Where were you born? What influenced you to become a musician?
And what influenced you, Peter?
It took me many years to become a decent musician. At one point I was ready to give up the guitar, because I just couldn’t play as well as my heroes. Only when I recognized the fact that would never play as fast or as well as John McLaughlin, Robert Fripp or Joe Pass (not that playing fast indicates good musicianship), did I begin to develop a style of my own.
Unbeknownst to us, Doc had a substance abuse issue that became progressively worse after we released the single. Showing up hours late for rehearsals etc. Sal and I decided he had to go. It’s a shame, because Doc was a fabulous musician. We both felt very bad about it, but one needs to be on time for rehearsals and for gigs. "If you’re not early, you’re late." We lost touch with him, and we hope he’s done OK in the intervening years.
And although I wasn’t a member any more, I kept in touch with Sal, and we got back together after the Lefthands broke up. We developed original, structured songs with a hook, verses, chorus, and guitar solo. Sal wrote most of them, and I contributed a few.
Sal: The Lefthands went from November 1981 thru May/June 1985. When the Lefthands disbanded, I worked on and completed my comic magazine "Spinal Cord Comics" (also the name of my home studio,) in 1986. I continued to compose between 1987-1989 and on my own recorded songs such as "Ground Zero," "WinterTheme," "Incunabula Mechanisme," which appear on a solo/demo CD entiled Decopus by yours truly, Sal Robert Pauciello. Songs received some radio airplay. Between 1988-1992, Peter Minde & I also did what we refer to as the SPEB SESSIONS. Long original progressive/psychedelic improvisations, which we have yet to release, but may be out and available next year. Some wild compositions such as "Last Exit to Topeka" and "Irvington Green," are included in this period.
A few words about "Hell Toupee", album released as Wiretrap.
Sal: By 1993, after the Decopus CD, Wiretap was "born". The personnel on the CD you have was the original band. Pete-guitar, Raymond, Drums, Greg poetry & percussion, and myself on bass. Every song on Hell Toupee is original. Although there were some favorable reviews, we unfortunately only had two gigs with this band, unlike my other bands which gigged extensively, and little to modest airplay at best.
Sal: In very late 2002, I spoke with Raymond, who was not only my bandmate, but like Pete, a close personal friend. By January of 2003, he died from complications of liver cancer. He was surely one of the finest and dedicated musicians I've had the pleasure of playing and working with. Doug Walker, a musician who founded "Alien Planetscapes" and who Ray had briefly played with in the early 1980's contacted us after Ray passed. He expressed interest in doing the Junkyard Genius electronic/experimental thing, even if on a few cuts. Doug also passed away quite untimely, so that did not come to pass.
Sal: Greg and I brought Pete back into the fold and the three of us recorded and released Dr.Funghoul's Magic Medicine Cabinet. We rehearsed over several months, quite a bit and tried to give the couple of covers on the album our own quirky twist. (listen to "Moonchild.")