder said he "sensed a squeeze play
underway." He said people were trying to kick
him out of the group.
"All I've ever wanted to do in my life is to cut
a record," Snyder said, "and now I've done
The other band members, he said, looked
down on his musical ability because he had come
up through the hard rock school of singing,
which relied on a belt-it-out, steamroller kind of
delivery. In this business, he said, finesse was
often not all that important. His function was
also to excite and arouse his audience, he said.
"In Broken Bow, all these girls were screaming
and going crazy," he said, "and it wasn't because
they were looking at someone else's body."
Snyder had banked Ids future into this lead
singer venture. He worked toward a singing style
that incorporated the strengths of Mick Jagger,
Rod Steward and Paul McCartney-his , three
But he was not Mick Jagger or Rod
Steward-he was Rich Synder, with whom
producer Sy Mitchell and some of the band
members apparently were not satisfied.
"Quance has improved a lot lately, but Rich
hasn't," Elgert said. "He hasn't improved that
much from when he first joined the group six
So one Saturday morning, an envoy of band
members visited Synder in Omaha to shake him
from his ivory tower. The band had decided to
open tryouts for a new lead singer, they said.
'Hinky Dinky High'
Synder didn't hear the band again until
December. Straight was playing for Bellevue
College's Christmas formal, which Nygaard called
'Hinkv Dinkv High" because Bellevue College is
smaller than Bellevue High and is located across
the street from a Hinky Dinky grocer' store.
"I'm really looking forward to hearing these
guys," Synder said before the dance. "I haven't
heard them for a long time."
But he was visibly shaken, as if he had heard
for the first time, "No, Virginia, there is not and
never has been a Santa Claus."
Sound man Don Robertson was not
"He knew what he was coming to hear," he
IV. Welcome one and all down to show, show
business. . .
Despite all the uncertainities, all the doubts in
a music, career, Elgert said he- could never do
"Music is just such an important part of my
life," he said. "Even if I wanted, I couldn't put
my axe down and walk away. In two weeks I'd
be going crazy, I'd have to play.
"Right now, we're all in this so far that there's
no way we could say i quit' and just forget it.
"Because music is like a disease, a good kind
of disease, that fills your body and infects your
. . .wouldn't want it any other way.
rfJ' A V''
Dennis Stearns, guitarist for Straight
II Come S
for an informal cli
f win or in vnt
We'll have coffee unci rolls for you
and the gowns from 8:30 (ill 9:30
on Saturday mornings beginning
this Saturday, February 15.
Please call 477-9211 for reservations
since our seating is limited.
You can use the Hampark Aiiey
entrance and come right up to the door,
w m, mmimrmumrtn$mm,i i
thursday, february 13, 1975
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