The Holidays – Hope for the Youth

The Holidays
Hope for the Youth
1985 Racket Records (RR8501)

Mini Mendex – Vocals, bass
Mark Schrock – Guitar, vocals
Rich Mendez – Drums, Vocals

Side 1:

  1. Turn and Live
  2. Little Love
  3. Only You
  4. Didn’t She Know
  5. Maybe Some Day
  6. Got to Tell You

Side 2:

  1. Telephone
  2. Back to Basics
  3. Why are You Different
  4. First Love
  5. My Holiday
  6. Tear the Curtain

This is, as far as I know, the demo debut of The Holidays. They went on to release two albums for Broken Records (Everything is Now in 1988 and Restless Heart in 1989), and then Mini Mendez formed bands like The Reckless Ways and The Glimmer Stars before going solo. The same catchy power-pop that is displayed on later albums is in full force here, just with a bit of a muffled demo quality recording value. It seems that only “Little Love” and “Maybe Someday” are the only two tracks to make it on to Everything is Now. Mini Mendez is still out there making music, so it is interesting to see where it all began. These songs are catchy just like his current material, so he has had his song writing gift for quite a while now.

The Reckless Ways – Desperate Kiss

The Reckless Ways
Desperate Kiss
1997 (no label)
Los Angeles, California, USA

Mini Mendez – Vocals, bass
Steve R – Guitar, lap steel
Michael Plew – Drums

Produced by The Reckless Ways with Michael Misiuk
Engineered by Michael Misiuk at The Bell
Mastered by Tom Parham Audio Prod.
All songs by Mini Mendez
Arranged by The Ways

  1. Yesterdays Fading Away
  2. Cynthia
  3. Yours and Mine
  4. (I’ll Never) Walk Away

The Reckless Ways is one of many bands that Mini Mendez formed after The Holidays broke up. Way back in 2011 Mini stated he was hoping to get these songs online soon, and it has finally happened (there is also a demo track called “Alive” on the Turn Back Twice collection as well). You can listen or purchase on the BandCamp page (see embed above). The Reckless ways found Mini expanding the power pop alternative rock he was known for in The Holidays. The catchiness and infectious melodies were still there, with a bit more rock added to the music. The band history from the BandCamp page:

Formed in 1994, pop/roots trio The Reckless Ways played mostly in lost hideaways and small dives; places with names like Haven, JJ’s Lounge, Boar’s Head; places that for the most part, no longer exist. With their guitar ‘n’ melody-driven sound, The Ways didn’t quite fit into the grunge-covered musical landscape of the ’90s, but that never stopped an upbeat and loud live show. After three years of gigging, the band released their debut EP, Desperate Kiss in 1997, only to pack it in by year’s end.