Spike – Save the Children

Spike
Save the Children
1989 The Furnace Room
East Canton, Ohio, USA

Terry McCabe – Vocals, guitars

Side 1:

  1. Intro by Chris Yambar
  2. Sanctuary
  3. Writer and Singer
  4. Old or New
  5. Always by My Side
  6. Newave

Side 2:

  1. Sodom and Gomorrah
  2. Celebration Day
  3. The Song That is Never Heard

So this is the last Spike demo (that I know of) to cover for this blog. This tape is actually a live recording of an acoustic concert that Spike (aka Terry McCabe) did for the Birthright organization. It contains a spoken word intro by Chris Yambar that tells all about McCabe. There is also an insert with the tape that tells his history. This concert was recorded in 1981 but released in 1989. So it seems that all of these Furnace Room tapes were meant to get older music by Terry released to a wider audience. This concert was just McCabe and guitar, so it is interesting to hear acoustic / unplugged versions of songs like “Newave.”

Spike – Alive and Ticking

Spike
Alive and Ticking
1989 The Furnace Room
East Canton, Ohio, USA

Spike (Terry  McCabe) – Lead vocals, background vocals, acoustic guitar
Joe Hudek – Lead Guitar (tracks 1-5)
Mike Talanca – Bass guitar (tracks 1-5)
Jim Toti – Drums (tracks 1-5), keyboards on “Newave 82”

Lori McCabe – Acoustic guitar on “Seeking Shelter,” background vocals on “Newave 82,” voices on “Voices”
Greg Yochman – Keyboards on “Celebration Day”
Pam Talanca – Harmony vocals on “Snow Mountain”
Tom Eich – Background vocals on “Newave 82,” synth on “Silent Struggler,” bass on “In Love with the Bomb,” voices on “Voices”
Chris Yambar – Background vocals on “Newave 82,” voices on “Voices”
Billy Zalot – Trumpet
Larry Placer – Electric and acoustic guitar on “Silent Struggler”
Rick Beckett – Voices on “Voices”

Side 1:

  1. Old or New
  2. Snow Mountain
  3. New Wave ’82
  4. Seeking Shelter
  5. Celebration Day

Side 2:

  1. Sold Out
  2. Thankx
  3. In Love With the Bomb
  4. Voices
  5. The Song That’s Never Heard
  6. Silent Struggler

So this is the first demo by Spike (aka Terry McCabe). If the songs titles here sound familiar – it is because all but one of them re-appear two years later on 1991’s Asphalt Invasion. Asphalt Invasion adds a prelude and closing song both called “City Portrait.” The only song on this demo that is not on Asphalt Invasion – “Silent Struggler” – is also on 1993’s Three for All. I will need to go back and see if the songs on here are different versions of the ones on later demos – I seem to remember those being more acoustic-based, while this one has a good amount of rock, alternative, and (of course) new wave. I still love the song “New Wave” – just wish there were a lot more like it. That is not knocking the other songs – there are good songs in other styles on here as well. I would have just liked a full new wave album by Spike is all.

Update: after comparing them, I believe the songs on this tape are the same versions as the ones on Asphalt Invasion. “Silent Struggler” seems to be a similar, but slightly different version of the one later on Three for All.

Spike – Three for All

Spike
Three for All
1993 Corpqii Productions (CPCS-26)
Youngstown, Ohio, USA

Terry McCabe and many others

Side 1:

  1. Neverending
  2. Why Isn’t Love Made to be Easy?
  3. Seeking Shelter [alternate version]
  4. Silent Struggler

Side 2:

  1. Newage
  2. Norman (Tribute to Larry Norman)
  3. Storm Warning (live at Land’s End 1981)
  4. Just Fallin’ (with Wonderchild in 1977)
  5. Dance

Spike is Terry McCabe, and this tape is a collection of songs from various sources. Side 1 is acoustic songs that would most likely fall into the Jesus Rock category – some folk, some medieval, some country rock, etc. But all acoustic based. “Silent Struggler” does have some trippy keyboards in the background. Side 2 starts off with a new wave song about New Age religion featuring help from Marc Plainguet and Chris Yambar. Then it is back to a couple of folk tunes, then a classic hard rock song, and finally a song called “Dance” that is… not dance music (another acoustic tune). “Seeking Shelter” and “Newage” are also on his 1991 demo Asphalt Invasion.

Spike – Asphalt Invasion

Spike
Asphalt Invasion
1991 Corpqii Productions (CPCS-18)

Spike – Vocals, acoustic guitars
Joe Hudek – Lead Guitar
Mike Talanca – Bass
Greg Yochman – Keyboards on “Celebration Day”
Jim Toti – Drums, keyboards on “Newwave”
Tom Eich – Bass on “You’re in Love with the Bomb”
Pam Talanca – Harmonies on “Seeking Shelter”
Lori McCabe – Additional guitar on “Snow Mountain”
Billy (Baron) Zalot – Trumpet
Ed Spectre – Electric Daddy

Tracks 2-6 recorded in 1981
Tracks 1, 8-11 recorded in 1983
Track 12 recorded in 1987

Side 1:

  1. City Portrait (Prelude)
  2. Snow Mountain
  3. Old or New
  4. Seeking Shelter
  5. Celebration Day
  6. Newave

Side 2:

  1. Sold Out
  2. Thankx
  3. In Love with the Bomb
  4. Voices
  5. The Song That’s Never Heard
  6. City Portrait

This one was a lot different than I expected from Corpqii – early home of the experimental weirdness of Marc Plainguet and Chris Yambar. This album is an eclectic collection of styles. It starts off with an acoustic folk track and then switches to several tracks with a full band that goes from lounge to cheesy rock to new wave on side 1. Side 2 is all acoustic folk songs again, ending with the last song that is hard rock. Of course, once you look at when the tracks were recorded, you see that this strange collection of songs came from different time periods. In 1981 Spike was apparently into rock of various kinds (including new wave), in 1983 he switched to acoustic folk, and in 1987 he went hard rock. Not sure when track 7 was recorded – 1991 maybe? It sounds like it pretty much goes along with tracks 8-11, so possibly 1983. Anyways, I really liked “Newave” and   “City Portrait” (the hard rock track). The other tracks were good for their styles, just not always my thing. Cover art by Chris Yambar. Spike also has at least a few other releases: Alive and Ticking (1989), Save the Children (1991), and Three for One (1993) that I gave not heard yet. This page would seem to indicate that maybe Spike was Terry McCabe – as the tree Spike albums are there along with a McCabe album called Asphalt Invasion? Hmmmm….

Missing Information: Who is Spike? Terry McCabe?